Emory Conference Center Hotel

Meet The Emory Conference Center Hotel Team

The team at The Emory Conference Center Hotel is dedicated to providing each of our guests with world-class service. Meet the team who is here to make sure each and every one of our guests has an exceptional experience.

Marc Suennemann

Executive Chef

The award winning Chef Suennemann brings his creative touch to Emory Conference Center Hotel’s Dining Room and Club Room, as well as all banquet and catering services.   Internationally recognized for his innovative style of crafting menus that incorporate local flavors and ingredients with a creative touch, Chef delights hotel and conference guests with his inspired approach to creating dining and catering selections.  

Chef Suennemann is a native of Hamburg, Germany, who began his culinary career apprenticing in five-star hotels throughout Germany and Switzerland.  In 1992 he graduated from the College of Gastronomy and Food in Hamburg. In 1996 he came to the U.S. for Chateau Elan where he ultimately became executive chef for the entire resort.  Chef Suennemann  was the 2008 winner of the renowned Copper Skillet World Champion, after winning The Copper Skillet U.S. Championship and then competing against chefs from around the world.


Ronnie Istre 

Director of Conference Planning

Serving guests at Emory Conference Center Hotel since 2003, Ronnie Istre is a conference planner extraordinaire.  With more than 38 years in customer service, Mr. Istre began his career in sales and then migrated into customer service because of his love and talent in helping people.

A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Mr. Istre is committed to building dynamic programs for his clients and watching them come to fruition.

He is dedicated to excellence and getting to know each client’s individual needs. He inspires his team to go beyond what is expected and deliver exceptional service, ensuring each conference is a success from start to finish. 

Since joining Emory Conference Center Hotel, Mr. Istre was promoted from conference planner to associate director, and most recently, his present title of Director.  He has received numerous awards and industry recognitions including Manager of the Year at Emory Conference Center Hotel, and Conference Center Planning Manger of the Year, an award given by Crestline Hotels & Resorts, LLC, which operates the hotel and conference center. 


Leotis Watson

Concierge Supervisor

Mr. Watson’s title is Concierge Supervisor, but he is also the official Ambassador of the Emory Conference Center Hotel, where guests know him by name.  He is a charter team member at the hotel joining the property when it first opened in 1995.  Born in Dallas, Mr. Leotis brings nearly four decades of hospitality industry experience.  He began his career as a doorman at the Houston Marriott and was promoted to Bell Captain.  In 1982 he was part of the reopening team at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, where he eventually was promoted to Director of Guest Services, before coming to Emory Conference Center Hotel.

Mr. Watson is committed to delivering memorable service to each and every guest and has been recognized for his warm and gracious service with numerous awards.  He has been named Concierge of the Year by the Concierge Society of Atlanta and is a two-time winner of the prestigious Susan Sturges Distinguished Service Award given by the Concierge Society of Atlanta.  He has also received the President’s Club Award, a recognition given by Crestline Hotels & Resorts, LLC, which operates the Emory Hotel & Conference Center.