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Meet Our Event Planning Professionals

When you plan your event with us, you'll have a dedicated team working with you every step of the way. Our team has more than 45 years of event planning experience combined, ranging from corporate meetings and weddings to family reunions of all sizes!

Find out more about the experienced event and meeting planning professionals at Honey Creek Resort who can help you plan a memorable event. Read their biographies below!

If you have any questions about hosting your conference or special event, please call 641-724-9600.

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Honey Creek Group Sales Team

Director of Sales & Marketing Anne Drannen

Anne Drannen, Director of Sales & Marketing

Anne brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience to Honey Creek Resort’s group sales team. A veteran of the Des Moines & Ames markets, she has now set her sights on shaping Honey Creek’s success. She focuses on all-resort functions and special events as well as the day-to-day marketing of the resort.

Anne is a proud alumna of Iowa State University and a member and Leadership Class graduate of the Iowa Society of Association Executives (ISAE), Central IA Group Travel Association, IA Lodging Association, and the West Des Moines Chamber & FUSE DSM. She is a guest lecturer for hospitality programs, spent years volunteering for her children’s activity committees, and mentors young hospitality professionals.

More About Anne
Chief Cheerleader | Wine snob & book nerd; usually together | People professional | My loves and my $$ are at ISU | Harry Potter makes everything better | "In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different"

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Family Reunion & Religious Sales Manager Mallory Downs

Mallory Downs, Family Reunion & Religious Sales Manager

Mallory has more than fifteen years of customer service experience, as well as eight years of sales/hospitality experience. She is creative, loves meeting new people, planning events, and is passionate about organization. Her knowledge of the resort helps keep each group gathering simple and stress-free.

Mallory is a proud graduate of Grandview University, President of the Centerville Young Professionals, and volunteers with the Centerville Chamber of Commerce on its Pancake Day Committee.

More About Mallory
Organized Guru | Designer | Trailblazer | Whiskey Drinker | 👮 wife | Mom of 2 + 🐾² | Love of Art, Coloring, Lego, Chocolate covered 🍓s & Raspberry Tea | "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."

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Corporate Sales Manager Marsha Whisler

Marsha Whisler, Corporate Sales Manager

Marsha brings more than 10 years of experience to Honey Creek Resort’s group sales team. Her experience with catering, weddings and now exclusively corporate sales for the past five years makes her an expert on the resort and all it has to offer her clients. She is passionate about giving her clients an experience they will find seamless and unique.

Marsha serves as a board member on the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. She volunteers with the various chamber events and the Arc of Appanoose County.

More About Marsha
Farm-raised | Loves DIY | Connoisseur of cheap beer | Mom and Grammy to 4 and 4 | Hospitality biz-lifer | Excels at laying it on the line | "We have to feel for one another if we are to survive."

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Sales Assistant Jewell Martin

Jewell Martin, Sales Assistant

Jewell has more than eight years of customer service experience, as well as four years of hospitality experience at Honey Creek Resort. She joined the Group Sales team at Honey Creek Resort in October 2017 after working at the Front Desk. Jewell assists all of the managers in the office, is great problem-solver, and is extremely passionate about her job. She is a big asset to the team when it comes to knowledge of the resort and keeping everyone organized!

Jewell is a proud graduate of Indian Hills Community College. She also volunteers with her local community’s charity, Pay It Forward, which provides assistance to families in need of Christmas gifts, winter coats, winter boots, and clothing throughout the year.

More About Jewell
Movie & TV buff | People person | Proud mom of 3 | Chatter box | Tea Lover | Keeper of Sanity | "If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."

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Catering Manager Casara Willey

Casara Willey, Catering Manager

Casara brings two years of experience to the group sales team at Honey Creek Resort. She loves focusing on catering and bringing the guest visions to life. Whether it’s a family reunion, corporate meeting, or retreat, she is the one to go to for menu and event planning! Her background in customer care helps her provide the best experience possible for Honey Creek’s guests.

She is a proud graduate of Buena Vista University and a member of Wayne County Child and Family Abuse Council.

More About Casara
Breakfast Buff | Professional Party Planner | Hair changing with the seasons | Happiest with a "Fuzzy" | Expert in all things "Criminal Minds" & the justice system | Occasional extrovert, but would rather play with her cat | "A place for everything and everything in its place."

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