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Shaner Hotels Appoints Director of Sales & Marketing at Key Largo Autograph Collection Hotel

Shaner Hotels Appoints Director of Sales & Marketing at Key Largo Autograph Collection Hote

Heather Turkay joins the team at Playa Largo Resort & Spa


KEY LARGO, FL – AUGUST 2021 – Playa Largo Resort & Spa, an Autograph Collection beachfront luxury property situated on the Florida Bay in Key Largo, Florida, welcomes Heather Turkay as Director of Sales & Marketing for the 14.5-acre property. In her new role, Turkay will be responsible for leading and driving top line revenue strategy for traditional sales related segments to include group and transient markets as well as working closely to drive PR and marketing messaging.


With more than 18 years of industry knowledge and experience, Turkay comes to Playa Largo Resort from the Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris where she served as the pre-opening and opening Director of Sales & Marketing. In in its second year of operation the hotel earned the Marriott Premium Distinctive Hotel of the Year award and F& B Excellence Award from Concord Hospitality. In 2019 Turkay also earned the Regale Award for Leadership Excellence.


Throughout her career, Turkay has held various leadership and sales positions at properties and brands ranging from the Buffalo Niagara Marriott in New York to Westin Washington D.C. City Center to the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport, and more.


“I’m looking forward to this role and collaborating with the talented resort team and Shaner Hotels,” said Turkay.  “The icing on the cake is it comes with a move to the Florida Keys. Talk about a ‘pinch me’ dream job.  I’ve always loved the destination and I can’t wait to immerse myself in the community and continue to push Playa Largo Resort to the forefront.”


Turkay is a graduate of Indiana University, and holds a B.A. in Telecommunications with a concentration in Design and Production.




About Playa Largo Resort & Spa

Playa Largo Resort & Spa, a new addition to Marriott’s Autograph Collection, opened in Key Largo, Florida in the spring of 2016. Perfectly situated on 14 secluded beachfront acres with sweeping views of Florida Bay, the resort features 144 luxury rooms and suites, 10 private bungalows and a three-bedroom beach house with private pool. Developed by Prime Hospitality Group (PHG) and Shaner Hotels, Playa Largo marks the first full-service resort to be built on Key Largo in 21 years. To obtain more information, call 305.853.1001 or visit Connect with Playa Largo’s official Facebook fan page by visiting and follow on Twitter @PlayaLargo.


About Shaner Hotels

Shaner Hotel Group is one of the foremost owner-operator companies in the hospitality industry with more than 50 hotel properties owned and managed across the U.S., Italy and the Bahamas. New properties are constantly evaluated as the Shaner Hotel Group continues a conservative, yet opportunistic approach to growth. Shaner is an approved management company and franchisee of Marriott International, Inc., Hilton Hotels Corporation, Intercontinental Hotels Group and Choice Hotels. For more information about the company and its divisions visit