ATTA Elects 2005 Board

Scott Chaddow of The Cruise Place in San Marcos, Calif., was voted into his second term as president of the Association of Travel Agents of America (ATTA) this month. Chaddow heads the 2005 Board of Directors, which includes Hope Wallace (vice president) of ADA Travel in Casa Grande, Ariz.; J






Scott Chaddow of The Cruise Place in San Marcos, Calif., was voted into his second term as president of the Association of Travel Agents of America (ATTA) this month. Chaddow heads the 2005 Board of Directors, which includes Hope Wallace (vice president) of ADA Travel in Casa Grande, Ariz.; Joyce Qualls (secretary) of Classic Travel in Albuquerque, N.Mex.; and Yves Leuenberger (treasurer) of Avenues of the World in Flagstaff, Ariz. New to ATAA’s Board is BJ Brooks of Tour West America in Phoenix, the second largest privately held motorcoach company in Arizona. Returning board members include Dean Bragg (Prescott Travel, Prescott, Ariz.), Steve Hamilton (Cruise Innovations, Littleton, Colo.), Bruce Iacobelli (Architects of Travel, Scottsdale, Ariz.), Bobbi Kaplan (The Travel Gallery, Anaheim Hills, Calif.), Linda Reitzell (Sunset Travel, Santa Rosa, Calif.) and Bonnie Waite (Preferred Travel, Tempe, Ariz.).



Val Hardcastle, New GM at Miramonte
Val Hardcastle, previously the regional director of operations for Marriott International, has been handed the reins at Miramonte Resort & Spa, the 215-room Tuscan-style desert resort in Indian Wells, Calif., which was purchased in December 2004 by Destinations Hotels & Resorts. Sarah Bowman, Marriott’s 1999 chef of the year, joins Hardcastle as executive chef, and John Snicale, who worked for eight years under celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi at Roy’s Kahana Bar & Grill in Maui, is the new food and beverage director.




Kris Potter Joins Apple
Apple Vacations has appointed Kris Potter vice president marketing. Potter brings over 10 years marketing experience to her new job; most recently she was vice president and general manager of US Airways Vacations. Potter will lead, mentor and provide vision to Apple Vacations’ advertising, graphics, marketing and e-commerce teams as they position the company’s brand in the marketplace. “We will work to create continuity and recognition in the brand,” said Potter, “which inevitably will lead to increasing the equity in the Apple Vacations name.” Apple Vacations offers vacation packages to Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Bermuda, as well as U.S. and Canadian ski packages.



Linahan to Newport Beach
The Newport Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau named Julie Linahan as its new incentive travel industry sales manager. Linahan will be responsible for marketing the seaside California destination to group and individual tour and incentive business travelers. A graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University, previously, Linahan was the national sales and marketing manager for the Big Sky Resort in Big Sky, Mont., and the sales manager for The Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. “I am very excited about working with the great team in Newport Beach,” said Linahan.
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