AUSTIN, TX (November 17, 2014)Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa announced today the appointment of Carissa Smith as its new director of sales and marketing. In this role, she will oversee the hill country resort’s sales and marketing efforts including managing, developing and implementing sales and marketing strategies that drive group, business and leisure travel business.

Smith is no stranger to Omni Hotels & Resorts or Austin. She has spent her illustrious 19-year career at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown where she most recently served as director of sales and marketing. Smith started at the property in 1995 as an intern. After accepting the full-time position of conference planning assistant that same year, she was named the catering sales manager the following year. Smith held several other positions before she became the director of sales in 2004, and served in that role for five years until her promotion to director of sales and marketing in 2009.

“We look forward to having Carissa join us at Omni Barton Creek,” said James Walsh, general manager of Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa. “She knows the Austin market and understands the Omni brand and company culture. She is well-respected by her colleagues and is recognized for consistently exceeding her goals and objectives.”

A 1995 graduate of Texas State University, Smith has been recognized for numerous achievements including the 2011 Omni Hotels & Resorts Director of Sales & Marketing of the Year and 2007 Omni Hotels Director of Sales of the Year.

She is a member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and is on the board of the 2017 PCMA Planning Committee. She is also active with the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and Texas Motion Picture Alliance (TXMPA).

For additional information, guests may visit or call 1-800-336-6158. Travelers or media also can follow Omni Barton Creek at and

About Omni Barton Creek Resort &Spa
Austin’s leading golf destination, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa treats active, discerning travelers to a welcoming and invigorating luxury experience set against a breathtaking Hill Country environment. Heralded as the #1 golf resort in Texas, Omni Barton Creek boasts four nationally acclaimed championship courses. The resort features 309 spacious and beautifully appointed guest rooms, a newly renovated full-service Three Springs Spa, superior dining experiences in its Hill Country Dining Room and 8212 Wine Bar & Grill, and the industry’s finest meeting and wedding facilities. For more information on Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, call 1-800-336-6158 or visit

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