• Sage Hospitality names Sonny Kerstiens Regional Director of Sales and Marketing

     
    POSTED May 22, 2018
     

Sage Hospitality, one of the top hotel investment and management companies in the U.S., has announced Sonny Kerstiens as the regional director of sales and marketing overseeing Colorado’s JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek and California’s Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa.

As a graduate of California State University – Chico, Kerstiens spent over a decade in sales at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, including more than three years as director of sales and marketing. Kerstiens most recently served as the regional director of sales and marketing at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown. He has overseen the sales team at the Napa Valley Marriott since 2013.

The JW Marriott Denver offers more than 9,500 square feet of urban meeting space, including Fireside, a 2,400-square-foot outdoor event space that offers two walls of glass retractable doors leading to a patio with fire pits.

The JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek is located in Cherry Creek North, a very prominent shopping and dining area. With 196 guest rooms and suites, the hotel features the Antoine du Chez, Cherry Creek spa, an Executive Lounge, a fitness center and Social Fare Denver Dining & Drinks, which serves a selection of comfort food.

Located in Napa Valley’s iconic wine country, the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa offers 275 redesigned guest accommodations, as well as outdoor garden spaces with fire pits, the full-service Preserve Spa and a swimming pool. The resort also features VINeleven restaurant, which serves American cuisine created by chef Brian Whitmer. Other facilities include a fitness center, concierge services and more than 22,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event spaces.

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.

 

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.

 

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