On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings

Michelle Lardizabal has been named vice president of sales for Club Med. In her new role, she will join the executive committee and worldwide leadership committee to lead the sales team and focus on the brand’s global expansion efforts. With more than 20 years of sales experience, she most recently was vice president of sales for City Wonders, a European guided tour company.

Here is a look at more notable job moves that took place this week:

The Landings St. Lucia has welcomed hospitality executive Wilbert Mason as general manager of the AAA Four-Diamond luxury all-suite beach resort. Mason is a veteran career manager of luxury resorts in the Caribbean and is now assuming his role as manager from Kathy Taylor, interim manager and executive committee chair.


Hotel Equities has recently made expansions, assigning two regional directors of operations to manage their growing portfolio of assets. Joe Sebestyen and Tim Goodman have been added to the Equities roster. Sebestyen has over 30 years of operation and sales experience and Goodman boasts over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry with experience conducting multi-million dollar renovations and brand flag changes.

Travel Alliance Partners has elected a new board of directors during their annual 2016 planning and 2015 review meeting in Minneapolis. Kevin Murphy was re-elected as president for a second two-year term, as well as newly elected director at large, David Burns. The elected board members include secretary and treasurer Richard Arnold, vice president Jack Hintz, and director Jim Warren.

Donna DeClementi has been appointed as the director of sales and marketing at Hunt Valley Inn in Baltimore, responsible for spearheading all sales and marketing efforts. She joins the company with more than 20 years of experience in hospitality and customer service operations, with a specialty in hotel group, catering, and conference sales.

Marcus Hotels & Resorts veteran Peggy Williams-Smith has received a promotion to lead the SafeHouse restaurant brand as senior vice president, leaving behind her previous role as corporate vice president of food and beverage.

The Fairmont Hotel Claremont Club & Spa has appointed Nicole Hankton as marketing manager. She has worked with brands including Gap and Marriott during her 14-year career.

Lawrence Tuck has joined Four Season Resort Nevis as resort manager. He most recently served as resort manager of the Hilton Seychelles Tabriz Resort and Spa.

The newly renovated Western Fort Lauderdale has announced the new members of their senior sales team, with Deanna Sylvestri assuming the role of director of group sales and Matthew Echevarria as director of catering and conference services.

The Sheraton Altanta has announced the appointment of David Sukala as acting national accounts manager for the Midwest. He has decades of hospitality experience, ranging from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to Baha Mar in the Bahamas.

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