Quick Chat With Elena Peroulakis

by Allen J. Sheinman | December 01, 2014
Elena Peroulakis

Elena Peroulakis is director of sales and marketing of the new 179-room Wyndham Grand Jupiter in Florida (see Grand Openings, page 72).

What's the biggest challenge in luring meeting business to a new hotel?
With new hotels, it's all about building trust, so we are inviting planners for site visits during which we introduce our entire team to them, from our general manager to our executive chef. This way they can learn how we work together on their behalf. We show them all available meeting space, let them taste sample menus and more, all to help them begin to picture what the group's experience here will entail.

On the Move
Kevin McAteer

Kevin McAteer has been named senior vice president, marketing and sales, for Concord Hospitality, overseeing direct sales and more for the company's 90 owned and managed hotels. McAteer also is the author of Daddy Can You Make Me Pancakes?, the true story of how he coped with his first wife's cancer and death while raising three small children, available on amazon.com.
Tom Albrecht

The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau has named Tom Albrecht senior national sales manager, charged with selling metro Detroit to the meetings and events markets in the greater Washington, D.C., area.
Renee Areng

At the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, Renee Areng has been appointed executive director.  Her last post was as executive vice president at Visit Baton Rouge in Louisiana.
Barb Bowden

Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando has named Barb Bowden as managing director of operations for the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, the Hard Rock Hotel and Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, with a combined a total of 4,200 rooms.
Katie Calabrese

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has appointed Katie Calabrese as director of trade shows and conferences at the facility, which has 1.1 million square feet of exhibition space.
Sean Flanigan

Sean Flanigan has been named general manager of The Muse Hotel, a 200-room Kimpton property in New York's Times Square. He previously served as GM of the Surfcomber Hotel & Resort in Miami's South Beach.
Danny Goldman

The 390-room Omni Interlocken Resort & Spa in Broomfield, Colo., has hired Danny Goldman as general manager. Goldman, who helped open the resort in 1999, went on to become GM at the Omni Tucson (Ariz.) National Resort before returning to Broomfield.
Gino Marasco

Gino Marasco has been named director of sales at the 2,265-room Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel. Marasco previously served with the Atlanta Convention and Visitor Bureau.
Tina Smith

MGM Resorts International has hired Tina Smith (left) and Robyn Sprenger to serve as directors of global sales, overseeing the Northeast region for the chain's properties in Las Vegas; Biloxi and Tunica, Miss.; and Detroit.

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