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Hard Rock fills two high-level positions

Officials at Hard Rock International (HRI) have hired two new employees to fill key positions at the company.

Daniel Earle is director of global travel industry sales for Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. He is based in South Florida where HRI has its two flagship properties – the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood featuring the Guitar Hotel – and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. The Seminole Tribe is the parent entity of HRI.

Daniel Earle (Courtesy Hard Rock)

Earle has more than two decades of experience in the hospitality industry in 11 countries. He was previously the regional director of sales and revenue management for Fort Lauderdale-based Performance Hospitality Management.

Earle began his career in the United Kingdom where he worked for Hilton Worldwide Holdings and later for the Waldorf Astoria & Towers in New York City. In Florida, he has held positions with the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and The Diplomat in Hollywood.   

In addition, HRI has hired Kevin Zhao as regional director of global sales for the hotel division in the Asia Pacific territory.

Kevin Zhao (Courtesy Hard Rock)

Zhao has 15 years of experience in hospitality, including destination marketing and hotel commercial management. He previously worked at the Qatar Tourism Authority in the Middle East and with hotel brands and groups such as Swire, Conrad, Ritz Carlton and Preferred Hotels.

“[The] Asia Pacific [territory] has always been an important component in our global sales strategy,” Danielle Babilino, senior vice president of global sales and marketing at HRI, said in a statement. “I believe Kevin will support us in increasing market share as well as amplifying our volume in this region.”

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