CITRON JOINS GREATER SPRINGFIELD AREA SPORTS COMMISSION
John Citron has joined the Greater Springfield Area Sports Commission as Executive Director. Citron is the former director of the Tallahassee (Fla.) Sports Council, a division of the Tallahassee Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Citron’s experience also includes serving as interim president of the Tallahassee Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, interim executive director of the Leon County (Fla.) Tourist Development Council, sports program manager for the Governor’s Council on Fitness and Sports in Florida, and positions with other sports and event planning organizations.
Citron has a master’s degree in physical education with emphasis in sports administration and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Florida State University.
Visit www.springfieldmosports.org for more information.
WISBROCK JOINS TEAM AT AMERICA’S INCREDIBLE PIZZA COMPANY IN ST. LOUIS
As Marketing and Sales Director with America’s Incredible Pizza Company in St. Louis, Tricia Wisbrock utilizes her knowledge and skills gained from her experiences as an employee at NASCAR SpeedPark, as well as her involvement as a member of the Board of Directors of the Northwest Chamber of Commerce in 2005-2006, which honed her leadership skills. Incredible Pizza is a unique entertainment and restaurant concept that is challenging as well as exciting. Because of this, Wisbrock’s leadership skills have proven to be vital in her role. Wisbrock has a heart for serving others and was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by the Northwest Board of Directors. To explore the fun you can have at America’s Incredible Pizza Company, visit www.ipcstlouis.com or call (314) 842-0700.
SCIENCE CENTER’S DOUG KING NAMED TO GIANT SCREEN CINEMA ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) has named Saint Louis Science Center President & CEO Doug King to its Board of Directors. King was one of eight new members appointed, joining 11 other GSCA board members. His two-year term began at the commencement of the European Film Expo board meeting on March 3, 2008. King is the only representative from a Missouri museum or giant-screen entity to be selected for the GSCA’s Board of Directors.
The Giant Screen Cinema Association (formerly known as the Giant Screen Theater Association) was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in St. Louis. For more information about the Giant Screen Cinema Association and the newly elected board of directors, please visit www.giantscreencinema.com. To learn more about the Saint Louis Science Center and the OMNIMAX® Theater, call (800) 456-SLSC or visit slsc.org.
STEVEN BECKER FINE DINING ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF AND PROMOTIONS
The catering sales division at Steven Becker Fine Dining recently added Micki Keim as a Catering Sales Manager. She joins the Steven Becker Fine Dining team with nearly 10 years of event planning experience. Having worked for regional charities such as Life Skills, the Special Education Foundation and various Masonic organizations, Keim has planned everything from golf tournaments to spectacular gala events, raising more than $1 million for St. Louis causes. She graduated from the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a B.A. in Mass Communications.
Stephen Becker Fine Dining is also proud to announce the promotion of Megan Kniffen to Catering Sales Manager. Kniffen has been developing the SBFD Express Division for the past year. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in Management and Marketing, from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
For more information, please call (314) 367-4848 or visit www.stevenbeckerfd.com.
UTLEY APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF SALES AT TWO PREMIER OZARK PROPERTIES
Lance Utley has been appointed Director of Sales at the Country Club Hotel and Spa and The Resort at Port Arrowhead in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. He will be assisting already strong sales offices to work jointly for both properties. Lance has worked in the hotel business for more than 13 years. He has been a member of the sales teams at the Marina Bay Resort at the Lake, The Inn at Grand Glaize in Osage Beach, and the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort in Lake Ozark. In 2003, he returned to The Inn at Grand Glaize as the Director of Sales.
Utley has been a member of MSAE, SGMP, MPI and the Missouri Travel Council. For more information on The Country Club Hotel & Spa, contact Utley at (800) 964-6698 or visit www.countryclubhotel.com.
FITZPATRICK NAMED DIRECTOR OF SALES AT THE BRAND NEW RESORT & YACHT CLUB @ Toad Cove
The Resort & Yacht Club @ Toad Cove at the Lake of the Ozarks is proud to announce the appointment of Lagina Fitzpatrick, CMP, CHSC, as Director of Sales. The Resort & Yacht Club is a 116-suite luxury waterfront property set to open in May 2008. Fitzpatrick is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration. She previously worked for The Lodge of Four Seasons and most recently was Director of Sales and Marketing for The Resort at Port Arrowhead. For more information visit www.resortand-yachtclub.com or call (573) 434-0115.
NEW GENERAL MANAGER ANNOUNCED AT STONEBRIDGE RESORT
Sam Deter, a twenty-year veteran of the hospitality industry, has joined the StoneBridge Resort team as General Manager.
Deter started his career with Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Resorts and has added to his experience at the Adolphus Hotel and Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa and Convention Center. For further information contact Paul Wannenmacher at 417-869-4848.
EVANS NAMED DIRECTOR OF SALES AT STONEBRIDGE RESORT
Melissa Evans has been named Director of Sales at StoneBridge Resort in Branson, MO. Previously, Melissa was the Director of Sales of Historic Landmark Hotels, which included the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel and The Gavioli Chapel, all located in Eureka Springs, AR. Melissa earned her degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. She has been a board member of the Northwest Arkansas Tourism Association & Northwest Arkansas Hospitality Association. She has also served on a variety of local Chamber of Commerce committees. She was nominated for Manager of the Year by the Arkansas Hospitality Association in 2006. She currently serves on the TTMC Meetings & Conventions Sub-Committee at the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.