HPN Executive Bios
Chairman & CEO
Mr. Kilburg acts as the company’s Chairman and CEO with specific responsibilities for the management and strategic growth of the company. He has 40 years of entrepreneurship and involvement in the hotel and meetings industries, having founded Epix Hotels and Resorts and SetSolutions Inc.
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Joe Forster is a co-founder of Hospitality Performance Network and serves as its President. He works diligently with the overall HPN team and with industry leaders to increase HPN’s effectiveness in the marketplace.
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Steve Scatino became a partner at Hospitality Performance Network in 2002. He has more than 25 years of industry experience, which includes positions in sales and sales management with several independent conference centers in Scottsdale, Arizona and Washington, D.C.
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Senior V.P. Sales
John Murillo assists in the training and support of all HPN associates. He is also responsible for maintaining our brand awareness in the marketplace and strengthening our partnerships within the industry. He has over 25 years of industry experience in sales and marketing.
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Karen Kilburg is a Founding Partner and assists with the full-service division of the firms business. She has over twenty-five years of industry experience, primarily in the Meetings Management , Operations, Conference Services and Destination Management areas.
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Senior VP of Sourcing & Hotel Relations
Through the use of a proprietary application, co-developed by Desi, her team expedites hotel responses providing the most efficient process for sales associates and their clients. Desi Whitney leads the Sourcing Operations Team and is in charge of hotel relations for HPN Global.
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Senior Vice President, Finance and Accounting
Bruce is responsible for managing the companies day to day Finance, Technology and Administrative Operations. He brings 35 years of hospitality industry experience to his role having worked with a number of preeminent hospitality organizations and properties throughout his career. Bruce and his team continue to build on HPN’s sound fundamentals with an eye on leveraging technology and efficient practices to ensure HPN’s operations are positioned for efficiency and scalability.
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Vice President and Managing Director, Meeting Services
Jil Dasher oversees HPN Meeting Services, the Full Service Meeting and Event Management division that offers custom management solutions for HPN site selection clients. Jil began her career with HPN in 2005 as a Program Manager leading product launches, sales meetings and association conventions for groups from 250 to 2000 people.
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Director of Recruiting
Abbe McFarland joined Hospitality Performance Network in 2012 and serves as the Director of Recruiting. Her primary focus is talent acquisition, educating prospective employees on the career opportunities within HPN. She brings over 13 years of corporate recruitment and human resource experience.
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Director of Accounting & Finance
Teri joined HPN in 2012 and serves as the Accounting Manager. She studied at Keller Graduate School of Management where she received her Master Degree in Accounting. Teri is responsible for the daily accounting activity but most importantly processing weekly commission payments for the Associates!
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Director of Program Management
Kiersten joined HPN in November 2015 as a Program Director in the Full Service Meeting & Event Management division. Prior to joining the stellar HPN team, Kiersten worked for a DMC in both Scottsdale and San Diego where she gained extensive experience in sales, design & development and operations. She also has a background in hotels, working as a sales admin and convention services manager for different high volume hotels. Read more about Kiersten
Director of Housing & Registration
Brandee has been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. Her excellent customer service skills and experience in housing and convention services leave her clients requesting to work with her year after year.
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Alyssa De La Fuente
Manager, Sourcing Operations
Alyssa had always been intrigued by the quote, “If you love what you do, then it won’t seem like you’re going to work every day.” So she set out searching for that one thing, which she “accidentally” found with HPN Global in 2011. After landing this fantastic job that gave her the opportunity to explore the hospitality and site selection industry, Alyssa realized: I love this stuff, and I’m pretty good at it. And so, her career-life was forever changed!
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Vice President, Global Accounts
Tulcy Jones joined Hospitality Performance Network in 2006 straight from the UK and serves as the Director of Lead Generation / Vice President, Global Sales.
Her role involves assisting HPN Management in new Associate orientation, providing training, sales support through her team of marketing reps as well as managing site selection for her clients.
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Angela Spearman, CMP
Angie joined HPN in 2005. She has been planning, marketing and executing successful events around the globe for over 20 years. In addition to a breadth of experience in meeting and event operations, she has specialized skills in meeting technology and event marketing campaigns.
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Desiree comes from a diverse hospitality background, spread over 6 years in the industry. She began her career in hospitality with HPN Global in Sourcing Operations—researching and sending out qualified leads to global destinations, easing the site selection process for our clients, and eventually leading that team.
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Laura has been in the meeting and event planning arena for over 10 years and has experience in meeting management and event planning in the corporate meeting and incentive markets, as well as the association market. Laura has traveled all over the globe, both professionally and personally.
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Katie graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Business and Event Management. After graduation Katie was ready for adventure and to pursue her passion in the event industry, which landed her here in Arizona. Katie joined HPN in December 2016 as a Program Coordinator in the Full-Service Meeting & Event Management division.
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