Carol-QueenA long-time resident of Gastonia, Carol is a 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry with a concentration on event planning and food & beverage, most notably as Director of Catering with Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and Embassy Suites Hotels in Charlotte, NC, where she was honored as Catering Director of the Year and Top Sales Achiever of the Year. 

“We are delighted to welcome Carol to the Gastonia Conference Center,” commented Tony Swainey.  “She has the experience, drive, and integrity that will help introduce this important and exciting new event facility to the city of Gastonia.  As a proud and active citizen of the Gastonia community, Carol will utilize her vast knowledge of event planning and food and beverage to the success of this facility.”

As Director of Sales, Carol will be responsible for overall direction of the sales team, assisting the General Manager, analyzing the market trends, formulation of sales strategies, execution of sales initiatives in the local area, and representing the Center in the community.

According to Kristin Kurie, President of The Wilderman Group that manages Gastonia Conference Center, “Carol clearly demonstrates a commitment to the customer satisfaction and a keen awareness of industry trends.  We are thrilled that Carol is also committed to the city of Gastonia and the community she calls home.”