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Boyne Highlands Resort Announces Appointment of New General Manager
“Mike is prototypical of the best of our next generation of leadership, having in his DNA the natural skills for hospitality, guest service and empathic leadership,” said Stephen Kircher, president of Boyne Resorts’ Eastern Operations. “He is the best-suited individual to carry on Boyne Highlands’ renowned tradition of incredibly friendly service.”
To learn more about Boyne Highlands Resort, please visit www.boynehighlands.com.
New SpotMe Global CEO Has Vision for Transformative Event App Capabilities
SpotMe, a leading mobile event app provider, announced new company leadership with the promotion of global CEO, Christian Saucedo.
“We see events as launching points for transformative experiences, driven by meaningful collaboration. To get there, companies need to ask the right questions to accomplish their objectives. We work with clients to make sure those objectives are realized. Our event app fosters meaningful participation that truly shapes an event, making it more actionable and memorable,” said Christian Saucedo, newly appointed global CEO of SpotMe. “SpotMe being a part of that equation energizes me, and I’m honored to lead a company that makes these kinds of events a reality.”
The announced leadership changes are a proactive response to market shifts as more companies begin to utilize applications to support company-sponsored events, reinforcing the need for continued innovation to make events dynamic and actionable, with clear outcomes for ROI.
As the company considers growth strategies, Saucedo’s vision and demonstrated success in establishing a strong SpotMe presence in the United States will deliver results and leadership globally. Already a leader in EMEA, SpotMe looks to expand in APAC and beyond.
With over 15 years of experience in event consulting and design, Saucedo’s knowledge and passion will support alignment across international operations.
Under his leadership as SpotMe CEO – Americas, domestic revenue tripled and the team has grown from four employees to now 20, with offices in Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. His oversight signals a commitment to a strong business discipline and communication across regions, while continuing to reflect the passion and teamwork innate to SpotMe’s company culture.
Future plans for the company include self-service application use as demand grows for a la carte event technology with robust functionality and a customizable range of features.
For more information about SpotMe, visit their website.
IDM Hospitality Management Names Amanda Ridout Regional Sales Manager
IDM Hospitality Management, a hotel management and development firm headquartered in Madison, Wis. overseeing independent properties around the Midwest, named Amanda Ridout regional sales manager, a newly created position within the firm. Ridout, a graduate of St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn., has seven years of experience in the hospitality industry and has been with IDM since 2011. She previously served as sales manager at HotelRED in Madison, Wis., and most recently as the general manager at The Plaza Hotel, Milwaukee, both IDM-managed properties. Ridout will play a role in new business development and will also assist the sales teams at the firm’s managed properties in growing corporate and association meetings, events and guest room bookings.
IDM’s director of operations, Becky Rogers, noted this was a much-anticipated personnel move for the firm. “Finding a candidate who understands the power and importance of sales, is familiar with the properties within our portfolio, and who has excellent communication skills makes Amanda uniquely qualified for this role,” said Rogers. “We expect this position to have an immediate effect on our 2015 results.”
For more on IDM, log on to www.idmhospitality.com.
DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau Welcomes Two New Members to their Sales Team
Michelle Ferraro and Johanna Quarz have recently joined the staff of DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).
Michelle Ferraro is the new sales manager overseeing association and government accounts, with concentration in Springfield, IL, and Washington, DC. Michelle has been in the hospitality sales industry for over 12 years. She has held high-level sales management positions for several Marriott hotel properties throughout the Chicago area, Emmett’s Ale House, and the Embassy Suites Chicago North Shore. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College and is active in community service and volunteer fundraising.
“We feel very fortunate to have Michelle on our team,” states Lisa Landers, CMP, director of sales for the DuPage CVB. “She brings a strong history of leadership, achievement and knowledge of the industry with her.”
Johanna Quarz has joined the staff as sales and services coordinator. She is responsible for administrative duties, handling catering inquiries, and overseeing the services that the bureau offers to meeting planners holding events in DuPage.
A native of Germany, Johanna received her hospitality training at the Ibis Hotel Hamburg Alster through a three-year program that included coursework and an apprenticeship supervised by the German Chamber of Commerce. She completed her training in 2005. She moved to the U.S. in 2012 and worked as administrative assistant for the sales and catering department at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville until earlier this year.
“Johanna brings with her solid experience in supporting hospitality sales teams both here and abroad,” according to Ms. Landers. “With her strong skill set, work ethic and professionalism, she is already proving to be an asset to our sales team.”
Both can be reached at the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau at 630.575.8070. Michelle is available at extension 215 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Johanna can be reached at extension 201 or email@example.com.
Indianapolis Strengthens National Sales Team
To build on its reputation as a premier meeting and event destination, Visit Indy announces the hiring of Lori Halterman as Corporate & Destination Sales Manager. She brings a depth of sales and marketing experience to her new role.
Halterman is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management. Most recently, she spent six years with MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas.
With Visit Indy, Halterman will be responsible for generating new business leads as well as closing existing business by conducting site visits.
Indy has established itself as a premier meeting destination, with a recent $3 billion investment in tourism-related infrastructure creating a convention package unmatched in connectivity and convenience. The city is also recognized as a thriving sports destination, hosting NCAA Final Fours, Olympic Trials, a Super Bowl, and the world’s largest single-day sporting event annually – the Indianapolis 500.
The mission of Visit Indy is to increase Indianapolis economic growth by strategically selling the destination to conventions, meetings, events, and leisure travelers. According to Vantage Strategy, D.K. Shifflet & Associates, 26 million visitors annually provide $4.4 billion in total annual economic impact of tourism on the Indianapolis economy resulting in 74,000 employment positions in the hospitality industry.
For more information, www.VisitIndy.com
Morrissey Hospitality Companies, Inc. Names Ken Boyles New General Manager at The Saint Paul Hotel
Meet Chicago Northwest Announces Staff Appointment
Meet Chicago Northwest, the official destination marketing organization for Chicago’s northwest suburbs, has selected Kim Leva to join the organization’s sales efforts as an Account Manager focusing on the Medical and Legal Associations and Corporate markets.
Prior to joining Meet Chicago Northwest in November, Kim has held professional hospitality sales positions with Marriott International, Q Center in St. Charles, IL and with Pillar Hotels. She has also worked as a meeting planner in the digital media industry.
A graduate of Oakton Community College, Kim resides in Lake in the Hills, IL with her two children.
"We are very excited to have Kim joining our bureau, she is a dynamic sales professional that we are confident will contribute to the success of our region." said Dave Parulo, President of Meet Chicago Northwest.