The Stars

Kevin Edmunds

Vice President Meeting & Incentive Sale

Kevin Edmunds currently serves as the Vice President of Meetings & Incentive Sales for the AIC Hotel Group. In 2006, he handled the West Coast region for Palace Resorts in the MICE market and in 2012, Kevin was hired by the All Inclusive Collection, which owns and operates Hard Rock All Inclusive properties in the Caribbean and Mexico. Soon after transferring to the All Inclusive Collection, he became the Vice President, in which he oversees regional directors throughout the US and Canada in the group, meeting, and incentive markets. In May 2016, the All Inclusive Collection became the AIC Hotel Group, which now is the sales and marketing arm for not only the Hard Rock All Inclusive properties, but the Nobu Eden Roc in Miami, UNICO Hotel in the Riviera Maya, and coming soon Nobu Los Cabos.

The Society of Incentive & Travel Executives awarded the 2011 Kevin Forde Spirit Award to Kevin in recognition of his leadership in the SITE community, particularly for his role in the SITE Young Leaders Program. As the 2011 program chair, he was instrumental in bringing young professionals together from more than 20 countries for education and networking at the Site Academy for Young Leaders, held in Cancun, Mexico, a destination he represents. Currently, he serves as the 2016 SITE Global Conference Co-Chair that will occurring in Panama (which he also served in 2015 in New Delhi, India). In 2016, Connect Corporate, honored him with the Top 40 Under 40, which highlights individuals under 40 years of age in the hospitality industry.

Kevin earned a Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies from Chapman University and a Masters Degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego.

When Kevin isn’t working, he loves to be with his wife Karla, his son Beckett, his golden retriever Cruz, play golf and of course… traveling the globe.

Pat McCain, CMP

Director of Sales South Central

Prior to joining the AIC Hotel Group in the meeting and incentive markets, McCain opened the Krisam Group & Global Events Partners office in Dallas where she worked for most of her career. She also worked with the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, Parker House Hotel in Boston, and the Omni Norfolk Hotel in Norfolk, VA. Pat is a longtime member of Meeting Professionals International and was recognized with the distinguished Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter Supplier of the Year award in 1996. In addition, she was the first recipient of the Colleen Richenbacher Leadership Award, given to her by MPI in 2000. Pat also served as the SITE Texas Chapter President and remains consistently active.

Vince Elorza

Director of Sales Mid Atlantic

Mr. Elorza uses his 20-year experience in association congresses, meetings, exhibits, corporate seminars and incentive programs to match an organization’s goals with the most suitable venue. Before joining the AIC Hotel Group, he held sales positions with Palace Resorts, the Posadas Group – operating the Fiesta Americana brand – and the Mexican Tourism Council. Mr. Elorza is a member of various industry associations, resource preservation and humanitarian aid organizations and a Board member of the Philadelphia PCMA Chapter.

Kathy Botero

Director of Sales Southeast

Since 1997 Kathy Botero Frantz, CMP, CIS has assisted customers planning a convention, meeting or incentive program select the perfect destination, hotel location and execute a perfect event. Prior to joining the AIC Hotel Group, she held sales positions with Marriott International, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. She brings expertise in meeting and incentive logistics, hotel operations, destination knowledge, customer service and strategic account management.

Botero Frantz has a Bachelor’s degree in hospitality administration and International Business Operations from Florida State University. She is a Certified Meeting Professional and Certified Incentive Specialist and is fluent in Spanish and English. She is active with Site Southeast USA and is looking forward to presenting the AIC Hotel Group portfolio of hotels and resorts to the group meetings and incentives market located in the Southeast United States.

Gina Tsirmpas

Director of Sales Canada

With over 17 years of sales and marketing experience in the Canadian travel industry, Gina Tsirmpas has successfully served in a number of progressive roles including agency branch manager, outside sales/business development manager and reservations/promotions manager.

Most recently, she was the National Groups & Incentives Manager, Canada for a leading Caribbean resort chain. In her capacity, she worked alongside meeting planners and travel agents alike to design creative, customized and cost-effective groups and incentive programs for their clients. Gina’s professionalism and tenacity for closing the deal resulted in year-over-year growth of the Canadian group business. During her tenure, she also introduced and maintained a travel industry blog to inform her clients about the resort chain’s latest developments, product updates and sales promotions.

Susan Wessel

Director of Group Sales West Coast

Prior to joining the joining the AIC hotel Group, Susan worked with Destination Hotels & Resorts for 12 years. After a successful career at The Inverness Hotel in Denver, Susan was promoted to DH&R’s Director of National Sales in Southern California for the West coast market. She has been recognized over the years for her consistent success including CHLA (Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association). CHLA Sales Person of the Year in 2007 and achieving top performers recognition for seven years within DH&R. Susan is actively involved with Site SoCal and Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

Christe Daddario

Director of Sales Northeast

Christe Daddario comes with 18 years of experience in hospitality sales for the Northeast markets. Previously, Daddario was with Destination Hotels where she worked as a National Sales Manager with Hamilton Park Hotel and finished her tenure as a NSM with the Eden Roc Miami Beach. Daddario has received many awards in her times with DHR such as the “Living Above the Line” award for the sales manager who exhibits the qualities of preeminence. She reached the President’s Club 7 of 9 years for exceeding 100% or higher of annual revenue goals. Daddario is involved with MP​I, SITE and FICP in the Northeast regions. She will serve as our Northeast Regional Director for the group, meeting, and incentive markets.

Tracy Kidd

Director of Sales Midwest

Tracy Kidd began her career with Palace Resorts from 2002-2013. With 14 years of experience in the MICE industry, Tracy has worked closely with incentive houses, corporate meeting planners and site selectors in the Midwest territory to help provide exceptional programs for her clients.

Tracy most recently was the Regional Director of Sales with the Baha Mar Resort and Casino in the Bahamas. Tracy brings her knowledge of the Midwest and the power of her relationships to the AIC Hotel Group in the Midwest region.

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