Founded by Danielle Hinesley Bishop in 2011, HB Hospitality provides market development solutions for the nation's leading luxury resorts and hotels through its unique series of signature networking events and multi-day Executive Industry Summits. The objective of each event is to showcase HB Hospitality's hotel and hospitality partners to qualified senior level meeting planners, corporate executives, and organizational decision makers.
HB Hospitality strives to "Connect Exceptional People to Extraordinary Experiences" by leveraging their prestigious portfolio of independent hotels and resorts to help clients design memorable meetings and events that align with their organization's strategic goals and objectives.
DANIELLE BISHOP – PRESIDENT
A native of Pinehurst, NC, Ms. Bishop began her hotel career with The Pinehurst Company after graduating from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill. After completing the Manager in Development program at The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA, she returned to her hometown to work in the sales department at Pinehurst Resort. Following Pinehurst, she served as the Director of National Accounts for The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA.
Through a decade of luxury resort experience, it became evident that there was a serious need in the market to help connect qualified clients with the nation's premier independent resorts and hotels. With the help of industry friends, HB Hospitality emerged after the success of the very first Independent Resorts Insurance Summit at Pinehurst Resort. Since then, her mission has been to "Connect Exceptional People to Extraordinary Experiences."
Danielle has recently been featured in Triangle Business Journal's 2016 40 Under 40 as well as named one of The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry for 2016 by Successful Meetings.
A casual golfer and a serious entrepreneur, Danielle resides in Durham, North Carolina with her husband Zach, sons Whitaker and Winston, and dog Sammie.
ZACH BISHOP – MANAGING PARTNER AND GENERAL COUNSEL
Zach joined the Company in 2018 as Managing Partner and General Counsel. Prior to joining the Company, Zach was a partner with the law firm Wyrick Robbins. Previously, Zach was an attorney with the law firms of Hunton & Williams and Alston & Bird. Zach received a BA from Duke University in 1998, and a JD from Tulane Law School in 2001.
Zach resides in Durham, North Carolina with his wife Danielle, and sons Whitaker and Winston.
Zach Bishop | Managing Partner and General Counsel
CINDY O'GORMAN – VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES & STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
Cindy joined the team in 2015 as Account Director with more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and management with boutique luxury resorts across the country. She provides the highest level of results through knowledge, intuition, and professionalism. She has established herself as an influential leader in the industry as well as a mentor among her colleagues.Cindy resides in Holly Springs, NC with her husband Kevin, and their two busy teenagers, Ryan and Catherine.
Cindy O'Gorman | Vice President of Sales & Strategic Partnerships
office: 919-535-9171 | mobile: 919-434-8977
JEN HYTJAN - VICE PRESIDENT OF EVENTS
Jen joined HB Hospitality in 2018 with 20 years of industry experience including purchasing roles at two Minneapolis-based incentive houses and 12 years as a meeting planner in the financial industry. As Director, Incentive & Travel Partner Programs, she is responsible for establishing HB Hospitality as a strategic partner to our valued Travel Partners as well as managing showcases and summits throughout the year.
Jen resides in Minneapolis where she shares her home (and office) with two rescued fur babies.
Jen Hytjan | Vice President of Events
office: (919) 535-9162 | mobile: (612) 554-3126
JANELE REYNOLDS – DIRECTOR OF SALES
Janele is proud to have joined the HB Hospitality team in October 2016. With her passion for hospitality in mind, she graduated from Johnson and Wales University, Charlotte with a B.S. in Hotel Management. Previously, she represented the Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary, NC as Senior Sales Manager.Janele lives in Holly Springs, NC with her wonderful husband Evan, adorable baby boy Everett, & golden doodle
Janele Reynolds | Director of Sales
office: 919-535-9280 | mobile: 919-400-3718
COURTNEY WESTON – DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP AND PROGRAMS
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Courtney graduated from NC State University in 2014. Her passion for special events and a degree in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management led her to join HB Hospitality in April 2015. As Program Manager, she is responsible for planning and coordinating showcases and summits, creating event materials, and is continuously learning about potential and existing client hotels and resorts.Courtney recently moved to Durham, NC, and she loves traveling, going to the beach, drinking IPAs, binge-watching netflix, and spending time with her friends.
Courtney Weston | Director of Membership and Programs
office: 919-535-9177 | mobile: 704-778-5377
MARY REED – PROGRAM DIRECTOR
North Carolina born and raised, Mary discovered her passion for hospitality and events by working in corporate incentive trips after graduating from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. As a Program Director at HB Hospitality, she is responsible for onsite logistics and ensuring that both hoteliers and planners find all HB events fun and productive!
Mary recently moved to Raleigh, NC and loves binge-watching netflix and trying out new restaurants around town with her friends.
Mary Reed | Program Director
office: 919-535-9179 | mobile: 919-358-0750
ROCHELLE ABBOTT - SENIOR MANAGER, OPERATIONS
Rochelle, a Cincinnati Ohio native, made the move to Durham and joined the team in 2018 as Senior Manager of Operations. She has more than 20 years of marketing, call center and trade show/meeting planning experience. Rochelle assists with day-to-day operations, manages the call coordinators, and ensures event showcase registration goals are achieved. In her spare time Rochelle is always up for a round of golf, enjoys wine tastings, farmers markets and loves to spend time outside either hiking or on the beach.
Rochelle Abbott | Senior Manager, Operations
office: (919) 364-4866 | mobile: (937)-369-6271