- Monday, 18 June 2018 18:23
Director of National Accounts
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Kerri Matthews has enjoyed 25 years in the hospitality industry. For three years, she has been Director of National Accounts for Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Maui serving southwest and international accounts while based in the DFW area. Prior, she was a leader in sales at La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Gaylord Texan and the Hilton Anatole.
When asked why she loves this industry, she says, “I have a passion to help others be successful. When I can help planners achieve their goals, we ALL win.” This is also why she is overjoyed about participating in SITE Texas. It gives her the opportunity to be of service to both planners and suppliers, learn new and better techniques, and help create a better hospitality industry overall.
Kerri is married and has three children, ranging in age from 10 to 24, who all reside in the Dallas area. She is grateful for her family’s support that most recently enabled her to win Hilton’s Circle of Excellence Award for 2017.
- Monday, 18 June 2018 18:22
The Resort at Pelican Hill
In 2016, Whitney joined The Resort at Pelican Hill as Group Sales Manager. She oversees the southwest market, specializing in groups from 10-250 room nights. Located in Newport Coast, CA, The Resort at Pelican Hill is a Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond destination that Whitney considers to be the highlight of her professional career.
Whitney first moved to California in pursuit of breaking into the wedding industry, serving as Director of Catering Sales for Wedgewood Wedding & Banquets and assisting with talent acquisition. Additionally, she helped create a training program for all catering sales hires.
Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Whitney earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. After graduation, she briefly returned to Oklahoma to begin her sales career heading Dave & Buster’s catering sales team.
I am delighted to join SITE Texas to get further involved in our community, even from California. I look forward to meeting other like-minded professionals and working together on future projects. Texas is a wonderful state that’s seen impressive growth, and I’m excited to watch SITE Texas follow suit.
- Monday, 18 June 2018 18:21
Senior Manager, Corporate Events
I have over 15 years of experience in marketing and corporate events with 9 years concentrated in internal sales and incentive events. My passion is designing and delivering exceptional event experiences for my attendees. I truly enjoy my career as it’s ever-changing and always exciting! I love working with my enthusiastic and dedicated team who continues to challenge me and help me perform at my best. My goal is to create memorable events that my guests will never forget!
I am very excited to be a part of SITE and look forward to learning from the best in the industry and creating opportunities for growth and knowledge!