Shaner Hotels Appoints Heather Turkay as Director of Sales & Marketing for Playa Largo Resort & Spa
Playa Largo Resort & Spa, an Autograph Collection beachfront luxury property situated on the Florida Bay in Key Largo, Florida, welcomes Heather Turkay as Director of Sales & Marketing for the 14.5-acre property. In her new role, Turkay will be responsible for leading and driving top line revenue strategy for traditional sales related segments to include group and transient markets as well as working closely to drive PR and marketing messaging.
With more than 18 years of industry knowledge and experience, Turkay comes to Playa Largo Resort from the Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris where she served as the pre-opening and opening Director of Sales & Marketing. In in its second year of operation the hotel earned the Marriott Premium Distinctive Hotel of the Year award and F& B Excellence Award from Concord Hospitality. In 2019 Turkay also earned the Regale Award for Leadership Excellence.
Throughout her career, Turkay has held various leadership and sales positions at properties and brands ranging from the Buffalo Niagara Marriott in New York to Westin Washington D.C. City Center to the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport, and more.
"I'm looking forward to this role and collaborating with the talented resort team and Shaner Hotels," said Turkay. "The icing on the cake is it comes with a move to the Florida Keys. Talk about a ‘pinch me' dream job. I've always loved the destination and I can't wait to immerse myself in the community and continue to push Playa Largo Resort to the forefront."
Turkay is a graduate of Indiana University, and holds a B.A. in Telecommunications with a concentration in Design and Production.