About Us: Leslie Menichini

Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Rosen Hotels & Resorts Convention Properties

Background

  • Pre and opening team member of the Radisson Plaza Operations in Minnesota
  • Served as a Catering/Convention Services Manager, National Sales Manager, and Assistant Director of Sales at the Westin Hotel Williams Center (of Westin Hotels & Resorts) in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Pre- and post-opening Director of Sales at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, California
  • Served as the Assistant Director of Sales at Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin (of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, formerly Sheraton/Westin) in Orlando, Florida
  • Opened Paris Las Vegas Hotel
  • Director of Sales at Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas Park Place Entertainment Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Lead as the Executive Director of Corporate & Incentive Sales at Park Place Entertainment in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Started at Rosen Hotels & Resorts in May 2001
  • Joined the design team and lead Rosen Shingle Creek’s pre-opening marketing and sales team in selling 1,501 guestrooms and 490,000 sq. ft. of convention meeting space
  • Created a synergistic sales opportunities with Rosen Hotels & Resorts team of Directors of Sales & Marketing and Sales Managers
  • Promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Convention Hotels

At Rosen Hotels & Resorts

  • Leslie oversees the centralization and synergy efforts of Rosen Centre, Rosen Plaza, and Rosen Shingle Creek’s sales and marketing, staff development, and revenue management
  • Oversees the Rosen Green Meetings® program for the three convention hotels
  • UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management event management committee
  • UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management speaker
  • Serves on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Co-chairwoman of the Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau Sales Convention Committee
  • Served two years as chairwoman for the Florida Tournament for Tomorrow
  • Served as a board member for the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE)
  • Member of the Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
  • Member of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
  • Member of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI)
  • Founding member of the National Association of Ichthyosis Foundation in Tulsa, OK
  • Committee member for the Kids Beating Cancer 2007

Leslie Menichini

Leslie wants to bottle the professional skillset, wisdom, and everything she has learned over the years so that she can preserve all her cherished life experiences. She treasures the many valued industry friends she has met along the way. Born into a life that has a strong passion for family and friends, she learned quickly to embrace everyone she meets. Because of this mindset, she will say that she has never met a stranger. Just as she works hard, she also makes time for her personal life to enjoy the happiness and love for her two sons, husband, daughter in law, and—last but not least—her two beautiful grandchildren.

Leslie Menichini

What Others Say:

“I have worked alongside Leslie Menichini for over five years now. She is one of the best salespeople I’ve ever met. Her unbridled passion for her job and the company far surpasses any other individual. It is this passion that carries us all to new levels and to exceed expectations.”
Suzanne Kennedy, Director of Sales, Rosen Shingle Creek

“In working with hotel sales and marketing directors as part of their marketing teams for close to 20 years, I've come to learn that it's very rare to find a director who has both a gift for sales and the creativity for marketing. It's usually an either or proposition. But Leslie defies the odds—which is typical of her. Leslie is that rare director who in addition to possessing incredible sales skills exhibits a creativity and enthusiasm that ignites passion in everyone who works with her.

“In working with hotel sales and marketing directors as part of their marketing teams for close to 20 years, I've come to learn that it's very rare to find a director who has both a gift for sales and the creativity for marketing. It's usually an either or proposition. But Leslie defies the odds—which is typical of her. Leslie is that rare director who in addition to possessing incredible sales skills exhibits a creativity and enthusiasm that ignites passion in everyone who works with her.

As the company's public relations representative, it's a pleasure for me to introduce her to visiting media, who immediately become as excited as she about the company and all of its possibilities. Her enthusiasm, whether it's for the hotel, her staff or just life, is infectious. As is her warmth and sense of humor. She has a way of making everyone who meets her feel as if they've made a new lifelong friend, which in fact, they have.

As a woman in business, she is also a wonderful role model, especially in her ability to nurture and develop long-lasting relationships with customers. Whether you work on Leslie's team or meet her at the hotel, you will eventually become an embraced member of ‘Mamachini's’ family and be the better for it.”
Mary Deatrick, DPR