John Parkinson 39, General Manager Hilton West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Fla.How he got here: Parkinson joined Hilton Worldwide in 2003 as an assistant general manager after training with Wyndham Hotels and working for Marriott in Orlando. He was GM at Embassy Suites Orlando International Drive South Convention Center and DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Orlando before taking over operations for the contemporary, new-build 400-room hotel directly connected to Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Bragging rights: At his last property, his team won three consecutive awards for top meeting planner survey scores within Hilton.
Career milestone: Hilton West Palm Beach is the first hotel Parkinson has been charged with opening. His sales team has already booked $7 million in group business.