Quick Chat With Catherine Cumings

Meetings Industry Job Changes

by Allen J. Sheinman | February 01, 2016
Catherine Cumings

Catherine Cumings is the new director of sales and marketing for the 156-room Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale.

As a Fort Lauderdale insider, what offbeat activity would you recommend to visitors?
The city has an amazing Sunday Jazz Brunch in our Riverwalk district. You can bring your own picnic basket, blanket or chairs along with champagne or whatever you like. There are three stages of incredible jazz musicians, and the event is free. It takes place every first Sunday of the month, and the view is incredible as you see the yachts go by. Locals love this!

On the Move

Caroline Wilmot

Caroline Wilmot has been hired as spa and wellness director at the 167-room Playa Largo Resort & Spa, set to open this spring in Key Largo, Fla. The first resort to debut here in 20 years, Playa Largo will have indoor and outdoor event space (details to come). Wilmot will oversee all of the wellness programs in the Ocean Spa, which will have six treatment rooms.
Rachel Bolduc

In Iowa, the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau has hired Rachel Bolduc as vice president of marketing. She also is responsible for marketing the Des Moines Area Sports Commission.
Nancy Herrington

The 550-room Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, La., named Nancy Herrington vice president of marketing. She previously held the same post at the Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel in Charenton, La.
Kristen Jarnagin

The Long Island (N.Y.) Convention & Visitors Bureau has appointed Kristen Jarnagin president and CEO. Jarnagin, a 15-year tourism-marketing veteran, most recently served as senior vice president for the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association.
Spencer Lane

The 328-room JW Marriott Houston Downtown has hired Spencer Lane as director of food and beverage. A 15-year food industry veteran, Lane previously was F&B director at Houston's Hotel Za Za. He is a certified sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Lori Lieb

The Hampton (Va.) Convention & Visitors Bureau has hired Netti Fulton and Lori Lieb (pictured) as group sales managers. Fulton covers cultural, military, reunion, religious and other markets, while Lieb focuses on corporate, education, green industries and more.
Carrington Moore

Destination management company AlliedPRA has appointed Carrington Moore senior program manager, charged with assisting clients with events and programs in the Atlanta region.
Joe Vanden Heuvel

The 947-room Hyatt Regency Houston has named Joe Vanden Heuvel director of sales and marketing, a position he most recently held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
John Walsh

John Walsh has been hired as food-and-beverage director of the 917-room National Conference Center and adjoining West Belmont Place catering complex. The center offers more than 250,000 square feet of meeting and group function space.

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