Quick Chat With Mary Craig

by Allen J. Sheinman | July 01, 2015
Mary Craig

Mary Craig recently became director, corporate sales, for the 327-room Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C., which offers just over 10,000 square feet of newly renovated meeting space.

Where would you send groups seeking a more offbeat side of D.C.?
Surprisingly, you can enjoy a lot of nature in our nation's capital. I would send them to Rock Creek Park for the National Zoo, which has more than 400 different species of animals and free admission. Then I'd recommend they rent bikes and enjoy the surrounding park, which is a lovely wooded area and a real escape from the boardroom.

On the Move

Amanda Minisci

Amanda Minisci has been appointed banquet manager at the 216-room Warwick Denver Hotel, in the city's popular Uptown neighborhood. Minisci began her career as banquet server at the Embassy Suites Buffalo (N.Y.) in 2009 and became banquet manager there in just three years. At the Warwick, she manages the catering needs of the hotel's 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
Stephen DeStefano

The 44-room La Casa del Zorro Resort and Spa in Borrego Springs, Calif., has appointed Stephen DeStefano food and beverage manager. He previously served in the same capacity at the Crowne Plaza San Diego Hanalei.
Kirsten Dimond

The 1.9 million-square-foot Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas has hired Kirsten Dimond as vice president of operations. She formerly was vice president of hotel operations at the adjacent Venetian and Palazzo Resort, Hotel & Casinos.
Cabirou Houemassou

The 271-room Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham, N.C., has named Cabirou Houemassou banquet events chef. He previously was banquet chef at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Marcus Mueller

The 89-room Solage Calistoga (Calif.) has hired Marcus Mueller as general manager. Prior to this, Mueller served as general manager at the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Delfin Ortiz

Delfin Ortiz has been appointed general manager of the 396-room Omni Berkshire Place in Midtown Manhattan. He formerly served as general manager at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade.
Lexay Reina

In Southwest Florida, Lexay Reina has joined the 319-room Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club as its new spa director. Previously, she served as spa director at the Boca Raton (Fla.) Resort and Club, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Scott Snipes

Scott Snipes has been named general manager at the 439-room Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. He previously served in the same position at the Hyatt Regency Savannah (Ga.).
John Thompson

Destination management organization North Lake Tahoe (Calif./Nev.) has hired John Thompson as its new tourism director and chief marketing officer. He formerly was director of tourism for the Sacramento (Calif.) Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Boston Convention Center Expansion Put on Hold

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A new study rated the best/worst hotel companies for how well they provide quality Internet service and whether the service is free.

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