Keith Hymel (pictured above) has been named vice president, global strategic account management at ConferenceDirect, a full-service global meetings solution company. He will assist with building strategic relationships and developing mutual solutions for customers to meet their objectives including growth, retention and satisfaction. “We’re elated that Keith has joined our team at ConferenceDirect to help aid in building customer relationships,” says Jerry Horan, president and COO of ConferenceDirect. “He brings an array of experience from the industry and we’re confident he will help us excel,”

Most recently, Hymel was with Hilton Hotels for 30 years where he served in many senior capacities including VP sales strategy & technology, managing director of sales and senior global account director of strategic account management. Hymel was named managing director and Team of the Year in 1992 and 1999.

Hymel was an overall five-time winner of Hilton’s Circle of Excellence including the inaugural Elite COE in 2009. He was also part of Hilton’s elite team in achieving Global Program of the Year from the Strategic Management Association in 2013.

“I am excited to be part of a great lifestyle company culture at ConferenceDirect as the company celebrates their 20th anniversary,” says Hymel. “I have been impressed with the high degree of professionalism and passion for serving customers, and the deep expertise and enthusiasm of the 350+ associates. This is truly a best-in-class company and I am proud to help build deeper and wider strategic customer partnerships in the years ahead.”

Hymel’s industry affiliations include ASAE, ASAE Fellows, MPI and SAMA. In his free time, Hymel enjoys spending time with his family in Allen, Texas, cycling, golfing and fishing. He is an avid cook, from New Orleans, and likes to prepare local favorites. Hymel volunteers much of his time with his local faith community and runs the annual KofC charity golf tournament for the past 15 years supporting Special Olympics.

Based in West Hollywood, Calif., ConferenceDirect is a full-service global meetings solution company whose portfolio of services includes: site selection & contract negotiation, conference management, housing & registration services, mobile app technology and strategic meetings management programs. Their 350+ associates manage more than 11,000 meetings, conferences and events representing 3.88 million room nights annually for more than 2,500 customers. For more information, visit www.conferencedirect.com.

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