Planning a meeting – no matter how big or small – is never easy. But when you have a team on your side, ready to help you find the best venues and services, optimizing value and maximizing efficiency, it becomes infinitely more manageable. Working with our National Sales directors, planners get a single point of contact to accelerate the planning process and book venues easily.
Each National Sales director takes the time to understand the full scope and objective of your unique situation before presenting a selection of meeting experiences. By leveraging the resources of the entire Destination Hotels collection and having intimate knowledge of the strengths of each property, directors and planners can focus on the most important measure of a meeting’s success – its content and results. Additionally, directors provide timely updates concerning new properties joining the portfolio, recent property enhancements, special promotions, and current offers and value dates.
Find a National Sales director for your region below. We look forward to working with you on creating a truly unforgettable event.
Kathie Giles joined Destination Hotels & Resorts in July of 2013, as Director of National Sales for the Southwest Region. Having come to Destination Hotels & Resorts from her extensive tenure with Marriott International, Kathie has over 25 years in the hospitality industry, with over 7 years on the Global Sales Organization side. Kathie has been highly dedicated to servicing National Fortune 500 accounts in the US and all markets. Prior to joining Destination Hotels, Kathie spent time on the East Coast representing boutique hotels and also in Chicago for seven years with Marriott Global Sales organization. She has also started her lengthy career with Hilton International, and has a Convention and Visitor’s Bureau background as well.
After graduating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Communications Studies degree, Kathie decided to shed the Canadian cold for sunny Southern California. She then traversed the United States, but is now back in Southern California Wine Country of Temecula. Weekends and summertime are made for enjoying hiking, biking, horseback riding and heading to the beach. Kathie resides with her daughter and animals, and is heavily involved in the Villa Chardonnay Horse Rescue.
Since joining Destination Hotels in 1999, Kevin has held sales positions at The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center, The National Sales Team, and Terranea Resort. As Assistant Vice President of National Sales, he works alongside a team of six National Sales professionals that are experts in finding the right Destination property to meet their customers' meeting objectives. Kevin holds a Bachelors Degree in Restaurant Hotel Management from Keuka College and a certificate of completion in Kitchen Production Management from Swiss Hotel Management School “Les Roches.” In addition, he completed the management training course at Walt Disney World’s Disney University.
Mr. Chicago - Bob has been active in the Chicago area for over 20 years, with National Sales Experience, Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau. In his 10+ years with us, he has brought Destination Hotels to the Incentive, Insurance and Financial Worlds. Member of FICP, Served as Chair of the Hospitably Partners Advisory Council of FICP (Financial and Insurance Planners). Collaborating and finding unique and distinctive Destinations for his clients meetings and events is his passion. In his free time you will find him enjoying the Chicago lakefront biking or flying kites, or enjoying the amazing food and beverages the city has to offer.
Julie has been working in the hospitality industry for 33 years and is a member of, AMP’s, MPI, PMPI and PCMA and the National Association of Professional Women. Julie has been with Destination Hotels since April 13, 2009.
Julie is active in the Wild Horse Preservation League of the United States, Equine Rescue League of the United States, Great Pyrenees Rescue of the US, and works very closely with the Battered Women’s Task Force in Northern Virginia.
Julie has been married to Alfred Baniowski for 40 years; she has 3 children, Rachael, Aaron and Ariel. Julie resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, 3 horses and 5 dogs!
Jim manages the Northeast and Southeast regions for Destination Hotels. He is passionate about partnering with clients on the placement, planning and execution of successful and memorable meeting experiences that are immersive and highly distinctive.
Jim has 15 years of experience in lodging, hotels and meetings. He started his career in hotel operations in the front office and housekeeping departments. Later, Jim worked in sales and conference service for groups, then business travel sales and ultimately group and national sales. Prior to joining Destination Hotels, he worked with brands and properties in cities such as Philadelphia, New York and Las Vegas and has delivered solutions for groups of every size up to several thousand participants.
Jim is trained in Green Meetings and holds a Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) as a certified pharmaceuticals, medical and healthcare meetings professional. He is an active member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) as well as the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives (MASAE).
Jim earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Legal Studies (’99) and a Master of Tourism & Hospitality Management (’09) from Temple University. He resides in the Greater Philadelphia area with his wife and children, where they are active in the local community and youth sports organizations. Jim is a Philadelphia sports fans, especially the Philadelphia Eagles and Temple Owls.
Kerry started her hospitality career 10 years ago with Destination Hotels as a sales manager for Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center. She expanded her resort sales experience while living in Hawaii and then returned to Destination Hotels in her current Nationals Sales role. Kerry focuses on the finance, insurance, consulting and retail markets in the Northeast and is an active member of FICP and MPI. While not working she enjoys traveling, running and getting as much beach time as the New Jersey weather allows.
Leslie has been with Destination Hotels for 11 years, and her expertise is within strategic account management and leisure travel. She has been in the hotel industry 20 years and started her career in Dallas, TX.
Leslie loves to travel to new places around the word and spend time at her new house in Miami with her husband, Frank, and two dogs.