Sales & Marketing
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.
Bill can be reached at email@example.com.
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.
Darrien can be reached at Darrien.Herning@visitinnisbrook.com Territories include Arkansas and the Tampa, St Petersburg and Miami areas of Florida.
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.
Doug can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Territories include all SMERF Groups (Sports, Military, Education, Religious and Fraternal).
Golf Group Sales
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.
Contact Patrick at email@example.com. Territories include Wholesale Groups and International Sales, excluding Canada.
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.
Contact Drew at firstname.lastname@example.org. Territories include Canada, excluding Ontario, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.
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.
To contact Tim directly email email@example.com. Territories in the North East including New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC and Delaware.
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.
Rick can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Melissa can be reached at Melissa.email@example.com.
Regina Columbo, Associate Marketing Manager
Regina is the Associate Marketing Manager and an integral part of the on-site marketing and corporate communication brand standards. Regina came to Innisbrook in 2002 and has served as Executive Assistant to the Resort Manager and most recently as Food and Beverage Coordinator, managing the day to day operations of the Food and Beverage Department. Regularly engaged in booking, planning and executing special holiday events including themed events, decor and entertainment. Regina has over 10 years experience providing excellent customer service following her graduation from the University of Florida with a degree in Marketing. Regina is a native Floridian and resident of the Tampa Bay area. She enjoys attending local sporting events and cheering on her favorite teams, the Rays, Bucs and Lightning.
Regina can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.