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Boston Park Plaza Appoints Sterling Brown as Human Resources Director

Boston Park Plaza has named Sterling Brown their new human resources director. Brown brings more than two decades of human resources experience to his new position.

“Sterling’s extensive expertise in human resources is extremely impressive and a huge gain for Boston Park Plaza,” says Jon Crellin, managing director, Boston Park Plaza. “We have no doubt he will run a smooth and effective operation for our employees and we’re excited to welcome him to the property.”

Meet Garrett Kaneshiro

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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.

Garrett Kaneshiro was recently hired as the director of food and beverage for the Stella Hotel in Bryan, Texas.

Meet Haley Stein

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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.

Haley Stein was recently hired as the director of the Sherpa Experience Group in Chicago.

MPI Confirms 2017 Board

Meeting Professionals International has just announced their leaders for the Board of Directors and the MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees in 2017. All members are effective Jan. 1, 2017, and their term is up on Dec. 31, 2017.

“Over the past few years, MPI has had many prominent industry leaders serve on our boards and this year is no different,” says Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “We have a broad mix of volunteers representing meeting planning firms, hoteliers, convention and visitors bureaus, technology and travel companies, and more.”

Karen McGuigan Celebrates 30 Years in Chicago Hotel Industry

Chicago native, Karen McGuigan, general manager at Hyatt Centric The Look Chicago, has just reached a milestone in her career—30 years in the Chicago hotel industry.

McGuigan began her career in January 1987, working at the front desk at Hyatt Regency O'Hare. For 15 years, she worked at various Hyatt locations in the Chicago area in a number of different capacities, including director of security at Hyatt Regency Chicago. In 2014, she joined the pre-opening team for Hyatt Centric, which opened last April.

Visit Seattle Employee Honored in PCMA’s 20 In Their Twenties

Tessa Kalfell, the convention services manager at Visit Seattle, has been named to the Professional Convention Management Association’s “20 in their Twenties” list. This recognition is awarded to emerging industry leaders.

“I am so honored to be named one of PCMA’s 20 in their Twenties this year,” says Kalfell. “I’m looking forward to the connections I’ll make in the coming year, growing my business relationships and building a network of peers outside of Seattle who I can collaborate with and go to with questions and ideas.”

Meet Wendy Worley

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.

Wendy Worley was recently hired as director of sales and marketing at Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel in Colorado.

Edge Steakhouse Receives AAA Four Diamond Rating

Edge Steakhouse at Westgate Park City Resort & Spa has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Rating—an achievement that only 2 percent of AAA approved restaurants has attained.

“AAA is delighted to recognize Edge Steakhouse as a Four Diamond restaurant,” says Michael Petrone, director, AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings. “To maintain the exceptional standards required for this rating on a daily basis is an outstanding achievement. AAA Four Diamond establishments are attentive to guests’ needs and consistently deliver memorable dining experiences.”

Visit Plano Appointed New SMERF and Government Sales Manager

Visit Plano has appointed Shane Sorenson as the new SMERF (social, military, education, religious, and fraternal) and government sales manager. Sorenson is replacing Kay Summerville, who has retired after nine years at Visit Plano.

Sorenson has experience working for the Wichita Falls CVB, and has recently earned the Texas Destination Marketer credential. He’s also a Certified Tourism Ambassador, member of TACVB, TTIA, and Event Service Professionals Association.

Meet Wendy Ratkin

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.

Wendy Ratkin was recently hired as the director of catering and conference services for The Curtis Hotel in Denver.

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