Published Date:  Thursday, February 15, 2018


ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR OF CATERING AND CONFERENCE SERVICES Joy Schmidt will plan and manage the sales effort of the Catering Department


ST. LOUIS (February 15, 2018) –The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel is pleased to welcome Joy Schmidt as Director of Catering and Conference Services of the historic, award-winning property.


Schmidt will lead sales strategies for approximately 65,000 square feet of event space for luxury and high-profile events – including weddings, galas, corporate meetings and special occasions within the Catering & Conference Services team.


Schmidt joins The Chase Park Plaza from her most recent position as Director of Sales and Marketing for Service System Associate’s (SSA) Saint Louis Science Center account. There, she managed all group, catering and banquet sales activities. Under her leadership, the Saint Louis Science Center was the most improved SSA property for food & beverage in 2016. Her previous hotel experience includes numerous catering management positions in St. Louis, including: The Chase Park Plaza, The Westin St. Louis, Hilton St. Louis Airport, St. Louis Marriott West and the Adam’s Mark Hotel.


“Joy is a familiar face at The Chase Park Plaza, having served as our Catering Sales Manager from 2013 to 2015,” said Director of Sales and Marketing, Frederik Houben. “With more than 15 years of experience in catering operations and business development in the hotel industry, Joy is the perfect fit to lead our team in developing and providing impeccable dining experiences to our guests.”


ABOUT THE CHASE PARK PLAZA Built in 1922, The Chase Park Plaza boasts the 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and features over 389 guest rooms and suites, a full-service spa, an 18,000 square foot fitness center, multiple dining and entertainment options, an outdoor Mediterranean-style swimming pool, and more than 65,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. The property overlooks Forest Park, named in 2016 by USA Today as the #1 most beautiful city park in the United States.

ABOUT SONESTA HOTELS Sonesta is a growing, global hospitality brand with more than 80 properties in 7 countries, centered on a corporate dedication to delivering a guest experience that provides more than just a place to stay. With a portfolio of diverse and distinctive properties as individual as its guests, there is no typical Sonesta. With a full range of exceptional experiences found in many of the most memorable destinations in the world, Sonesta proudly exceeds guest's expectations time and time again.

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