Maritza Scher, is the new director of groups and tourism sales for the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. Following a nearly 16 year career at NY Waterways, Scher put down roots at Star Hospitality Group in 2011, a company that provides fill-in staffing for hotel and banquet services.
Saga has appointed Jonathan Hill as its new executive director. He joined the company last month as group chief financial officer designate from Bovis Homes Group. Previously, Hill held was director of strategy and mergers & acquisitions for TUI Travel.
Steve Silver has left his position as senior long haul purchasing manager at lowcostbeds.com, and has joined Voyage Privé as a hotel buyer. He had been with lowcostbeds for 2½ years. Prior to that he had served a general manager of ATD Travel Services.
Tom Knopek, has been appointed as group managing director of PPA Group, the travel and technology company whose brands include wefly, weholidy, GuildFare and ctm. Previously, Knopek had worked for 20 years in the car rental industry, most recently as managing director, Inbound North America, for Hertz.
Bernd Niemeyer has taken over as managing director of short break specialist Müller-Touristik. The new deputy director is Daniela Fresenborg. Meanwhile, founder Heinz Müller said that he plans to retire, but that he will remain with the company for some time “in order to ensure an orderly business ownership.” Niemeyer previously served as director of leisure sales & sports tourist sales at Steigenberger Hotels in Frankfurt.
The Greater Miami CVB has announced the appointment of Connie Kinnard as vice president of multicultural tourism—a newly created position. She will begin her new duties on June 1st. Kinnard’s new department was established in order to raise awareness of the destination’s vibrant multicultural community. Prior to joining the bureau, Kinnard held the position of senior vice president of multicultural sales and development at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation. She has been with Nashville organization since 1996, when she started in convention sales.
Hertz Global Holdings has named Dave Myrick as its new senior vice president of sales for North America. He is responsible for sales execution by the North America sales teams for the Company’s car rental brands which include Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Firefly. Myrick has executive-level experience in leading successful revenue generation programs in business-to-business sales channels in the airline industry, including more than 30 years in sales leadership positions for companies including United Airlines, Northwest Airlines, British Airways and US Airways.