GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes Michael Pouey to the convention sales team as the new vice president of group sales. In this capacity, Pouey will lead the nationally deployed convention sales team to deliver significant group and convention business for Broward County hotels and the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center.
Pouey will also directly serve Greater Fort Lauderdale’s clients located in the Western United States, as the CVB expands its sales reach.
“Mike is an experienced leader in the hospitality industry and has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of our destination and our primary group markets,” said Ed Simon, senior vice president, convention sales and service, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB. “We are thrilled that he will be spearheading our efforts to grow MICE business for our Convention Center and hotel community.”
Pouey brings 20 years of hospitality and leadership experience to the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB. An accomplished sales executive, he most recently led the sales and event team at the 589-room Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, a position he held since 2013 where he directed a team of 14. In 2015 and 2016, he achieved the “Circle of Excellence” sales team of the year award for Hilton branded hotels.
Previously, he was area director of group sales for the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. Pouey also served as senior sales account executive with LXR Resorts and the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. He began his career at the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld.
Pouey has a diverse cultural background. He was born in West Africa and was raised in Europe and numerous Latin American and Caribbean nations. He speaks fluent French. Pouey received his bachelor’s degree from Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and a master’s in business administration from Nova Southeastern University.
(Top photo information: The iconic Wave Wall at Fort Lauderdale beach hugs the sand and provides a resting place for visitors. Credit: Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB/Doug Castanedo)