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JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa

Staff Profiles

Experience a truly distinctive Las Vegas meeting destination, recognized with some of the industry's most prestigious awards and accolades. At the JW Marriott Las Vegas our gracious sales and event staff have also been recognized for their excellence in seamless execution of meetings and events at our resort.

Meet our award winning team.

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Sam Messina


Vice President of Sales
A seasoned 25-year hospitality veteran in Hotel Operations and Sales, Sam Messina started his career in Chicago, Illinois where he worked in the city's vibrant meetings and conventions industry.  Since then he has worked for major hospitality brands Hyatt, Sheraton, Fairmont, Caesars and Hilton Hotels. Sam was part of two successful pre-opening teams for Fairmont and Sheraton Hotels. In 1993, he relocated to Las Vegas to develop his Hospitality career within the gaming industry. He has enjoyed a successful career in the convention capital of the world, working previously as Vice President of Sales at the LVH-Las Vegas Hotel & Casino before joining the JW Marriott team as Vice President of Sales.

Alex Barcellona


Associate Director of Sales
Alex will be celebrating her 23rd anniversary with Marriott Resorts this coming September. She began her Marriott career on the Operations side transitioning into Sales in 2000. A native New Yorker, Alex relocated to Las Vegas in 1997.

Mike Punchios


Senior Account Executive
After spending 8 years with Maritz Travel Company Michael moved to Las Vegas to start his career on the hotel side. He brings over 9 years of experience within the Las Vegas Market and joined the JW Marriott Las Vegas sales team in January of 2017. Previous hotel experience here in Las Vegas includes Bellagio, Red Rock, Hard Rock and Green Valley Ranch.

Donna Quichocho


Catering Sales Manager
An island girl from Guam & the Philippines and raised in the military, Donna now resides within the bright lights of Las Vegas. From early on, Donna set her sights on a career in hospitality and enrolled at The International School of Hospitality. Three years ago she started at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa as an Event Specialist and has since been promoted to Catering Sales Manager. Donna is passionate about providing the very best experience for her clients and looks forward to a bright future.

Keri Macanas


Director of Catering Sales
Keri just began her career with JW Marriott Las Vegas in January of 2016 and brings with her 16 years of Hotel and Country Club experience in Food and Beverage Operations and Events. Her passion for weddings and social events led her to joining the team to continue her drive for excellence and delivering a five star experience. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Keri loves the outdoors and staying active with her two young boys and husband. 

Tammie Burneo


Catering Sales Manager
Tammie has been in the hospitality industry for over 17 years. As a Catering Sales Manager, she loves selling dreams and then making that dream event a reality, which in return provide truly memorable experiences.Tammie is proud to have worked for some amazing clients, whom she now calls friends. Tammie is a Big San Francisco 49ers fan and loves practicing hot yoga in her spare time.

Lyn Ramos


Senior Account Executive
Lyn has worked in the hotel sales and hospitality industry for over 18 years. Before joining the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa team, Lyn was the senior sales manager at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa. Lyn uses focus, discipline, and tenacity to ensure the best experience for every client. She is most proud of the longstanding relationships she has forged with many of her customers throughout the years. Originally from Hawaii, Lyn loves to travel, cook, and spend time with family in her spare time.

Leslie Lombino


Senior Catering Sales Manager
With over 15 years of hotel and catering event sales experience, Leslie is the newest member of the team. Before joining the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa in October 2018, Leslie worked at the Riviera Resort & Spa in Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Tennis Club (Spencer's at the Mountain). While maintaining her strong background in corporate event sales, Leslie's has developed a passion for weddings and social events. Leslie's commitment to excellence and meticulous attention to detail creates lifelong memories for her clients. In her free time, Leslie enjoys spending quality time with her husband, family, and friends.

Samantha Zeluff


Express Sales Manager
After graduating from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management, Samantha, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, has been actively involved in the hospitality industry. Her career began at the Wynn|Encore Las Vegas where she developed and fine-tuned her skills in the Las Vegas hospitality market. In 2016, she continued her drive for service excellence by joining the fantastic Sales team at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa. In her spare time, when she isn't engaged in selling the resort's beautiful meeting space, she loves to be active, travel to the beach, explore new recipes, and expand her knowledge of wine.

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