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Face-to-face meetings are important drivers of the economy, and we have a venue for just about any gathering.
The team of experts with Salamander Hotels & Resorts is more than equipped to help you craft the perfect event.

Convention and Group Sales Team

  • Bill McKay
    Director of Sales & Marketing
    Innisbrook Resort

    Bill McKay, Director of Sales & Marketing

    Bill McKay is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort.  The 27-year hotel industry veteran directs all marketing and sales strategies overseeing all golf and group sales, as well as catering and revenue management.  Before joining Salamander Hotels and Resorts, Bill held various sales and marketing positions with Hyatt Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Gaylord Hotels, KSL Resorts and with several convention and visitor bureaus in Charlotte, Little Rock and Savannah.  In addition, Bill spent six years in the initial start up, with the Nashville Predators and in the first five seasons securing corporate partnerships and sponsors for the NHL franchise. Bill spends his free time on his John Deere tractor or at a hockey rink watching his 15 year old “Goalie“ son play hockey.

  • Doug Schmidt
    Regional Sales Manager
    SMERF Groups (Sports, Military, Education, Religious and Fraternal)
    Innisbrook Resort

    Doug Schmidt, Regional Sales Manager

    Doug came to Innisbrook in August of 2003 and has served as Director of Membership and has overseen golf sales and corporate meetings. Before coming to Florida Doug owned and operated Charleston Golf Partners a premier golf travel company serving Charleston, South Carolina and resorts including Kiawah Island, Wild Dunes and Seabrook Island. Doug also served as the President of Kemper Sports Management that leases and manages golf properties.

    Doug was instrumental in the development of Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove, Illinois and successfully sold out membership prior to the club's opening, raising more than $13 million. Doug served as Vice Chairman of the 1989 PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes and helped reinvent the Grand Slam of Golf. Doug is Vice Chairman of the Innisbrook Board of Governors and Director of the Western Golf Association. Doug’s passions include playing and watching sports, fishing and reading.

  • Darrien Herning
    Regional Sales Manager
    Arkansas & Tampa, St Pete, Miami- Florida
    Innisbrook Resort

    Darrien Herning, Regional Sales Manager

    Darrien represents Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, and Reunion Resort in Orlando. Darrien comes from a hospitality family and has always been drawn to travel and exciting destinations. She is active in the Tampa Bay chapter of MPI and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. Darrien want her clients to know she can offer three distinct resort meeting settings throughout Florida, all with one call. Each delivers successful and memorable experiences for our groups. Work. Play. Accomplish. - the definition of a successful meeting.

  • Stephen Hill
    Regional Sales Manager
    Golf Industry Sales
    Reunion Resort

    Stephen Hill, Regional Sales Manager

    Stephen Hill has over 14 years of hospitality experience that include positions from Front Desk to General Manager and between. Having worked at the World’s largest Marriott for over 6 years as a Senior Account Executive to the Hilton/Waldorf Bonnet Creek; Stephen has been in the Orlando Market for 11 years. Other past Resort’s represented include the Omni ChampionsGate, Gaylord Opryland Nashville & Westin Rio Mar Puerto Rico to which Stephen has handled primarily the Northeast Corporate Market. The Salamander brand is excited to have Stephen handling the Corporate/Strategic Golf Account market. Graduate of Mercyhurst University with a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Management he was a Division II Football All-Star with All-American honors.

  • Julie Kissel
    Regional Sales Manager
    Florida State Associations
    Reunion Resort

    Julie Kissel, Regional Sales Manager

    With 16 years of sales experience, specializing in corporate and association markets, Julie Kissel joins the Salamander team from the Westin Resort & Casino in Aruba. She’s had a successful career with Marriott International as well as PGA National Resort & Spa and Turnberry Isle. Julie is an active member of Florida Society of Association Executives. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Recreation & Hospitality Management from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southern University.

  • Karen Niederdorfer
    Regional Sales Manager
    Orlando, Lakeland
    Reunion Resort

    Karen Niederdorfer, Regional Sales Manager

    Bringing over 22 years in the hospitality industry to the team, Karen started her career in New England working for such brands as Hilton, Marriott and Sheraton hotels. In Orlando, Karen worked at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, was on the opening team of the Hilton Orlando at the Convention Center and most recently with Waterford Venue Services representing the Connecticut Convention Center as a remote National Sales Manager. The University of Hartford graduate has been an active member of Professional Convention Management Association, Meeting Professionals International, Healthcare Convention and Exhibitors Association as well as the American Society of Association Executives. Primarily managing the Florida State Association Market, Karen has recently joined the Florida Society of Association Executives.

  • Monika Popek
    Regional Sales Manager
    Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Louisiana
    Hammock Beach

    Monika Popek, Regional Sales Manager

    With over 16 years in the hospitality industry, Monika brings to Hammock Beach Resort a true passion for people, as she enjoys meeting clients and making new acquaintances wherever she goes. Originally from Zakopane, Poland, Monika’s fun and colorful personality, flexibility and creativity enable her to have an outstanding rapport with her clients. Monika’s numerous sales accomplishments include her work experiences at Mandarin Oriental, Millennium Hotels, Sonesta Resorts and Helms Briscoe. Because Monika also has professional event planning experience, she is able to excel as a sales professional in understanding the unique needs and requirements for group functions at hotels and to assure they receive personalized top-notch service.

  • Summer Rouse
    Regional Sales Manager
    Northeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic Secondary Accounts
    Hammock Beach

    Summer Rouse, Regional Sales Manager

    Summer joined Hammock Beach team in October of 2014 and comes from the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, GA where she has been a Sales Manager for the past six years. Summer is a native Floridian and graduated from Florida State University. When she is not working, Summer enjoys the beach and spending time with her son.

  • Stephen Baker
    Regional Sales Manager
    Georgia, North & South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky
    Hammock Beach

    Stephen Baker, Regional Sales Manager

    Bringing over 22 years in the hospitality industry to the team, Stephen’s day-to-day focus is with the Southeast Region, Washington and Oregon. An active member of GSAE, GaMPI, and SITE, Mr. Baker’s southern charm has earned him honors including Employee of the Year and the Sales Manager of the Year Award at various properties throughout his career. A proud alumnus of Clemson University, Stephen also has his Florida real estate license.

  • Jackie Baker
    Regional Sales Manager
    Jacksonville, East Coast & Miami-Florida
    Hammock Beach

    Jackie Baker, Regional Sales Manager

    With over 20 years of proven success in the in the Hotel Industry, Jackie joined the Hammock Beach Resort sales team in 2013. Her enthusiasm and results-driven accomplishments in securing new business and maintaining client loyalty has earned her several awards for outstanding sales achievement. Jackie’s extensive knowledge in both the Corporate and Association Markets provide her with a finely tuned understanding of a group’s requirements for a successful & memorable program.

  • Kim Harvey
    National Account Director
    Northeast
    Salamander Hotels & Resorts

    Kim Harvey, National Account Director

    Kim has spent her 22 year career primarily in the NE market, having been born in New York City and called it home her entire life. Kim was with Doral Arrowwood Conference Resort for 20 years, as well as Morgans Hotel Group and Caesars Entertainment, and she serves on the Board of Directors for MPI.
    Kim, husband Eric, their three children and Boxer Roxie call Westchester home, and enjoy spending as much free time as possible on Lake St. Catherine in Vermont.

  • Kelly Merryfield
    National Director of Leisure Sales
    Midwest
    Salamander Hotels & Resorts

    Kelly Merryfield, National Director of Leisure Sales

    With 20 years of experience in luxury hotel sales, Kelly began her hospitality career in New York at the Waldorf-Astoria. She spent several years in various hotel sales positions while in New York including sales manager, associate director of sales and regional director of sales all at The Peninsula New York. In 2007 Kelly joined Trump International Hotel & Tower as the director of sales and marketing followed by the director of entertainment and leisure sales at The New York Palace. A seasoned hospitality veteran, Kelly joined the Salamander team in March 2013 bringing with her years of knowledge, leadership and positive energy.    

  • Frances Maxwell
    National Account Director
    Incentive Market, Midwest
    Salamander Hotels & Resorts

    Frances Maxwell, National Account Director

    Frances joined Salamander Hotels & Resorts having represented such luxury brands as Taj and Wynn. Frances specializes in the Incentive Travel Market, lives in the Chicago area, and is a member of the National Association for Professional Women.

Golf Group Sales

  • Patrick Farrell
    Golf Leisure & Wholesale Manager
    Wholesale Groups and International Sales, excluding Canada

    Patrick Farrell, Golf Leisure & Wholesale Manager

    Patrick is the Golf Leisure and Wholesale Manager representing the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida. Patrick plays a vital role in Golf Sales bringing avid golfers to play some of the top courses in Florida. Patrick's extensive knowledge and expertise in building and selling golf packages is essential in leading Grand Golf Resorts of Florida as a top golfing destination. Patrick brings years of hospitality knowledge to Innisbrook and the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida excelling in exceeding Golf Package Sales year over year. Patrick enjoys watching his 14 year old son play and excel in the sport he loves, baseball.

  • Drew Dosek
    Golf Sales Manager
    West Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana

    Drew Dosek, Golf Sales Manager

    Drew serves as Golf Sales Manager for the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida where he books and coordinates golf outings for groups of 12 to 250. Drew is actively involved attending golf trade shows and marketing all three golf resorts as the top golf destinations of Florida. Drew brings great energy to Innisbrook where he continues to broaden his current knowledge on golf industry trends and marketing campaigns to increase sales and surpass his goals. Drew is a graduate of North Carolina State University and has been rewarded with outstanding customer service awards in his past positions over his last 10 years in hospitality. Besides playing golf in his spare time, Drew enjoys playing poker and attending various pro and college sport events.

  • Tim Thompson
    Golf Sales Manager
    New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC and Delaware

    Tim Thompson, Golf Sales Manager

    With a focus on customer service Mr. Thompson joined the Salamander family in February 2007. Tim has been in the golf industry for over 20 years and in Hospitality for nearly 8 years. Tim's focus is ensuring the success of each and every group's program. Tim has the proven ability to create unique member, junior and guest experience using innovative and dynamic programs. Tim enjoys spending time with his kids swimming, barbequing and attending local sporting events.

  • Eric Carlson
    Golf Sales Manager
    Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South FL

    Eric Carlson, Golf Sales Manager

    With over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Eric is ready to create a memorable experience for your golf outing. Prior to joining the Hammock Beach team, Eric was part of the opening team for the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, serving as their Golf and Corporate Sales Manager. Mr. Carlson has also spent time at Doral Golf Resort & Spa as well as the Naples Grande Resort & Club, and has been named Manager of the Year during his career.

  • Brey Garske
    Golf Sales Manager
    East Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, North & South Carolina

    Brey Garske, Golf Sales Manager

    Prior to his position as Golf Sales Manager for the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, Brey Garske also served at Reunion Resort in the capacities of Assistant Golf Professional from 2004-2011 and Tournament Sales Manager in 2012. With over 12 years of golf experience in the hospitality industry, Brey prides himself on his excellent customer service skills and quick response time. His extensive knowledge of the golf industry assists him in creating the best experience possible for his guests.

  • Darin Hoff
    Golf Sales Manager
    Midwest & Ontario, Canada

    Darin Hoff, Golf Sales Manager

    Darin Hoff, a 25 year Golf Industry veteran and PGA Certified Golf Professional, comes to Reunion from Fiddlesticks Country Club where he served as Head Golf Professional. Darin also spent over 7 years at the distinguished Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando serving as their Head Golf Professional. Having attained special distinction in multi-event management, Darin has the proven ability to create unique guest experiences using innovative and dynamic programs to meet all of your group’s needs.

  • Jeff Overgaard
    Golf Sales Manager
    Florida Central

    Jeff Overgaard, Golf Sales Manager

    Jeff Overgaard graduated from University of Central Florida with a Bachelor in Hospitality Management. He gained experience in the industry at the Orange Lake Resort. Jeff has been with Reunion since 2005 and became a Golf Sales Manager in 2012. His commitment to creating the best experiences for his guests is evident throughout his work at the resort.

Catering

  • Rick Galipault
    Director of Catering
    Innisbrook Resort

    Rick Galipault, Director of Catering

    Rick has over 20 years of experience in hospitality event catering and joins Innisbrook from his most recent position as Director of Catering with Embassy Suites Hotels in Arkansas where he handled all major convention accounts, as well as high profile social events in addition to his management responsibilities. Galipault's responsibilities include booking and coordination of social catering events, business meetings/events and special events at the resort. He collaborates with community and non-profit organizations on a variety of annual fundraising events and works closely with Innisbrook's executive chef and banquet service team to ensure all catered events meet a high standard of quality and creativity. Rick states what he likes best about his position is the opportunity to help people through such a wide variety of what are often “milestone events” in their lives.

  • Melissa Gordon
    Catering Manager
    Innisbrook Resort

    Melissa Gordon, Catering Manager

    Melissa joined Innisbrook in February 2013 as Catering Manager and plays an instrumental role in the execution of an array of Catering events including weddings, social events and corporate meetings and dinners for up to 500 plus guests. Melissa's strong attention to detail and ability to build and maintain relationships with her clients makes Melissa a great asset to the Innisbrook Catering Team. Melissa brings many years of hospitality experience and great passion to exceed the guests' expectations. Melissa wants her clients to know that she has great attention to detail and a passion to exceed their expectations.