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McKibbon Hospitality Promotes Denise Kauble to Regional Director of Sales and Marketing

TAMPA, FL. October 2, 2017 – McKibbon Hospitality is pleased to announce the promotion of Denise Kauble to regional director of sales and marketing. In her new role, Kauble will oversee sales and marketing for a large portfolio of McKibbon’s hotels, including seven properties in the Tampa Bay area.

Kauble previously worked as market director of sales for McKibbon Hospitality and oversaw sales for five hotels in Tampa’s Westshore business district. Prior to working with McKibbon Hospitality, Kauble worked as an area general manager for Interstate Hotels and Resorts, in addition to holding several general manager and assistant general manager roles at various Marriott properties. Kauble serves on the Board of Directors for the Westshore Alliance, an organization of business and community leaders from Tampa’s Westshore District, and is involved with several non-profits and community organizations. She holds a degree in Hospitality and Tourism from St. Petersburg College.

“Denise has been a great contributor to the success of all of our hotels in the Tampa Westshore area. Her sales leadership for those properties combined with her previous operational experience align her as a tremendous addition to our corporate sales team,” said Lynn Prater, senior vice president of sales and marketing, McKibbon Hospitality. “We look forward to her continued success in her new role.”

McKibbon Hospitality, an award-----winning leader in the hotel development and management industry, manages 83 hotels in 40 cities across the country. They represent 16 brands including Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt. To learn more about McKibbon Hospitality, visit

About McKibbon Hospitality

Headquartered in Tampa, FL and Gainesville, Ga., McKibbon Hospitality creates memorable hospitality experiences that inspire brand and property loyalty. It’s how we’ve grown into one of the largest (and most awarded) hotel development and management companies in the country. We build, renovate and manage properties across the country for Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and other iconic hospitality brands. From hand-picking urban sites to imagining the just-for-you details of a guest experience, from overseeing operations to bringing a brand to life, and everything in between, McKibbon shapes inclusive hospitality development. Visit to learn more.

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