Pocono Mountains, Penn. — (April 1, 2016) — Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is expanding its Pocono Mountains leadership team with the addition of Michael G. Levine. In his role as director of sales, Levine will oversee the operations of the sales, catering and conference services departments at the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions property.
“We’re extremely proud of our group capabilities. With the state-of-the-art convention center, diverse food and beverage offerings, stunning accommodations and wealth of on-site amenities at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, it’s important to have a leader in place to bring the experience together for our group guests,” said Todd Nelson, owner of Kalahari Resorts. “Levine’s expertise and extensive background in the hospitality sales industry will be an integral part in achieving this goal. We’re looking forward to having him on board and steering the company’s growth in the ever-changing industry, especially as we continue to expand.”
Levine’s responsibilities include: overseeing the direct sales activities and production at the property level; identifying and securing new accounts; personally managing key accounts; analyzing competition and maintaining Kalahari’s market position; providing guidance, direction and training to the conference services and catering teams; and working in conjunction with the general manager and senior leadership to implement promotional programs and marketing initiatives.
Levine brings more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to his role, most recently serving as the director of sales at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, leading the sales efforts at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown. He first joined Interstate Hotels & Resorts in 2013 as director of sales and marketing in the Washington, D.C., area.
Prior to Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Levine served as director of sales for a variety of hotels and conference centers throughout the East Coast. He started his career in hospitality as an accountant at IHG and Hilton Hotels, later transitioning to sales.
Levine received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and holds positions on a variety of local organizations, including: member of the Visit Wilmington marketing committee, member of JDRF Wilmington and Philadelphia board, and member of the King of Prussia Rotary board of directors.
About Kalahari Resorts
Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Sandusky, Ohio, and the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, delivers a “world-away” waterpark resort and conference experience beyond expectations. The authentically African-themed Kalahari Resorts, privately owned by the Nelson family, is home to America’s largest indoor waterparks. All Kalahari Resorts feature well-appointed guest rooms, full-service Spa Kalahari, a fully equipped fitness center, on-site restaurants, unique retail shops and a state-of-the-art conference center. Kalahari Resorts and Convention Centers frequently receives awards and accolades for our guest and convention services. Recent recognition includes: Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 World’s Coolest Indoor Waterparks, 2015 Reader’s Choice USA Today’s 10 Best Indoor Waterparks, TripAdvisors’ 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards for Top Family Hotel, Silver Star recognition for Best Family-Friendly Meeting Hotel and Resort in Smart Meeting’s 2014 Smart Stars Awards, Clean the World’s Top 50 Hot Properties in 2013, January 2015 OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice Award for Double Cut Grill’s signature dining experience for the second consecutive year, the Daily Herald’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Indoor Waterpark, selection as one of the nation’s Top Family Resorts by Family Fun magazine for 2013, being named the Best Conference Center in the state by the Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association, and selection as the Corporate Meeting Destination of the Year by Cleveland Business Connects magazine. For reservation and guest information, call 1-877-KALAHARI (525-2427) or visit: KalahariResorts.com. To learn more about Kalahari Resorts, members of the media are encouraged to visit KalahariMedia.com.