W Atlanta - Downtown Names New Director of Catering Convention

One of Atlanta's most celebrated hotels definitely has a reason to celebrate because they just announced the addition of a very important member to their team. The W Atlanta - Downtown recently announced their new Director of Catering & Convention and her name is Stephanie Ahoni. Find about her plans for the hotel giant, as well as when she will officially take the reins. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced the addition of Stephanie Ahoni as the Director of Catering and Convention Services for W Atlanta - Downtown. Stephanie comes to W Atlanta - Downtown from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, where she was responsible for 20-25 international and domestic meetings and events annually as the Senior Meeting and Event Manager. As part of her role, 80-90% of the events Stephanie coordinated were outside of the United States. Through her travels, Stephanie developed a deep appreciation and passion for international cultures and the hospitality industries within those countries.

With a Bachelor's degree in marketing and finance from DePaul University, Stephanie's career began in the catering and hospitality industries, which led her to her first role with Starwood working as the Senior Catering Sales Manager at Westin Indianapolis. After seven years as a corporate meeting planner, Stephanie was ready to take the next step in her career by returning to Starwood and joining the team at W Atlanta - Downtown. "Stephanie brings a unique perspective from her global event and hospitality experience," stated Tim Dahlen, W Atlanta - Downtown's General Manager. "In her previous roles, Stephanie worked with hospitality industries as a client and can therefore better understand how to meet the client's needs at W Atlanta - Downtown." Since opening in January of 2009, W Atlanta - Downtown has received many prestigious awards including the Four Diamond rating from AAA. Most recently, W Atlanta - Downtown received the Technology Innovation of the Year Award from Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association for the Wi-Fi Network and Insider Portal.

Stephanie will help to continue the hotel's growth and development by leading the catering and convention services team to execute corporate and social programs and events that effectively communicate W's innovative brand. "After working with people from across the globe for seven years, I am very happy to have found an Atlanta-based hotel with a diverse and fast-paced team," adds Stephanie. "The vivacious brand of W Atlanta - Downtown provides an exciting avenue to integrate my personal interests of music, entertainment and international cultures into my career."

About W Atlanta - Downtown W Atlanta - Downtown Hotel & Residences is an urban hideaway infused with lush natural elements promising the best in comfort and style. Opened in 2009 as the first newly built W Hotel in the city, this location thrives in the heart of downtown Atlanta where revitalization and rejuvenation beckon. Nestled amid major corporations and upscale city living, W Atlanta - Downtown provides a full contemporary lifestyle experience, featuring 237 stylish guest rooms, 74 private residences, three destination bars including DRINKSHOP from New York-based master mixologist Sasha Petraske, the Living Room bar, and WETBAR , the Atlanta debut of chef and restaurateur Laurent Tourondel's BLT Steak , a glamorous zero-edge pool, signature Bliss spa , state-of-the-art SWEAT fitness facility with panoramic city views, more than 9,000 square feet of ultra modern meeting and event space and the ultimate in Whatever/Whenever by way of a private helipad for guests on the go. W Atlanta - Downtown has ensured every aspect of your stay will be the ultimate in southern hospitality. For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.