News for the Hospitality Executive
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (July 25, 2012) - Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands has announced the appointment of Anne Renken, CMM as Sales Manager. Renken is responsible for group sales northeast - including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. She is based in Connecticut.
"Anne is an expert hospitality sales professional with superb skills across the board. Her valued counsel will be more important than ever as we complete our renovation in 2012 and continue to push for increased business, particularly from meetings clientele, on Grand Cayman," said Morty Valldejuli, Area Managing Director and General Manager of the award-winning beachfront resort.
Renken joins Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa following a brief run as a sales consultant, providing expertise and support to U.S. companies on meeting management and strategic account planning for international development. Her consulting position followed five years garnering a distinguished record of achievement as Director of Partnership Sales/Intermediary Sales for Sawgrass Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Verde Beach, Florida.
Previously, Renken spent a decade managing high-profile accounts in the northeast as a National Accounts Regional Director for Marriott International. She was Director of northeast National Sales for Renaissance Hotels and Resorts and led pre-opening efforts for Trumbull Marriott International in Trumbull, Connecticut. Renken began her career in 1988 as Director of National Sales for Stouffer Hotels and Resorts.
A native of New Canaan, CT, Renken earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Business Management from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana as well as a Certificate of Meetings Management from Michigan State University. She is deeply involved in the industry with an enduring membership in Meeting Professionals International, of which she has been Board member for 19 years.
About Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa
Nestled among tropical palm and casuarina trees, the AAA Four Diamond Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa is situated on 700 feet of the most pristine white sand of Seven Mile Beach. The resort features the island's largest freshwater swimming pool with a swim-up bar, full-service Hibiscus Spa, supervised kids' club, full range of water sports, and more than 69,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor space for weddings, corporate incentive programs and other memorable occasions. Dining venues include the intimate Casa Havana, a perennial winner of the AAA Four Diamond and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and renowned for its contemporary island cuisine with Cuban, South American and Caribbean influences; Ferdinand's Caribbean Café for traditional and inventive Caribbean dishes; Tortugas for lighter fare poolside; Cafe Soleil with delicious coffees, ice cream and snacks; and 24-hour in-room dining. The local area offers activities for guests of all ages, from shopping and golf to hiking, catamaran cruises and the Cayman Turtle Farm. Website:
About Pyramid Resort Group
Pyramid Resort Group is a new division of Pyramid Hotel Group, the Boston-based hotel management, asset management and project management firm that is the 5th largest hotel management company in the U.S. Established in June 2011, Pyramid Resort Group is a smart business evolution to enable the company to more aggressively target the resort business segment to help resort owners achieve greater profitability and value. The resort team is led by Richard A. Holtzman, Senior Vice President, who brings more than 30 years in the resort industry and accolades such as “Resort Executive of the Year” to this role. He was previously vice president of DMB, an Arizona-based real estate company, where he had both management and asset management responsibilities, including serving as president of the Kukui’ula Development Company, a new resort residential community in Hawaii on the Island of Kaua’i. Pyramid Resort Group is actively seeking management and asset management contracts in the U.S. and Caribbean and has the potential to co-invest in situations that it deems appropriate. www.pyramidhotelgroup.com
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