ORLANDO– AC Hotel Orlando Downtown is slated to open its doors on January 12, 2021 as the first lifestyle hotel in downtown Orlando and the first AC Hotel in the area. Bobby Copeland and Lorin Maggio have been named as General Manager and Director of Sales, respectively. The duo will oversee the positioning of the full service, 180-room property as it opens to business and leisure travelers.
General Manager Bobby Copeland joins the AC Hotel Orlando opening team with two decades of professional tourism experience. Copeland began his career in guest relations as a front desk agent for Marriott International before transitioning into management for Kings Island Resort & Conference Center just outside of Cincinnati. Making a move to South Florida in 2010, Copeland was then named General Manager at multiple Extended Stay Hotels within the region. In 2013, he secured a position with Kolter Hospitality, the West Palm-based management company with a portfolio of branded hotels and resorts spanning Florida’s east and west coasts. With several managerial positions under his belt, Copeland opened the Courtyard by Marriott Delray Beach in 2019 where he oversaw all aspects of the property including community outreach and local partnerships. Now tapped to open the first AC Hotel in Orlando, Copeland will be responsible for daily operations, staff development, budgeting and financial planning, sales and revenue, and overall guest satisfaction.
“Opening a new hotel is always an exciting venture, but setting out to bring an entirely new lifestyle experience to both locals and guests in a metropolitan city like Orlando is a welcomed opportunity,” said Copeland. “Everything from our craft cocktails at SkyBar to the local activations on-property will pull through the under-the-radar rhythm of downtown Orlando. We want to showcase our vibrant surroundings and multicultural area with AC Hotel as an excellent place from which to explore.”
Lorin Maggio, AC Hotel Orlando’s new Director of Sales, brings more than 16 years of event and group sales experience to the property, the last nine of these spent in the Orlando market. She started out in the industry as an event manager handling coordination, design and sales. After two years, Maggio joined Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas as their Convention Sales Coordinator followed by a position as a Catering & Conference Services Manager for Interstate Hotels & Resorts. Naturally drawn to warm climates, she moved across the country and was hired by the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando where she spent the past nine years in various sales positions, most recently as the Director of Group Sales. In her new role as Director of Sales at AC Hotel Orlando, Maggio will use her experience to develop strategies for revenue growth, manage a team of sales associates, and work with the marketing teams to ensure consistent messaging and social communication strategies.