As director of sales and marketing, MarQuies Willis is responsible for overseeing Carté's sales and marketing efforts for all venues, including Watercolors, Fonte di Vino and Above Ash Social. Willis has a commitment to excellence with a strong focus on client and account development, sales strategy, brand awareness, public relations, and the success and growth of the property's team. A tenured hospitality professional, Willis brings more than a decade of sales and marketing experience to the property. Prior to joining Carté Hotel, Willis served as associate director of sales for Kimpton Solamar Hotel, where he managed sales efforts for citywide conventions and entertainment travel, and was instrumental in training and developing the team, account acquisitions, and customer base improvement to increase revenue. Previously, he has served as area sales manager at Kimpton's Rouge, Topaz, Madera, and DC Palomar. During his tenure with Kimpton, Willis was awarded several company-wide accolades, including "Kimpton Idol," an award nominated by his peers for his industry knowledge, mentorship and financial success.