Jay was named General Manager at the Sonesta Beach Resort Hilton Head Island in August, 2012. Prior to accepting this position, he was Director of Hotel Operations at the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans since January, 2011. Before joining Sonesta, Jay was resort manager for the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, and held positions including general manager, operations manager and F&B director in hotels in Florida and Illinois with Marriott and Crowne Plaza.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Chris Bracken was named director of sales and marketing in July. Bracken will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day sales operations of the resort and will work hand-in-hand with Jay Wiendl, the resort’s general manager, to ensure marketing strategies maximize resort revenue.
Previously, Bracken served as the director of sales and marketing with Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He has three decades of tourism and hospitality experience having worked with brands such as Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Portofino Hotel & yacht club, Visit Jacksonville, Don CeSar Beach Resort, Marriott Biscayne Bay and Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. Bracken received his bachelor’s of science degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Please contact Lorie Juliano at 617.421.5429 to discuss potential dates, story angles and your proposed outlets. Thank you for your interest in the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island!