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“We are thrilled to have Kathy join our opening team at Carlsbad Hilton,” said Bill Canepa, CEO of Wave Crest Hotels and Resorts. “Her expertise in opening luxury resorts will be invaluable as we prepare to launch this exciting new costal experience.”
A specialist in luxury hotel openings, Van Vechten brings more than 32 years of experience in the hotel sales and marketing arena. Her extensive track record includes the successful opening of five major resorts with the most recent being Terranea Resort, a luxury oceanfront property in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Vechten’s prior positions also include 19 years with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts; sales and marketing with Hotel Inter-Continental, San Diego, the Kona Surf Resort and Country Club, the Westgate Hotel San Diego and the San Diego Hilton Beach and Tennis Resort. She also directed sales efforts for the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau.