Meet the Sundial Team
Bob began his hotel career at the age of fifteen in Cape May, N.J. and pursued his Hotel and Restaurant B.S. degree at the University of Wisconsin-Stout after serving in the U.S. Air Force. Following a successful career with Marriott and Sheraton Corporations, he continued in independent luxury resorts in both Florida and the Bahamas, achieving industry recognition for quality operations and skillful sales and marketing roles.
Bob's association with Al Ten Broek and Mariner Management Services began in 1986 and his desire to return to Sanibel Island was at last fulfilled in June of 2013, at which time he took the title of General Manager for Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. Bob has earned a reputation for his fusion of "live native entertainment" with the resort experience and invites you to enjoy the "Four Seasons of Sanibel" featuring live entertainment and a host of events, celebrations, and traditions for families year-round to enjoy.
Bob finds great satisfaction volunteering for Golden Retriever rescue organizations and enjoys playing drums regularly with local Island entertainers. Bob will gladly share his enthusiasm and his "promise" for this great destination and invites you to contact him at anytime.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Brett brings more than 15 years of experience in the Hospitality and Meeting Planning industries to his current position as Director of Sales & Marketing at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. After graduating college with a Finance degree, he started out his career working at American Express Financial Advisors. After a long stint in Financial Planning, he became a Cluster Sales Manager for Marriott Hotels & Resorts, followed by a position in Cluster Sales for the Hiltons of Chicago and then escaped to warmer weather for a new position at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort in Ft. Myers, Florida.
After years of Hotelier experience, Brett accepted a Financial Planning position with Merrill Lynch but not much time passed before the longing to return to the hospitality industry eventually found him. Missing the industry and the friendships made over the years, Brett decided to move on to a position at Walt Disney World where he oversaw the six Four-Diamond resorts and parks. His extensive experience in all aspects of sales, marketing, strategic account management, revenue management, recruitment and development of sales professionals all contribute to his industry knowledge and ability to service his clients.
Now one of the key members of the Sundial team, Brett's responsibilities include leading the Sales team and supporting Sundial's strategic account and revenue management to ensure the continued growth, overall strategy and direction of the resort. Outside of work, Brett has a passion for Relay for Life and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, where he not only volunteers but also makes monthly donations. He also enjoys going to the gym, fishing, golfing, football, participating in the Cannondale bicycle club and being an active member of a Southwest Florida political action committee.
Sales & Conference Services Manager
David first began his career in the Food & Beverage industry in Iowa at age fifteen, and at just eighteen, became the proud owner of a restaurant and bar. After moving to Tampa, Florida in 1983, David got his start in the Hospitality industry with a position in Food & Beverage at the Lincoln Hotel. Stemming from there, he became a member of the opening teams for Hyatt Westshore Tampa, Hyatt Key West and Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa in 1988.
In 2001, David shifted from Food & Beverage to the Sales side of the industry and is now an important member of the Sundial staff as Sales and Conference Services Manager. With extensive experience in both of these areas, David's expertise ensures that the needs and expectations of group guests are not only met, but exceeded.
With his familiarity of the area combined with his passion for boating and staying out on the water, David was very excited to join the Sundial team and finally be working at a beautiful beachfront resort after his almost 30 years in the business. Even though David still has a boat and enjoys getting out on the water occasionally, these days most of his spare time is spent renovating houses and supporting the Animal Refuge Center (ARC) in Lee county, the only privately-funded no-kill facility in the area that houses over 400 animals.
With nearly two decades of expertise in group sales behind her, Pam joined the Sundial team in December of 2013 as the resort's Sales Manager. Her impressive background and credentials attest to her skills as an effective leader of the sales team and she is a true asset to the resort.
In her position, Pam also serves as manager of the Florida State Association market, a territory she is familiar with after 18 years as Associate Director of Sales at Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa plus service to the former Registry Resort & Spa in Naples, Florida.
Pam has been a board or committee member for just about every professional association serving the hotel industry, including the FSAE – Florida Society of Association Executives, where she was named "Associate of the Year" for the State of Florida. She also received the "Distinguished Achievement in Sales & Marketing" award from the Hotel Sales & Marketing Institute and the CHME (Certified Hospitality Marketing Executive) designation, one of only a handful in the U.S. In recent years, Pam has indulged her love for dogs working as a professional dog trainer.
Catering Sales Manager, Certified Wedding Planner
Marina hails from Munich, Germany and often visited these beautiful islands as a young girl with dreams of living here with her own family someday. Moving to the United States, her hospitality career began in 2007 as the Front Office Supervisor at the Hyatt Regency at Reunion in Dallas, Texas and began her career with Sundial Beach Resort & Spa in December of 2009 where she now holds the title of Catering Sales Manager.
Reminiscing, Marina shares "From the beginning of my hospitality career, I wanted to become involved with catering and helping fulfill dreams and create wonderful memories for guests. The front desk experience enabled me to improve my English language skills. But working in catering has always been my dream; plus it opens opportunities to become more involved in the community."
Marina, whose studies in Germany focused on Hospitality and Catering, brings enthusiasm and extensive experience from her previous positions and training in Reservations, Catering, Food & Beverage and Housekeeping. Impressively, Marina has also received certificates in Psychology, Event and Wedding Planning, as well as Modern Advertising and Marketing from the BAW Academy in Munich, Germany.
Criss Menassa, a seasoned professional chef with more than 17 years of service to guests at Southwest Florida's leading restaurants, returned to the area to join the Sundial team as the resort's new Executive Chef in December of 2013.
Raised in New England, her culinary interests were fueled and inspired by her large Mediterranean family, resulting in strong New England and Mediterranean influences. Having risen through the culinary ranks through influence and training by some of the finest chefs in several states, she has earned praise from her fellow peers as well as culinary audiences coast to coast.
Prior to taking on her new position at Sundial, Criss served at the Wild Dunes Resort in South Carolina, the Heritage Palms Golf and Country Club in Fort Myers and at Pink Shell Beach Resort on Fort Myers Beach. The majority of her culinary experience in Fort Myers was acquired at Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa. She has cooked for many celebrities including actress Goldie Hawn and Sopranos star James Gandolfini. Her greatest joy comes from pleasing people through her extraordinary culinary skills.