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Kelli O'DellKrisam Group, a national sales company representing over 240 independent and unique member hotels worldwide, announced that Kelli O’Dell has joined the company as a national sales manager in the Washington, DC office.

O’Dell brings more than 15 years of senior-level sales and marketing experience within the hotel and meetings and conventions fields. Prior to joining Krisam Group, she was senior sales manager of association and corporate markets with Hilton Arlington, Virginia. There, she represented the Interstate Hotels & Resorts portfolio of 200 3,4 and 5-star properties. Twice, she was the top IHR Interlead company producer booking sales of $2 million and $1.7 million in each of those years respectively.

“I love this business and I’m looking forward to helping Krisam’s Washington, DC team push its sales to the next level,” said O’Dell. “With the economy growing, this is a great time to be spreading the word about Krisam’s extraordinary portfolio of unique hotels and resorts.”

O’Dell was also director of sales at Affiliated Hotels & Resorts (AHR) in Washington, DC. At AHR, she represented a collection of international and domestic hotels and resorts and oversaw over 500 accounts.

“No one understands the inner workings of the Mid-Atlantic association market better than Kelli,” said Jim Schultenover, president of Krisam Group. “The experience and relationships she brings with her from AHR will make her a catalyzing force in our regional sales and marketing efforts.”

A graduate of the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Kelli has association marketing in her blood. Her mother, Barbara O’Dell was executive director of the National Parking Association and a former director of Meetings and Conventions with the American Meat Institute.

O’Dell is a member of Meeting Professionals International (PMPI), The Center for Association Leadership (ASAE), Destination DC and DC Connections.



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