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Mice Net : December 2008
people KAREN BOLINGER general manager SaleS & marKeTing rOyal agriCUlTUral SOCieTy OF nSW HERE I AM NOW ! Wayne Pilgrim Director of sales conraD Jupiters What did you want to be when you grew up: a hotel general manager. Your first job: dish pig / waiter for sri lankan catering company. Your first pay packet: $40 for 10 hours’ work. Your first break: a hotel traineeship at the regent Melbourne. Describe your current role: leading a dynamic sales team in the conference, international and leisure arenas whilst driving room, catering, show and on-spend revenues. [i have] close interactions with pr and marketing teams and Hilton regional sales offices. The best part of your job: issuing shine reward vouchers for exceptional work. The worst: Weekend site inspections. Who has inspired you: My mum – the most diligent and ethical worker i have known. Your best quality: My passion. Your worst quality: too chatty! Your best achievement: event managing a high-profile advertising event in torrential weather in a remote location two days after surgery. Where do you want to be in 10 years’ time: in a senior regional role overseeing sales, marketing and operations for an exceptional hotel group. Your likes about the MICE industries: [there are] so many inspirational people and much job variety. Your dislikes: i would like to see greater financial rewards for those that shine. 120 mice.net Karen Bolinger has been appointed general manager sales and marketing at the royal agricultural Society of nSW. ms Bolinger has held many high-profile positions in the business events segment, most recently director of marketing at Staging Connections. HARDY KILIMANN DireCTOr OF marKeTing HyaTT regenCy aDelaiDe Hardy Kilimann has been appointed director of marketing at the Hyatt regency adelaide. mr Kilimann was previously the director of marketing at the Hyatt regency Sanctuary Cove. With a strong tourism, business and hospitality background, his extensive international experience and network of industry contacts are a valuable asset to the hotel. MARIANNE LUNOE DireCTOr OF SaleS & marKeTing SOFiTel SyDney WenTWOrTH marianne lunoe has been appointed director of sales & marketing at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. She has worked in various sales and marketing roles in both Sydney and melbourne and brings great experience in these markets to her new position. COLETTE TOBIN naTiOnal SaleS manager ClUBS anD reSOrTS raCV Colette Tobin has been appointed national sales manager clubs and resorts of the raCV. Her primary responsibility will be to manage sales at the newly acquired raCV royal Pines resort and identify opportunities for all raCV clubs and mary neeve has been appointed director of sales and marketing of Urban Brisbane, the first Urban brand hotel to open in Queensland. ms neeve has an impressive list of managerial and marketing roles with leading hotel brands, including the five-star radisson edwardian Hotels in london, Heathrow. SHANE CARTER BDm SOFiTel BriSBane granD CenTral resorts. ms Tobin brings a wealth of knowledge to the resort having been with raCV since 2005 in the role of senior sales manager conferences and events at raCV’s City Club in melbourne. WAYNE GREENWOOD general manager nOVOTel TWin WaTerS reSOrT Wayne greenwood has been appointed general manager of the novotel Twin Waters resort. He joins the iconic Queensland resort from his most recent role at accor’s novotel Canberra hotel in the aCT. mr greenwood brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in managing hotels and resorts across multiple brands within the accor group, celebrating his eighth year with the company working across australia and new Zealand. MARY NEEVE DireCTOr OF SaleS anD marKeTing UrBan BriSBane Shane Carter has been appointed business development manager of the Sofitel Brisbane grand Central. Prior to joining Sofitel, Shane was miCe manager of emirates airlines based in Dubai.