Teneo Hospitality Group Names Jennifer Milliron Director of Sales for the Southwest Region
Eden Prairie (Minneapolis), MN, February 6, 2018 … Continuing its dynamic growth, Teneo Hospitality Group, the premier global firm representing 300+ independent and luxury branded hotels, resorts and DMCs, adds another seasoned sales professional to its roster with the appointment of Jennifer Milliron as Director of Sales for the Southwest Region. Ms. Milliron will be responsible for markets in Colorado, Utah, Texas and Arizona.
“We’re delighted to welcome Jennifer to Teneo’s expanding sales team for these key Southwestern states,” says Teneo President Mike Schugt. “Her exceptional hotel sales experience on a national and global level and for major brands will be a great advantage to our members in this region and beyond.”
Jennifer Milliron was previously Global Account Director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., based out of Denver, a position she held for 13 years. In this role, Jennifer managed a portfolio of over 100 key international association, corporate and group accounts in Colorado, Utah and Illinois. She was also responsible for strategically driving business to 11 global Starwood brands.
Ms. Milliron began her 25-year career working in sales and conference management positions for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, including opening the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. She then worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts as Senior Sales Manager for the Westin Michigan Avenue, responsible for the national corporate and association group markets in the Midwest and Northeast. She also served as Director of Group Sales at the Westin Chicago River North and the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, where she led the Small Meetings Team for both properties and was responsible for the Northeast Pharmaceutical and Corporate markets.
Jennifer Milliron’s leadership has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including Starwood’s Global Sales Achievement Award and the Shining Star Award for both global and regional sales.
She is active in such professional organizations as the Rocky Mountain Chapters of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI), as well as Meetings Industry Council of Colorado (MIC). Committed to community action, she volunteers at Denver Children’s Hospital and the Denver Food Bank of the Rockies.
Ms. Milliron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing/Management from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.
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Teneo Hospitality Group Continues Sales Force Expansion Names Rene McCoy Director of Sales Mid-Atlantic
Minneapolis, MN, January 2018 – Teneo Hospitality Group, the premier global firm representing 300+ independent and luxury branded hotels, resorts and DMCs, has named distinguished hotel sales executive, Rene McCoy, as Director of Sales Mid-Atlantic.
“We are delighted to welcome Rene to our growing sales team,” says Teneo President Mike Schugt. “Her executive career spans key hotel and conference markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Caribbean, and includes both association and corporate sales on a local and global level. Her exceptional track record and background in the DC Metro Market will make Rene a great asset to our Mid-Atlantic office in Washington DC.”
Rene McCoy began her career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts where she held sales positions at several leading Westin properties in the DC Metro area, including the Westin Tyson’s Corner and The Westin Alexandria. Moving on to Global Sales with Starwood as an Account Director based in Washington DC, Rene focused on maintaining key accounts in the Mid-Atlantic, new business development, market penetration and business strategy for both her clients and hotel partners.
Earlier serving as National Sales Manager, Ms. McCoy was part of the executive pre-opening and opening teams for the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
An active member in several professional organizations, Rene serves as Co-Chair on the PCMA’s Capital Chapter Emerging Professionals Committee, a group dedicated to mentoring individuals who are new to the hotel and conference industries. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women and Meeting Planners International. As an Adjunct Professor for the School of Hospitality at Prince George’s County Community College, Rene teaches Hospitality Sales & Marketing to night school students.
Ms. McCoy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. She resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Teneo Hospitality Group Adds Legendary Pinehurst Resort to its Expanding Portfolio
$30 Million Renovations to Enhance Resort
Eden Prairie, MN, January 2018 … It’s a landmark and a legend, a luxurious spa and health center, a renowned meetings hub and the place where golf in America was born. The storied Pinehurst Resort is a destination in itself, rising amid 2,000 acres of woodlands, lakes and links in North Carolina. Now, Teneo Hospitality Group, the premier global firm representing 300+ independent and luxury branded hotels, resorts and DMCs, welcomes this iconic resort to its rapidly expanding portfolio. Teneo will drive group sales for the award-winning resort and promote its $30 million Capital Refurbishment Program that will preserve its past and actively build its future.
“As Pinehurst approaches its 125th anniversary, we are looking to ensure its future and mission for another century”, says Eric Kuester, Vice President of Sales for the resort. “Our new partnership with Teneo Hospitality Group will help position Pinehurst as a complete meetings destination with a vivid history, exceptional facilities and a unique and authentic destination experience.”
“We are very proud to be supporting Pinehurst’s group meetings business as the resort engages in a far-reaching capital enhancement program,” said Teneo President Mike Schugt. “The resort enjoys a legendary past and a brilliant future. Pinehurst will offer not just the nation’s best golf, but an array of resort activities, dining options, health and wellness services, top-notch meeting and technical resources and a highly trained meetings support staff.”
Building on a Legendary History for a Brilliant Future
In the late 19th Century, health resorts were rising in popularity along the Eastern Seaboard. Quick to spot a trend, Boston soda fountain magnate, James Walker Tufts, purchased 5,500 acres of pine-filled woodlands in North Carolina. He envisioned a progressive health resort and built the Holly Inn to accommodate guests. Tufts commissioned Frederick Law Olmstead, the storied designer of New York City’s Central Park, to create Pinehurst Village with stores, stables, cottages and fine homes, and the resort has continuously taken shape around the historic village.
Tufts made another decision that changed the course of history at Pinehurst, commissioning Donald Ross to build the resort’s first four golf courses. Thanks to Ross’ work and meticulous commitment to perfection, Pinehurst is rightfully known today as “The Cradle of American Golf”, having played host to the most prominent championships in the game, including the US Open, PGA Championship, and the Ryder Cup. In an effort to preserve and share the wonderful golf pedigree of Pinehurst, the resort recently purchased Dornoch Cottage, the home that Ross built overlooking his masterpiece, Course #2. The home will be made available in 2018 for group functions and events that encapsulate the true spirit of Pinehurst and provide an in-depth look at Ross’ work through the years.
Expanding its golf options, the resort opened “The Cradle” – a nine hole par three course designed by Gil Hanse – in October of last year. The Cradle opens up entirely new possibilities for both beginning players and for groups with more limited time constraints hoping to experience a taste of golf at Pinehurst. The Cradle can be played in less than an hour at the price of $50 per player.
Today, Pinehurst is a nationally recognized destination, resort and conference hub. The new refurbishment and building projects will provide guests with experiences that are not available at any other golf resorts in the United States. With 80,000 square feet of meetings space, Pinehurst Resort hosts over 500 groups per year. Meeting planners will find a professional Event Services Team and Events Concierge who excel in crafting a world-class event from start to finish, as well as facility and technical support needed for a productive and memorable meeting in a spectacular, singular setting.
The Carolina Hotel, or “Queen of the South”, is the largest hotel in Pinehurst and the center of much of the resort’s activity. Built in 1901, its grand cupola rises over the village and its elegant ballrooms set the scene for memorable meetings and events. As part of the refurbishment program, the Cardinal Ballroom in the hotel will be restored to its Belle Époque glamour.
In addition to topnotch catering for events and meetings, Pinehurst offers a wide range of dining options with intimate dining rooms located in the Holly Inn and Carolina Hotel. Casual fare is served at The Deuce, a new restaurant that has already been acclaimed “Best New Golf Restaurant” by Golf Inc. Magazine, overlooking the famed 18th green of Course #2. The Tavern, with its famous bar brought from Scotland, is a guest favorite at The Holly Inn, serving a variety of traditional pub favorites infused with a Southern flair.
Construction has begun on the Village’s original Steam Plant, as it will become a Microbrewery and restaurant, set to open in the summer of 2018. The Microbrewery will feature original craft beers, a unique menu, and outdoor seating perfect for group dining.
Guests can choose from 428 guestrooms, located around Pinehurst. There are three historic properties: The Carolina Hotel – which also offers Villas geared toward golfers, the intimate Holly Inn and the cozy and casual Manor Inn. Popular with families and groups are the spacious condos with fully-equipped kitchens. The resort is in the final stages of room renovations and improvements and will have completed work on every guestroom in The Carolina and Holly Inn by April.
Pinehurst offers much more than golf – there’s tennis, cycling, swimming and workouts, yoga instruction and treatments at the resort’s award-winning spa. Opened in 2002 in a new building that blends seamlessly with the resort’s historic architecture, the 31,000-square foot spa continues Pinehurst’s healing legacy. The spa features 28 treatment rooms and an array of therapies incorporating local ingredients such as pine and honey. Hydrotherapy is available in the Tranquility Room lap pool and Pinehurst recently introduced cryotherapy to soothe aching muscles and rejuvenate the entire body. The spa also includes a Fitness Center that never closes.
Pinehurst is 71 miles from Raleigh-Durham International Airport and eight carriers provide service from around the US. The resort offers a shuttle service to and from the airport. Moore County Airport, serving corporate and private aircraft, is just five miles from Pinehurst Resort.
Teneo Hospitality Group Names Julie Stovroff Vice President of Sales, Insurance and Financial Services
Eden Prairie, MN, April 2017 … Teneo Hospitality Group, the premier global sales firm representing 300+ independent and luxury branded hotels, resorts, and DMCs continues to expand its portfolio and international reach, naming Julie Stovroff Vice President of Sales, Insurance and Financial Services. Teneo President Mike Schugt made the announcement.
“As Teneo continues to grow, we are enhancing our ability to drive the highly important insurance and financial services business to our member properties,” said Mr. Schugt. “Teneo will become a stronger player in this market with Julie on board, and we welcome her to our company.”
Julie Stovroff brings 31 years of global sales and representation experience within the key insurance and financial services markets to her new position with Teneo Hospitality Group. She was previously Vice President, Group Sales Insurance and Financial Services for Preferred Hotels & Resorts where she earlier served as Director of Sales for the same market. In these positions, Ms. Stovroff was consistently recognized as a top performer, earning the company’s most prestigious sales and incentive awards. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Sales with Hinton and Grusich, responsible for insurance and financial services sectors as well.
Ms. Stovroff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communications and Psycology from the University of Denver. A resident of Denver, Colorado, she will operate out of Teneo’s Denver offices.
TENEO HOSPITALITY GROUP REACHES OUT TO NEW YORK’S HOMELESS VIA INNOVATIVE NETWORKING EVENT.
Teneo Hospitality Group Launches Nationwide Meeting Planner and Hotelier Networking & Charity Events, Assisting Homeless in 14 Cities
NEW YORK, NY, March 2017 … Teneo Hospitality Group launched the first of several planned 2017 networking and charity programs with an interactive event at Manhattan’s swanky Second Floor venue. The gathering, to benefit the New York Rescue Mission, was attended by 100 meeting planners from the Northeast and representatives of 58 hotels and destinations from across the US and internationally. Teneo’s networking programs, held across the United States and in Latin America, provide members with a unique opportunity to showcase their products and services, enjoy great food and entertainment, while aiding a local charity. Teneo will host similar gatherings in 13 other cities during the year, each benefiting a local charitable organization supporting the homeless.
At the New York event, meeting planners were given Teneo tote bags to fill. Then, they visited each of the 58 tables where they connected with a hotelier or destination management company (DMC) who added an item to each bag. Each tote bag contained 58 items that could be useful to the homeless, including socks, dental floss, eye drops, hand cream, feminine products, toothbrushes, umbrellas, blankets, Band-Aids, snacks and a number of other necessity items. Over 160 bags were filled and donated to the NYC Rescue Mission.
Teneo developed the innovative program last year as a key part of its business model. “Our business is built on developing strong relationships between meeting planners and the hotels and DMC members who serve them,” says Teneo President Mike Schugt. “Our charitable outreach utilizes these interactive gatherings to give back by supporting the organizations servicing the homeless in their city.” He also noted that the problem of homelessness continues to grow, affecting a broad spectrum of the population, including families, women, children, veterans and those suffering from substance abuse and mental illness.
Since launching the program last year, Teneo has hosted nine events in various US cities, plus the company’s annual Summit in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Teneo chooses a different charitable focus each year. In 2016, the company’s outreach benefited at risk children in numerous US cities. Charities included Covenant House, Special Olympics and several local shelters and clothing programs for children in need. Participants filled backpacks with school supplies, toiletries and sneakers.
The innovative charitable aspect of the evening was new to many and greeted with appreciation. Noted Tiru Irani, president of Far Horizons, a luxury group travel company, “It was very thoughtful of Teneo to include the charity component to this event. I was touched and very impressed by this kind gesture.”
Teneo Hospitality Group brought its imaginative networking while giving concept to Manhattan with a major event attended by over 160 meeting planners, hoteliers and destination management companies. Meeting planners were given Teneo tote bags to fill, then visited each table where they connected with a hotelier or DMC who then added an item to each bag. Each bag contained 58 practical items, including dental floss, hand cream, feminine products, toothbrushes, umbrellas, blankets, Band-Aids, razors, snacks and socks designed especially for the homeless. Over 160 bags were filled and taken to the NYC Rescue Mission.
Expanding Its Presence in the Northwest and Utah
Teneo Hospitality Group Names Christie Post Director of Sales Northwest
Eden Prairie, MN, February 9, 2017 … Teneo Hospitality Group, the premier global sales representation firm for 300 Four Diamond independent and luxury branded hotels, continues to expand its portfolio and international reach with the appointment of Christie Post as Director of Sales Northwest. Based in Portland, OR, Ms. Post will oversee Teneo’s sales initiatives in Oregon, Washington and Utah.
Christie Post joins Teneo Hospitality Group with over 20 years of global hotel sales experience, primarily on the west coast. Most recently, she held a global sales role with Disney, representing their convention and incentive hotels and Disney Institute, and received Disney’s Platinum Club Award for two consecutive years. She has also been a top producing member of Gaylord Hotels National Sales Team where she focused on large group business for Gaylord’s four convention properties.
Ms. Post opened and operated Krisam Group’s first Pacific Northwest office from 2004 – 2010, and had previously held national sales and on-property positions with Ritz-Carlton and Krisam Group in New York.
Expanding Its Professional Sales Force, Teneo Hospitality Group
Names Cindy Meyerer Director of Sales
Eden Prairie, MN, November 2016 … Further expanding its professional sales force, Teneo Hospitality Group, the premier global sales representation firm for independent and branded hotels, named Cindy Meyerer as director of sales, responsible for the company’s Southeastern market.
“We are delighted to welcome Cindy Meyerer to the Teneo family,” said Teneo President Mike Schugt. “Cindy has developed tremendous relationships with meeting professionals throughout her career, and her background and experience are a perfect fit for our team.”
Based in Orlando, Ms. Meyerer’s background in sales, catering, operations and destination promotion spans prominent hotel brands in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Washington D.C., California, and Texas. These include Hyatt Hotels, Gaylord Entertainment, and The Walt Disney Company. Her most recent position was with Disney Meetings and Disney Destinations Worldwide, as their National Sales Representative for the Southeast.
She holds numerous awards including Gaylord Hotels Teammate of the Year, Disney Destinations Platinum Circle Winner, and the NSO Top Production Award for Disney Destination’s Resort Division.
Ms. Meyerer holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Hospitality Administration/Management from Florida State University.
About Teneo Hospitality Group
Teneo Hospitality Group represents over 300 independent and branded hotels, resorts and DMCs around the world.
Teneo is a Latin word meaning to know, understand and persevere. This maxim informs the company’s mission and its successful track record of global expansion. In just three years, Teneo has grown into a prominent industry player. The company continues to expand its staff of hospitality sales professionals, whose resumes span major hotel brands, independent properties and top travel destinations.
Coming Together by Giving Back
Building Relationships through Corporate Giving
Deck the halls, trim the tree, organize a company party and make sure that the plans for next year’s conferences are as carefully laid as the holiday banquet table. ‘Tis the season for meeting planners to be busy with celebrations, and a time when companies make their most generous charitable donations to national and local charities.
At Teneo Hospitality Group, we believe that giving back in the spirit of the holidays is certainly appropriate and can greatly benefit the company who is giving, even more than the recipient. Apart from being its own reward, corporate social outreach can raise a company’s profile, attract positive media and investor attention, enhance teamwork and build bridges between management, employees and the local community.
We believe that an innovative, well-planned social engagement program can do all this and much more. In fact, corporate giving is such a valuable tool, we have made it an integral part of our business model and a year ‘round effort. Our business is built on developing relationships between meeting planners and our hotel and DMC members who serve them. Our charitable outreach is designed to bring those groups together through a series of interactive events.
We host nearly 20 events per year in locations across the US and Latin America. Local meeting planners are invited to meet and network with Teneo member Hotel and DMC representatives. There’s great food, entertainment and a chance to help a local charity while networking at the same time. Since most of our charities are geared toward helping children in need, we designed back-to-school events, where we purchased backpacks and filled them with needed school supplies. These included pens, pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks, and paper. Planners are given a backpack to fill and go to each table, where they connect with a hotelier who then adds an item to the backpack until all backpacks are filled. It’s simple, fun and effective.
In some cases, instead of giving school supplies, we provided toiletries or pairs of shoes for children at local homeless shelters.
Most companies cannot donate millions of dollars. But we can create cost-effective programs that benefit local communities in a targeted and meaningful way, while involving our employees and clients.
This year, our programs have benefited at risk children in numerous US cities. Charities included Covenant House, Special Olympics and several local shelters and clothing programs for children in need. At our recent Summit in Puerto Vallarta, we contributed backpacks filled with necessities to two local charities that aid children.
The backpacks are both attractive and practical, and their contents are greatly appreciated. We donated 100 pairs of shoes to the St. Anthony Free Clothing Program in San Francisco – just in time for the kids’ return to school.
Our clients agree that these events are unique – and fun. “My personal award for Most Creative and Thoughtful Charity Event,” wrote one meeting planner. Said another, “I loved being part of something bigger in giving back to the community.”
In the New Year, we hope to expand our programs and partnerships, bringing more meeting professionals and Teneo members together, helping disadvantaged kids and leaving something meaningful behind in each place we visit.
About Teneo Hospitality Group
Teneo Hospitality Group is a leading professional group sales organization, representing over 300 hotels, resorts and destination management companies (DMCs) worldwide. Learn more about Teneo Hospitality Group.
Teneo Hires Reena Shanahan as Director of Sales for the Midwest Region
Eden Prairie, MN, November 2016 … Teneo Hospitality Group, the premier global sales representation firm for four diamond independent and branded hotels, continues its expansion, naming Reena Shanahan as its newest director of sales, responsible for the company’s Midwestern market. Based in Teneo’s Chicago offices, Ms. Shanahan brings an in-depth background in hospitality sales and marketing to her new position. (more…)