The Jacaruso Enterprises Team

 

Sales

Dina

Vice President of Sales

Dina has more than 25 years of industry experience with brands including Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Residence Inn, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Sheraton, Holiday Inn Comfort Suites, Comfort Inn and boutique inns. Organized and detail-oriented, she has extensive experience in supporting hotel openings both onsite and remotely. Married with two sons, Dina is active in her community as well as the President of the Soccer Club in her town.

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Dina

Dina

Vice President of Sales

Melanie

Sr. Regional Director of Sales

Melanie has real life, in the trenches business experience. With over 10 years in the hotel and lodging industry, Melanie is well rounded in her field. She comes with a diverse knowledge of operational and sales expertise. Knowing what it takes to ensure customer satisfaction, Melanie has a proven track record of building and fostering relationships with clients which attracts customer loyalty and increases revenue. Melanie is eager to share her knowledge of brands such as Marriott, Hilton and IHG to assist others in their growth. She is also the mom of two teen girls and Vice President of their High School Booster Club.

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Melanie

Melanie

Sr. Regional Director of Sales

Adrienne

Sr. Regional Director of Sales

Adrienne has worked in the industry for 15 years in positions including Executive Conference Manager, Director of Catering and Director of Sales. She has experience working with brands such as Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Homewood, Hampton Inn and independent boutique hotels. She finds working with individuals at the hotel rewarding, especially watching team members learn a new approach to a challenge and seeing them grow as a result. Adrienne has an amazing memory, a great sense of humor and never misses a deadline. She’s an avid Seahawks fan and loves to watch them win!

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Adrienne

Adrienne

Sr. Regional Director of Sales

Jason

Sr. Regional Director of Sales

Jason supports new opening properties, walking hotels through the opening sales process and helping get business on the books. Jason has extensive Opening, Operations, Sales & Marketing and Revenue Management knowledge and can effectively assist you in growing your business. He has held various positions in the industry including GM of both Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites properties. Originally from New Zealand, Jason’s parents owned and operated a hotel/resort right on the beach.

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Jason

Jason

Sr. Regional Director of Sales

Kim

Regional Director of Sales

Kim is the “Southern Belle” of the JE team. She has been in the hotel sales industry for over 14 years and has loved every minute of it. She enjoys interacting with hotels and helping them to achieve their goals. Kim has extensive sales experience in helping to motivate your team, thinking outside of the box for creative ideas and closing the sale. Kim is a proud military brat and believes that moving around so much has given her that special ability to never meet a stranger.

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Kim

Kim

Regional Director of Sales

Elaine

Regional Director of Sales

North, South, East or West, Elaine wants to book the business for your Hotel. She brings 27-plus years of sales and operational experience to JE. In roles including GM and Director of Sales with Holiday Inn, Hawthorn Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Hilton Full Service, Hampton, Homewood Suites, and Hilton Garden Inn, she gained the tools to develop your team to be the best in the industry. Elaine and her husband, Andy, enjoy being close to their children, but they adore their grandchildren!

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Elaine

Elaine

Regional Director of Sales

Christy

Director of Lead Analysis

Christy was born into the hospitality industry and never left. Her early career was spent in operations for boutique and full service brands. From there, she moved on to developing and supporting technology solutions for the industry. Christy is exceptional in finding creative solutions to unique challenges and loves working with hotel people. She is professionally versatile, delivering on an array of projects for JE. In her spare time, Christy works with nonprofit groups and caters to her two horrible little dogs.

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Christy

Christy

Director of Lead Analysis

Kerrie

Regional Director of Sales

Kerrie has been in the hotel sales industry for over 13 years and she absolutely loves what she does. She has creatively represented multiple brands within Hilton, Wyndham, Sonesta and Marriott Hotels.  Kerrie’s favorite part of the sales process is relationship building; displaying honesty and loyalty and working together as a team to ultimately “win” the business.  When Kerrie is not working diligently to bring the business to her hotels, she dedicates her spare time doting over her three adopted dogs. Kerrie also volunteers her spare time to various Animal Shelters and Rescues throughout the US. untitled-1

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Kerrie

Kerrie

Regional Director of Sales

LaShonda

Regional Director of Sales

LaShonda was born and raised in St. Louis, MO (Go Cards!) where she began her hospitality career at a Hampton Inn. She’s worked with Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites and Marriott brands. Sales is her passion and her extensive experience in Revenue Management gives her a great competitive edge. For fun, LaShonda loves reading, baseball, traveling and shopping.

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LaShonda

LaShonda

Regional Director of Sales

Natalee

Regional Director of Sales

Natalee has relished working in the hospitality world for the past sixteen years. Covering extended stay, upscale and limited service segments, she has worked with brands including Candlewood Suites, Sleep Inn & Suites, Renaissance, Holiday Inn and Comfort Suites. She believes the key to a hotel’s success lies in exceeding expectations. Results driven and bottom-line focused, Natalee’s passion is taking hotels to the top of their market and helping them thrive against the competition. Natalee is happily married and enjoying her new adventure into motherhood. In her free time, she loves to shop for anything, travel to warm places, cook new recipes, and catch fish!

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Natalee

Natalee

Regional Director of Sales

Alicia

Regional Director of Sales

Alicia got her start in the hotel industry while in high school and has been working in the industry now for over 20 years.  With a vast knowledge of managing departments in both full-service and limited-service hotels, including Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Homewood Suites, Alicia brings a unique perspective of both operations and sales.  Her primary goal is to ensure her hotels are in the top positions of their market in both revenue and occupancy, as well as having a strong internet presence.  

In her off time, Alicia enjoys playing golf with her husband, reading and cuddling with her 75 lb. lap dog, a boxer named Bella.

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Alicia

Alicia

Regional Director of Sales

April

Regional Director of Sales

April has 13 years of sales experience in the hospitality industry and leaves a lasting impression on the teams that she works with.  April’s experience with Hilton Garden Inn, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Club Carlson and Wyndham hotels has taught her to be creative in prospecting and closing and will inspire your team to be successful! Her expertise is with extended stay, large convention center sales and revenue management. When she isn’t selling she still enjoys “reeling in the big one” while fishing!  She is married with twin daughters who love to play hockey.

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April

April

Regional Director of Sales

Kellie

Regional Director of Sales

Kellie was born and raised in New England (GO PATS!) where she began her hospitality career straight out of college. She grew up always having a desire to work in the Hospitality Industry and has been fortunate to gain extensive knowledge working for Starwood, Hilton, Wyndham and Choice properties. Kellie is goal driven, hardworking and over the top organized! She loves to see Hotels succeeding and building strong relationships with the staff and clients. Kellie recently got married, and is enjoying life as a newlywed and being a Dog Mom to two Golden Retrievers. For fun, she loves to workout, build & create decoration items and spend time with family and friends.

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Kellie

Kellie

Regional Director of Sales

Kathy

Regional Director of Training

Kathy was born and raised in Niagara Falls, the Canadian side, starting her career in the heart of the tourist area. She brings over 15 years of hospitality experience with the Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, Marriott and Casino hotels. Kathy is a passionate facilitator, using her life experiences to engage and encourage those new to the industry. Kathy is married and has a daughter now attending University of Illinois. She enjoys travel, nature and scuba diving.

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Kathy

Kathy

Regional Director of Training

Tamara

Regional Director of Sales

Tamara has thrived building relationships in the hospitality industry for over 20 years.  She loves to sell and loves a challenge but most of all, she wants the hotels she works for to succeed.  Having started her hospitality career working the Caribbean and Mexican markets she is well versed in diverse markets.  Tamara has been a sales leader for various brands such as Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn by Hilton, Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott.  Tamara lives in Daytona Beach with her husband, step daughter and squirrel obsessed Chiweenie dogs.  She loves to teach yoga, cook and enjoys going to concerts in her down time.

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Tamara

Tamara

Regional Director of Sales

Amanda

Regional Director of Sales

Amanda is a true Floridian and always felt like she would be part of the hospitality industry. She started working in hotels right out of college and has not stopped since. She has been in the hotel industry for over 12 fun filled years. She has worked with various flags within Marriott, Hilton and IHG. Amanda’s favorite part of what she does is building a relationship with her client and finding creative solutions to close the business. Amanda is married and is enjoying her new adventures into motherhood. She also enjoys spending time at the beach and watching various sports in her spare time.

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Amanda

Amanda

Regional Director of Sales

Daniela

Lead Generation Specialist

Daniela has been in the Hospitality Industry for 10 years and loves every aspect of it. Born and raised in Germany she has put her secondary languages to great use while gathering experience with Choice Hotels, Hilton Worldwide and InterContinental in Europe and North America.

Her meticulous nature and determination are valued assets for tracking down sales opportunities and she believes team work is the key to success of every hotel.

When she isn’t scoping out new sales leads, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two feline friends, planning trips to Europe and New Zealand.

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Daniela

Daniela

Lead Generation Specialist

Stephanie

Regional Director of Sales

Stephanie has been in the hospitality business for over 20 years.  Originally from Massachusetts, she worked her way through New England and multiple brands as well as independent hotels.  Her career has afforded her the opportunity to work with Starwood, Hilton, Kimpton, Choice, IHG, and Best Western.  Stephanie offers a great balance of revenue management and sales skills with a love of training and mentoring.  When not working she loves being involved with community theater and improv comedy, hoping to try stand-up comedy next.  She lives on Bainbridge Island in WA with her boyfriend and two fur babies Pablo and Alex.

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Stephanie

Stephanie

Regional Director of Sales

Tawny

Regional Director of Sales

Tawny has over 15 years of hospitality experience.  Throughout those years, she has worked with several select service and full service hotels within Marriott, Hilton, and IHG.  Her focus has always been in sales with a keen sense for uncovering new business.  Tawny is hardworking, dedicated and has never walked away from a challenge. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two kids.  In her spare time, you will find her at her kids sports games or at the mall searching for the next big deal.  

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Tawny

Tawny

Regional Director of Sales

Laura

Regional Director of Sales

Laura began her hotel career as a Guest Service Associate while in college in 1994 and has been in management for 15+ years as a Director of Sales. She has worked with brands such as Hampton, Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites,  and TownePlace Suites by Marriott. She enjoys assisting hotels in becoming successful and maximizing their greatest revenue potential.  She believes that every hotel staff member is a valuable asset to the sales team and that everyone plays an important role in the sales process.  When not busy uncovering and closing new business, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband, Brandon and their four children: Brodie, Trae, Katie Beth, and Alexander.

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Laura

Laura

Regional Director of Sales

Jessica

Regional Director of Sales

Jessica is a sales veteran with over twenty years of experience and has enjoyed the past eight years in the hospitality industry.  She has led sales efforts for multiple hotel chains and mid-scale hotel brands including Fairfield Inn and Suites, Comfort Inn and Suites and Comfort Suites. Jessica cultivates excellent relationships with new prospects and existing customers. She combines an entrepreneurial drive with business-management skills to drive gains in revenue, market share and profit performance. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Jessica now resides in Georgia where she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, cooking and traveling.

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Jessica

Jessica

Regional Director of Sales

Michelle

Regional Director of Sales

Michelle has over 17 years of Sales, operation, and revenue management experience in the industry. She has worked with multiple brands including Choice, Hilton, IHG and Independent hotels. Michelle has always had a passion for working with individuals in the hotel industry. Her commitment to client's goal achievement and growth is one of her biggest assets. When Michelle is not growing business objectives, she is spending time with her husband and four children. Go Royals!

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Michelle

Michelle

Regional Director of Sales

Margo

Regional Director of Sales

Passionate about the hospitality industry, Margo has been a sales leader for the past 15 years in both the Chicagoland and Las Vegas markets.  Her concentration has been with the Hilton Brand in both limited and full service properties which include Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, Embassy Suites and Doubletree along with experience representing Marriott and IHG.  She thrives on closing the sale and building long lasting relationships.  Margo currently resides in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and is both an avid NBA and NFL (Go Vikings!) fan and can most likely be found at many home games.

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Margo

Margo

Regional Director of Sales

Katherine

Regional Director of Sales

Katherine has over 18 years of Sales and Marketing experience with different brands such as Hilton, Marriott, Starwood and Radisson. She has maintained a great track record for achieving total hotel revenues by developing strategic business plans and establishing outstanding client relationships. Katherine's passion is developing her team and closing that sale!
In her leisure time she enjoys traveling with her husband and watching a NY Jets game.

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Katherine

Katherine

Regional Director of Sales

Rebekah

Regional Director of Sales

Rebekah has been in the hospitality industry for 15 years with experience in event venues, casinos, and hotels.  She has experience with both extended stay and focused service hotels for Hilton.  She gets excited to see challenges overcome and properties succeed through team efforts.  It is the relationships with her clients she finds truly rewarding. In her free time Rebekah enjoys time with her daughter - Natalie, dog - Daisy, serving at her church and reading.  Rebekah resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Rebekah

Rebekah

Regional Director of Sales

Ryan

Regional Director of Sales

By keeping her Client's needs top priority, Ryan Ahrens has become a trusted partner to hotels, large and small, for more than 17 years. Representing some of the top hotel brands, Ryan has worked for Hyatt, Choice, Marriott, IHG, Wyndham and Hilton properties in various capacities. Specializing as a Sales Leader, Ryan's vast experience provides her with a wealth of information to share with her Clients. Her passion for the industry and drive to sell keeps Ryan taking on challenges and producing noticeable results.  In the Southern California sunshine with her husband and two kids Ryan enjoys anything outdoors as well a good DIY project.

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Ryan

Ryan

Regional Director of Sales

Ryan

Regional Director of Sales

Ryan brings over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including 17 years of direct sales experience.  Leading the Sales & Revenue Management efforts for several select-service and extended-stay hotels has installed a true passion for building relationships and driving revenues.  Ryan has worked for brands such as Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, Residence Inn, Staybridge Suites, Comfort Inn, and Holiday Inn Express.  He values being a mentor and trusted advisor to his hotels and clients, and works hard to make their jobs easier.  Ryan and his wife live near Minneapolis, and they are avid fans of road trips, often seeking out unique restaurants or craft breweries on their travels.  Despite living in MN, he is a big cheesehead – always cheering on his Green Bay Packers!

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Ryan

Ryan

Regional Director of Sales

Nicole

Regional Director of Sales

Nicole is a self-motivated, results driven individual who has proven to effectively and efficiently execute any task at hand. She has a strong customer centric mindset mixed with a passion for the Hospitality industry. With over 10 years of experience, Nicole has worked with various brands such as Marriott, Hilton, and IHG. She thrives in establishing excellent rapport, leading to customer satisfaction and long term relationships. In her personal time she enjoys spending time with family, staying fit, and chasing around her two needy Chihuahua’s Chloe and Dolly.

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Nicole

Nicole

Regional Director of Sales

Rachelle

Regional Director of Sales

Rachelle has over 10 years of sales, operations and revenue management experience. She loves to find ways to intertwine daily operations with the sales process to produce maximum results. She has experience with some of the top brands such as IHG, Marriott, Choice and Hilton and has spent her career continuing her training in sales to ensure she is bringing a dynamic approach to her clients. With the mindset of anything is possible with the right approach, Rachelle is an out of the box thinker that knows that one size never fits all. In her spare time Rachelle likes to reset with travel and any outdoor activity.

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Rachelle

Rachelle

Regional Director of Sales

Kate

Regional Director of Sales

Kate is a focused and passionate sales professional with more than 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. She has built her knowledge while working with top hotel brands such as Hilton, IHG, Choice, Marriott, and Carlson. Kate has learned that building strong, trusting relationships with her clients is the #1 key to success. For fun, Kate enjoys traveling the country, reading, and taking walks with her dog, Calvin.

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Kate

Kate

Regional Director of Sales

Kelly

Regional Director of Sales

Kelly has over 15 years of Sales and Marketing experience in the Hospitality Industry. Her passion for the Industry began while studying Hospitality Management at Ferris State University.  Kelly has sales and marketing experience with multiple brands including Travelocity, Extended Stay Hotels, IHG and Marriott properties.  Kelly prides herself on building long lasting client relationships. Born and raised in Michigan, Kelly now resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, children and two dogs.  Kelly also volunteers as a career mentor for Military Spouses. In her free time she loves to explore new places and complete home improvement projects!

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Kelly

Kelly

Regional Director of Sales

Behind The Scenes

Bill

Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President, Bill wears many hats. When he is not working with Jo on the finance processes or supporting our infrastructure issues from cell phones to Salesforce configuration and development, Bill supports Toni. Their dynamic personalities and creative business approaches are what makes Jacaruso Enterprises continue to grow and prosper, while never losing sight of the most important people in the mix; Our clients! When not in the office, Bill can sometimes be found carving it up at the local skateparks - he is a bowl rider against all recommendations from friends, family and doctors.

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Bill

Bill

Executive Vice President

Jo

Director of Business Operations

Jo is the glue that holds JE together. She can multi-task better than a Cirque Du Soleil juggler. (Not that we are comparing ourselves to a circus.) Jo is a true Toni whisperer and her intuitive nature, coupled with her overwhelmingly impressive proficiency, makes our company stronger. If there is a go to person, her name is Jo! Jo and her husband, John, have four children and live in Round Rock, TX.

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Jo

Jo

Director of Business Operations

Jeremy

IT Manager

As an IT Guru with years of experience, Jeremy follows the motto that all things are possible when you’re on a PC (almost). An alumnus of the Ohio State University, Jeremy devotes his time to matters concerning Internet Technology, Internet of Things (IoT), and computer technology in general. He’s loves to traveling internationally, speaks various languages, and bridges the world together through various connections – both in the real world and the information world. Coming from Cleveland, Ohio, he currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and children.

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Jeremy

Jeremy

IT Manager

Brandy

Executive Assistant

Born and raised in Louisiana but a true Texas girl now.  Love helping others and being a part of the hospitality industry.  Married to my best friend of 21 years and we have 2 children Austin who is a freshman at University of Texas, and Madi a sophomore at Cedar Ridge. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends and vacationing at any BEACH!  Hook’em Horns!

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Brandy

Brandy

Executive Assistant

Courtney

Commander of Communications

Courtney is everything words. A published novelist and winner of the 2015 Beverly Hills Film Festival screenplay competition, he handles proofing and editing and writing the JE blog. When he is not in his creative role, Courtney is our interview specialist; our secret weapon to getting the right person in the right seat on the JE bus. He is a die-hard sports fan devoted to his college and professional Texas based teams.

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Courtney

Courtney

Commander of Communications

Shawna

Copywriting, Messaging, Grammar Interventions

A seasoned copywriter with experience in branding, messaging and creative direction, Shawna’s work spans all media, especially print and interactive marketing and advertising. Shawna has both B2B and consumer experience for clients in a range of industries, including hospitality and high tech.

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Shawna

Shawna

Copywriting, Messaging, Grammar Interventions