Meet The Staff

Doug Phillips

Monterey Conference Center General Manager Doug Phillips

Doug Phillips was hired in September 2016 as the new General Manager of the Monterey Conference Center. Doug's career in the hospitality industry spans over 35 years and includes a diverse background in coordinating, operating, selling, marketing and managing some of the top rated hotels in the industry. He has a proven track record of providing excellent customer service and delivering top and bottom line revenue performance.

“My favorite thing to do in Monterey is eat breakfast at Grandma's Kitchen, golf at Del Monte Golf Course, beers at Knuckles, and dinner at Heirloom Pizza.”

Tonya Hufford

Operations Team

Operations Supervisor Tonya Hufford, CMP

Tonya joined the Monterey Conference Center team in 2001 as an Event Coordinator and in 2018 she became the Operations Supervisor.  She is an active member for the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), Green Meeting Industry Council's (GMIC) and the Convention Industry Council (CIC). She is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and in 2014 became an inaugural graduate of GMIC's Sustainable Events Professional Certificate (SEPC) program.

“My favorite thing to do in Monterey is having a sunset bonfire at the beach with family and friends.”

Sales and Events Team

Olga Maximoff


Sales Coordinator Olga Maximoff

Olga joined the sales team in 2009. She brings her experience in hospitality, sales and catering/conferences services gained at other Monterey Peninsula properties, including Pebble Beach Resorts.  Olga enhances the sales efforts with her invaluable database administration knowledge.

“My favorite thing to do in Monterey is go to the beach and test the theory that every seventh wave is the biggest. Try it! You will find yourself in an amazing state of bliss.”

Paige Smith


Event Coordinator Paige Smith

Paige joined the Conference Center as the Event Coordinator in 2018. She has over ten years experience in the Hospitality Industry. Paige has worked with local wedding planners at various event properties as well as with high-profile hotels such as Cypress Inn and Carmel Valley Ranch. Her experience brings a well-rounded understanding of event practices and knows what it takes to produce successful events for the best client experience. 

"My favorite thing to do in Monterey is bring my family here to experience the local restaurants, beautiful scenery, and watching the ocean wildlife."  

Marc Rodriguez


Administrative Assistant Marc Rodriguez

Marc started in Monterey as a Guest Services Specialist at the Monterey Sports Center. He then took on a new challenge in the Public Works Department, assisting with operations at the U.S. Army Presidio of Monterey. Along with over four years of municipal government administrative and clerical experience. Marc also has a background in Community Health and Wellness as a CSUMB Kinesiology graduate, Go Otters!

"My favorite thing to do in Monterey is to run around the peninsula and spend as much time along the coastline. Lets go for a run!"