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.

Lisa Dalton  was recently hired as the director of catering for the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

1. What are you most looking forward to in your new role as catering director for the Hilton Anatole Hotel?

I’m really looking forward to working with the large, high-end galas we have at the Anatole. Working in Dallas for years I knew the “best of the best” events happened here, and now I’m getting a front row seat. It’s really interesting to see the amazing, creative ideas that go into the events inside our ballrooms and outside in the Anatole Sculpture Park.

2.  How do you think your past industry experience has prepared you for this role?

I’ve been in the hospitality industry for almost 30 years, and if I’ve learned one thing that will help me in my role here it is to be flexible, creative and wear comfortable shoes!

3. What goals do you have in mind for the hotel for this year and farther down the line?

We’re putting a bigger emphasis on smaller meetings than we have in the past. We do huge events and galas very well, but I think, given the size of the hotel, people aren’t as familiar with the offerings we have available for more intimate, local meetings. We do those very well too and we’re excited for Dallas to discover that.

4. How did you get into the hospitality industry?

Just like a lot of people, I started out working in restaurants/hotels to put myself through college and thought when I graduated I’d move onto something else. I loved it so much I decided to make a career of it.

5. What do you enjoy most about the hotel?

Getting to meet and work with a diverse cross section of the world!

League City CVB manager Stephanie Polk shares her career journey.

Originally from Kentwood, Louisiana, Stephanie Polk, TDM, CTE, first made her mark on the travel and tourism industry as director of marketing for the Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau. There, she helped to elevate the city as a destination for recreation travelers and business groups. Wowed by her accomplishments, in 2020, League City brought her on board to lead its marketing efforts. She shares with us highlights and advice from her experience in the industry. 

 

After closing its doors in March 2020, BEI San Francisco reopened in June 2021 as a Trademark Collection by Wyndham hotel. Located next to the Civic Center and Orpheum, the 396-room property debuted a new room category called Co-Live, Co-Work rooms.

Charleen Murphy, BEI San Francisco’s director of sales & marketing, shared her insights on getting back to group business in California.

 

 

Darren K. Green, senior vice president of sales and services for L.A. Tourism, is feeling bullish on the future of meetings and conventions in Los Angeles. Here’s what he had to say in a recent chat with California Meetings + Events.

CAM+E: It’s great to hear that groups of all sizes can now meet in Los Angeles. Are large groups being cautious about gathering again, or are you seeing signs of a robust and quick recovery?