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Mark Major
Director of Event Management

Mark Major Director of Event Management Family man – Mark knows how to have a good time, and he loves to have his family by his side. His number one favorite thing to do in Denver is spend time with his kids. What we are most jealous of is that Mark is from the Bahamas! Needless to say he is jetting off to his home country’s warm sandy beaches and crystal clear waters whenever he can sneak away from running the show. If he isn’t taking a trip to the Bahamas he is playing in Las Vegas or riding roller coasters in Orlando, FL. One thing he doesn’t gamble with—his clients. With Mark you know what you are getting and that’s superior excellence with years of hospitality experience. Mark is determined to see each event through from start to finish. His favorite part about his work is meeting his clients, working with them on a concept and blowing them away with the execution. He found his curiosity for the hospitality industry from watching episodes of Hotel, where he developed a secret crush for the main character, Connie Sellecca. His reason for wanting to work at a hotel is humorous, but his work is anything but. Accomplished. He is a true leader, and his team has nothing but gratitude for him. At the end of the day you might catch him drinking a gin and tonic – with handmade tonic water, of course. 


Asuvini Vengadasalam, CMP
Event Manager
Ambitious, reliable – two words you want every events specialist to live by, and we know
one who has defined these words for us time and time again. Asuvini is
passionate about helping people and reaching the highest level of satisfaction
for her clients. She is straight up,which is why she doesn’t mess around with
her beverage of choice – vodka, soda with lemon. You can trust her with
anything. She is people-driven and goal defining. When Asuvini was five she
thought she would become a doctor and when she went to college this dream took
her down another path. Hospitality may not be in the medical field, but Asuvini
has discovered her ideal way of helping others. She is fierce about her Denver
restaurants, and you might find her sneaking in some delicious Asian fusion
cuisine at Cholon after hours. You can guarantee that she will make sure you
are cared for and your event is perfect, from start to finish, with just the
right amount of personal touch. Asuvini is the Sheraton’s go-to people-person
for a reason! 


Danielle Dirks, CMP
Event Manager

Devoted – Danielle is a people pleaser, and she is here for you! She is without a doubt
going to go the extra mile for her clients. Danielle is a hard worker with a
driven spirit, and she genuinely cares for her clients. Explorer. Danielle
spends her weekends finding new restaurants, running and seeing the sights of
the city by foot or adventuring through the powder on her snowboard. With an
experienced travel buddy by her side, Chloe. With her adorable boxer, Danielle might
be be found sipping a perfect pinot noir or a crisp IPA on a hot day. Danielle is
dedicated to doing her absolute best when it comes to the clients, and she will
always keep her cool. She is an events super hero, but just like the rest of us,
she never misses her Sunday night Game of
Thrones ritual. Danielle found hospitality through her love of travel and
is always checking places off her list. We can’t wait to see where the next
adventure takes her. If you are working with Danielle take a deep-breath, she’s
on the job and will not miss a beat!


Jacqueline Fazendin
Event Manger

Authentic. Excited to build genuine relationships with her clients because Jackie believes this is the cornerstone to the hospitality industry.
Dedicated. If she had to nail down exactly what the perfect event needs, she would tell you that the musts include cool, calm and confident leadership, people with personality, luscious libations and an amazing atmosphere. When she isn’t perfecting events for her clients you might find her exploring the majestic mountains, keeping up with the latest local cuisine in Denver’s boutique neighborhoods, or chasing fresh Rocky Mountain powder. If you are lucky enough to work with Jackie, you can rest assured your special occasion or meeting will be an absolute success.


Steven Alderson
Event Coordinator
Articulate and private – Steven is going to listen to you and deliver everything you ask for and more. He is always seeking the scenic route and enjoys admiring the mountains from inside the hotel. He truly appreciates the beauty and
breathtaking views Colorado has to offer. On his days off you might catch him sipping a glass of wine or a tall bourbon soda, conversing with friends and watching the snow fall. Steven is most passionate about service culture training,
and he is constantly finding ways to help implement this with his staff for the betterment of his clients. Caring. He started his career in the hospitality industry at Sheraton as a waiter in the hotel restaurant. Today you can find him managing and servicing flawless events that leave his clients beaming. Steven is a culinary enthusiast and is known to binge watch America’s Test Kitchen. His favorite spot to eat in Denver is 17th Avenue Grill where he will most likely consume a nice juicy steak. Steven will never leave his clients wondering what the next move is; he believes that clear communication, stated expectations and outlined goals are the key to any successful event. You are in good hands with this careful and event savvy Event Coordinator!

Thomas Gay
Function Space Manager

Witty and empathic – Thomas is someone you want to spend time with. His genuine care and enthusiasm for his team will make you feel right at home. He is constantly exploring Colorado from his bike seat or heading up to Film on the Rocks, at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Through sheer luck Thomas found himself in the hospitality world and has been in roles from Front Desk Supervisor to a Reporting Analyst. He knows the in’s and out’s of the industry and has robust experience. When he’s not putting the pieces of the puzzle together for his team and clients he is traveling and riding his bike in California. Creative. Thomas enjoys finding new and innovative ways to educate and lead his team. He goes out of his way to make sure each team member has the tools and skills to make their clients thrilled. Thomas spends his evenings away from work binge watching Stargate Atlantis, eating at his favorite restaurant, La Loma, and drinking a RumChata. He is truly caring and always places himself in each of his client’s shoes. Before planning any event he takes the time to learn the origin and reasoning behind each client’s vision and what is most important to them. Thomas leaves each of his team members beaming with gratitude and smiles.

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