After a hiatus, the Washington County Visitors Association is back in the meetings business. Wendy Popkin will be joining the organization as vice president of destinations on November 1, 2021, to lead the organization’s direct group sales efforts to meeting professional, sports, organizers and travel professionals.

“We are extremely excited to have a leader of Wendy’s caliber joining our organization and are confident that she will bring measurable success to our destination,” says Dave Parulo, president and CEO of the WCVA.

Popkin brings more than 30 years of tourism expertise to the organization. She’ll be exiting her position as executive director of the Oregon Hospitality Foundation, a role she has held since 2012. From 2003-2012, Popkin was principal of Popkin Solutions, which delivered strategic counsel and project management expertise to hospitality and tourism organizations that included Travel Oregon and Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs. In addition, she has held sales leadership positions with Travel Portland, The Hotel Group, Salish Lodge and Spa, The Inn at Semiahmoo and Timberline Lodge.

The WCVA is the official destination marketing organization for Washington County, Oregon, promoting the country under the destination brand Tualatin Valley. wcva.org

Michael Grande has been named executive chef at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, the city’s only Forbes Five-Star property. In this new role, Grande will direct all culinary at the downtown hotel, including catering at the property’s 10,570 square feet of event space, in-room dining for the 147 guest rooms and suites, helming day-to-day operations at signature restaurant Goldfinch Tavern and overseeing seasonal pop-up restaurant and private cabana dining at the outdoor infinity-edge pool.

 

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 kassidy.tarala@tigeroak.com.

Nigel Boschetti was recently hired as the executive chef of New York Marriott Marquis.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?

 

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 kassidy.tarala@tigeroak.com.

Tyler Alden was recently named the wine director and restaurant outlets manager of Willows Lodge.