Leading the Sales and Marketing team, Bob Geller has nearly 28 years of hospitality experience. These include: management positions with The Waldorf Astoria in New York City, sales and leadership roles at Doral Arrowwood Conference Center, Hilton and Starwood Hotels in New Jersey and Orlando Florida and most recently from The Westin Imagine Orlando. The Farleigh Dickerson University graduate and member of several professional organizations, including Meeting Professionals International and Professional Convention Management Association, oversees all sales-related functions for Reunion’s meetings and convention business, as well as catering, golf group sales and local marketing initiatives.
Bringing over 22 years in the hospitality industry to the team, Karen started her career in New England working for such brands as Hilton, Marriott and Sheraton hotels. In Orlando, Karen worked at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, was on the opening team of the Hilton Orlando at the Convention Center and most recently with Waterford Venue Services representing the Connecticut Convention Center as a remote National Sales Manager. The University of Hartford graduate has been an active member of Professional Convention Management Association, Meeting Professionals International, Healthcare Convention and Exhibitors Association as well as the American Society of Association Executives. Primarily managing the Florida State Association Market, Karen has recently joined the Florida Society of Association Executives.
With 16 years of sales experience, specializing in corporate and association markets, Julie Kissel joins the Salamander team from the Westin Resort & Casino in Aruba. She’s had a successful career with Marriott International as well as PGA National Resort & Spa and Turnberry Isle. Julie is an active member of Florida Society of Association Executives. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Recreation & Hospitality Management from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southern University.
Darin Hoff, a 25 year Golf Industry veteran and PGA Certified Golf Professional, comes to Reunion from Fiddlesticks Country Club where he served as Head Golf Professional. Darin also spent over 7 years at the distinguished Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando serving as their Head Golf Professional. Having attained special distinction in multi-event management, Darin has the proven ability to create unique guest experiences using innovative and dynamic programs to meet all of your group’s needs.
With over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Eric is ready to create a memorable experience for your golf outing. Prior to joining the Hammock Beach team, Eric was part of the opening team for the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, serving as their Golf and Corporate Sales Manager. Mr. Carlson has also spent time at Doral Golf Resort & Spa as well as the Naples Grande Resort & Club, and has been named Manager of the Year during his career.
Heidi Emerson has nearly 22 years of experience in the hospitality industry, which includes positions with the Brown Palace and Westin Tabor Center in Denver, Colorado, The Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas, and most recently, The Gaylord Palms in Orlando. Heidi is a graduate of Western State College in beautiful Gunnison Colorado and has achieved her Certified Hotel Sales Professional accreditation. She has a passion for the industry and loves leading her team and servicing guests. Heidi oversees the Catering, Conference Service, Golf Services and Banquets Teams.
Lisa New has over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. Lisa has gained her experience working in catering, weddings and conventions with leading hotel companies such as Renaissance Hotels, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Walt Disney World Fairy Tale Weddings and most recently, The Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Lisa is a graduate of Florida International University’s School of Hospitality Management. Lisa is a member of the National Association for Catering & Events and participates in many local wedding organizations and events. Lisa applies her vast experience to produce amazing wedding events, special occasion celebrations and corporate meetings here at Reunion.