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2019 Board of Directors

 

 

Officers

 

Tania Armenta, Chair

Visit Albuquerque 

Tania Armenta is the President & CEO of Visit Albuquerque and has been with the organization for 18 years.  She is a forward-thinking and proven leader known for building partnerships to reach goals as well as developing strong and talented teams.  She serves on several other local and national boards including the U.S. Travel Association’s Destinations Council and Ski New Mexico. Tania was recently named one of Smart Meetings 2016 Smart Women in Meetings award recipients.

Mara Bouvier, Vice Chair

Sunrise Springs Spa Resort

Bouvier currently serves as the General Manager for Sunrise Springs Spa Resort, and brings a wealth of hospitality experience to the NMHA Board of Directors. Prior to serving as General Manager for Sunrise Springs Spa Resort, Bouvier served as the General Manager at Primland Resort in Virginia for over five years. Bouvier’s career in hospitality has also taken her to world class destinations such as Jumby Bay in Antigua, Strawberry Hill in Jamaica and The Palms in Turks and Caicos to name a few.

Christine Robertson, Treasurer

Fort Marcy Hotel Suites

Christine is the Executive Director of Hospitality at Angel Fire Resort. She has 20+ years of experience in hospitality sales, marketing and management in Resort locations in Rhode Island, Colorado and New Mexico. Currently Christine sits on the Sales Advisory Board for HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Assn Intl), Member Solutions Advisory Board for NTA (Natl Tour Assn) and is a member of the Enchanted Circle Marketing Coop team.

Directors

 
 

 

Belia Alvarez

Heritage Hotels and Resorts 

Belia Alvarez, Director of Hospitality and Hilton Garden Inn General Manager As Director of Hospitality, Belia Alvarez sets the standard of hospitality instilled in Heritage Hotels & Resorts team members, and especially those who work with our VIP guests. She is also the General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn located in Las Cruces. Alvarez has 20 years of hospitality experience, serving for many of those as a general manager with the Hilton Garden Inn, Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, and the Hilton/Hampton Inn & Suites.Belia Alvarez, Director of Hospitality and Hilton Garden Inn General Manager As Director of Hospitality, Belia Alvarez sets the standard of hospitality instilled in Heritage Hotels & Resorts team members, and especially those who work with our VIP guests. She is also the General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn located in Las Cruces. Alvarez has 20 years of hospitality experience, serving for many of those as a general manager with the Hilton Garden Inn, Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, and the Hilton/Hampton Inn & Suites.

Ed Pulsifer

La Fonda on the Plaza

Ed is a Native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque. He has thirty years of hospitality sales and marketing experience in New Mexico ranging from single property branded hotel, Convention and Visitors Bureau, multiple property Independent hotels and historic hotels.

Tonya Stinson

  

Tonya Stinson

Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau

Tonya Stinson is the Executive Director of the Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau where she has worked since 2000. Tonya is a member of several tourism related organizations and serves as Chair of the New Mexico Hospitality Association as well as being the City of Farmington and San Juan County endorsed liaison to the New Mexico Film Office. In 2015, she was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries.

Rich Verunni

Adrian Montoya

Hotel Albuquerque

Montoya was born and raised in Albuquerque’s South Valley and graduated from Rio Grande High School in 2003. Montoya started as a bellman at Sheraton Old Town (now Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town) and followed a path through several leadership roles. With Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Montoya has served as Corporate Director of Operations, as General Manager of Hotel Plaza Real (now Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe) and as General Manager of Nativo Lodge. In 2009, Montoya left Heritage Hotels & Resorts to become the Director of Guest Services at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. He returned to Heritage Hotels & Resorts in 2015 as the Regional General Manager for Hotel St. Francis and Hotel Chimayo in Santa Fe. In 2016, he returned to Hotel Albuquerque, where Montoya began his career, to serve as General Manager. As General Manager for Hotel Albuquerque, Montoya oversees over 300 employees. Montoya also served as Board Chair for the American Red Cross in 2016 and currently serves on the board for the Greater Albuquerque Innkeepers Association, along with his new appointment to the NMHA Board of Directors.

Brendon Smith

Lamar Advertising

Brendon Smith is currently the Sales Manager for Lamar Advertising New Mexico/ El Paso TX. Brendon has been in this position for 5 years following a promotion and relocation from Lamar Advertising in Asheville NC where he was an Account Executive. His current duties include supervising the sales of over 2000 billboards throughout New Mexico and El Paso. Prior to working for Lamar, Brendon was in the hospitality industry in his hometown of Pensacola FL for 8 years. He resides in Albuquerque with his wife and two children.

Erica Asmus-Otero

InPress, LLC

Erica Asmus-Otero is the founder and Chief Executive Office of InPress, LLC a Public Relations and Integrated Media Marketing firm focusing on, among other areas, the tourism sector.  Erica began her career as an anchor and reporter in Texas and in Albuquerque.  She then transitioned to public relations where she served as the Public Information Officer for the New Mexico State Parks Division and Communications Director for the Behavioral Health Collaborative of the HSD. Erica has received numerous awards including the NMHA Top Hat “Most Innovative Campaign” and NM Public Relations Society of America “Best of Show”.  Erica serves as a member of the New Mexico Tourism Department’s Central Regional Marketing Board, the Sandoval County Lodger’s Tax Board, and the Sandoval County Tourism Alliance.  

Parin Kumar

Ambience Hospitality

Being part of the hospitality industry since her teen years, Parin Kumar has enjoyed success in all aspects of hotel management. Her focus and drive have given her insights and experience in the industry that earned her high-level franchise awards. Parin is a Certified Hotel Owner and is an active member of AAHOA. She has a proven track record of successful hotel operations with national brands such as; Hilton, IHG, Wyndham, and Best Western. With her vast knowledge and experience she now serves as Chief Operations Officer of Ambience Hospitality, with 11 properties currently and two in the pipeline.

Steven Rose

Taos Ski Valley

Steven is the Director of Residential Planning at Taos Ski Valley, focused on The Blake Residences, the next phase of the Taos Ski Valley renaissance.  Formerly the Director of Hospitality, Steven came to New Mexico in 2014 principally to lead the opening of the LEED Silver Certified hotel, The Blake at Taos Ski Valley as well as oversee Food and Beverage, Guest Services and Transportation operations.  Steven, a leader in the hotel and resort industry since 1987, has worked in luxury city center hotels and mountain, beach and golf resorts.  Steven has been active in community organizations including board positions in community associations, planning and zoning and other volunteer organizations. 


 
 

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