John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) yesterday announced that JQH veterans Becky Vealey and Jeff Spence have been appointed as regional director of sales for the company. Each has been assigned sales and marketing responsibilities for a group of hotels within JQH’s award-winning portfolio, with their regions spanning Courtyard by Marriott, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Marriott, Renaissance, Residence Inn by Marriott, and Sheraton branded properties. Vealey and Spence will report to Phill Burgess, JQH’s vice president of sales and revenue optimization. JQH is a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, including operating more than 1 million square feet of superb meeting space.
With 18 years with JQH, Vealey most recently served as general manager of JQH’s owned and operated 243-room/suite Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center in South Dakota. Prior to her successful role as hotel general manager, she was director of sales and marketing for JQH’s award-winning Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville SE – Murfreesboro in Tennessee, ranked among the top performing Embassy Suites across the Americas. During her nine years with the Murfreesboro property, she was recognized for many accomplishments, including Embassy Suites Director of Sales of the Year, Murfreesboro Magazine women in Business, and JQH Sales Leadership in Excellence.
Spence brings 25 years of proven hospitality experience to the position of regional director of sales, including seven years with JQH. Most recently, he served as an effective general manager of the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel in Iowa. Prior to his role as hotel general manager, he was director of sales of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Des Moines Downtown, where he and his team exceeded benchmarks and surpassed goals. His career also includes serving as director of sales for TravelCLICK, director of sales and marketing for Meristar Hotels and Resorts, and sales manager for Davidson Hotels & Resorts.
“Becky and Jeff bring unique skill sets and leadership qualities that round out our dynamic regional hotel sales teams,” Burgess said. “They live and foster the JQH culture of service excellence, which is a foundational pillar of our sales commitment.”
Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) is a private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, representing brands such as: Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Sheraton, IHG, Chateau on the Lake Resort / Spa & Convention Center, and Plaza Hotels Collection. With a portfolio of 35 hotels representing approximately 8,500 guest rooms/suites in 16 states, JQH’s properties are dominant in their markets.
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