Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Names New Sales and Events Directors

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, a Marcus Hotels & Resorts property, has appointed Dan Crooker as executive director of sales and Julia Ippolito as director of events.

In his new role, Crooker—has has over 18 years in the hospitality industry—will lead the team in leveraging strategic programs and sales-growth initiatives, including the upcoming completion of a full meeting space renovation. Prior to joining the team at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Crooker was the general manager at Door County, WI’s largest resort, The Landmark Resort. Before returning to the Midwest where he grew up, Crooker spent time in leadership roles at other properties, including Boyne’s Sunday River Resort located in Maine and Powdr’s Snowbird Resort in Utah.

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Julia Ippolito, director of events (Grand Geneva Resort & Spa)

Raised in Lake Geneva, Ippolito is a seasoned professional in the hospitality and events industry. In her role as director of events, she assumes responsibility for overseeing event management, food and beverage operations for group events, weddings, hotel programming and entertainment for the 1,300-acre resort. Ippolito began her career at Levy Restaurants at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, where she supported high-profile events, including the Grammy and Emmy Awards. During her time in California, she continued to advance her role at Levy Restaurants across the state. She eventually returned to the Midwest as the assistant director of operations at Levy Restaurants at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, a role she held for three years prior to joining Grand Geneva, and supported high-profile events, including programming for the Milwaukee Bucks Championship.

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