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Meet Our Sales & Catering Team




Kristy Zebell | Director of Sales and Marketing


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Where are you from originally?
Joliet IL, 40 miles south of Chicago.

How long have you worked with the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
Since August 2014

How long have you lived in Denver?
I lived here in 2002-2004 and moved back 2014

What is your favorite thing about working at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
We have a very talented team, and we are a family. I'm excited of the future and direction this hotel is heading.

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver?
Living in Denver is great! Its got all the conveniences of a big city like Chicago, but not overwhelming. Denver thrives on an outdoor lifestyle. Its also a beautiful short drive to all of the mountain towns for a quick getaway.

Tell us about your family.
I have 3 furbabies; Sanibelle and Serenity, Great Pyreneese mixes and Thunder, a big boned cat. I've been married to my husband Scott for 6 years. We met in the industry.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I am a published author. I have also competed in acting/modeling in LA, performing comedic and dramatic monologues and commercial print in front of Hollywood agents.

Do you have any interesting hobbies, collections, or habits?
I love to read. I collect Raggedy Ann everything. I have an Inspiration Room in my home, which is my space where I write. It's decorated in all of my old toys, memories, Raggedy Ann's and anything that is important to me that allows me to be creative.

 

Caroyln Burke | Director of Catering


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Where are you from originally?
Brooklyn, New York

How long have you been with the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Ctr?
Since August 2015

How long have you lived in Denver?
19 years

What is your favorite thing about working at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
I love all the different events that we can book here, this was my dream to work at a hotel with a huge convention center. I also love the team at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I sound like I just moved here from Brooklyn!

What’s your favorite movie?
Dirty Dancing. I love Patrick Swayze!

What is your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite memory is when my sisters and I dressed up in my Dad’s work clothes, he was a truck driver and we walked in the kitchen to surprise my mom and dad. I have two sisters and we were very young but we had so much fun.

If you could meet any person (living, deceased, or fictional), who would it be?
Donald Duck I love him and every time I have gone to Disneyland he is not there, the first time he was in Paris opening Disney there! I collect Donald Ducks

 

Candice Hobson | Association / Government Sales Manager


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Where are you from originally?
Sulphur, Louisiana

How long have you been with the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Ctr?
Since July 2015

How long have you lived in Denver?
June 2015

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I have a fear of belly buttons and I got my start in hotels working at Disney animal Kingdom Lodge.

Any interesting hobbies?
My hobby is my English Bulldog, Angus! He is the best friend I have ever had…minus the husband and I spend a ton of time doing activities with him...such as working out until I can’t stand, sleeping, eating and watching trashy television.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
All of the good times my family and I had at home. We had a pool and a huge yard and would always swim and play sports together. And of course the holidays. We love giving gifts! We tried doing secret Santa once to cut down on the cost, but that didn’t work because we were constantly finding things that the someone would just love.

If you could meet any person (living, deceased, or fictional), who would it be?
My husband’s mom. She passed away shortly after he and I met so I never got the chance to meet her. Everyone says she was amazing.

What is your favorite place to eat in Denver?
At home, the husband fancies himself an excellent cook so we experiment a lot.

 

Glenn Wentzel | Corporate Sales Manager


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Where are you from originally?
Lancaster, PA

How long have you been with the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Ctr?
Since May 2016

How long have you lived in Denver?
Over 11 years

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I once had a Top Secret security clearance in the Military Intelligence Department.

What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Landscaping, gardening, time on the patio with a cocktail

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Watching Saturday morning cartoons on cold winter mornings.

If you could meet any person (living, deceased, or fictional), who would it be?
Oscar Wilde or Cole Porter

Tell us about your family.
Husband – Devin, 2 Kittens, 2 Labs, 30 tropical fish, 8 Chickens, 2 Bee colonies

 

Kendall Watts | SMERFE Sales Manager


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Where are you from originally?
Greenwood, South Carolina

When did you start at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
July 18, 2016

What is your favorite thing about working at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
I enjoy my colleagues as they are an amazing and talented group of people. Each person brings something unique to the table.

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver?
I enjoy craft beer and hiking.

Where did you go to school?
Troy University

How long have you lived in Denver?
Actually I live in North Colorado Springs. I've been in the Springs for 4 years and working in Denver for 3 years.

What is your favorite place to eat in Denver?
The Oceanaire Seafood Room

What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Eat, travel, watching the news, listening to podcasts and music, reading Buddhist books, and drinking wine/beer.

Do you have a favorite travel destination?
I love Athens, Greece!

Tell us about your family.
I am very close to my family. My mom passed in 2007 and my dad remarried in 2011 to my step-mother who is a wonderful addition to the family. I am the middle child as I have an older sister and younger sister. I have 3 nieces, and 1 nephew.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I have a mole in a shape of a heart on my left leg.

If you could meet any person (living, deceased, or fictional), who would it be?
Gandhi

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Spending time with my grandparents, traveling, fishing, and going to wrestling matches.

What’s your favorite movie, song, or TV show?
My favorite movies are "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "Never Ending Story"

 

Melissa Shaffer | Executive Meeting Manager


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Where are you from originally?
I am originally from Wilmington, Delaware.

When did you start working at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
I started working here at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport this past Halloween.

What is your position at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
I work as the EMM or Executive Meeting Manager.

What is your position at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
I work as the EMM or Executive Meeting Manager.

What is your favorite thing about working at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
I really like the people I work with here at the hotel.

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver?
I am more of a homebody, but I really like to explore when I go shopping!

Where did you go to school?
I attended school in Wilmington, Delaware.

How long have you lived in Denver?
I have lived in Denver for about two months.

What is your favorite place to eat at in Denver?
I enjoy eating at the Capital Grille.

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
In my free time, I love to cook and spend time with my boyfriend and cat.

Do you have a favorite travel destination?
I enjoy traveling to the Bahamas or Jamaica.

Tell us about your family.
I am an only child, but am super close with my Mom, aunts, and cousins.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I love the ocean, but have an irrational fear of sharks, even in pools!

If you could meet any person (living, deceased, or fictional), who would it be?
Carol Burnette.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Playing with my dogs and going to visit my grandmother.

What's your favorite movie, song, or TV show.
American Beauty, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Stranger Things, Breaking Bad,and my favorite artists is currently the WEEKND.

 

Ronica Lucero | Crowne Meetings Director

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Where are you from originally?
Alamosa Co

When did you start at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
March 2017

What is your position at the hotel?
Crowne Meetings Director

What is your favorite thing about working at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
I am enjoying my coworkers, and all the interesting people I am meeting.

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver?
Trying new places to eat

Where did you go to school?
Sierra Grande High School

How long have you lived in Denver?
2 years

What is your favorite place to eat in Denver?
Jack and Grill

What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Camping, going for a drive, movie binge and cooking.

Do you have a favorite travel destination?
No

Tell us about your family.
Married to my wife Layla for 2 years, I have 2 boys Christopher is 21 and Markus is 15.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
Huge sports fan

If you could meet any person (living, deceased, or fictional), who would it be?
Luke Bryan

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Traveling

What’s your favorite movie, song, or TV show?
Twilight Saga, Braveheart, as for music I like country the best.

 

Russel Kern | Group Rooms Coordinator


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Where are you from originally?
Harrogate, England

How long have you been with the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Ctr?
Since November 2015

How long have you lived in Denver?
I have never lived in Denver but I have lived in Colorado for 16 years.

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver?
My favorite thing to do in Denver is to enjoy the food and craft beer.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
One fun fact about me is that I can turn anyone's bad day into a good day.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is going to my first Rockies game.

If you could meet any person (living, deceased, or fictional), who would it be?
If I could meet any person it would be my Mom. It would be nice to see her again.

What is your favorite place to eat in Denver?
My favorite place to eat at in Denver is Jelly, best breakfast place ever!

 

Michelle Knapp | Executive Administrative Assistant

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Where are you from originally?
Colorado Native, but grew up all over Southern, Central America, and different parts of the US

When did you start at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
Feb. 2017

What is your position at the hotel?
Sales Admin Assistant

What is your favorite thing about working at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
People I work with

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver?
Sleep. J/K I love spending time in the mountains with my family.

Where did you go to school?
Graduated High school in Atlanta, GA. Went to college at Metro and Bel-Rea here in Denver

How long have you lived in Denver?
I’ve been back for 20 years.

What is your favorite place to eat in Denver?
My grandfather used to own a Mexican Restaurant down town. I wish it was still open.

What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Sleep, Eat, watch movies and spend time with my family

Do you have a favorite travel destination?
I dream of Paris, Spain and Italy.

Tell us about your family.
They are all mentally ill.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I’m witty and have flawless dance moves after a bottle of wine.

If you could meet any person (living, deceased, or fictional), who would it be?
Mel Gibson

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Traveling

What’s your favorite movie, song, or TV show?
It depends what day it is.

 

Scott Walker | Director of Event Technology, PSAV


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Where are you from originally?
Southern California

How long have you been with the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Ctr?
July 2017

What is your position at the hotel?
Director of Event Technology

What is your favorite thing about working at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport?
The eclectic groups!

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver?
Local music.

Where did you go to school?
Covina.

How long have you lived in Denver?
15 years.

What is your favorite place to eat in Denver?
There are too many to count! The Oven was my favorite before it closed.

What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
I produce music.

Do you have a favorite travel destination?
Mexico has been the spot lately.

Tell us about your family.
I am married with 2 dogs, a hedgehog, and a son who is a green belt in Tung Soo Do.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I am a great cook and always try new things. I recently tried Sous Vide.

If you could meet any person (living, deceased, or fictional), who would it be?
Robert Moog.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Baseball when my dad was the coach.

What’s your favorite movie, song, or TV show?
The Salton Sea or The Wrist Cutters a Love Story.

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