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May / June 2017

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CHANTILLY, VA HOTEL DEBUTS RENOVATED CONFERENCE SPACE Modern Style Meets Productivity in Updated Westfields Marriott Washington Dulle Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles introduces an energizing modern vibe to meetings and events with newly completed renovations at one of the largest Fairfax, VA meeting spaces. Rooted in hospitality and outfitted with innovative technology, the Chantilly hotel near Dulles International Airport and Northern Virginia's Technology Corridor provides a collaborative, productive envi- ronment for modern meeting attendees who crave the history and culture of the Capital Region. The renovation, which began in 2016, has trans- formed two-thirds of an astounding 60,000 sq. ft. of function space. "We've enhanced almost everything — from the art on our walls to the lighting overhead. The sleek new design is matched with progressive tech- nology to produce spaces that spark creativity," says Scott McClinton, general manager, Westfields Marriott. From the moment attendees step through the stately entrance, it's evi- dent that this is no ordinary destination. Stylish updates to the main lobby beckon guests to explore further — to renovated event space that includes a distinctive lower and upper rotunda, three sizeable ballrooms, a second- floor promenade, and the West Lobby with doors that open onto a pictur- esque Sunset terrace. Two new small-group rooms with glass walls are sit- uated near the ballrooms, providing ideal spots to collaborate, conduct an interview, make a quick call or prep for a speech. Local Maryland firm Architectural Interiors of Annapolis selected blue, cream, silver and gold as the sophisticated palette for new carpeting, wall covering and furniture. Crystal chandeliers, wall sconces and signifi- cant works of art successfully marry the colonial and modern aesthetics. Westfields Marriott's unique capabilities raise the bar for conferences, board meetings, product launches and other business events in Fairfax County. In 2016, the hotel installed a customizable 15- by 10-ft. media wall in the lower rotunda and created The Studio, a high-tech boardroom with a touch-screen table, adaptive colored lighting and surround-sound confer- ence call audio. For information, call (703) 818-0300 or visit http://- dulles/. CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT'S NATIONAL MEETINGS & EVENTS ANNOUNCES NEW STRATEGIC ACCOUNTS TEAM AND THEIR SEARCH FOR A DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC ACCOUNTS Caesars Entertainment has announced the addition of their new Strategic Accounts Team and has begun the search for a Director of Strategic Accounts. The goal of the new team is to increase customer loyal- ty and to provide holistic solutions for their customers. The new Director of Strategic Accounts will oversee 14 associates that include an Associate Director of Sales and multiple sales professionals that will represent all Caesars Entertainment properties across the country. In 2011, fueled by innovation and strategy, Caesars Entertainment moved the majority of their sales team in-market allowing them to build stronger relationships with their clients right in their backyards, while introducing the conven- ience and ease of their one contact-one contract sales process. Building onto the success of this pre- vious restructure, the new team will work side-by- side with the 130 sales people currently located across the United States. "We have great relationships with our cus- tomers and third party partners. This Strategic Accounts Team will provide a new level of amazing service to these valu- able customers," said Jordan D. Clark, vice president of sales at Caesars Entertainment. "As our clients' businesses and companies grow to include multiple locations, it's important that we grow with them and simultane- ously provide them with the best experiences possible. Having a dedicated person focus on the overall relationship is critical to the satisfaction of the H OT E L H A P P E N I N G S B M & T ••• May/June 2017 ••• 8

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