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October 23, 2007

CW announces hospitality promotions

Two Colonial Williamsburg Hospitality professionals were recently promoted. Lorri Panaia is the new director, leisure sales, and Jeff Metcalf has been named director of conference services and catering sales.

Panaia is responsible for developing local corporate rate programs and hotel packages for the leisure market. She also serves as liaison with retail travel agents and wholesale tour operators.

Panaia joined Colonial Williamsburg in 2001 as director of catering and conference services and is a member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). She holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from Penn State University. Prior to joining the Resort Collection of Colonial Williamsburg, Panaia was with the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Fla.

Metcalf’s responsibilities include managing conference service managers and conference coordinators who plan small group events, weddings and large conferences. He also is responsible for the business center and supervises the conference concierge at the new conference center in the Williamsburg Lodge. He joined the Resort Collection of Colonial Williamsburg in March 2006 as the food and beverage manager for the Williamsburg Inn and Williamsburg Lodge. He holds a bachelor’s degree in food service management and an associate’s degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University.

Metcalf has been honored with the designation of Certified Food and Beverage Executive by the Educational Institute of American Hotel and Lodging Association and received a 2003 Induction to Confrérie de la Chaine des Rótisseurs as Maitre de Table Hótelier. He previously held positions at the Sanderling Resort in Duck, N.C., the College of William and Mary and Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va.

“Lorri and Jeff are true professionals who provide our guests with the very best of Colonial Williamsburg hospitality,” said Perry Goodbar, vice president, hospitality sales, services and business development for the Resort Collection of Colonial Williamsburg. “They have earned the confidence of our guests and our staff through their attention to detail and dedication to excellence.”

The Resort Collection of Colonial Williamsburg, which includes the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, provides guests a choice of more than 1,000 guest rooms among five distinctive hotel properties surrounding Colonial Williamsburg’s renowned Historic Area, and amenities such as a newly opened 20,000-square-foot spa. The Resort Collection is owned by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the private, not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg resort services and products supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs.

More information about Colonial Williamsburg is available online at or by calling toll-free 1-800-HISTORY (447-8679). Williamsburg, Va., is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, within an hour’s drive of Richmond or Norfolk, 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., just off Interstate 64.

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