The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club’s Diane Tighe, director of catering and conference services, appointed Jessi Twisdale as catering and conference services manager. This position will handle the increased demand on the hotel for its catering and conference services while one of the favorite wedding locales, the Duke Chapel, closes for renovations for one year starting in 2015. The increased demand is also attributed to recent national and regional accolades the hotel has received, including one of the National Association for Catering and Events’ “best-of-show” awards for Best On-Premise Catered Event: Budget $50,000-$100,000.
Twisdale’s experiences include more than three years with the Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ Hilton Durham Near Duke University where she was promoted from conference service coordinator to conference service manager and then to group sales manager. Before that she was the sales coordinator at the City Hotel & Bistro next to the Greenville Convention Center in Greenville, North Carolina after completing a college internship with the hotel.
Twisdale earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management with a concentration in special events and convention services at Greenville’s East Carolina University. She also minored in business administration. While in college she was an active member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority and is currently busy planning her own wedding in Oxford, North Carolina for June 2015.