Ann Massey Appointed Director of Catering at Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston

HOUSTON, TX – January 17, 2013 – A twenty-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Ann Massey, has joined the recently debuted Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston as Director of Catering.  Her extensive background includes sales and marketing, catering operations, special events and conference services functions for both luxury and full-service brands.   From 2008 until 2012, Massey was Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hilton University of Houston.  A frequent guest speaker at University of Houston’s acclaimed Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, she was instrumental in the successful completion of the hotel’s $13-million renovation.   Before that, Massey was based in Dallas, TX and served as the Task Force Sales Manager for Prism Hotels & Resorts.  In this capacity, she worked with a portfolio of sites around the country, including the 48th floor event space at the Transamerica Pyramid building in San Francisco, CA and hotels flagged as Hilton and DoubleTree.  Her tasks included managing the training and development of catering/event managers in addition to creating standard operating procedures for banquet and catering department communication and special event execution.   Between 2000 and 2007, Massey served as the Catering Sales Manager – and later the Director of Catering – for the St. Regis Hotel in Houston, TX.  Prior to that, she was employed in Houston by Bristol Hotels & Resorts as a Catering Sales Manager/Conference Services Manager.  During this time, Massey was recognized as a top revenue producer for the region, which consisted of nine hotels.   Massey began her hospitality career in Houston with acclaimed Nino’s and Vincent’s restaurants after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.  She is active in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, The Junior League of Houston and the University of Houston Bauer College of Business Alumni Association.

The 485-room Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston is AAA approved Four Diamond full service hotel located in the area of the Houston Galleria. The hotel offers 24-hour fitness center, roof top swimming pool, and 50,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel offers a spectacular location within walking distance of the Houston Galleria. The hotel is a convenient home from which to explore the nearby attractions, professional sporting events, and exciting dining and nightlife the city of Houston and the hotel’s uptown neighborhood has to offer.

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