Keyser and Wilkerson Appointed to Top Sales Leadership Positions
DESTIN, FL, May 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the #1
resort on Florida's Emerald Coast, today announced it is strengthening
its business development team with the appointment of two key
Nancy Wilkerson has been promoted to director of group sales and Daniel
Keyser has been named to executive director of resort sales, overseeing
the resort's sales efforts inclusive of group, transient and social
According to Mark Hodgdon, general manager of Sandestin Golf and Beach
Resort, Dan and Nancy will bring significant strength and leadership to
the resort. "Based on market indicators and steadily improving
economic conditions, we are seeing an increased interest in Sandestin,"
said Hodgdon. "Nancy's and Dan's excellent leadership combined with our
established, strong group sales team will allow Sandestin to serve
existing customers and new business like never before."
Nancy Wilkerson has been promoted to director of group sales after serving 18 years at
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Recognized industry-wide as a
Sandestin veteran and highly respected sales executive, Ms. Wilkerson
brings more than 25 years of diverse experience where she will serve in
a senior role leading and enhancing the group sales efforts.
During her tenure, Ms. Wilkerson has built client partnerships based on
mutual respect and has successfully grown most every major market for
the resort. She most recently served as director of regional sales,
based out of Atlanta, a satellite office she first opened for the
resort in 1996 allowing her to grow the market exponentially.
Ms. Wilkerson's other sales management experience includes her role as
director of sales and marketing with Barnsley Gardens Resort in
Georgia, and opening a Atlanta satellite office for Mirage Resorts &
Casinos as regional sales manager for Beau Rivage Resort, located on
the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where she also provided lead generation for
Bellagio, Mirage Resort, Treasure Island, located in Las Vegas. Ms.
Wilkerson is a licensed real estate agent in Florida and prior
experience also includes real estate sales and property management. She
also held sales positions with the Seascape Resort in Florida and the
She has been a member of Meeting Planners International (MPI), the
American Society of Association Executives, Georgia Society of
Association Executives, Site Southeast and the Society of Government
Meeting Planners. Her leadership positions have also included vice
president and director of the Walton Chamber of Commerce, vice
president of the Georgia chapter of Hospitality Sales & Marketing
International and a trustee of the Birmingham Business Alliance.
Dan Keyser joins Sandestin as executive director of resort sales with more than 30
years of hospitality experience at some of the country's top hotel
companies and resort destination properties. Included in that timeframe
is more than 25 years with Marriott International and eight years with
KLS Resorts, opening and championing the Sales and Marketing efforts at
prestigious properties such as JW Marriott Desert Springs, La Quinta
Resort & Spa, Renaissance Esmeralda and Rancho Las Palmas Resort.
He most recently was the regional director of sales and marketing for
the BF Saul Company's Hospitality division out of Bethesda, MD. Here he
led the Crystal City hotels this past year to an improvement of $1
million year over year in group revenue. Outside of the 13 years spent
in the Southern California resort market, Keyser also spent 12 years in
the resort, downtown and boutique markets of Atlanta, GA.
In Atlanta, Keyser was director of sales and marketing at Milan Crowne
Plaza Buckhead, opened the Wyndham Atlanta Hotel as director of sales
and marketing, as well as infusing new talent and direction at the
Emerald Point Resort in north Georgia. He also served in sales
management positions at Renaissance and Marriott properties in Atlanta,
California, Washington DC and Texas. He began his hospitality career at
the Marriott Crystal City in Virginia.
Keyser has been a member of MPI, the American Society of Association
Executives, California Society of Association Executives, Association
of Meeting Professionals (AMPS) in Washington, DC and other industry
Penny Jackson, who previously served as director of group sales for
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, remains in the Sandestin family and is
now a licensed agent at Sandestin Real Estate.
About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a top destination for all seasons and
all ages, and was named the #1 resort on Florida's Emerald Coast. The
resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming
neighborhoods featuring 1,300 hotel style accommodations, villas and
town homes. A member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the
resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay
front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19
swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting
space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village
with events, shopping, dining and nightlife.
Guests and visitors are invited to learn more about Sandestin by
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For additional information, visit www.sandestin.com or call 1.866.91.BEACH.
SOURCE: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
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