Senior Director, Sales and Marketing, Hyatt Regency Houston
With more than 35 years of hospitality-industry experience in Houston, Stan Skadal has seen the city through its ups and downs, the latter including the oil bust of the 1980s and the Enron collapse in 2003. Of course, he prefers to accentuate the positive in his role at the 947-room Hyatt Regency Houston, as he recently did in a chat with M&C.
What is the single biggest change you've seen in Houston over the years? Downtown was strictly a business district 20 years ago. Now downtown is a place to live, work and play.
Why should meeting planners consider the city? We're still a "new" destination that hasn't been explored by attendees as much as some other cities. We have three major sporting venues within blocks of each other, a beautiful oak-lined museum district with 19 different venues, top-rated restaurants, and our theater district is second only to New York City in terms of seats. Historic Galveston and NASA are a short drive away. And our location between both coasts, and daily nonstop flights to two major airports, makes us a convenient location.
How do keep your enthusiasm after 23 years at the same property? My dad was a farmer and then a mill worker, and I learned from him the pride that comes from a hard day's work. After all these years I still wake up at 5 a.m. every day and spend most Saturday mornings in the office. This December marks our hotel's 40th anniversary, and we have staffers who have been here since day one. There are even second-generation employees working here now. It's a great place to work!
What do you do in your spare time? I like playing golf, yard work, working on my cars in my "man cave" and having lots of fun with my two grandchildren.
On the Move
At New Brunswick, N.J.-based Dittman Incentive Marketing, Lori Jordan has been hired as senior travel program manager.
Anne Clarke has joined the Lynnwood, Wash.-based Snohomish County Tourism Bureau as group sales manager.
Benchmark Hospitality, based in The Woodlands, Texas, has appointed Tom Garcia as vice president of operations.
At Toronto-based Delta Hotels and Resorts, Kenneth M. Greene has been named president and chief executive officer.
Eric Horovitz has been hired as catering manager of the 415-room Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown.
At the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Monica Lee-Müller has been promoted from deputy managing director to managing director.
Brent Lausterer has been named director of sales and marketing for both the 394-room Sheraton Kauai Resort and the 346-unit Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas.
The 185-room Fairmont Pittsburgh has appointed Jean-François Lincourt as director of operations.
The Portland (Ore.)Expo Center recently hired Alicia Crawford Loos as sales manager, responsible for all rentals and bookings of the venue's meeting, exhibit and special-event space.
At the 1,572-room Hilton Anaheim (Calif.), Paula Ramirez has been promoted to director of catering.
Tom Rohlfing has been named director of sales, Mid-Atlantic region, for Associated Luxury Hotels International. He is based in Washington, D.C.
Visit Baltimore has hired Lindsay Thomas (pictured) as associate director of convention services and events and Olivia Puglisi as senior convention services manager.
Jordan Waddell has been hired as a sales account executive at the 917-room National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va., responsible for small meetings and events.