• Visit Anaheim Adds to Sales Team

     
    POSTED September 11, 2016
     

Visit Anaheim, recently hired Loretta Gon, Julie Kispal Rice and Debbie Megna for their sales team.  

With 12 years of hospitality sales experience, Gon, will serve as the new convention sales director for the central region. Gon is a certified meeting professional, has been awarded the Circle of Excellence. Most recently, she was the senior sales manager at the Hilton Anaheim.

Rice was hired as the new meeting sales manager for the eastern region. Kispal Rice has more than 15 years of hotel sales experience, and has worked for brands like Revel Resort, Caesar Entertainment, and Borgata Hotel & Casino. She is also a CMP and has a Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certification.

Lastly, Megna will be the meeting sales manager for the southwest region. With plenty of experience in all aspects of the industry, Megna will be working with clients located in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and New Mexico.

Persimmons are one of the stars of farmers markets in Southern California this time of year. So it’s fitting that Santa Monica, which has four celebrated weekly farmers markets, is commemorating the fruit during its annual Restaurant Week, which takes place January 7-13.

Chefs at the nearly three-dozen participating restaurants will be crafting special dishes built around the persimmon, from appetizers to main courses to desserts.

 

Colorado-based McWHINNEY recently purchased the Hyatt House Irvine/John Wayne Airport in Irvine, California. The hospitality-focused real estate developer and investor also owns The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block in downtown Denver, The Elizabeth Hotel in Fort Collins, AC Hotel Portland in Oregon and the Hyatt House Denver Airport Hotel.

 

As of early November, Anaheim Marriott is the first hotel in California to win four Stella Awards. Andy Lakefish, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, announced that Anaheim Marriott was recognized in the following categories: