Marcela Ceccacci grew up traveling with her parents and fell in love with the idea of working in hotels. That way, her career could take her anywhere in the world. 

“I wasn’t sure where I wanted to live when I grew up, since I was fortunate enough to spend summers in Italy and winter breaks in Buenos Aires,” says Ceccacci. “I decided that pursuing a career in hospitality would be the best route for me.”

After college, Ceccacci worked in room operations with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, where she was part of the opening team for the Park Hyatt Toronto. She then dove into revenue management and, finally, sales. “I’ve been in sales for more than 12 years and it feels just like yesterday,” she says. “I love it!”

In August 2016, Ceccacci joined the Westin Galleria Dallas as director of sales and marketing, where she relishe s being in the heart of the DFW metroplex. “I truly believe we have the best location in the market, and being anchored by the Galleria Mall doesn’t hurt either,” Ceccacci says. 

The Westin Galleria Dallas hosts up to 350 groups a year, in addition to catering-only events, giving Ceccacci the chance to show off the hotel’s fully renovated 54,000 square feet of event space. “It has a fresh, new, modern look our customers can be proud of when hosting their events,” she says. “I love guiding people and seeing their events reach peak potential. I look forward to my future in the industry, and I know I will continue meeting great people along the way.” 

Gail Davis, founder and president of Dallas-based GDA Speakers, was working in corporate training for EDS when the phone rang. “One of my mentors called me and said, ‘There’s a position in the events department, and I think you should do it. It would be so easy for a working mom,’” says Davis, before adding wryly, “It was clearly someone who had never planned events.” 

 

If there is a better hair-of-the-dog drink than a bloody mary, we sure don’t know what it is. Visit Beaumont shared its recipe for a tasty Sunday brunch cocktail, and they even made it for eight, so you can treat your friends!

 

Born and raised in Bryan, about 90 miles east of Village of Salado, Chadley Hollas, Village of Salado’s director of tourism, says he came to the town with one goal: to help Salado become Texas’ best small destination. His favorite thing about his adopted hometown is the people. “They are quirky, creative and hospitable—a neat combination that makes for many good conversations,” says Hollas.