Julius Kazen has been named director of hotel operations at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. He has more than 30 years of experience in hospitality and mangement. Before joining the company, he was working at the Spa Resort Casino, which is operated by Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs, Calif. He has also worked at the Las Vegas Hilton in several positions, including vice president for hotel operations.
Gilbert Villard has joined The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau as convention sales manager. He will be responsible or international group business as well as the southern U.S. and corporate business in Florida. Before joining the bureau, he was the national sales manager of the South East market for the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau for four years.
Blake Crawford has been named the complex director of sales and marketing at The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale and Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel. He previously served as the Atlanta metro market sales leader for Starwood Hotels and Resorts.