Glenn Widmer | President & Treasurer
Sabre Hospitality Solutions
Glenn Widmer was raised on the prairie in Alberta and worked for the phone company in Calgary. Glenn moved to Vancouver where he started in the hotel business with various positions including front office, reservations, switchboard and night audit. Glenn worked in the regional sales office of Ramada where the love for sales was born. Right from the beginnings of Revenue Management in hospitality, Glenn worked for several hotels in a Revenue Management role. After moving away to Toronto to pursue an executive role with Starwood, Glenn moved back to Vancouver in 2007. Glenn joined Sabre Hospitality Solutions in February 2013 and oversees Canada in an account management capacity. Glenn enjoys his duties as treasurer on the board for HSMAI BC chapter.
Brandi Lasanen, CHBA, CRME | Vice President Partnerships
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Brandi Lasanen grew up in Burnaby, BC, and holds a Tourism Marketing Management Diploma from BCIT, as well as her Bachelor of Tourism Management from Thompson Rivers University. Brandi is currently the Director of Revenue Management at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver and recently celebrated her 10th anniversary with Hyatt! Brandi is proud to be one of the founding members of the HSMAI British Columbia Chapter.
Nereida Morales | Vice President - Education
Originally from Toronto Ontario, Nereida has made Vancouver home for the last 8 years. Presently working as the Director of Revenue Management and Digital Marketing for Argus Properties, Nereida has enjoyed revenue managing both independent and branded properties throughout her career. She holds a masters degree in business administration from Guelph University and most recently obtained a certificate in Hospitality Digital Marketing from E-Cornell.
When she isn't strategizing, Nereida enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband and fun-loving preschooler.
Kevin Pals | Vice President - Logistics and Communication
Kevin grew up in Edmonton where he gained his diploma in Hospitality Management from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He moved to Vancouver in 2015 working in group sales, then in membership at Destination Vancouver before joining Expedia Group. He is now the Hotel Account Manager for Hotwire. In the past, Kevin also served on the board of directors for Hosteling International – Pacific Mountain Region. When he is not working, you can find him exploring the mountains or hunting for new craft beers.
Dana Skogstad | Vice President - Membership
Originally from Nelson BC, Dana has lived on the West Coast for the past two decades. Dana’s career in Hospitality began with a tour guide role in 2001, in which he discovered a passion for creating memorable guest experiences. Since then, he has worked internationally with leading hotel and touring brands, while also teaching several courses at the Canadian Tourism College. Dana studied the MATM program at Royal Roads University and holds the CHBA designation from HSMAI. When not discussing partnerships on behalf of Travelzoo, he enjoys exploring BC’s great outdoors, volunteering and trying to keep up with his young son.
Nick Warriner | Vice President - Logistics
Nick is the Vancouver market manager for Expedia Group, working directly with many of the city’s legendary properties. His experience coaching and consulting for travel business owners and working onboard cruise ships as a revenue manager has given him a unique blend of travel and hospitality experience that he is excited to contribute to and build on with the BC chapter of HSMAI. In his free time, Nick enjoys sailing the coastal waters of BC, visiting the local mountains, and trying the incredible food offerings Vancouver has to offer.
Anthony Woo | Vice President – Digital Strategy
Anthony Woo was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in both Marketing and Human Resources from the University of British Columbia. Prior to working in Hospitality, Anthony has served as a supplier to the hospitality industry in Media, Software, Business Intelligence and Web Solutions for over five years. Anthony is very excited to be on the board of the BC Chapter of the HSMAI.