Thursday, August 25, 2011

Waterways Cruises Welcomes Adrienne Baerny as Senior Account Manager for Private and Group Events; Promotes Colleen Guay to Operations Manager

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         Colleen Guay                                     Adrienne Baerny

SEATTLE, Wash.—(August 25, 2011)— Waterways Cruises is pleased to announce the hiring of Adrienne Baerny as Senior Account Manager for Private and Group Events and the promotion of Colleen Guay to Operations Manager.

Guay started her career with Waterways Cruises in September 2007 while a student at the University of Washington, where she worked as a steward for private events and public cruises. Guay was later promoted to Cruise Director, managing Waterways’ events. As Operations Manager, Guay will oversee crew scheduling and management, event coordination and internal operations.

“An increase in business has given us the opportunity to build our team from within, while also allowing us to bring in new talent to help us meet demand,” says Hilton Smith, CEO and Founder of Waterways Cruises and Events.

Baerny comes to Waterways Cruises with 16 years of experience working in sales and marketing, with her focus being in tourism and event management. Prior to Waterways Cruises, she held a Group Sales Manager position at Clipper Vacations, managing events for customers and creating familiarization trips for travel agents and tour operators. She also co-owns a tour operator company, organizing and promoting land tours in the United States and Canada.

As Senior Account Manager for Private and Group Events, Baerny’s primary focus will be on private charter sales to Waterways Cruises’ corporate, tour and travel, and wedding markets.

Waterways Cruises was founded in 1994 by Hilton Smith and grew from a small family operation into Seattle’s most upscale cruise and event company.  Originally starting with a single yacht for private charters, Waterways successfully expanded its operations to three luxury vessels (Emerald Star, Olympic Star, and Destiny), accommodating upwards of 40,000 guests per year for weddings, corporate events, special celebrations, and dining cruises.

In 2010 Waterways Cruises launched Lake Washington Dining Cruises, departing from the Southport Pier & Promenade in Renton and from the Waterways’ HomePort in Seattle.  Featuring seasonal menus, scenic cruise routes and exciting entertainment options, Lake Washington Dining Cruises brings fine dining experience and sightseeing opportunities to Seattle’s lakes.

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