Meet the Team

Special Events at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown

At the JW Marriott Houston Downtown, it is our pleasure to deliver exceptional customer service and create unforgettable experiences in our luxurious event spaces.

Our team tailors your event experience to meet your exact needs.  We have reinvented an iconic downtown landmark and proudly host some of the best events in Houston.

The curated art program is a signature feature of our event spaces.  JW Marriott Houston Downtown event spaces are transformed into an art gallery showcasing renowned artists and reflecting the Houston, Texas aesthetic.  Each member of the sales and marketing team have selected a piece of art throughout the hotel as their photo backdrop.

We invite you to learn more about the team and visit our gallery space to reimagine your next event in Houston.

Photos by Conny Ramirez and Gabe Gonzalez – www.atablespoonoflife.com

Chris Niederschulte

Hotel Manager
Standing next to original Hot Riveted Steel Columns fabricated by Carnegie Steel Company in the 1900’s

Jelle Vandenbroucke

Hotel Manager
"...be the change..." - Gandhi
Standing next to original Hot Riveted Steel Columns fabricated by Carnegie Steel Company in the 1900’s

Natalie Wiseman

Regional Sales & Marketing Director
“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.”
Standing next to original Hot Riveted Steel Columns fabricated by Carnegie Steel Company in the 1900’s

Gary P. Bauman

Director of Sales and Catering
Standing next to Edgar Medina – Pedro Abasolo Freedom Runway

Dawn Schuller

Director of Business Travel
“I am originally from Alaska."
Standing next to Kelley Devine – I am Not a Black Sheep

Sir Griffin

Pet Director
"Rescue: It's not just a verb, it's a promise."
Standing next to the outdoor mural by Michael C. Rodriguez; Wearing a custom collar by Taft McWhorter

Alyssa Abdulla

Group Sales Manager
“My passion for hospitality all started from my family owning and operating a neighborhood ice cream shop in Sugar Land.”
Standing next to Taft McWhorter – Controlled Chaos

Kristina Bontrager

Senior Catering Sales Manager
“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of” – Paulo Coelho
Standing next to Gonzo247

Elizabeth Clayborne

Senior Group Sales Manager
"I have swam from USA to Canada."
Standing next to JW Marriott Houston Downtown Living Wall

Alti Goodwyn

Group Sales Manager
"You can take the girl out of New York but you can’t take New York out of the girl."
Standing next to Lyle Owerko – Boombox 24

Ebony Halsell

Catering Sales Manager
“I enjoy fitness and am a personal trainer and co-operator of Bombshell Bootcamp.”
Standing next to Taft McWhorter – Controlled Chaos

Morgan Pagel

Assistant Director of Events
Standing next to JW Marriott Houston Downtown Living Wall

Lauren Lothringer

Catering Event Manager
“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde
Standing next to Taft McWhorter – Controlled Chaos

Gabriela Niebla

Senior Convention Services Manager
“Life is the Art of drawing without an eraser.“
Standing next to JW Marriott Houston Downtown Living Wall

Sarah Smith

Senior Sales Manager
“I am a Native Houstonian, often called Cat Lady, & a self proclaimed food and wine connoisseur.”
Standing next to Gonzo247

Sara Strickland

Group Sales Manager
“When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine!”
Standing next to Taft McWhorter – Controlled Chaos

Magen Pastor

PR & Marketing Manager
"Design a life you love."
Standing next to Edgar Medina – Pedro Abasolo Freedom Runway

Courtney Glover

Digital Marketing Manager
“Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do.”
Standing next to Allison Hunter

Marcella Arredondo

Sales Coordinator
Standing next to Lyle Owerko – Boombox 24

Abby Bobiles

Group Housing Coordinator
Standing next to Richard Blanco

Stephen Wallace

Catering Sales Coordinator
“Life is a roller coaster, enjoy the ride”
Standing next to Steven Silverstein