Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa has appointed Steven Carl its new director of food and beverage. Carl joins the resort from City of Dreams Manila Resort in Paranaque, Philippines. 

As director of food and beverage, Carl will be responsible for the operations of each of the resort’s on-site restaurants including Stories Fine Dining, Firewheel Café, Shellers Barrelhouse Bar, McDade's Coffee Emporium & Ice Cream Saloon, and Old Buck’s Place.  

Carl has worked with Hyatt Corporation for more than 24 years and has held executive chef and director of food & beverage positions at 11 properties throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean including Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman, Hyatt Regency Miami, and Hyatt Regency Maui.  Carl worked in Central Texas previously as the food and beverage director at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa from 2011 to 2013.

Most recently, Carl spent his time in the Philippines and traveling extensively throughout Southeast Asia. He received his degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, and has also served as a member of Rotary International since 2017. 

The Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa, located in Frisco, has hired Jennie Strahan as director of activities. In this position, Strahan will be responsible for the resort’s guest activities experience, partner with the community to increase Westin’s social responsibility reach, and engage guests of all ages in exciting and enriching programming. Strahan has extensive experience in well-being event and program management.


The Woodlands Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton has appointed Ricardo Bravo to the role of executive chef. In this capacity, he will oversee the culinary direction for two of the 402-room property’s three restaurants—The Woodlands Dining Room and Cool Water Café—as well as catering for 75,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space and outdoor function areas.


The Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA) named Paola Bowman, CMP, CMM, its new president at its 2022 annual conference held January 21–23 in Kansas City, Missouri. Bowman is destination services manager at the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau in Arlington, Texas. During her tenure, Bowman plans to focus her energy on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, as well as growing membership through outreach.