Meet the Sales Team

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Marty Couch
Director of Group Sales

Marty brings 26 years of hotel sales and marketing management to our diverse sales team. His experience in client relations and new account development has made him an integral part of Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s vision of quality and excellence.
Office: (843) 768-2886
Toll Free: (800) 576-1585
marty_couch@kiawahresort.com
Representing: NC and SC

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John Haskins
Director of Golf Group Sales

John Haskins is our Director of Golf Group Sales. He previously was the golf sales manager at Charleston Golf Inc., the golf sales arm of the Charleston CVB, and has grown up with the game. His familiarity with the nuances of Kiawah’s five championship courses enables him to plan the best vacation for groups of all sizes and playing levels.
Office: (843) 768-2796
Toll Free: (800) 576-1585
john_haskins@kiawahresort.com
Representing: All golf groups with 12 or more people.

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Mary Rieger
Director of Southeast Sales

Mary Rieger joined the sales team of Kiawah Island Golf Resort in November 2010. Prior to joining the team at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Mary was at the Crowne Plaza Hilton Head Island Beach Resort handling corporate, medical, education and social accounts. Prior to that, she was the Associate Director of Sales at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa responsible for various markets. Mary was also a National Sales Manager at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort & Spa. Mary received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.
Office: (843) 768-6077
Toll Free: (800) 576-1585
mary_rieger@kiawahresort.com
Representing: AR, GA, FL, LA, TX, AL, MS

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Michael Graham
Director of Mid-Atlantic Sales

Michael began his career in the hospitality industry at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in 2005. His initial role as sales manager began in 2007, when he held the positions of Group Sales Manager. After a few years away he has rejoined the team at Kiawah Island Golf Resort as the Director of Mid-Atlantic sales. Michael is a graduate of Mercyhurst University’s Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management program with a concentration in Professional Golf and Clubhouse Management.
Office: (843) 768-6030
Toll Free: (800) 576-1585
michael_graham@kiawahresort.com
Representing: MD, VA, DC, DE and SMERF

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Trish Luckenbill
Director of Northeast Sales

Trish brings a very impressive resume with over 10 years of Catering / Sales Hospitality Experience. Most recently, Trish was with the Westin on Hilton Head as their number one top producer in Group Sales. She takes a great deal of pride in client retention and relationships and is focused on growing her business. Trish has a degree from the University of Mississippi in English Literature.
Office: (843) 768-6013
Toll Free: (800) 576-1585
trish_luckenbill@kiawahresort.com
Representing: NY, CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT, NJ

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Claire Whitlock
Director of Midwest Sales

Claire brings more than a dozen years of hospitality sales experience, including Mansion on Forsyth Park and Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront in Savannah, Georgia, where she has held several positions, including Senior Sales Manager, Senior Regional Sales Manager representing 11 hotels in The Kessler Collection, and Director of Sales and Catering. Prior to that, she held positions with Daufuskie Island Resort, Westin Poinsett and Greenville Marriott. Claire is well respected in the industry and has a solid track record of client relations and strong productivity. She is a native Charlestonian, and studied Fine Arts/Communication at the College of Charleston as well as Hospitality/Culinary Arts at Trident College.
Office: (843) 768-2747
Toll Free: (800) 576-1585
claire_whitlock@kiawahresort.com
Representing: CO, ID, IN, IL, KS, KY, MN, MT, MS, OH, OK, OR, NV, NM, ND, SD, TN, UT, WA, WY

Chris Helmick
Chris Helmick
Director of National Sales

Chris Helmick joined Kiawah Island Golf Resort as Director of National Sales in April 2019. Chris develops and fosters relationships with businesses and organizations through proactive direct sales to groups throughout the country interested in hosting meetings at the luxury seaside resort. After graduating from Queens University of Charlotte, Helmick rose through the ranks at The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte, located in an upscale subdivision of North Carolina’s Queen City, starting as Events Concierge before eventually becoming Group Coordinator/Catering Sales and Service Coordinator. He entered the Ballantyne sales force in 2016 as Conference Sales Manager before being promoted after less than two years to Midwest Sales Manager.
Office: (843) 768-2836
Toll Free: (800) 576-1585
chris_helmick@kiawahresort.com
Representing: Nationwide

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Seanan Keleher
Villa Sales Manager

Seanan Keleher, a hospitality industry veteran with thirteen years’ experience, was promoted internally, having served for the past two and one half years as Front Office Manager of the resort’s Forbes Five Star Sanctuary hotel. Prior to that, he served for one year as the resort’s Transportation Manager.
Office: (843) 768-2740
Toll Free: (800) 576-1585
seanan_keleher@kiawahresort.com
Representing: WA, OR, CA, ID, NV, UT, NM, AZ, MT, WY, CO, ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, MI, IN, KY, TN, OH, ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, NY, PA, WV, VA, MD, NJ, RI

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Katie Potts
Villa Sales Manager

Katie Potts was also promoted internally, having been with the resort for seven years, most recently as Villa Property Manager for the past four years. Her extensive experience with the resort’s villa operations includes stints as Housekeeping Office Manager for one year, Assistant Front Office Manager at the Villa Front Desk for one year and Villa Concierge for one year.
Office: (843) 768-2884
Toll Free: (800) 576-1585
katie_potts@kiawahresort.com
Representing: NC and SC

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Erin Whitsitt
Villa Sales Manager

Erin Whitsitt joins Kiawah Island Golf Resort from North Charleston, S.C.-based John Q. Hammons, where she served as sales manager for both Courtyard Fort Smith (Ark.) and Residence Inn Charleston (S.C.) Airport. While with Hammons, Whitsitt has also served as Managing Editor and Editorial Director for A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine based on Johns Island, S.C., a suburb of Charleston. Her previous diverse sales experience ranges from the hospitality, catering and media sectors.
Office: (843) 768-2844
Toll Free: (800) 576-1585
erin_whitsitt@kiawahresort.com
Representing: SC (843 only), TX, AR, LA, AL, MS, GA, FL

“I can’t tell you how many glowing comments I received regarding this event. The food, setting, fire pit – all were just wonderful. Thank you to all who made this evening so special.”
–Christine J. | Sartomer

“Great service, support, food and atmosphere. Mary Rieger is fantastic. She is one of the most responsive sales people I work with. She has always been a joy to work with and Kiawah is lucky to have such a gem. Barbara Steele has such a quiet professionalism about her and always makes me feel at ease with the meeting. She is very responsive to our needs and never makes us feel as if our requests are unreasonable. She is calm, cool and collected in what could be a chaotic job. I love working with her year after year. Carol Mason is always wonderful to work with. She always helps us with our requests and needs.”
–T. Morrison  |  Association Management Executives