Meet the Team

Opening Team

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Heidi Nowak

Director of Sales and Marketing

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Heidi Nowak

Director of Sales and Marketing

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Heidi Nowak arrives at Hotel Bennett after working in leadership roles for 20 years with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, most recently as the director of sales and marketing at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. For the previous seven years, she served as director of sales, marketing, meetings and special events at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, a AAA Five Diamond property. She has also worked in Miami, New York, Detroit and Washington, D.C.

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Cathy Gregory

Director of Group Sales

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Cathy Gregory

Director of Group Sales

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Most recently, Cathy held the role of Director of Group Sales for Leading Hotels of the World overseeing the Southeast group sales division.  Her previous employment includes an impressive 16-year tenure with Destination Hotels & Resorts as a National Sales Manager for the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel (AZ) and Regional Sales Manager for Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, SC, where she earned recognition in the DH&R President’s and Chairman’s Clubs.

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Lindsay Forseth

Director of Catering & Conference Services

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Lindsay Forseth

Director of Catering & Conference Services

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For the last three years Lindsay Forseth has worked as the director of catering at Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA, which opened to international acclaim in 2013. Prior to joining the Salamander team, she was the director of catering at Lansdowne Resort in Lansdowne, VA, and previously spent five years as catering manager at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in Virginia. 

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Collin Carter

Senior Sales Manager, Group

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Collin Carter

Senior Sales Manager, Group

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A native South Carolinian, Collin Carter joins Hotel Bennett after spending four years at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. Following his time in operational management, he held the title of Sales Manager and was a key player in the resort’s growing popularity. Collin studied Hospitality Management at the University of South Carolina, specializing in Hotel Development.


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Brea Strager

Senior Manager, Travel Industry Sales

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Brea Strager

Senior Manager, Travel Industry Sales

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Brea joins the Hotel Bennett from her role as the Associate Director of Corporate & Leisure Sales at The Dewberry Charleston, where she was a key member of their pre-opening management team.  Her previous employment includes the Madison Valley Ranch in Montana, Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Fort Lauderdale, and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club in the Caribbean.  

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Candice Chuppa

Senior Conference Service Manager

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Candice Chuppa

Senior Conference Service Manager

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Candice Chuppa originally from Cleveland, Ohio, attended Ohio University graduating with a major in Communication Studies. After experiencing another Cleveland winter, she moved down south to Charleston, SC where she began her career within the hospitality industry at Kiawah Island Golf Resort as a Social Sales Coordinator. After 2 years of service, she was promoted to the Conference Concierge and Catering Manager position.  Departing from Kiawah, Candace took a role as an Exceptional Events Manager in Savannah GA at the Mansion on Forsyth Park before moving back to Kiawah Island Golf Resort for the 2012 PGA Championship, accepting the Golf Services Manager role.  After a successful 10 year career at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, she joined the pre-opening team of the Dewberry Hotel in downtown Charleston as the Events Manager and then moving to the Senior Event Sales Manager.  

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Jessie Tanner

Catering Sales Manager

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Jessie Tanner

Catering Sales Manager

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Jessie Tanner joined the team of Hotel Bennett as the Catering Sales Manager.  She most recently was the Catering Director at Cru Catering in Charleston, where she designed menus and executed events across the state.  Previously, Jessie traveled the country as a consultant for a non-profit organization and worked as a Sales Manager for Middleton Place Plantation. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a Communication degree and a minor in Travel & Tourism.

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