Kalahari enhances Poconos services

Names Levine director of sales department

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is expanding its Pocono Mountains leadership team with the addition of Michael G. Levine. In his role as director of sales, Levine will oversee the operations of the sales, catering and conference services departments at the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions property.

“We’re extremely proud of our group capabilities. With the state-of-the-art convention center, diverse food and beverage offerings, stunning accommodations and wealth of on-site amenities at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, it’s important to have a leader in place to bring the experience together for our group guests,” said Todd Nelson, owner of Kalahari Resorts. “Levine’s expertise and extensive background in the hospitality sales industry will be an integral part in achieving this goal. We’re looking forward to having him on board and steering the company’s growth in the ever-changing industry, especially as we continue to expand.”

Levine’s responsibilities include: overseeing the direct sales activities and production at the property level; identifying and securing new accounts; personally managing key accounts; analyzing competition and maintaining Kalahari’s market position; providing guidance, direction and training to the conference services and catering teams; and working in conjunction with the general manager and senior leadership to implement promotional programs and marketing initiatives.

Levine brings more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to his role, most recently serving as the director of sales at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, leading the sales efforts at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown. He first joined Interstate Hotels & Resorts in 2013 as director of sales and marketing in the Washington, D.C. area.

Prior to Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Levine served as director of sales for a variety of hotels and conference centers along the East Coast. He started his career in hospitality as an accountant at IHG and Hilton Hotels, later transitioning to sales.

Levine received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and holds positions on a variety of local organizations, including member of the Visit Wilmington marketing committee, member of JDRF Wilmington and Philadelphia board, and member of the King of Prussia Rotary board of directors.

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Mount Airy to hold career fair on April 20

Mount Airy Casino Resort will host a career fair from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on April 20, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for potential candidates interested in all current open positions at the resort.
The fair, which will be held in the hotel lobby and Maple Room of the Event Center, will offer attendees an instant “meet and greet” with the department heads of all hiring departments, including housekeeping, EVS, guest services, valet, front desk, restaurant front of house, culinary department, stewarding, property operations, table games, slots department, security, banquets, sales and marketing, bartenders, cocktail servers, get wet pool staff, golf course staff, cashiers, and more.
Mount Airy suggests interested candidates come dressed in business professional attire and prepared to meet key individuals of the Mount Airy team. Computers will be on hand for candidates to apply instantly online.
All guests in attendance will receive a free gift and also have the chance to enter a raffle to win additional prizes.
With some 1,200 employees on site, Mount Airy is a major employer in the community.
Mount Airy is holding this job fair as it heads into its busy season because more people will be visiting the casino, resort, golf course, “Get Wet” pool and entertainment complex and summer concert series.

Experts brief state lawmakers on success of manufacturing reshoring efforts
A local manufacturing expert kicked off a statewide legislative briefing on strategies to bring more manufacturing jobs back to Pennsylvania.
Eric Joseph Esoda, president and CEO of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center participated in a recent event conducted in the state capitol and attended by members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and manufacturing experts from across the commonwealth.
House Majority Policy Committee Chairman Kerry A. Benninghoff requested the workshop as a way to provide House members with a deeper understanding of manufacturing reshoring and its impact on Pennsylvania, according to Esoda.
Esoda introduced keynote speaker, Harry Moser, a nationally recognized leader on reshoring and president of the Reshoring Initiative, who briefed members on the state of reshoring in Pennsylvania. Esoda and Moser then responded to legislators’ questions about catalysts and challenges that impact manufacturing’s return from overseas.
According to Moser, Pennsylvania ranks 19th nationally in reshoring activity and is experiencing success within a number of industry sectors including metals, plastics and textiles. Most reshoring activity, Moser noted, was attributed to the rise of Chinese labor rates and increases in American worker productivity. Other factors spurring a return to onshore production include shorter lead times for domestic products, higher domestic product quality and concerns over foreign disregard for intellectual property laws.
Experts outlined the critical steps that should be taken to maximize the number of Pennsylvania jobs created through reshoring, including increasing federal and state tax credits for skills training; stimulating company investment in lean manufacturing practices and equipment upgrades; investing in a new, updated image of manufacturing; and expanding resources for the Industrial Resource Centers to engage manufacturers in reshoring discussions and domestic supplier scouting.
“Legislators need to know that this initiative of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States and back to Pennsylvania is taking hold,” Esoda said. “The discussion that took place among legislators was healthy in identifying a future framework to accelerate these efforts.”
NEPIRC and other Industrial Resource Centers, along with the Nutec Group – an industrial planning, design and construction firm – co-sponsored the event.

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