Kaaren Hamilton is Vice President, Global Sales for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. In this position, Ms. Hamilton oversees the North American based global sales organization. and leads a dynamic sales organization of senior global sales directors and is responsible for significant annual revenue.
With 20 years of experience in the hotel industry, Ms.Hamilton joined Carlson Hotels in 2007 as a Director of National Sales. She has received two significant promotions at Carlson, first to Director of Global Sales in 2008 and then to Vice President in 2009. Ms. Hamilton has received the Supplier of the Year Award from MPI in 2007 and has served a two year presidency of the New Jersey chapter. She also sits on the global strategic marketing committee for MPI Global.
Ms. Hamilton began her career with Trusthouse Forte hotels in London, England, completing a two year training course in some of the city’s most luxurious hotels. She spent the next part of her career with Hilton Hotels at the iconic 5 diamond Hilton Short Hills in New Jersey as Director of Meeting Services. Before joining Carlson Ms. Hamilton was part of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts sales organization.
Active in several industry associations, she is a frequent participant in industry forums and committees. Ms. Hamilton graduated from the prestigious University of Surrey Business School in Guildford, England with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Ms. Hamilton has over 20 years of experience in the meetings industry including direct corporate planning experience as well as many different roles as a supplier to the industry. She has a passion for the meeting industry and is driven to constantly elevate its professionalism and make meeting strategies an integral part of the overall organizational success.