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GLCVB Staff Members Receive Destination Management Executive Designation

Julie Pingston, executive vice president/chief operating officer and David Buckenberger, senior vice president of Business Development of the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau have earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the destination marketing industry.

Lester Robinson II connects DC planners with the Mile High City in new role with Visit Denver

Diverse, extensive experience and a passion for both DC and Denver are what Lester Robinson II is bringing to Visit Denver as the new sales director, Washington DC Region. A Michigan native, Robinson has been in the DC area for 10 years and has traveled all over the country for work. Prior to joining Visit Denver, he worked with Caesar’s Entertainment in Las Vegas and Hilton Worldwide in Baltimore and Michigan.

Discover Lehigh Valley Names New President

The Discover Lehigh Valley board of directors voted to appoint Alex Michaels as its next president. Michaels, a former Lehigh Valley resident and 1987 Whitehall High School graduate, will bring more than 25 years of executive sales and management experience within the hospitality and tourism, and sports council industries to his position. In March, Discover Lehigh Valley’s current and long-time president, Michael Stershic, announced he would retire at the end of 2018.

Jerry Bindel Named General Manager of Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village

Jerry Bindel has been named general manager for Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village, in South Lake Tahoe, California.

Benchmark COO and President Greg Champion made the announcement. “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Jerry to Benchmark and to our resort,” said Champion. “He brings important local and regional market awareness and business connections to his new role, and a strong background of success in leading hotels and resorts.”

Chris Royster and Adam Monette take on new roles at Flagstaff House Restaurant

Two new partners have joined the staff at the renowned Flagstaff House. Chris Royster, a past recipient of Zagat’s 30 Under 30 award and a 2016 Food Network Chopped Champion, has stepped into the role of executive chef and is now also a partner. Royster joins Adam Monett (nephew of owner Scott Monette and third-generation Flagstaff House family member) who will fill the role of Flagstaff's general manager. Monett will manage front-of-house responsibilities and operations and is also now a partner in the Boulder-based business.  

Hotel Indigo Denver Names Scott Paradine General Manager

Hotel Indigo Denver, located downtown in the Union Station neighborhood, has recently appointed Scott Paradine as general manager. With 19 years of hospitality experience, Paradine entered the industry as a valet parking attendant. He spent five years as an operational manager nine years in sales and marketing at various venues, which he entered while working as an assistant front office manager for a 900-room venue in Washington, D.C.

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