The TradeWinds Island Resorts sales team is one of the most experienced in Southwest Florida. They’ll be happy to help you with virtually every aspect of your event, making it an experience that will stay with your guests long after they return home. Use our RFP and one of our team members will contact you quickly to help you begin selecting the perfect venue, state-of-the-art conference rooms, planning the ideal menu, organizing unforgettable group activities and all other important details. You can learn more about our sales managers below. If you’ve already spoken to someone about your event, feel free to contact them directly using the e-mail and phone numbers listed with their profile.
Terry Popelka, Vice President of Sales
Terry Popelka leads the overall group sales and conference services and catering programs. Before joining TradeWinds Island Resorts in November 2009, Terry was with the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort as the Director of Northeast Sales for just short of nine years. Terry received numerous awards during his career with Starwood and in 2008 was named Starwood sales person of the year for all of North America. A veteran of the hospitality industry, Terry started his career in hospitality sales with TradeWinds back in 1995.
727.363.2245, firstname.lastname@example.org, 800.345.6461
Mike Wagner, Director of Group Sales, Northeast
Mike Wagner is responsible for day-to-day operations of group sales. Mike moved to Colorado in 1993, where he owned and operated a bed and breakfast in a historic mining town. This began his love for the hospitality industry. Mike has served on several Chamber of Commerce Boards, and was chairman of the Town Promotion Commission where his bed and breakfast was located. Mike has been with the TradeWinds since 1999 working in the Midwest territory, and was named Sales Manager of the Year in 2007.
727.363.2242, email@example.com, 800.345.6461
George Bentley, CMP, Director of Catering/Convention Services
George Bentley leads our catering and convention services teams at both of our resorts. Before returning to TradeWinds Island Resorts in February 2011, George was Director of Catering/Convention Services at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL for (2) years, Director of Event Management at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St, Petersburg for (3) years and most recently served as Director of Food & Beverage for the Clearwater Beach Hilton for (3) years. George held the same position with TradeWinds from 1994-2000 and we are pleased to have him back on the team.
727.363.2331, firstname.lastname@example.org, 800.345.6461
Karleen Johnson, CMP, National Sales Manager, Midwest
Karleen Johnson joined the TradeWinds Island Resorts in June of 2000 and is now the National Sales Manager for the Midwest territory. Prior to her promotion in January of 2008, Karleen held previous positions at TradeWinds as catering sales manager and convention service manager. She earned a BS in Hospitality Management from the University of Florida. Karleen was named TradeWinds’ Catering & Convention Service Manager of the Year in 2005 and obtained her CMP Certification in 2006.
727.363.2380, email@example.com, 800.345.6461
Adam Taylor, National Sales Manager, Florida Corporate
Adam moved to the St. Petersburg area 12 years ago. Adam is originally from Syracuse, NY and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelor's Degree in Hotel Management. Adam has sold the Pinellas county beaches for over 12 years and is dedicated to showing clients all there is to offer in the area. Adam has received numerous awards and trips for his selling strategies and for his dedication shown to his clients. Adam’s motto is “anything is possible”. He is extremely excited to be part of such a great team at Tradewinds Island Resorts.
727.363.2256, firstname.lastname@example.org, 800.345.6461
Katie Murray, National Sales Manager, Florida Associations
graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management and Event
Planning from Indiana University, Katie moved to sunny Florida and
started her career at TradeWinds Island Resorts. She initially joined
the TradeWinds team in January 2010 as an Intern before accepting a full
time position as Catering Sales Manager a few months later. In December
2011, Katie was promoted to Small Meetings Manager. She spent two years
as the Small Meetings Manager before transiting into her current role
as National Sales Manager for the Florida Associations Market. Katie is
proud to represent the largest beach front resort on Florida’s west
727.363.2236, email@example.com, 800.345.6461
Patti Abate, National Sales Manager, Southeast
joined TradeWinds Island Resorts in 2008 when she moved to Sunny
Florida from the slightly chillier state of Michigan. Quickly becoming
familiar with almost every aspect of our beautiful beachfront property
and surrounding area as an Island Grand Concierge, she was honored to be
named Employee Partner of the Year in 2010. Professionalism with a
passion for delivering excellent service is exactly what Patti brings to
the Sales Team as the National Sales Manager for the Southeast Market.
727.363.2234, firstname.lastname@example.org, 800.345.6461
Heather Sill, National Sales Manager, Mid Atlantic & Northeast
Heather Sill moved to the St. Petersburg area from Indiana in 2001. Heather previously worked in the Sales Department at TradeWinds Island Resorts for five years and has returned in 2013 as the National Sales Manager for the Mid Atlantic and Northeast territory. Heather has sold the Pinellas county beaches for over seven years and is a member of the Toastmaster International. She is very excited to be back in St. Pete Beach to share her passion for the area and all that TradeWinds has to offer their guests.
727.363.2231, email@example.com, 800.345.6461
Jenna Arnal, Small Meetings Manager
Arnal was born and raised in sunny St. Petersburg and received her
Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from the University of
South Florida. After working in the hospitality industry in numerous
positions for five years, Jenna began her career at TradeWinds in
January 2013. Quickly becoming acquainted with nearly every aspect of
our beautiful property, she joined the sales team in August 2013. By
October 2013, she was quickly promoted to Small Meetings Sales Manager.
Jenna, with her positive, can-do attitude, is more than excited to be a
part of the TradeWinds sales team to share her passion for providing
outstanding service to all guests.
727.367.6477, firstname.lastname@example.org, 800.345.6461
Debra Davies, Preferred Partners Manager
Debra Davies facilitates partnerships between TradeWinds Island Resorts and corporate America, connecting businesses with TradeWinds’ Preferred Partners VIP Hospitality and Employee Discount programs. She also manages the charitable donation initiatives for TradeWinds, funneling hundreds of vacation certificates to local non-profits to raise funds for their organizations. Debra is the go-to-girl for all things green, actively participating in the TradeWinds Green Team, as well as many local environmental organizations including St. Petersburg Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Tampa Bay Watch and Pinellas County Native Plant Society.
727.363.2263, email@example.com, 800.345.6461
Jo Courtney, Catering Sales Manager
Jo joined the TradeWinds team in January 2009 as a Catering and Convention Services Intern prior to accepting a full time position as an Administrative Assistant for the Sales Department. In February 2010, Jo was promoted to Convention Services Manager for TradeWinds Islands Resorts and in July 2011 she was promoted to Catering Sales Manager. Jo graduated from Eckerd College in 2009 and is currently pursuing her masters at University of South Florida.
727.363.2257, firstname.lastname@example.org, 800.345.6461
Julie Manes, Wedding Sales Manager
As Wedding Sales Manager, Julie Manes exhibits an uncommon level of personal concern, attention to detail and an aura of calm to make sure her brides have their perfect day. She joined the TradeWinds Island Resorts team back in 1997, working in Convention Services, then took a new direction in 2004. Now she is back with her existing customers as Wedding Sales Manager.
727.363.2309, email@example.com, 800.345.6461
Karen Lumpkin, Tour and Travel Sales Manager
Karen Lumpkin was born and raised in Indiana, where she operated a small catering company with her mother for many years. After working in the local court system in numerous positions, Karen decided to move to the Florida Keys where she spent four years. Karen then migrated to beautiful St. Pete Beach as the Department Coordinator in Tour and Travel for TradeWinds. Karen Lumpkin was promoted to Tour and Travel Sales Manager in early 2009.
727.363.2241, firstname.lastname@example.org, 800.345.6461
Alana Owens - Convention Services Manager
Alana Owens was born in the beautiful Clearwater/St. Petersburg area before moving to Washington State where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington. After 16 years in the Pacific Northwest, she moved back to her home town in August of 2011, and joined the TradeWinds team as a Booking Administrator. In January of 2012, Alana took on the responsibilities as a Catering Coordinator and was named Employee Partner of the Year. In April of 2013, she took on an additional role as the Site/FAM Coordinator and in January 2014, Alana was promoted to Convention Services Manager.
727.363.2258, email@example.com, 800.345.6461