We have a fantastic variety of guest speakers from the hospitality industry visiting campus through the first weeks of February! If you are interested in networking with these individuals, please take note of the dates they will be at JMU.
Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Ms. Carol Simon, General Manager
Ms. Simon, a 25 year veteran with Crestline Hotels & Resorts, was formerly General Manager at the 134 guest room Brasstown Valley Resort, an upscale, full-service destination resort and conference center, in the North Georgia Mountains. Her extensive hospitality industry career spans more than 30 years and includes management positions with the Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place, the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, the Berkeley Marina Marriott and Holiday Inn Hotels.
Ms. Simon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Arizona State University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Golden Gate University. She has served on numerous tourism and community councils, and as vice president of Rotary International.
Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau
Ms. Allison Hannah, Sports Development Manager
A 2005 Alumni of James Madison University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program, Ms. Hannah received a Masters in Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School Of Business while starting her career at the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Her position revolves around marketing the Richmond Region as a premier destination for the sports, religious and multicultural market segments.
Primary job responsibilities include conducting market research, planning market specific sales missions, participating in industry trade and events, hosting educational trips for prospective meetings planners, and building strategic partnerships with key industry partners, including hotels, sports venues, housing bureaus and community stakeholders in efforts to generate confirmed room night bookings.
Mr. Peter Faraone, Vice President and General Manager
After five years in sales with Marriott, Mr. Faraone was afforded an opportunity to join Ritz-Carlton Hotels 1983 in a regional sales capacity and in early 1984 was named the pre-opening Director of Sales and Marketing at The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Florida. In 1988 Mr. Faraone was promoted to the Vice President of Sales for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
During his time leading the sales effort for the company, he was able to travel the world and open hotels in Sydney, Australia, Hong Kong, Tokyo and two in the Hawaiian Islands. For the past fourteen years, Peter has performed in many capacities for KSL Resorts, none more rewarding that leading the wonderful team that he works with at The Homestead each day.