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Industry leaders to oversee all sales for Destination Hotels & Resorts property in San Diego

Paradise Point - San Diego’s Island Resort has completed hiring its sales and marketing staff at the newest addition to Destination Hotels & Resorts’ collection of luxury properties in Southern California.  Shortly following the acquisition of the resort to the Destination Hotels & Resorts portfolio, a diligent casting of the finest managers in the hospitality industry sought out and acquired this team.  “We are very excited about assembling such a talented and experienced team and their future efforts to re-establish Paradise Point Resort as San Diego’s preferred conference destination” said Dave Gerdes, regional director of sales & marketing for Destination Hotels & Resorts.

At the helm of the crew is Dave Griffin, director of sales & marketing; formerly the director of sales & marketing, at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington.  Griffin has been in the hospitality industry for 26 years, with 15 of those years in various sales positions with the Marriott Corporation in the Midwest.  In recent years, Griffin served as director of sales and marketing at several  luxury resorts in the Midwest, including the 5 Diamond Resort American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, and the 4 Diamond Grand Geneva Resort, in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  He is an active member of HSMAI, MPI, and is a Certified Meeting Planner.

Dana Cariss, director of revenue management, is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and a Southern California native who has been in the San Diego market for 10 years. Cariss has been with Destination Hotels & Resorts for two years working as the director of revenue management for Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. He has worked with Loews Hotels, Handlery Hotels and Open Hospitality, an internet marketing and technology company. In addition to his on-site responsibilities at Paradise Point, he also has regional oversight of Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa and the Miramonte Resort and Spa.

Todd Wiggins, national sales manager was formerly director of sales at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, whereby he was also a Chairman’s Club Winner, obtaining more than 115 percent of his sales goal for the year. Before joining the Destination Hotels & Resorts team in 2006, Todd was the director of group sales at Pacific Palms Conference Resort in Industry Hills, CA.  His career spans more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, which originated with the JW Marriott in Century City, CA, now the Intercontinental Hotel. Wiggin’s markets include retail, manufacturing, business, finance, accounting, incentive, and chemical.

Courtney Watson, director of leisure & transient sales, studied hospitality & business administration in Lansing Michigan, her home state.  She moved to San Diego in 2009 after working the in Kauai and Oahu for 8 years. Courtney worked as a leisure manager with Starwood Hawaii starting at Princeville Resort, then transferring to their Waikiki Complex being on the re-branding team for  the Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa and The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort. Courtney has been with Destination Hotels & Resorts for a year working as a leisure manager at L'Auberge Del Mar. In addition to her responsibilities at Paradise Point, she also continues to oversee the leisure market on-site at L'Auberge Del Mar.

Tamara Bent, national sales manager is responsible for the association market, securing business for all three San Diego properties (also including L’Auberge Del Mar and Estancia La Jolla). Bent has over 25 years of experience in the hotel industry, most recently with Omni Hotels in their Global Sales Office where she was responsible for securing business for 40 properties located throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.  Prior to Omni, she spent six years at the Sheraton San Diego where she exceeded her sales goal by a minimum of 125 percent.

Lisa Kuhn, national sales manager, spent nearly five years at the Parc 55 Hotel in downtown San Francisco before moving to Southern California. She is now responsible for the education, sports, government, religion and entertainment segments.

Greg Louie, national sales manager is responsible for markets that include corporate, technology, telecom, communications, energy, aerospace and defense. His past experience includes extensive experience at Paradise Point in food and beverage management and catering sales.

Carl Meyocks, national sales manager is responsible for the pharmaceutical, medical and continuing education markets. Meyocks is a graduate of San Diego State University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program with over 5 years of hotel sales experience. Prior to joining Paradise Point, Carl was on the sales team at Sycuan Golf and Tennis Hotel. He is an active member of the San Diego Chapter of Meeting Professionals International and Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International.

Tara Luansing-Aguilar, executive meeting manager, will handle programs with 30 peak room nights and below in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, financial, insurance, automotive, manufacturing, business services, consulting, government, and entertainment markets. Luansing-Aguilar graduated in 2006 from San Diego State University with a Bachelors of Science in Hospitality & Tourism Management, with an emphasis in Events Management. She started her career as a sales assistant at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley and was promoted to an executive meetings manager. She continued her career as an executive meetings manager at Estancia La Jolla before joining the Paradise Point team.

Mary Anne George, executive meetings manager brings more than 15 years in the hotel industry with a catering, conference services and sales background. Prior to joining the team at Paradise Point, George held posts at L’Auberge Del Mar for 10 of those years and was awarded Manager of the Quarter and Manager of the Year. At Paradise Point she will handle programs with 30 peak room nights and below in the association, technology, telecom, electronics, sports and SMERF markets.  She is a native San Diegan.

Dana Flower, marketing manager and San Diego native formerly held positions at Bailey Gardiner creative agency working on behalf of the Del Mar Racetrack, and San Diego North Convention & Visitor Bureau’s public relations team. Dana oversees all marketing aspects for the resort including social media, advertising and strategy building to name a few.

Nikki Petro, national sales assistant was previously employed for Hilton San Diego as a PBX agent, reservations agent, and then sales & catering coordinator. She now serves as administrative support for the Paradise Point sales managers.

Nicole Conlon, sales administrative assistant, has worked at Paradise Point the past year, formerly as a server at Barefoot Bar & Grill. She is now responsible for lead facilitation and deployment, contract routing, and general departmental support. She is a recent graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management

About Paradise Point
Paradise Point is a 462-room bungalow-style resort set on Mission Bay in the heart of San Diego. Established in 1962 by famous Hollywood Director Jack Skirball, this island getaway features over one-mile of sandy beach encircling the resort, five swimming pools, a freshwater lake and tranquil lagoon. Among the resort’s various amenities are a luxurious Asian-themed spa, two dining venues, an 18-hole putting golf course, fitness center, and private marina equipped with sailboats, jet skis, kayaks and more. Secluded yet centrally located, the resort is just minutes from top attractions including SeaWorld, Old Town, the Gaslamp District, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. For more information, visit

About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country with 34 luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for Destination Hotels & Resorts is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California.  Opened in 2009, the 102-acre ocean front resort features a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course. In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe.  Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit

Media Contact:

Hilary Townsend
Townsend PR
(760) 333 - 3385

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