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Sales Staff

Thanks for considering Houston for your next meeting, convention, or event.

Our team of destination sales professionals stand ready to assist with everything from a 10 person board meeting to a 70,000 person event. The Greater Houston area consists of over 84,000 hotel rooms, numerous convention, meeting and event facilities, and over 10,000 restaurants and bars providing a memorable attendee experience.

For assistance with planning your next event in Houston, feel free to contact us directly at 713-853-8309.

Or, to submit your RFP click here.


Sales Leadership Team

  • John Solis
    • John Solis
    • Senior Vice President of Sales & Client Services

    • Phone: 713-853-8926
    • Mobile: 713-213-9978
  • Nathan Tollett
  • Jason Purifoy
    • Jason Purifoy
    • Director, Citywide Sales

      (1,500+ Peak)

    • Phone: 713-853-8338
    • Mobile: 713-824-0778

In-House Sales

Our in-house sales team assists customers that need 10 to 999 hotel rooms on peak.

  • Dakotah Appelhans
    • Dakotah Appelhans
    • National Account Executive 

      Market: 10-99 Peak

    • Phone: 713-853-8129
    • Mobile: 832-367-0803
  • Juan Bradford
    • Juan Bradford
    • National Account Executive

      Market: 100+ Peak Weekends/Holidays

    • Phone: 713-853-8367
    • Mobile: 832-851-5321
  • Alyssa Abdulla
    • Alyssa Abdulla
    • National Account Executive 

      Market: Midwest/West (100-300 Peak)

    • Phone: 713-853-8051
    • Mobile: 832-763-1729
  • Cory Campbell
    • Cory Campbell
    • National Account Executive 

      Market: East (100-300 Peak)

    • Phone: 713-853-8935
    • Mobile: 713-325-3525
  • Len Valka
    • Len Valka
    • National Account Executive

      Market: Midwest/West (301-999 Peak)

    • Phone: 713-853-8295
    • Mobile: 713-725-6310
  • Joel Rugerio
    • Joel Rugerio
    • National Account Executive

      Market: East (301-999 Peak)

    • Phone: 713-853-8934
    • Mobile: 713-819-2151

Austin Market Sales & Services

Our Austin based sales and services team assists customers with the sales and client services phases of their events.

  • Karen Villagomez
    • Karen Villagomez
    • National Account Executive

      Market: Association, Corporate, SMERF, and Sports located in Austin, Texas (301+ Peak)

    • Phone: 512-263-2380
    • Mobile: 713-737-5689

Citywide Sales Team

Our citywide team manages both corporate and association accounts requiring no less than 1,500 rooms on peak. Please meet our associates:

  • Mercedes Williams
    • Mercedes Williams
    • Associate Director, Corporate Sales

      Market: Corporate Accounts, Entire US

    • Phone: 713-853-8927
    • Mobile: 832-358-1168
  • Amra Elmore
    • Amra Elmore
    • National Account Executive

      Market: Association – Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland

    • Phone: 410-864-8227
    • Mobile: 713-737-5623
  • Ron Sipes
    • Ron Sipes
    • National Account Executive

      Market: Association - West and South East Region

    • Phone: 301-315-5850
    • Mobile: 713-598-6495
  • Lindsay Rhoden
    • Lindsay Rhoden
    • National Account Executive

      Market: Mini-Wide (1,000-1,499 Peak)

      Market: Association – Midwest Region (1,500+ Peak)

    • Phone: 713-853-8939
    • Mobile: 281-352-7735

George R. Brown Convention Center - Consumer Sales

Our George R. Brown Convention Center – Consumer Sales team helps customers find space at our convention center for consumer trade shows, conferences or events.

International - Group Sales

Our International – Group Sales team assists customers with meetings, conventions, and events that are on an international rotation or with the majority of attendees traveling from abroad.

  • Daniel Palomo
    • Daniel Palomo
    • Director, International Sales and Leisure

    • Phone: 713-853-8326
    • Mobile: 713-516-4184

Sales Support Team