meet the team

Our team of experts is more than equipped to help you craft the perfect meeting. Look for their email addresses below and do not hesitate to contact one of them right away to start planning!

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Darin Riggio, CHSP

Director of Sales & Marketing

Darin Riggio, CHSP

Director of Sales & Marketing

Darin’s passion for hospitality began at the age of 13 when he started working in restaurants. While completing his MBA and BS in Hospitality Management at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, Darin moved into the hotel business testing the waters in banquets, convention services, and finally landing in sales where he found his true calling. Whenever he wasn't in school Darin was excelling working in resorts, earning many accolades including a CHSP certification, 2015 HyPerformer (top 11-20% of sales in the company), 2016 Elite Performer (top 10% of sales in the company), and 2016 Manager of the 1st quarter.

Darin joins Reunion Resort from the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, where he was the director of sales and marketing. He has over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry, including working as associate director of sales at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress and director of mid-Atlantic accounts at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. He was also a national sales manager at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, showcasing his expansive understanding of the Southeast market.

A true family man, when he’s not working, Darin’s passions include the New York Giants, playing golf, cooking, and spending time traveling the world with his wife, Jessica, and their two children ages four and 11 months.

As Director of Sales and Marketing at Reunion Resort, Darin will oversee Central Florida’s premier vacation destination’s sales and marketing strategies, including driving business, revenue and overall brand awareness.

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Paul Perrino

Director of Group Sales

Upper Southeast

Paul Perrino

Director of Group Sales

Upper Southeast

Paul’s vast experience in hospitality makes him a valuable player in the meeting and event industry. Having worked in various positions and fields, Paul understands what it takes to make a successful meeting happen. His background includes serving as the Director of Sales within the largest audio visual company in the world, selling and managing transportation for the Southeast’s largest transportation company, and creating events with the largest destination management company in Florida. However, a majority of Paul’s core time and competencies lie in representing luxury hotels such as the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Walt Disney World’s luxury properties, LXR Hotels, the Grand Cypress Resort, and now the Four Diamond Reunion Resort. Paul traveled the world as an Army Brat before settling in Orlando and graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Journalism and Public Relations. He loves to spend his spare time with his two children at the beach, as well as assisting people with their fitness and health goals.

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Rob Buffaloe

National Sales Manager

Midwest

Rob Buffaloe

National Sales Manager

Midwest

Rob Buffaloe brings 20 years of National Sales experience to ReunionResort, having worked for some of the top luxury hotels, golf clubs and resorts in the US. Most recently, Rob held the position of National Sales Manager with the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida as well serving 7 years as Director of Sales and Regional National Sales Manager for the Kessler Collection of luxury boutique properties. Rob attributes his success to the strong client friendships that he has forged over the years and has been recognized annually as a top sales producer. Originally hailing from and beginning his sales career in Texas, Rob has lived in Florida for 18 years. In his new role at Reunion, Rob will manage accounts in the Mid-Atlantic and the Southwestern tiered states including Texas, Colorado, and Arizona. In his free time, Rob is an avid golfer and enjoys sharing outdoor adventures with his three children and wife of 18 years.

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David Torok

Northeast and Midwest

Northeast

David Torok

Northeast and Midwest

Northeast

David brings 25 years of comprehensive hospitality experience to the team holding leadership roles in both operations and sales. After graduating from Penn State  David started his career in Orlando working with such brands as the Walt Disney company, and  Westin Hotels & Resorts before moving to Tucson, Arizona where he was a member of the sales team for Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.  Upon his return to Orlando he held senior positions in sales with Marriott, Hilton, and Omni.  Primarily handling accounts in The Northeast Market,  David will  bring a vast amount of knowledge and expertise to provide a memorable meeting experience.

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Natalya Yakovleva

National Sales Manager

Lower Southeast

Natalya Yakovleva

National Sales Manager

Lower Southeast

A native of Ufa, Russia, Natalya Yakovleva is an avid traveler with a passion for white sand beaches and the Floridian lifestyle enjoyed by Orlando residents & visitors. As one of the ARRIVED scholars, Natalya moved to North Carolina to study Resort Management and Marketing at Methodist University, where she fell in love with golf and the resort business. Having worked in some of the world’s most inspiring golf resorts (Pinehurst and Omni at ChampionsGate) and upscale hotels (JW Marriott Miami and Westin Orlando Universal), Natalya brings over 15 years of hospitality experience, from Front Desk operations and food and beverage to sales and marketing. Passionate, driven and dedicated, Natalya has even taken up golf lessons at nearby David Leadbetter Golf Academy. “I love golf and business with the same passion. Golf introduces so much excitement into your world - friendship, improvement, challenge, and relaxation. I feel the same way about the industry I am in. I believe in the product I’m offering, and, I’m even more thrilled to help my clients find the solutions they’ve been searching for.”

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Brittany Scott

Executive Meeting Manager

Executive Meetings

Brittany Scott

Executive Meeting Manager

Executive Meetings

Born in Connecticut, Brittany and her family moved to sunny Florida when she was seven years old. She later went on to attend Orlando’s University of Central Florida, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Event Management and began her career in hospitality.

With over 10 years of experience in social events, weddings, and corporate meetings, Brittany joins Reunion Resort’s sales team as the Executive Meeting Manager, overseeing groups of up to 25 people.

Prior to Reunion, Brittany worked at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando as the Regency Club Concierge before moving into event sales as an assistant and then Sales Manager. In her role as Event Sales Manager, Brittany worked closely with the Villas of Grand Cypress on all of her group's golf needs.

When she’s not working, Brittany enjoys watching her boys play Popwarner football, going to the movies, traveling and spending time with her family.

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Mariela Perre

Travel Industry Sales Manager

Mariela Perre

Travel Industry Sales Manager

Mariela Andrea Perre is a professional in the field of Sales & Marketing, specializing in the travel industry since graduating from college in her hometown Buenos Aires, Argentina. She started her career in tourism at her mother’s retail travel agency, Merlin Viajes.

A few years into her career, Mariela took a step into selling tour operator packages to Florida to local retail travel agents. As this popular USA destination was expanding, she decided to relocate to Orlando, Florida. Her time within the Receptive Wholesale business opened doors to greater opportunities as a supplier of travel by working for hotels, time-share style resorts and a convention and visitors bureau.

Mariela’s diverse experience allowed her to gain unique knowledge of the accounts that produce business into Florida and competing destinations. It has also given her a well-rounded understanding of the operation and marketing behind the scenes of wholesalers and retail travel agencies, with the latest evolution in the way of selling travel online.

In her free time, Mariela enjoys spending time with her daughter and two dogs and visiting family in Argentina. Mariela is also a tennis advocate and lover of nature, hiking regularly. In her new role as Travel Industry Sales Manager, Mariela will work collaboratively with wholesalers and travel agents to sell Reunion Resort as a leisure destination.

Golf

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Eric Carlson

National Golf Sales Manager

Central Florida & Northeast

Eric Carlson

National Golf Sales Manager

Central Florida & Northeast

With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Eric services the Northeast and Central Florida markets for Reunion Resort. As a University of Maine at Machias graduate, Eric is ready to create a memorable experience for your group golf outing, charity/celebrity tournament or incentive trip. Prior to joining the Salamander Hotels & Resorts team, Eric was part of the opening team for the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, serving as their Golf and Corporate Sales Manager. Eric has also spent time at Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Naples Grande Resort & Club, and Wild Dunes Resort, and has been named Manager of the Year for his exceptional work ethic and attention to detail.

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Aaron Hosman

National Golf Sales Manager

South Florida & Midwest

Aaron Hosman

National Golf Sales Manager

South Florida & Midwest

Aaron Hosman brings over 20 years of Central Florida Hospitality and Golf Group Sales experience to Reunion Resort since graduating Valencia College in 1998. As a Central Florida native, and hospitality professional, Aaron has been actively involved in the sales, marketing and service of golf groups of all sizes and scope. Prior to joining the team at Reunion Resort, Aaron was a key member of the grand opening operations team for Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in Winter Garden, where he spent 10 years learning every aspect of the business. From there, Aaron managed the golf sales team at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimmee for many years, further developing his knowledge of golf operations, and group sales and marketing. Aaron will oversee the Midwest and South Florida markets for Reunion Resort, and is proud to be part of the Salamander Hotels and Resort’s Golf Collection. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys spending time with his four daughters and wife of 12 years.  

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Shawn Thorimbert

National Golf Sales Manager

Northern Florida & Southeast

Shawn Thorimbert

National Golf Sales Manager

Northern Florida & Southeast

Shawn returns to Reunion Resort following time as the Director of Operations for the ANNIKA Academy before it closed in 2016. Before his time at the Academy, he was the Director of Business Development for the Miami-Dade Sports Commission, and then spent nine years as the Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Shawn attended school in Baltimore, Maryland at Loyola University and spent seven years in Atlanta, Georgia as a professional Hockey representative for Franklin Sports before moving to Miami, Florida in 2003. He is married to wife Nery, and has two children – Brian, 24, who recently graduated from FIU with a degree in Engineering and now lives and works in Orlando, Florida, and Celine, 21, who is currently studying Nursing at FIU. Shawn loves to travel, and counts Australia and Vancouver, Canada as two of his favorite destinations. When he’s not working, Shawn tries to play as much golf as he can and enjoys cycling and photography.

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Paul Barrett

Tournament Sales Manager

Paul Barrett

Tournament Sales Manager

Originally from Bristol, England, Paul brings to the team 10 years of experience in the golf industry. Previously with Celebration Golf Management, Paul served as the Area Sales Manager selling tournament outings for 9 courses in the Central Florida area. Paul joined the team at Reunion Resort in 2014 and handles all day and charity golf tournaments. In 2015, Paul brought the concept of FootGolf to Reunion Resort and helped launch it into a successful program catering towards families, groups and guests who are looking for a unique spin on traditional golf. With his passion for creating unique and memorable golf tournaments, Paul is dedicated to ensuring the success of a charity or corporate group outing.

Catering & Conference Services

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Matthew Echevarria, CWEP/CMP

Director of Catering & Conference Services

Matthew Echevarria, CWEP/CMP

Director of Catering & Conference Services

Matthew has 17 years’ experience in the hospitality industry from on to off premises events. Matthew has gained his experience working in catering, weddings and conventions with leading companies such as Marriott, Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, Sodexo, ARAMARK, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Sheraton, Westin Hotels & Resort sand most recently, The Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables. Matthew is a graduate of University of Central School of Hospitality Management. Matthew is a Certified Wedding/Event Planner from The Wedding Planning Institute and Certified Meeting Planner from Meeting Professional International and participates in many local wedding and events organizations. Matthew applies his vast experience and creativity in leading and supporting his team in producing corporate meetings, conferences, amazing wedding events and special occasion celebrations here at Reunion.

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Lisa New

Sr. Catering Sales Manager

Lisa New

Sr. Catering Sales Manager

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.

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Melody Martinez

Conference Services Manager

Melody Martinez

Conference Services Manager

A native of the beautiful island of Jamaica, Melody Martinez was introduced to tourism at an early age.  It is there in the West Indies that she developed a strong passion for serving and succeeding in the Hospitality industry. 

Melody earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sales and Marketing from Webber International University in Babson Park, Florida.  Her education also includes an Associate's degree in Hospitality Business Management.   Her career spans 20 years during which time she has received numerous accolades for her professionalism, steadfast dedication, and outstanding commitment to her clients and peers.  She is committed to excelling in the Hospitality industry, and her goal is to manage her own resort.

Melody is also a proud wife and mother of four children.  She enjoys travelling to exotic locations and her missionary work which also takes her around the world to help those in need.  She volunteers at her local church where she spends much of her time teaching, mentoring young adults, and assisting the elderly.  In her spare time, she will either cuddle up with a ‘good book’ or try to drag her husband off to go shopping. 

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Tracy Johns

Conference Services Manager

Tracy Johns

Conference Services Manager

Tracy joins the team with 17 years of experience in planning events, included in that, 6 years of planning and selling the social market. She truly enjoys the Convention Planning Market which allows her the opportunity to “get to know” her clients and to build those lasting relationships.

Tracy has two amazing young men. Parker, who is 15 and just passed his permit tests so he will be on the road soon. Skyler, who lives in San Francisco and is enjoying the California life. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym and doing Zumba or body pump with her gym friends.

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Abner Mendoza

Catering Sales Manager

Abner Mendoza

Catering Sales Manager

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Christina Martin

Catering Sales Manager

Christina Martin

Catering Sales Manager


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Mark Jenkins

Golf Services Manager

Mark Jenkins

Golf Services Manager

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