Laura Lutter Cole in a Quick Chat

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by Allen J. Sheinman | April 01, 2017
Laura Lutter Cole

Laura Lutter Cole is the new convention sales manager at Visit Milwaukee.

We know about the beer; what truly offbeat activity would you recommend for downtime in Milwaukee?
Our Lake Michigan waterfront is our best kept secret. We have 20 miles of bike paths along the shore running from the north to south sides of downtown. Activities include kayaking, sailing, charter fishing and surfing. We surf even in winter -- we're a hardy bunch here! And our summer festivals take place along the lakefront every weekend from Memorial Day through September.

On the Move

Patricia E. Berry

Patricia E. Berry has been named general manager of the 114-room luxury Ames Boston Hotel, a member of Benchmark's Gemstone Collection. Berry, who  spent more than two decades in various positions with Ritz-Carlton, most recently served as GM of Boston's Battery Wharf Hotel. The Ames, in a landmark 1893 building, has approximately 2,000 square feet of event space.
Pamela Baldwin

The 137-room Hilton Garden Inn Providence (R.I.) has appointed Pamela Baldwin general manager. She comes fresh from a seven-year stint as director of sales and marketing at the Providence Biltmore.
Yolanda Cardiff

Yolanda Cardiff has been hired as director of sales and marketing at the 230-room Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Prior to this, Cardiff served as global account executive for American Express Global Business Travel.
Jeremy R. Craft

The Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando, with 146 guest units, has named Jeremy R. Craft director of golf for the on-site Grand Cypress Golf Club. He previously was head golf professional and buyer for the Grand Cypress Resort of Orlando.
Will Forrest

The 983-room Kansas City (Mo.)Marriott Downtown has hired Will Forrest as sales manager. He formerly was West Coast convention sales manager for the Venetian/Palazzo in Las Vegas.
Lynne Luongo

The 250-room Verve-Crowne Plaza Boston-Natick has hired Lynne Luongo as general manager. The 20-year hospitality veteran last served as GM of the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston-Bedford Glen.
Shannah Milstead

The 450-suite/villa Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, has named Shannah Milstead director of sales and marketing. Prior to this, Milstead was director of sales programs for FRHI Hotels & Resorts International.
Chorten Wangyel

Chorten Wangyel has been named general manager of The Dunmore Hotel & Residences, in Harbour Island, Bahamas. The luxury property has 14 guest units. Previously, he was GM at The Cove Eleuthera, also in the Bahamas.
Brian R. Wells

Brian R. Wells is the new general manager at the 330-room Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, Va. Wells most recently was GM at the Hilton Durham in Durham, N.C. The Roanoke's conference facility spans approximately 63,000 square feet.