by Allen J. Sheinman | November 01, 2011

Diana Rosure  

General Manager, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Riverside, Calif. With extensive experience on-staff at luxury properties such as the Hotel del Coro­nado in Coronado, Calif., and the former Four Seasons Resort Aviara in Carlsbad, Calif., Diana Rosure is an ex­pert at working the high-end hospitality market in Southern California. But the 238-room Mission Inn Hotel & Spa truly is something special, as the new general manager (as of July) was happy to talk about recently with M&C.      

What makes the Mission Inn so unique? The inn is a National Historic Landmark that was originally built in 1876 as a two-story adobe guesthouse. By the early 1930s, it had expanded to become more like a European castle, with all these gorgeous domes and towers, secluded courtyards, gardens and patios, and beautiful art everywhere -- there's always something new to discover. Richard and Pat Nixon got married here, as did Bette Davis, and so many notable foreign dignitaries have stayed here through the years. I just feel so honored to work here.

How can planners best take advantage of the place? Simply by choosing any of our unique event spaces. Our Music Room, for example, holds up to 310 people and resembles a baronial hall in a Spanish castle with its wood-beam ceiling, 100-year-old cathedral organ and pews at the back. The Galleria can hold up to 250 guests for a reception and is adorned with antique statues and a Tiffany stained-glass window. For smaller events, our Ho-O-Kan Room is filled with Asian art and is adjacent to an outdoor space with a giant Buddha statue.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I'm very interested in world affairs, and I like to keep up with the news -- and we have so many international guests, so I really enjoy talking with them.   



 On the Move

Diane Herr­mannPlannersAt Irvine, Calif.-based event management firm JNR Inc., Diane Herr­mann (right) has been named vice president of operations. In addition, Jenna Paseka has been appointed director of key accounts.

Washington, D.C.-based meeting management company IMN Solutions has hired Jennifer Haire, CMP, as national account director. 



 Jeffrey Barry


At the 251-room Ritz Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Planta­tion, on Lake Oco­nee in Greensboro, Ga., Jeffrey Barry has been named director of sales.




Bonita Bevel


Bonita Bevel
has been promoted to assistant director of catering at the 1,200-room Hilton Americas–Houston. She previously had served as senior catering manager at the property.



Toronto-based Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has hired Marc Cassier as executive director, conference services and catering.

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces has hired Lisa Iaquez as New York City-based director of corporate and group sales, the Americas, and Frances Maxwell as Chicago-based director of corporate, group and incentive sales, the Americas.

Cassandra Matej has been appointed executive director of the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau. She previously was senior deputy president of sales and services for the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Virgil Napier 


Virgil Napier has been named director of sales and marketing at the 157-room W Re­treat & Spa–Vieques Island, Puerto Rico.




Kelly Peiffer 

At the Seattle Con­vention & Visitors Bureau, Kelly Peiffer has been hired as national account director, Midwest office, with a special focus on health and medical meetings.



Marissa Pitroski 

Marissa Pitroski has been named convention sales manager for Visit Milwaukee. Previ­ously, she served as an account executive for the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team.



At the 22,800-square-foot Rich­mond Hill (Ga.) City Center meeting and event facility, Andrea M. Powers has been hired as director of sales.

Len Valka 

Len Valka has been appointed sales manager for specialty markets for the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.



In Honolulu, Jerry Westen­haver has been named the new general manager of the 1,229-room Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa.