The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Appoints Director of Group Sales

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, has appointed Leslie Bloznalis Ellis as director of group and catering sales. In her role, Bloznalis Ellis will spearhead sales for the hotel’s group events, as well as oversee weddings, social events and corporate catering gatherings.

“Leslie’s proven ability to develop creative solutions to meet aggressive sales challenges will give our hotel a strong advantage,” said Shannon Hadley, director of sales and marketing. “We look forward to incorporating her innovative strategies as we move towards 2024.”

A dynamic and enthusiastic sales executive, Bloznalis Ellis began her career with the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay before joining the Marriott brand at Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in 2007. A loyal talent for the past 16 years, Bloznalis Ellis exceeded in various positions within the company before joining the Tampa Marriott Water Street in 2013. Bloznalis Ellis was part of the opening team at the JW Marriott Tampa Water Street and later transitioned to the role of assistant director of sales for the Water Street Collection.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota on Florida’s central Gulf Coast is located near the city center overlooking Sarasota Bay, just minutes from arts venues, nature sanctuaries, shopping, fishing and watersports. In addition to a Gulf-front Beach Club, Tom Fazio-designed Golf Club, Spa and Wellness Center, children’s recreation programs and 276 guestrooms with Ritz-Carlton Club Level accommodations, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota offers 291 Residences and a private country club-style membership.

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