Ceponis returns to Delta sales role

Dana Ceponis has returned to Delta Hotel’s marketing department as executive director of
marketing, handling all aspects of marketing communciations and brand development.Previously, Ceponis was director of product development for the brand’s operations
division. During her three years handling this function, she successfully developed
and launched key national programs such as Delta Meeting Maestros. Ceponis first
joined the company in 1993.

Tracy Cosgrove, regional director of sales for Atlantic Canada, assumes additional
responsibilities in 2007 when she begins to handle the Quebec portfolio. Based in
Halifax, Cosgrove brings over 19 years’ experience as director of sales and
marketing for sister properties Delta Barrington and Delta Halifax (2002-2005),
director of sales and marketing at Le Fairmont Ch‰teau Montebello (Quebec), The
Fairmont Ch‰teau Laurier (Ottawa) and The Fairmont Empress Hotel (Victoria), for
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, and director of conference sales at Whistler Convention

Lucy Dias is now Delta’s director of sales training and development. In this newly
created position, Dias will focus largely on customized training and development
initiatives for Delta’s 120-strong sales force, while also developing accounts in
the business travel market. With Delta Hotels since 1998, Dias has more than 15
years of hospitality industry experience, including global sales at Starwood Hotels
and Resorts. Most recently an associate director of sales and training at downtown
Toronto’s Delta Chelsea, Dias is a graduate of the Adult Learning and Development
Program at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of
Toronto and is fully accredited to teach Insights’ Quest for Sales Professionals
training program.

Frank Di Rocco is the company’s director of national sales. He was previously the
director of sales and marketing at Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre, a
position he held since 2001. Di Rocco first joined the Mississauga 398-room resort
in 1994 as a sales manager, before becoming director of group sales. This 18-year
veteran’s career was launched in 1989 with a sales position at Toronto’s Holiday
Inn, Yorkdale location.

Paul Gardian has been promoted to the position of executive director of brand
operations, a new and more expansive role within the company, in which he will
oversee all aspects of product and service delivery and the total “guest
experience.” Previously, Gardian held the title of executive director of guest
experience and rooms. With Delta Hotels for 15 years, Paul Gardian began his career
with the brand in 1992 as director of rooms at downtown Toronto’s Delta Chelsea.
Gardian is a graduate of Ryerson University’s School of Hospitalty and Tourism


Ricardo Nicholas has been promoted to director of franchise operations, acting as
the chief liaison with franchise hotel owners. Previously, Nicholas was manager of
franchise operations. With Delta Hotels since 1999, Nicholas has over 20 years’
industry experience including senior positions at Toronto-area Sheraton and
Renaissance hotels in the rooms and operations divisions.

Christine Slade has joined Delta’s sales operations group as a sales operations
analyst. Previously at Toronto’s Delta Chelsea, since 2001, Slade brings an
extensive knowledge of reservations and the Delphi systems that will benefit the
portfolio. She is a graduate of the Univerity of Guelph’s Hotel and Food
Administration Program.

Linda Southard has been promoted to executive director of design and construction,
where she will continue to provide techinical expertise in the areas of capital
planning, hotel refurbishment and maintenance projects, interior design, F.F.& E.
and project management. With extensive international experience in design and
construction, including 12 years as interior designer and principal of
Vancouver-based Mainland Design Group Limited, Southard joined the former Fairmont
Hotels and Resorts in 1998, before transferring to Delta Hotels in 2001 to head up
its design and construction unit.