• Black Olive Bar & Grill Names New Manager

    POSTED February 18, 2016

Geoff Lawson, vice president and general manager of The National Conference Center, recently announced the hiring of Mary V. Murry as manager of the Black Olive Bar & Grill at The National.

Murray brings more than 35 years of food and beverage experience which includes owning her own restaurant in the Florida Keys and managing a number of casual and fine dining restaurants. Most recently she played an essential role in the opening of two new sports bars in Ohio.

“We are very happy to have Mary as part of our Black Olive team,” stated Lawson.  “Her experience will be a great asset to our food & beverage initiatives as we enhance the Black Olive experience for all our guests, as a sports bar and as a grill.”

The Back Olive has had a number of renovations and features a new menu designed by The National’s Executive Chef Chris Ferrier. The Black Olive also features an extensive wine list curated by Mary Watson, Chief wine officer at The National. The restaurant features karaoke live music and DJ scheduled.

Murray graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. 

Monterey County, known for its scenery and landscapes, will reveal a new Monterey Conference Center in 2017 that underwent a more than $60 million renovation.

But it wasn’t just the convention center that received a revamp other renovations and remodels took place in the region, giving visitors refreshed options in the area.


The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau announced that 2016 was its highest convention booking year ever with 713 events and 903,199 hotel room nights secured for future years. This is an 18.2 percent increase in the number of events and a 5.8 percent increase in room nights secured during 2015.


Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in southwest Florida will offer “Perks Are In Full Swing Group Promotion” in celebration of its revamped golf course. Available for new program bookings slated for May 21–Oct. 31, 2017, the promotion offers perks for groups that have booked at least 15 rooms on peak nights, with a minimum of two on Sunday–Thursday.

The promotion is available for the two peak nights on any night from Aug. 12–Sept. 9, 2017. To take advantage of the promotion, contract must be signed by April 30, 2017.