People Update

September 1, 2006

Lodges Names Mark Johnson as Director of Sales

The Lodge of Four Seasons announces an important addition to its sales team. After an extensive nationwide search, Mark Johnson will serve as Director of Sales for the resort.

Since 1995, Mark Johnson has held senior-level positions with Westin, Marriott, and Wyndham. Most recently, Johnson served as Director of Sales for The Grand Geneva Resort, Wisconsin. Johnson received his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Sacramento in 1992 and his far-reaching sales and marketing experience includes over 22 years of hospitality industry.

“Mark comes to us with excellent experience from some very wonderful hotels,” stated Dean Chininis, The Lodge general manager. “We believe he is the person to lead our team forward in improving the quality and occupancy of this hotel.”

“We were looking for a team leader with the strongest possible combination of leadership, education and relevant experience in the industry, and Mark Johnson was the perfect fit,” said Brown.

Although Johnson grew up in Palm Desert, CA, he is familiar to the Midwest. His children, Charlie (9) and Nicholas (5), reside in Overland Park, KS. Johnson is looking forward to his new role with The Lodge as well as making his home in Lake Ozark.

The Lodge of Four Seasons is a landmark golf resort and spa in Lake Ozark, Missouri.

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Grand Prix Speedways Brings in the Experts

Grand Prix Speedways welcomes two new additions to its staff. Both event coordinators, Stacy DeLuca and Michelle King come with backgrounds that bring experience of the meeting and event industry to GPS.

Stacy DeLuca, who joined the GPS team in June, was formerly in charge of events and promotions at a local sports/talk radio station. She was responsible for carrying out events such as golf tournaments, youth broadcast searches, poker tournaments and a wide variety of sporting celebrations.

Michelle King worked for three years as Event Manager for ESPN’s domestic and international X Games events before coming to GPS.  Her key responsibilities were managing staff and athlete services such as catering and hospitality while also liaising with ESPN’s international management teams in executing events abroad.  She is utilizing her sporting event planning and management background in creating a unique team-building experience for corporate clientele at Grand Prix Speedways, LLC.

As event coordinators for GPS, Stacy and Michelle work with the sales staff in event fulfillment. It is their job to meet with the sales associate and the client to work out the details of each event. The details include meals, table layout, décor, race format and audio-visual needs. Once contracts are signed, the event coordinators become the liaisons between the caterer, client and sales staff. On the day of the event, these coordinators are in charge of “Game Day Operations.” It is their job to make sure that your event runs smoothly.

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