Cahal MowerySmart Moves

Cahal Mowery joined JW Marriott Houston Downtown as director of group sales. He will oversee convention and group travel business. Formerly, Mowery was a national account executive for convention sales at Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is also a Certified Meeting Professional and Certified Travel Associate.


Carrie KolehouseSmart Moves

AHC+Hospitality promoted Carrie Kolehouse to senior marketing manager for Peter Island Resort & Spa in the British Virgin Islands and three properties in Grand Rapids, Michigan: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Courtyard Downtown and JW Marriott. She will also manage digital marketing and Solace magazine.



William DallasSmart Moves

William Dallas was hired as convention sales manager for American Traffic Safety Services Association in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Dallas has almost 20 years of experience in the association industry. Prior to his new position, he worked for Deca, Inc. and National Association for Variable Annuities.



Dave SmithSmart Moves

Hilton San Diego Bayfront promoted Dave Smith to general manager of the 30-story hotel with 1,190 guest rooms. Smith began his career with Hilton in 1987 and has worked at Hilton Anaheim, Flamingo Las Vegas and Hilton New Orleans. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.



Rob StirlingSmart Moves

Rob Stirling joined Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort in northern San Diego County, as director of sales and marketing. Following a rebrand of the 215-room coastal property, Stirling will oversee sales, marketing, catering and conference services. He was previously involved in the redevelopment of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in California.



Greg ChampionSmart Moves

Benchmark Hospitality International promoted Greg Champion to president and chief operating officer of the hospitality management company. For nearly 25 years, he has been recognized as an influential hospitality leader. Champion is a member of Skal International and Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs.



Career Tips:

It’s no secret that some of the best ideas come when you’re away from the office. But not everyone can take multiple vacations a year. According to, the next best thing is to keep weekends free of the office and focus on yourself.

Disconnect from electronic devices as much as possible. Being available to work 24/7 eliminates your time to refocus and recharge before the week ahead.
Take a moment to reflect on your goals and accomplishments. Without weekday distractions, you can jot down ideas and see things in a different way.
Although it can be a struggle to visit the gym, the simplest way to reduce stress is to exercise. Just 10 minutes of moving around releases feel-good neurotransmitters.
Use weekends to pursue your passions. Writing, playing an instrument and painting stimulate different parts of the brain and engage your artistic side.
If it’s difficult to make free time, try reserving mornings for yourself. The first part of the day can set the tone for the rest of it. Practice a calming exercise or meditate to begin the morning with a positive outlook.