Marisa Obando has been named Visit Plano’s new SMERF (social, military, education, religious, and fraternal) and Government Sales Manager.
Obando comes to Visit Plano following a twelve-year tenure at the Grand Hyatt DFW at DFW Airport. There, she took on many roles, rising through the ranks to become Senior Event Planning Manager. In 2019, she was named Hyatt Corporation’s Event Manager of the Year. Prior to joining the Grand Hyatt DFW, Obando coordinated group tour events and banquets at Southfork Ranch. She holds a B.S. in Hospitality Management from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX.
In her new role, Obando will be responsible for booking SMERF and government conventions, meetings, events and securing hotel room nights in Plano.
“Marisa is known for her ability to assess the needs of any group and to exceed their expectations every time,” said Mark Thompson, Director of Visit Plano. “We are excited to have her on our team.”