News for the Hospitality Executive
Orlando, FL (July 18, 2011) – Hard Rock International, one of the world’s most recognizable and iconic brands, announced that veteran hospitality executive Greg Naylor has been appointed to the newly created position of director of sales for Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, bringing 17 years of hospitality experience to Hard Rock.
“We continue to demonstrate Hard Rock International’s ongoing commitment to our existing Hotels & Casinos brand with the addition of key staff members like Greg, whose deep experience and talent will be invaluable to us and will also serve us as we continue to expand worldwide,” stated Michael Shindler, executive vice president, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos.
Naylor will report to Andrea Melotti, head of global operations for Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, and will focus on sales initiatives for the portfolio. He segues to Hard Rock from a six-year post with West Paces Hotel Group in Atlanta, finishing his tenure as corporate director, electronic distribution & sales systems, where he managed efforts across ten countries for 17 hotels, including the Capella and Solis brands. He transitioned to this position following a four-year post as director of sales & marketing for West Paces’ Hotel 71 in Chicago.
Previously with Kor Hotel Group, Naylor served as area director of sales for three managed Chicago hotels, Hotel 71, Hotel Blake and Aldens, prior to devoting two years as director of group sales for Hard Rock Hotel Chicago from June 2003 through February 2005, where he installed, trained and maximized the development of a new sales management system. His other previous employers include Starwood Hotels & Resorts (W Hotels Chicago, Westin O’Hare, Midland Hotel, Tremont & Raphael Hotels), which honored him as its #2 sales rep in North America, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago, where he began his hospitality career as assistant food & beverage manager. Naylor received his B.A. in Social Science from Colorado State University and an M.A. in International Hotel & Tourism Management from Schiller International University in London, graduating with highest honors.
“Greg’s long track record in managing sales teams, increasing room revenues and helping brands expand internationally makes him ideal for this newly created position,” added Melotti. “We are thrilled to have him as part of the Hard Rock International team.”
About Hard Rock International
With a total of 172 venues in 51 countries, including 135 cafes and 15 Hotels/Casinos, Hard Rock International is one of the world's most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Pattaya, Bali, Macau, Penang, Singapore and Punta Cana. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced including Panama Megapolis, scheduled to open in 2011; and Hungary, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2013. Hard Rock International is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For further details on Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, visit www.hardrockhotels.com. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.
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