JONESBORO, Arkansas – July 10, 2018 – – O’Reilly Hospitality Management
, LLC, is proud to announce Shawnie Carrier as its new Director of Sales for the Embassy Suites and Red Wolf Convention Center. This makes Shawnie the first hire for the 203-Suite property with over 40,000 square feet of convention space, that is currently under construction on the campus of Arkansas State University, located on Red Wolf Blvd.
“I am ecstatic about joining the OHM Team as Director of Sales for the Embassy Suites and Red Wolf Convention Center,” said Shawnie Carrier, “Having played a lead role in this development since the inception makes this move natural and exciting. This new property will generate an incredible amount of economic benefits for the Northeast Arkansas Region by hosting out-of-town visitors that attend conventions, tradeshows, business meetings, and events of all types. In the years to come the convention center will contribute multi-millions in direct spending to the regional economy, making it one of Jonesboro and NEA’s most important economic engines.”
Carrier brings 17 years of development experience with an aggressive and innovative approach to business development, marketing and recruitment strategies, and community competitiveness. Prior to OHM, Carrier’s career included several years of experience working in local and regional economic development. She was CEO of the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and director of external affairs for the Cross County Chamber and Economic Development Corporation. A graduate of Arkansas State, Shawnie continued her education as a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education in Authentic Leadership, the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management, receiving a professional IOM certification. Carrier was also recognized in 2015 by Arkansas Business as one of Arkansas’s 40 under 40.
“We are thrilled that Shawnie is joining our OHM team as a Director of Sales,” said Tim O’Reilly, CEO of O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC, “and I am personally humbled that a person with Shawnie’s professional experience, work ethic, enthusiasm, and character is joining us to lead the sales effort for this important project.”