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Hawai‘i Convention Center announces sales team additions and promotion

The Hawai‘i Convention Center (HCC), managed by AEG Facilities, has announced the following sales team additions and promotion.
Lois Asato – director of accounts – local
Asato was recently promoted from sales manager to director of accounts – Local where her primary responsibilities handling all of HCC catering sales, including meetings, conferences, expos, and banquets.


Since joining HCC in 2002, Asato has been instrumental in generating repeat bookings from the centre’s largest local clients, including the Hawai‘i Dental Association, First Hawaiian Auto Show, Hawaiian Island Ministries, and various local state and city government agencies.


Asato has more than 30 years of visitor industry experience in the Hawaiian Islands. She began her career working as a groups and conventions coordinator for Trade Wind Tours before going on to become a part owner and general manager of Jaren Hawaii Travel agency.


Asato is a member of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Executive Women International, where she has served as chapter president and in other board positions over the past nine years.


Dawn Eagleton – regional director of accounts – East Coast
Eagleton joins HCC as its regional director of accounts – East Coast where she will be responsible for selling Hawai‘i as a meetings destination and developing new business leads for meetings and conferences, primarily by associations based in U.S. East markets, including Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, D.C.


Eagleton brings more than 24 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the team most recently serving as citywide director - U.S. association sector (Washington, DC Region and Southeast U.S) for the Toronto Convention and Visitors Association since June 2005. There she was responsible for soliciting and booking meetings and conventions exclusively within the citywide U.S. association market sector for Toronto. Prior to that, she held the position of national sales manager for the Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau and Executive Director of the Northeast Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Eagleton is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE) and board member of Convention Sales Professionals International (CSPI).

Christine Davidson – regional director of accounts – corporate
Davidson joins HCC as its regional director of accounts – corporate where she will be responsible for handling all of HCC’s corporate and sports marketing accounts as part of the Meet Hawai‘i team and will be based in San Jose, Calif.


Davidson brings more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the team most recently serving as national sales manager for team San Jose, a collaborative partnership unifying the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotels, arts, labour and venues to deliver an exceptional visitor experience serving as the gateway to San Jose as a destination, since 2012. 
Prior to that, Davidson served as the director of sales for the Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown property from 2006-2012, as well as Convention Services Senior Manager for the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau from 1999-2006.


Davidson is an active member of Meetings Professional International (MPI), International Association of Hispanic Meeting Professionals, National Association of Consumer Shows, National Association of Sports Commissions, Silicon Valley Business and Travel Association, and the California Society of Association Executives.

Meghan Feldstein – regional director of accounts – Midwest
Feldstein joins HCC as regional director of accounts – Midwest and will be responsible for handling all association and citywide business for HCC.


She brings more than seven years of hospitality sales experience to the team most recently holding the position of national sales manager for Choose Chicago since June 2015. There, Feldstein was in charge of identifying and pursuing opportunities that filled Chicago’s largest meetings properties, including three convention centres, and representing the organisation at trade shows, on sales calls, site inspections and at client events.


Prior to this, she also served Choose Chicago as account executive, association sales from 2013 to 2015 and sales coordinator from 2012 to 2013. She also held sales positions with Hiltons of Chicago Sales Complex from 2009 to 2012.


Feldstein holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Valparaiso University’s Political Science Programme. She is also an active participant in the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Greater Midwest Chapter.

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