Director of Sales & Marketing @ MPH Hotels, Inc
Laurie announced in 2014 that she is the Director of Sales and Marketing for MPH Hotels Award winning Comfort Suites Sarasota. In 2015 she was promoted to MPH Hotels DOS&M Florida Division. She brings a strong history of career success and outstanding commitment to the Sarasota business and volunteer community with a career of Hotel experience. A resident of Sarasota for 25+ years, with established client and professional relationships. In 2014 she was the DOS&M at Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel for 22 years and nominated for Sarasota Tourism Leader of the Year Award in 2010. Most recently 2016 SRQ Magazine Women in Business Leadership Award.
Laurie has served on the VSC Marketing Committee, with a two year term as the chairperson. In 2012/13 on the VSC PR Committee, RFP Review Committee and Meetings Task Force. Currently the co-chair of the Sarasota Bradenton Hotel Committee since 2010 and was on the Sarasota Chamber STOC Council for several years. An active Partner of the Sarasota Chamber (winner of 2014 Partner of the Year Award), Siesta Key and LWR Business Alliance, Laurie still finds time to serve on the SMH Neighbor Advisory Committee, the FUM Church for youth teens, heavily involved in multiple charitable Sarasota organizations and past advisory at Booker HS Hospitality and Tourism Academy for over 5 years.
Her love for all that is Tourism has served many in Sarasota, as she is known for sharing much of her knowledge of tourism with business developers over the years.
Laurie has been dedicated to working with industry associations including RSAA as the 1996 first recipient Associate of the Year Award, 2011 and 2013 Nominee for Stanley Award in the category of Excellence in Sales and Marketing & Stanley Fisher Award – Outstanding Travel Professional of the Year resulted in a win in 2013 Excellence in Sales and Marketing. Active in FSAE, TSAE, MPI, Florida Motorcoach and U.S.Travel Assoc. attending key tourism conferences including Pow Wow (IPW), Huddle for 23 years.