Professional History & Leadership

 

Professional History

Michael Hudson / President

Professional History of Michael HudsonMichael Hudson is responsible for sales, marketing, finance, social media, and all aspects of executive management for Site Search & Select. His extensive experience and deep industry knowledge run the gamut, from business development and client relations, to skilled contract negotiation and best-practices event budgeting. Contact him directly for more information on how Site Search & Select can help with your next corporate event.
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A twenty-year veteran of the hospitality and meetings industries with numerous accolades under his belt, Michael has dedicated his professional life to perfecting the art of executing the ideal event. After graduating with a bachelor of science degree from Florida International University’s esteemed School of Hospitality Management, Michael moved to New York, beginning his career in sales and marketing positions within the hospitality industry. He spent ten years in national sales positions for various deluxe hotel companies, all with global properties. Following that invaluable training, he opened his own sourcing, meeting planning, and consulting firm: Site Search & Select. Another key personal and professional benchmark occurred when Michael became President of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Greater New York Chapter during the 2001–2002 year—sadly, the year that also marked the 9/11 tragedy.

 

William Finklea / Vice President, Operations & Sourcing

Bill Finklea focuses his own varied expertise on top-notch sourcing, vendor relations, and contract negotiations. In addition, he handles finance, risk, and general operations for the company.
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A native Texan, Bill graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree from University of Texas – Austin in 1978. After starting out in the ranching and banking industries, he launched his own real estate development firm. But Bill’s passion for art history eventually took him to London, where he studied at Christie’s Education London, the notable auction house. He brought his knowledge with him to New York, spending time in SoHo and enjoying the prominent art scene. He joined Site Search & Select as partner in 1994, enabling him to blend his passion for travel with his business acumen. A true globe-trotter, Bill has visited every continent. That time spent absorbing other cultures and networking with all sorts of people has made him not just a savant of international culture, but also a seasoned sourcing expert.

 

Kelly Gallagher / Director of Sales

Kelly Gallagher is responsible for new account development and existing account management at Site Search & Select.  Her comprehensive knowledge and experience in hotel and resort operations rest in the luxury and upscale lodging segments globally. In addition to understanding the nuances of the 21st century hospitality industry, she is an expert in contract negotiations, program development, and creativity.
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Prior to joining our team, Kelly was most recently at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, both in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was part of the elite Presidents Club, a designation for top sales producers globally, for the past several years. After graduating with a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Economics from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Kelly started her hospitality career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, working in all aspects of hotel operations. It was there that Kelly first learned all the fine details of how to best operate and execute programs in a hotel. Shortly thereafter, she joined the sales team at the Westin Philadelphia, before joining Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. Her ten years of experience in the hospitality realm have been spent interacting with clients from a broad spectrum of industries. An avid traveler, Kelly spends most of her free time with her beautiful puppy, Gigi, exploring new destinations in and around her current home of Scottsdale, Arizona.