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Jessica Baran Named as Vice President of Resort Sales
MASHANTUCKET, Conn.--Jessica A. Baran has been named Vice President of Resort Sales at Foxwoods Resort Casino®. Baran has more than 15 years experience marketing luxury properties including high-end hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, Florida and the Bahamas.
Baran will report directly to Vice President of Hotel Operations Jason Guyot and will be responsible for negotiating and coordinating long term schedules for hotel room availability and conference meeting spaces; developing customized tour packages for VIP guests; reviewing tour package contracts; preparing departmental operating budgets and establishing sales goals. She will also assist the marketing department with industry-related advertisements.
“We are very fortunate to have Jessica join our team,” said Foxwoods President & CEO Scott C. Butera. “Her experience in luxury resort and convention sales is formidable and her leadership in this area at Foxwoods will help us transform and grow this important segment of the business.”
Prior to her Foxwoods appointment, Baran was a Director at the Atlantis, the world-renowned Kerzner International convention facility and casino in the Bahamas featuring 3,500 rooms and 200,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. She excelled at building and sustaining commercial accounts with both domestic and international clientele.
From 2003 to 2007, Baran was the Senior National Manager of The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, where she led a team of 30 professionals that generated $84 million in annual meetings business. In her early career, Baran began as a Banquet Captain at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida and then rose to become the National Sales Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, in Palm Beach, Florida.
Baran is a graduate of the University of Delaware where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotels, Restaurants and Institutional Management Administration and minor in marketing. She also attended the Swiss School of Hospitality in Chur, Switzerland.
About Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods
North America’s largest casino, Foxwoods Resort Casino® (www.foxwoods.com), is located at the Mashantucket Pequot Indian reservation in southeastern Connecticut. Owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, Foxwoods is the East Coast’s premier entertainment destination with four award-winning hotels, six casinos with more than 6400 slots and 350 table games, 97 poker tables in the only WPT World Poker RoomTM on the east coast, High Stakes Bingo Hall and Racebook. Foxwoods also provides two renowned spas, 115,000 square feet of meeting space, a 50,000 sq. ft. ballroom, two theaters and two 18-hole championship golf courses. Foxwoods supports responsible gaming, and plays a leadership role in the Connecticut Council of Problem Gambling, of which it was a founding entity. For more information, call 800-FOXWOODS or visit www.foxwoods.com
About the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
The Mashantucket Pequots are a native Algonquin people in southeastern Connecticut who endured centuries of conflict, survival, and continuity on and around one of America’s oldest Indian reservations, established in 1666. As the first native people within the borders of the continental United States to suffer attempted genocidal massacre by Puritan Colonists in 1637, the Pequots and their repatriation is an unprecedented story of restoration exhibited in detail at the Tribe’s world-class Museum and Research Center (www.pequotmuseum.org). Today, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation owns the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods Resort Casino (www.foxwoods.com), along with several other economic ventures, including the Lake of Isles Golf Course (www.lakeofisles.com); a joint-venture partnership establishing the MGM Grand at Foxwoods; and Foxwoods Development Company, dedicated to world-class resort development throughout the United States and Caribbean. All together, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation remains one of the State of Connecticut’s highest tax payers and largest employers, and has contributed more than $3 billion to the state of Connecticut in accordance with the Tribe’s gaming-revenue-sharing agreement, established in 1993. Likewise, the Tribe provides significant financial contributions to state and local nonprofit organizations that support neighboring communities.
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