PHG Consulting is equipped with a team of experts who
possess deep experience and broad international connections
in the tourism and hospitality industries providing comprehensive services across all sectors.
Chief Operating Officer
Michelle Woodley is President of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. In this role, she oversees multiple departments across the company including sales, marketing, IT, revenue management, and customer relations. She also works closely with CEO Lindsey Ueberroth on financial planning and talent management, supports the development of other strategic areas of focus within the organization, and serves as a company spokesperson.
During her 15 years with the company, Michelle has held various leadership positions with cross-functional responsibilities including Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Strategy, Senior Vice President of Distribution & Revenue Management, and Executive Vice President, the role she held prior to her promotion to President in January 2018. She has used her expertise to help the company successfully execute on major global initiatives designed to foster longevity of the Preferred brand such as two comprehensive rebranding initiatives, the launch of multiple brand websites, the introduction and institutionalization of a Revenue Management Certification Program, the technology conversion of the company’s global central reservation system and call center services, and the creation of the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program.
Before joining Preferred Hotels & Resorts in 2002, Michelle spent five years as Vice President of Distribution for Swissôtel and Raffles Hotels & Resorts, charged with overseeing the strategic direction and operations of the company’s electronic distribution and database solutions. She held various senior positions in operations, marketing, and distribution with Swissôtel from 1990 to 1997.
Michelle has been an active board member in industry organizations. She is currently on the Americas Board of Directors of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). She served two terms as president and two terms as vice president of the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA), and she was a founding member of the Open Travel Alliance (OTA) and served two terms on their board of directors as treasurer.
Executive Vice President
Preferred Hospitality Group
In her role as Executive Vice President of Preferred Hospitality Group, Susan Devine is dedicated to strategically building the Preferred Hotels & Resorts portfolio by maintaining and creating new relationships with strategic hotel groups and identifying new revenue generating opportunities for the brand’s sister division, PHG Consulting.
Previously, Susan served as Executive Vice President of Europe. During her three years in that role, she lead the development of Preferred Hotels & Resorts in the region, helped launch strategic agreements with notable partners, and ensured successful implementation of innovative sales and marketing practices on behalf of the company’s European member hotels.
Executive Vice President
& Public Relations
Caroline Klein is Executive Vice President of Public Relations for Preferred Hospitality Group. She is responsible for developing and executing the company's corporate public relations and social media strategies. During her time with the company, she has orchestrated extensive global media campaigns to support both Preferred Hospitality Group's launch of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, a rebrand of Preferred Hotel Group, and the introduction of the company’s newest division, PHG Consulting. Previously, Ms. Klein worked at progressive hospitality-focused public relations agencies in New York City and Chicago with a specific focus on cruise lines and luxury hotels and resorts.
Executive Vice President
Global Group Sales
Elaine Macy is Executive Vice President of Group Sales for Preferred Hotels & Resorts, responsible for overseeing the company’s Group Sales division, handling various events around the world and managing a global team of group sales professionals. She joined the company in 2004.
Elaine started her career in the travel industry working for World Airways before moving into the incentive travel business, spending five years managing and developing the West Coast operations for Tradewind Tours, a leading Hawaiian corporation.
Executive Vice President
Richard White has led a distinguished career in the hospitality industry with more than 30 years experience. In 1978, he began his career with Western International Hotel at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. He quickly became Director of Sales & Marketing of two Houston-based properties – the Westin Galleria and Houston Oaks. He then moved back to Southern California to join Stouffer Hotels and Resorts where he opened the Los Angeles property as Director of Marketing. Soon thereafter, he was promoted to Assistant General Manager at the Los Angeles Stouffer Concourse Hotel.
In 1989, Richard joined Hyatt International as Director of Marketing for the Grand Hyatt in Taipei. In 1991, he served as Director of Sales - North America in Los Angeles. He then was based in Tokyo and served as Director of Marketing for North Asia for five years. During this time, Richard opened the Grand Hyatt in Fukuoka, the Hyatt Regency in Osaka and the Park Hyatt in Tokyo. Mr. White also assisted in the opening of Hyatt International Hotels such as the Grand Hyatt in Sao Paulo, Brazil; the Hyatt Regency - Madeleine in Paris, the Park Hyatt Paris - Vendome, and the Grand Hyatt Tokyo. From 2001 - 2004, he served as Vice President of Global Sales based in Hyatt International’s corporate office in Chicago and oversaw 15 global sales offices.
Santiago Gonzalez Abreu
Vice President of Development
Santiago González Abreu is PHG Consulting’s Vice President of Development for Latin America, responsible for marketing programs, client management, and business development. Prior to joining PHG Consulting, he worked as the Director of Tourism Promotion for the Ministry of Tourism of Yucatán where he created a new brand identity for the destination and developed new products and promotional strategies, considerably increasing tourism to the region. Under Mr. Gonzalez's direction, the Ministry of Tourism responded to emerging trends with innovative tactics and long-term successful partnerships.
Mr. Gonzalez speaks three languages: Spanish, Italian, and English.
Paul Cohen serves as Vice President of Development, bringing 25 years of experience in the travel and tourism industries and a distinguished career of working with tourism marketing organizations, travel suppliers, and select corporate partners to solve problems and generate results. In 2002, Cohen co-founded Partner Concepts LLC to deliver custom integrated marketing programs for tourism organizations around the world, including those in China, the British Virgin Islands, Nicaragua, Greece, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. In 2008, Mr. Cohen served as vice chairman of the Corporate Council on Africa Tourism Committee, leading a team of industry leaders to deliver policy recommendations to the Obama Administration regarding travel and tourism.
Mr. Cohen is fluent in English and Hebrew.
Operations & Administration
Jennifer Johnston is Vice President of Operations and Administration for PHG Consulting, providing structure and overall vision on projects, interfacing with marketing, ecommerce, sales, and executive management to assure that solutions are understood and delivered to meet the client’s business requirements. Her past experience includes management of complex projects to deliver solutions to hotels and travel agents across global markets.
Michael Sherwood, CRME
Revenue Account Management
As Director, Revenue Management Services, Michael Sherwood is responsible for developing custom solutions to help hotels manage their revenue management strategy.
Michael brings over 20 years’ experience in hotel revenue management practices and has developed and managed solutions for multiple independent hotels. Michael received Revenue Management Certification from Cornell University, and is accredited by HSMAI as a Certified Revenue Management Executive (CRME).
Ashley Norman is Director of Public Relations. In this role, Ms. Norman is responsible for crafting integrated media relations campaigns for the company’s clients that reach their target audiences and niche market segments, resulting in consistent coverage across consumer, trade, and industry media. Prior to joining PHG Consulting, Ms. Norman spent 10 years working at top public relations and integrated marketing communications agencies in New York City and Miami, where she represented various CVBs and tourism boards such as the German National Tourist Office, Travel Portland (Oregon), and Visit Telluride (Colorado), as well as several hotels.
Area Managing Director
Blaise Jing joined Preferred Hotels & Resorts in May 2013 as Regional Director and Director of Global Sales for China. In this role, he is responsible for managing, growing, and acquiring key hotel accounts for Preferred Hotels & Resorts with a goal to facilitate growth in revenue and strengthen brand recognition for both Preferred Hotels & Resorts and the company’s member hotels in China.
Previously, Blaise held senior sales and marketing positions at various hotel properties in Beijing. Most recently, he served as Executive Assistant Manager of Sales and Marketing and Rooms at Crowne Plaza Beijing Airport and, prior to that role, he worked at Holiday Inn Chang An West, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, and Hotel Kunlun Beijing, part of the Jin Jiang Hotel Group. During his tenure with Hotel Kunlun Beijing, Blaise conceptualized and implemented the Kunlun Prestige Club, a guest loyalty program that designed to build and establish the hotel’s brand image within the local Chinese market. He is also well-versed with GDS channels, both international and local, and has developed dynamic distribution platforms with each partnership alliance.
Blaise is a graduate of Schiller International University and served his hospitality internship at the Strasbourg Hilton in France. A native of China, Blaise is fluent in spoken and written English as well as French.
Sharon Jin is Account Manager of China for PHG Consulting, bringing years of marketing communications and public relations experience with international hotel groups to her role. With a strong commercial marketing sense and knowledge of e-commerce, mass communications, creative graphic design, innovative copy writing, and editing, she is responsible for managing the company’s accounts in China and is part of the management team in the Beijing office.
Catherine Mei is Sales Director of China for PHG Consulting, bringing more than 10 years of hospitality experience to her role. Previously, Ms. Mei served as Senior Account Manager of South China for Booking.com and has also held business development roles at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and The Ritz-Carlton. Ms. Mei earned her Bachelor of Arts from Guangdong University where she studied English and International Finance and also has a Master’s Degree in Finance from Jinan University. Ms. Mei is based out of Guangzhou and speaks three languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.
Director, Public Relations
Silvia Meng is Director of Public Relations of China with 10 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry focusing on PR and Social Media. Previously, Ms. Meng worked for individual hotel properties, PR agencies, and hotel groups and provided professional PR and social media services through brand exposure, social media campaigns, promotions, event organizing, and marketing campaign execution for Canada Tourism Bureau, New Zealand Wine, Resort World Sentosa, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, The Opposite House, Beijing Four Seasons Hotel, and Tianjin Ritz-Carlton Hotel.