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Burgess named to national post with LifeWay Conference Centers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–W. Phillip Burgess, an executive with 20 years of experience in hotel management, marketing and training, has been named national sales and marketing manager for LifeWay Conference Centers at Glorieta, N.M., and Ridgecrest, N.C.

Burgess assumed his new position July 9.

Also, Brian Daniel, event ministry specialist at LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center, will become national sales and event planner specialist, based in Nashville, Tenn., and reporting to Burgess.

“I am grateful to have someone of Phill’s experience and Christian commitment to serve in this critical role,” said Byron Hill, director of LifeWay Conference Centers. “Filling this key position is another step in our process of revitalizing Glorieta and Ridgecrest in their ministry of meeting spiritual needs.”

Hill said the selection of Burgess and Daniel complete the national staff of the centers.

Burgess joins LifeWay after serving as president and CEO of Learnsystem.com, Kansas City, Mo., from 1996 to March 2001 when the company was sold. Learnsystem.com provides training, educational solutions and consulting to the hotel industry in the areas of leadership, marketing, sales and service.

Earlier, Burgess was vice president of marketing and sales for John Q. Hamnmons Hotels, Springfield, Mo., and director of field marketing for Holiday Inns Worldwide, Memphis, Tenn. He also has been general manager of several hotels.

As national sales and marketing manager for LifeWay Conference Centers, Burgess will plan and oversee all marketing and sales efforts to meet the conference centers goals and objectives. He will work closely with Hill and with Ron Pratt, national event planner, and will build a public relations strategy to support the ministry of the conference centers.

Burgess is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, and is a certified hotel administrator.

Daniel joined LifeWay in 1997 as a manuscript assistant and assistant editor in the discipleship and family adult department before assuming his present position in 1999. Earlier, he was a public school teacher and coach and served three years in the U.S. Navy. He is presently pursuing a master’s degree in business.

LifeWay Conference Centers are owned and operated by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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