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  • Meet Connie Kopecky

     
    POSTED February 21, 2017
     

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Connie Kopecky was recently hired as the sales account executive for Visit Milwaukee in Wisconsin.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as sales account executive for Visit Milwaukee?

I am looking forward to working with visiting groups and developing relationships with the local hotels, restaurants and attractions, and bringing an awareness to potential visitors regarding why Milwaukee is such a great destination for their next gathering.

2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?

In my previous role—in addition to planning events—I was involved with sourcing hotels, venues and meeting space for clients. I gained a great deal of knowledge and experience regarding the expectations of planners and suppliers. Once I discovered the services of the DMOs, I was amazed at the value they provided. The DMO staff were extra teammates and allowed me to accomplish so much more in less time. Now, I am in the position to be that extra teammate. Coming from the purchasing side, I know what planners want and need and what advantages the DMO can provide.

3. How did you get into the industry?

I have been in the travel and hospitality industry my entire career from working at Avis Rent A Car while in high school to planning functions and major music festivals and creating consumer events for various clients while at a marketing firm. Destination marketing is the sum of my favorite past experience rolled into one position.

4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?

I am hoping to increase awareness and gain exposure for the great city of Milwaukee. There is so much to offer here, and it is always changing and offering more every day. I want people to visit and then come back over and over again.

5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?

Saving our visitors time and money (the DMO services are at no cost to the group) as well as learning about their groups and helping them to create a positive, memorable experience in and around our city. It is very satisfying to have been a part of someone’s successful event.

The soon-to-open Omni Frisco Hotel in Dallas has announced the names of its new director of operations, director of finance, director of sales and marketing, director of engineering, director of human resources and neighborhood services general manager.

The hotel will open in July 2017. All of the announced positions will report to Jeff Smith, hotel general manager.

 

As I write this, I am sitting in the Hilton Anchorage getting ready to head out for a day of tours and adventures with a group of about 30 event planners. About two weeks ago, I was in Vancouver, BC with a group of three other editors/writers doing the same thing in that city. Yeah. I know. I have a pretty fabulous job. And so, I wanted to give a shout out to the CVBs who plan these trips and help me get better acquainted to everything our region has to offer so that I can, in turn, introduce you to new places and things to do when you’re planning a meeting or event.

 

Kohler Co. has announced the appointment of Doug Stringer as head chef of The Immigrant Restaurant, located at The American Club resort-hotel at Destination Kohler.

Stringer joined Kohler Co. in 2015 as sous chef of Riverbend, where he oversaw all facets of kitchen operations, purchasing, food cost management, staffing, menu design, and overall leadership. He has over seven years of fine dining and hospitality experience. In his new role, he will oversee the development and creation of culinary programs.