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Meet Kanami Fujita

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com. 

Kanami Fujita was recently hired as director of sales at Semiahmoo Resorts in Blaine, Wash.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role? 

Accell Releases New Power Center and Charging Station

Accell has announced the release of its new Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station, which features six widely spaced outlets and two surge-protected USB charging ports. The device is perfect for group meetings and conferences with multiple computers, phones and other electronics.

The Powramid Air Power Center is $35.99 on Accell's website. The device is available in both black and white, and functions as a charger and surge protector, keeping devices charged and safe.

After 20 Years, Bob Snyders Retires From Experience Grand Rapids

Robert Snyders, who retired in late March 2017, served for 20 years as the National Sales Director for Experience Grand Rapids.

“Bob has been an integral part of the sales team at Experience Grand Rapids,” says Tom Bennett, vice president of sales and services of Experience Grand Rapids.

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre Launches Impressive South Building Modification

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre announced that its South Building is undergoing a $23 million renovation and modification, which will include 10 new meeting rooms, offering an additional 13,000 square feet of event space. Tvsdesigns and IA Interior Architects will guide the renovation, projected to complete in early 2018.

Corcoran Expositions Announces the Management of New Trade Show and Renewal of Existing Client

Corcoran Expositions, a large independent trade show organizer, will manage a new trade show for the American Dental Hygienists Association; they also have renewed the National Brownfields Training Conference.

Corcoran Expositions will arrange exhibit sales and management services for the American Dental Hygienists Association’s CLL 2017 94th Annual Session, which will be held in Jacksonville, Fla. In 2018, the show will be held in Columbus, Ohio.

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation Hired New Sales Director

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation and the Steamboat Grand Hotel has hired Jennifer Shea as their new sales director. In her new role, Shea will create and implement strategies for local, regional and national channels for tour operators, wholesalers, travel agents, properties and campaigns. She will also be in charge of pricing and products, overseeing conference programs and managing the sales team.

Experts Weigh in on the Good & Bad of SWAG Bags

SWAG: We all get it (hence the acronym: stuff we all get). But do we really want all of the “it” that we get? We asked event planners and hospitality insiders to share with us their best and worst SWAG items—what they keep on hand and what gets tossed in the bin.

Best: Items that are useful, such as power banks, TSA liquids bags and thumb drives.
Worst: Toys/trinkets that end up in the waste; candy and snacks. (Don’t we get enough at the show?)

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel Appoints Sales Manager

AAA Four Diamond-rated 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, N.Y., has appointed Sam Toscano as their new sales manager.

“Since opening a little more than two years ago, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, and consequently the destination, have seen a steady upsurge in visitors, conferences and weddings,” says Todd Buchko, general manager. “We’re thrilled to have Sam on our team to help manage the number of growing opportunities and seek out more prospects that benefit both the hotel and community at large.”

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Expands Panama City Beach Resort

After completing a $30 million renovation, Sheraton Bay Point Resort, located in Panama City Beach, Fla., has reopened its doors.

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel Announces New Sales Manager

Sam Toscano, CMP, has recently been appointed to sales manager for 1000 Island Harbor Hotel in Clayton, N.Y.

“Since opening a little more than two years ago, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, and consequently the destination, have seen a steady upsurge in visitors, conferences and weddings,” says Todd Buchko, general manager. “We’re thrilled to have Sam on our team to help manage the number of growing opportunities, and seek out more prospects that benefit both the hotel and community at large.”

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