29 Year Marriott Associate Joins HPN Global

Born in White Plains, New York to a German culinary family, Michael moved to Germany when he was 6 years old. His education, as well as military service, took place in Hamburg, Germany.

Michael began working in his parent’s restaurants at a young age and after high school graduation, he served a 2.5-year apprenticeship with Canadian Pacific Hotels in Hamburg, followed by an 18-month military service in the German Army. After this he started his hospitality career at the Four Season’s Hotel in Hamburg in food and beverage, soon realizing that his passion was in the rooms division. This is when a 29-year run with Marriott International started.

Michael joined the Hamburg Marriott hotel front office team and then transferred to the Marriott Orlando World Center where he started in night audit and then moved back to the front desk. His next step was manager on duty for Marriott’s International Drive property in Orlando. His next transfer took him to the Munich Marriott where he oversaw the front office, reservations and then was promoted to the sales department as Director of Group Sales.
Michael also assisted with the opening of the Bremen Marriott Hotel and the Ramada Munich Airport.

During his time in Munich, Michael graduated from the American Hotel and Motel Association with a diploma in Hotel Management. From there he moved to the west coast of the US where he worked at the Monterey Marriott in Group Sales. Michael’s next promotion took him to the pre-opening sales office for Grande Lakes Orlando, where he was a Senior Account Executive handling both the 1000 room JW Marriott and 582 room Ritz-Carlton hotels. His broad market experience included Florida’s State Association as well as West Coast Corporate and Association accounts. It was at Grande Lakes when Michael began handling the HPN Account as the single point of contact.

After a decade at Grande Lakes, he joined Starwood and the sales team of the 1500 room Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort where he also worked West Coast Corporate and Association accounts as well as the Midwest market. In April 2018 Michael retired from Marriott and joined the HPN Global team.
Michael has been married to his wife Sharon since 1994. Michael and Sharon reside in Orlando, FL where they raised their two daughters, Ashley, 22 and Evelyn, 20.

Michael Duve

Global Accounts Director

Hospitality Performance Network Global

mduve@hpnglobal.com

Top Nashville Hospitality Executive Joins HPN Global

Sarah Durai comes to us from JRK Hotel Group where she held the title of Director of Sports and Entertainment Sales. She primarily sold for the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown, but also booked for the Oceana in Santa Monica, The Roger in New York, and the Holiday Inn Express in Downtown Nashville.

Sarah is a Nashville native and has been in the hospitality industry for the last 10 years. She started her career at Tennessee’s only 5-Star, 5-Diamond property, The Hermitage Hotel where she was able to strengthen her art of true southern hospitality. Sarah loves the industry that she is in and states that her favorite part about her career is the relationships that she gets to make with people from all over the world and being able to leave them with a positive, lasting impression.

Sarah studied Hospitality and Resort Management at the University of Memphis, and is currently a member of Meeting Professionals International. Sarah’s passions outside of work include traveling, cheering on the Predators with the rest of Smashville, Fantasy Football and Hockey, Sunday football (especially when her Chargers are playing), dancing, poker nights, attending concerts and listening to live music, and spending time in her wonderful city with family and friends.

Sarah was recently named Top 100 Leading Persons in Hospitality for the city of Nashville, and is so excited to start her new adventure with HPN Global. Sarah was our SPC for almost 5 years, so feels that HPN is already family to her. She states Relationships Matter, and there is no other company she would rather be with!

Sarah Durai

Global Accounts Director

Hospitality Performance Network Global

sdurai@hpnglobal.com

Phone: 615.584.7296

30 Year Hospitality Pro Joins HPN Global

Patty Gannon has over 30 years of experience in the travel industry. She studied at Grand Valley State University and earned a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

In 1988 Patty joined Norwegian Cruise Line as a member of their Cruise Staff and travelled the world entertaining thousands of passengers weekly. When she finally jumped ship., she furthered her career at the Walt Disney World Resorts where she successfully completed Disney’s highly acclaimed management program and worked the front of the house, back of the house and ultimately made her way into sales.

In 1998, Patty started work in the Destination Management world, where she successfully sold and managed hundreds of programs in Florida and most recently Las Vegas. As a longtime partner to HPN the only natural progression in her career would be to take the plunge and join the team which happened on March 1st.

Outside of work you can find Patty in dance class, hanging with her dog Cappy or sipping cocktails poolside with friends! Once she makes her millions her plan is to buy a small island, make a home for her family and a sanctuary for stray animals where they will all live happily ever after.

Patty Gannon

Vice President, Global Accounts

Hospitality Performance Network Global

Phone: 480.998.9770

Pgannon@hpnglobal.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/pattybake/