• Q&A: Donna Horii, National Group Sales Manager, The Charter at Beaver Creek

     
    POSTED March 26, 2021
     

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com.

Donna Horii was recently named the national group sales manager for The Charter at Beaver Creek

1. What are you looking forward to most in your new role?

I am happy to be at the Charter and a part of the East West Hospitality team, helping to rebuild a strong meetings base.  As the recovery period is beginning it will be great to bring new clients to the Charter to see the $5M in renovation that we are starting next week!  And soon the new Charter Overlook will be one of the premier wedding ceremony sites in Beaver Creek!  Also looking forward to working with Village Wide Meetings here in the Beaver Creek Village, allowing us to serve larger groups.

2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?

I have worked at several properties and destination marketing organizations in their meetings departments, and become very involved with the industry organizations and Meeting Planner Network within the state of Colorado.  This property is a gem for smaller meetings and will be a great partner in Village Wide meetings here in Beaver Creek.

3. How did you get into this industry?

I have had a passion for travel and adventure since I was a child, and went to the University of Colorado and received my degree in Commercial Recreation.  I’ve always been excited to share my passion and excitement with my clients as I’ve been fortunate to represent wonderful properties and destinations.

4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?

I hope to establish the Charter as a prime meeting spot in Beaver Creek and the Vail Valley, and share the other East West Properties and destinations.

5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?

I feel so fortunate to live and work in the mountains. The people involved in this industry are all great, clients, co-workers, and colleagues, really have become family.

HardRock Summit, a new trade show event for the gem, jewelry, mineral and fossil industries debuted in downtown Denver from Sept. 16–21 , 2021, and welcomed more than 1,900 professional buyers, 3,000 visitors and 200 exhibiting companies. 

 

The 2021/2022 ski season has not only brought some big storms early on, the opening of new and refreshed mountain town lodging properties also has welcomed winter. Copper Mountain is among the few, if not the only ski resort in Colorado, to welcome a new hotel and Element 29 is its first and only hotel. 

 

Larger communities host citywides, while mountain resorts are more about “villagewides.” Taking this concept to heart, Beaver Creek has introduced a new collaborative website to help meeting planners envision multi-venue and multi-hotel meetings and events for groups of 150 to 1,500 guests at the Colorado ski resort and to submit RFPs.