Area Vice President, Western Region
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
Chris Gabaldon is a hospitality sales and marketing executive with two decades of experience at both The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Marriott International. As Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Gabaldon plays a critical role as a strategic business advisor to President and Chief Operations Officer Herve Humler at the award winning luxury hotel company with 73 properties currently around the world. Gabaldon, who began his hospitality career as a bar back/room service waiter with Marriott International, has held a series of increasingly strategic executive roles in sales and marketing at both companies. Most recently, he headed up sales for The Ritz-Carlton. In his new role, he will assume increased responsibility including sales and marketing, revenue management and e-commerce. His overall mission will be to drive top line revenue for the brand and provide direct leadership to the Global Sales Operation from Asia and Europe to the Middle East and North America. Gabaldon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from James Madison University and earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from George Mason University. Gabaldon continues to work with his alma mater as a Board Member for the Hospitality and Tourism Advisory Board at James Madison University. He is also on the Global Board of Trustees for the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation.