2015 Board of Directors

Chapter President
Isabel Ferreira 
Key Account Director, Travel Agency Sales
IHG - InterContinental Hotels Group

Chapter VP Membership
Charlene "Charley" Carter 
VP Task Force
Carver Hotel Group

Listed as one of the prominent “Who’s Who of Executive Business Women in Hospitality” Charley brings over 27 years of extensive hospitality industry experience. Born in Savannah, GA and raised with a passion for hospitality, Charley moved to Atlanta, GA to pursue her career in October 1987. 

Charley currently holds the position as Vice President of Task Force for Carver Hotel Group, her objective is to drive market share, maximize revenue growth, enhance company visibility and oversee the Sales/Marketing and Operations Task Force leadership of Carver Hotel Group. 

A dominate in the hospitality task force industry, Charley offers the very best talent to all levels of hotels, resorts and conference centers. With over 175 consultants under her ranks and the preferred task force company for over 25 management companies, Charley is the premier provider for solutions to temporary staffing challenges. 

Charley’s Hotel Portfolio: Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, InterContinental Hotel Group, Hyatt, Wyndham Worldwide, Carlson Worldwide and host of Independent Boutique and Luxury Hotels.

Charley is elated to be a apart of the HSMAI Georgia Chapter 

Chapter Partnership
Rick Church 
VP, Hotel Division

Rick Church is responsible for over one hundred (100) hotels, conference and convention centers, including in-house as well as limited service properties.  During his thirty (30) plus year career, in the Southeastern US market, his dedication and drive have proven to be an asset in both operational and sales positions.  He has held regional positions both in operations and sales, as he advanced through the ranks of three established audiovisual companies during his employ.  He has a proven track record of increasing multiple vertical markets through unsurpassed levels of customer relations and attention to detail.  Rick is currently serving on the Boards of both Georgia Hospitality & Lodging Association (GH&LA) and the Georgia Chapter of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI).


Chapter Partnership
Denise Cole 
Director of Sales and Marketing
Georgia International Convention Center


Chapter VP Sponsorship
Sofya McIntosh 
Director, Sales

Chapter VP Education
Joanna Pantera 
Market Manager-Philadelphia & Pittsburgh
Expedia Lodging Partner Services

Chapter VP Programs
Jennifer Sabel 
Worldwide Sales, Manager, Sales Effectiveness
IHG - Americas Sales

Jennifer Sabel is the Manager of Sales Effectiveness, with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) the world's largest global hotel company. She is responsible for enhancing on-boarding materials and developing training programs that incorporate Sales Challenger and Insight Selling concepts. In this role, Jennifer also lead's the effort to overhaul IHG's Review process into a commercially focused coaching platform. Jennifer provides an enthusiastic vibe to her position by bringing an innovative perspective to building new training techniques.

Prior to joining IHG, Jennifer served as Catering Representative for Hyatt Regency Atlanta. She was responsible for both internal and external meetings, client and associate communications, and event execution. She developed keen relationship skills in the hospitality industry.

Specialties: Attention to Detail; Training; Coaching; SalesForce.com; Business Development; Client Relationship Building; Cold Calling; Networking; Prospecting, Time Management

Chapter VP Public Relations
April Voris 
GRM (Guest Relations Marketing)

Chapter Managing Director
Julie Parent 
JewelComp Services