The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Chastain as General Manager and Chris Bielski as Director of Sales & Marketing.


karenchastainThe Ft. Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach appointed Karen Chastain as new general manager. Having achieved top financial results and held various executive positions, Karen Chastain brings more than two decades of substantial leadership experience within the Marriott brand. Karen assumes her new role by way of the Scottsdale Marriott and the Scottsdale Marriott Old Town Suites where she served as Multi-Property General Manager. Prior to that she worked with the Marriott Western Regional Team as the Regional Director of Finance and Accounting for five years and the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa as the Director of Room Operations and Sales Manager, achieving top customer scores and financial results. Throughout her Marriott career, Karen is known to consistently achieve outstanding guest satisfaction, associate engagement and house profit, and looks forward to maintaining that streak in Fort Lauderdale as General Manager.

chris-bielskiA resident of South Florida for 15+ years, Chris Bielski is no stranger to the market. Having most recently served in the Market Sales Leader position for South Florida he also held positions as Sales Leader at the Fort Lauderdale Marina Marriott and Area Director of Sales for Fort Lauderdale and Miami, along with a seven-year stint with Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Chris also served as the Area Director of Sales & Marketing for all Marriott managed hotels in South Florida for three years. Prior to living under the sunny skies of Florida, Chris called the Midwest home where he actually began his career as a banquet cook at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort near Chicago, IL. From there he went on to hold various food & beverage, catering and sales positions in Chicago, Cleveland & Detroit, before moving in to leadership roles as Director of Catering Sales, Director of Group Sales and Director of Sales & Marketing. Having now been with Marriott for more than 30 years, Chris will continue his run in Florida as the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa.