HERE I AM NOW !
CHOICE HOTELS AUSTRALASIA
What did you want to be when you grew up: For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a professional tennis player. I practised and trained just about every day from when I was 12 years old, but when I got to about 17 I realised my talent couldn’t keep up with my ambitions. From the age of 18 when I first started working in hotels I realised that the hospitality industry was my passion and my ambition was to one day run a hotel company! Your first job: Besides doing the local paper round for two cents a paper when I was 13 (I don’t think my negotiation skills were very good back then), my first job was a tennis coach at the age of 16. Your first pay packet: My first pay packet in 1986 was $35 for five hours’ tennis coaching on a Saturday morning. Your first break: My first break was being accepted as a corporate trainee with SPHC at the North Sydney Travelodge in 1990. Describe your current role: I am in charge of setting the strategic future direction of this business, developing our brands, building a winning culture and driving day to day operations towards delivering more business into our franchisees’ properties. The best part of your job: The terrific people I work with in the team and our supportive franchisee network. The worst: Delayed flights and grumpy airline staff at check-in counters. Who has inspired you: One fellow I met last month at our global convention in Las Vegas was the real life story of Chris Gardner which was captured in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith. Your best quality: Resilience and a positive attitude. Your worst quality: Sometimes I can become a little impatient (but please don’t tell my wife I’m admitting to that!) Your best achievement: Marrying my beautiful wife and my family of three daughters.
THE WESTIN MELBOURNE
Kerrie Mulholland has been appointed director of sales & marketing at The Westin Melbourne. Ms Mulholland brings 15 years of Starwood experience to the role which includes various roles in catering and conventions, corporate and MICE sales and global sales in Sydney.
BDM – MICE
METRO HOSPITALITY GROUP
Div Grover has been appointed business development manager – MICE for Metro Hospitality Group in Australia. In this newly created role, Mr Grover is responsible for building and maintaining the small meetings, incentives, conferences and events business for Metro Hospitality Group’s network.
CONFERENCE AND EVENTS MANAGER
BYRON AT BYRON RESORT AND SPA
Sasha Eburne has been appointed conference and events manager at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa. General manager, John Parché said despite her young age, Ms Eburne is highly experienced and very switched on with the conference and events market. “We are delighted to have her with us at the resort. Conferences, weddings and incentive visits are very important and the spin off in the area is well recognised, with many local suppliers benefiting as a result of this market.
GENERAL MANAGER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Kristian Nicholls has been appointed general manager business development at Business Events Sydney (BESydney). Mr Nicholls’ extensive management and sales experience in the business event and hotel sectors made him the ideal candidate for the role.
Sean Byrne is the new general manager of the Tower Lodge and Peppers Convent in the Hunter Valley. He joins recently appointed executive chef George Francisco. Together they are set to cement the Relais & Chateaux property’s reputation as one of the finest luxury lodges in the world. Byrne has worked in restaurants and hotels in Australia for the past 17 years.