Corporation announces the appointment of William J. Heaney as Vice
President of Sales for the company, representing Red Lion Hotels and
WestCoast Hotels in the U.S. and Canada. “Bill Heaney comes to us with nearly three decades of experience in the
hotel and travel industry,” said John Taffin, Executive Vice President,
Hotel Operations for WestCoast Hospitality. Mr. Taffin noted that Mr.
Heaney will be responsible for developing direct sales strategies for
WestCoast Hotels and Red Lion Hotels and will also coordinate the
deployment of the national sales team and provide support and training to
hotel sales people in the field. “I know he will be a terrific addition to
our team,” he said.
“The sales teams that support the Red Lion and WestCoast Hotel brands are
aggressive, and are focused on continued market share growth,” said Bill
Heaney. “It is a privilege to be a part of this dynamic and goal-driven
team at WestCoast Hospitality.”
Mr. Heaney joins WestCoast Hospitality from Boykin Hospitality where he
was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining Boykin
in 2000, he was Vice President of Sales for Meristar Hotels and Resorts
(now Interstate Hotels and Resorts). After joining American General
Hospitality in 1993, he directed the company’s sales and marketing efforts
for a selection of properties. He assumed responsibility for the sales and
marketing of a portfolio of multi-branded and independent hotel, resort
and conference centers for Meristar Hotels and Resorts after the merger of
American General and Capstar Hotels and Resorts in 1998.
Mr. Heaney began his travel/hospitality career as Director of Operations
and Product Development for Arthurs Travel Incorporated, a
Philadelphia-based division of tour operator, International Thompson Ltd.,
of London, England. Subsequently, he was Vice President of
Marketing/Housing for charter tour operator GWV, a division of The
Interface Group (producer of COMDEX); was National Director of Sales and
Marketing for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts; and was Senior Vice President of
Sales for Savoy Hotels and Resorts.