Accomplished and award-winning sales leaders to elevate iconic Fontainebleau brand and showcase unrivaled accommodations and meeting space ahead of fourth quarter 2023 debut.
LAS VEGAS – Fontainebleau Las Vegas, the globally anticipated luxury resort destination set to open in the fourth quarter of 2023, has welcomed its newly appointed sales leadership team, a veteran group of accomplished and award-winning executives that are showcasing the resort’s world-class offerings and elevating the standard for luxury hospitality on the Strip.
With a commitment to the highest level of service and years of combined success between them, the group is set to make an indelible mark on the hospitality industry in Las Vegas and beyond as they introduce the world to Fontainebleau Las Vegas’ luxury accommodations and unrivaled collection of meeting and event spaces. Upon opening, Fontainebleau Las Vegas will boast 3,644 rooms and suites, as well as 550,000 square feet of customizable, indoor-outdoor meeting space.
“Business travelers on the Strip have been craving something new, and Fontainebleau Las Vegas will showcase a space that is truly special, with innovative experiences that will aim to exceed expectations,” says Fontainebleau Las Vegas Chief Operating Officer Colleen Birch. “We are proud to have assembled a team that delivers results, and also possesses the expert market knowledge and understanding of what our customers need in this new era of meeting experiences. Our team is already at work positioning Fontainebleau Las Vegas as the pinnacle of luxury hospitality, and we look forward to witnessing their success as we warmly welcome guests and groups to our resort.”
The Fontainebleau Las Vegas sales team is comprised of:
Kurt Wuebbenhorst, Senior Vice President of Sales, Catering, and Convention Services
Mr. Wuebbenhorst previously opened a luxury resort on the Strip as a member of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas sales team. As the propery’s Vice President of Sales, he was credited with driving more than $100 million in top line revenues annually, while executing more than 200 meetings and events annually for The Cosmopolitan. Mr. Wuebbenhorst has also served in sales leadership roles for Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas, and Hyatt Regency Indianapolis.
Carmen M. Rubino Jr., Vice President of Sales
Mr. Rubino rejoins Fontainebleau Las Vegas as Vice President of Sales, having previously served three years as Executive Director of Hotel Sales when the resort was in development under a different owner. Mr. Rubino has a decades-long history with Marriott Hotels and Resorts, having twice held the role of Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at The Cosmopolitan, and he has previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing for Marriott International Convention and Resort Hotel Network; Vice President of Hotel Operations and Director of Sales and Marketing for JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa; and Director of Hotel Sales and Director of National Accounts for Marriott International. He is a nine-time recipient of Marriott International’s Chairmans Circle Achiever and Pinnacle Achiever award, which honors top achievers in individual hotel sales and leadership.
Erin Naeve, Vice President of Distribution and Social Sales
Ms. Naeve brings more than 20 plus years of sales experience in the Las Vegas hospitality and gaming industries to her role as Vice President of Distribution and Social Sales. Prior to joining the Fontainebleau Las Vegas team, she was previously Executive Director of Leisure Sales for Resorts World Las Vegas; Executive Director of Group Sales and Executive Director of Leisure Sales for The Cosmopolitan where she opened the luxury resort in 2010. Erin has also held sales and distribution roles at Travelzoo, Harrah’s Entertainment, and The Venetian.
Nicole Schmitz, Director of Sales
Senior Sales Manager before being elevated to Director of Sales just 10 months later. She was previously a member of the pre-opening team at Resorts World Las Vegas where she served as National Sales Manager. Ms. Schmitz’s hospitality career spans over a decade and includes senior sales roles with the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Waldorf Astoria. She was recently named a 2023 Smart Women in Meetings award winner.
The Fontainebleau Las Vegas sales team is supported by Fontainebleau Development Vice President of Industry Relations and Business Development Austin Bagwell, who spearheads the sales efforts, brand awareness, and synergy for group convention customers across the company’s luxury destination portfolio, including Fontainebleau Miami Beach, JW Marriott Turnberry Miami, and Hilton Nashville.
Fontainebleau Las Vegas resides on approximately 25 acres adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center District and brings full circle Fontainebleau Development’s long-held dream of hosting its iconic brand on the Strip.
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