Montage Hotels & Resorts Announces Three Appointments to Montage Kapalua Management

From left to right, Alex Matthies-Arnold, Heidi Denecke and Katie Cotten join Montage Kapalua Bay's management team

Montage Hotels & Resorts recently announced three new appointments to the management team at the brand's first Hawaii address, Montage Kapalua Bay. Each arrives with impressive experience to lead the opening of the luxury hotel group's newest resort address, which will debut in late spring 2014 on the island of Maui.

With more than 15 years of sales experience in the hospitality arena and a proven track record of exceeding goals, Alex Matthies-Arnold joins the Montage Hotels & Resorts' team as director of sales and marketing for Montage Kapalua Bay. Matthies-Arnold arrives from nearby Grand Wailea, a Hilton resort on Maui, following a decade-long run as associate director of sales. 

During her 10-year tenure at Grand Wailea, Matthies-Arnold's sales achievements were recognized five times with a Circle of Excellence award, and she earned an "Elite Circle of Excellence" in 2012 by finishing in the top one percent of Hilton Worldwide Sales.

Prior to joining Montage Hotels & Resorts' first Hawaiian property, Heidi Denecke served for more than 17 years overseeing domestic and international travel agency, sports and entertainment accounts as a senior sales manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. She will be Montage Kapalua Bay's new leisure sales manager.

The quality of her work was frequently recognized along the way with honors including a Five Star Leader of the 1st Quarter Award in 2012, a Chairman's Circle Award in 2010 and a Leader of the Year Award in 2003. 

Katie Cotten will be the resort's new director of catering and conference services. A seasoned hospitality and culinary executive, Cotten arrives at Montage Kapalua Bay from Grand Wailea on Maui, where she was group sales manager and social catering manager and exceeded annual group and sales goals consecutively.