We would like to take an opportunity to allow you to get to know us. After all, we will be with you every step of the way as we help you plan your next event at Mission Point Resort.
Senior Sales Manager - Association Markets
Debbie is responsible for selling the resort to groups who have a need and interest in destination meetings. Her target market is primarily the association and corporate. For over ten years, she has been building relationships with clients by communicating openly and honestly with over three and a half of those years at Mission Point Resort.
Debbie thinks she was either a fish or a duck in a past life because she absolutely loves the water! There is nothing more beautiful & peaceful than looking out at the water. Being able to work for Mission Point allows her to enjoy the beauty & peace while sharing it with others.
Daily she finds herself thinking about how lucky she is to have found a wonderful husband, who has given her the experience of motherhood to her beautiful children Ellen and Ryan. She also loves her two black labs who bring entertainment and activity into her house and enjoys yoga and meditation.
Nicole Nation, CMP
Senior Sales Manager - SMERF Markets
In January 2012, Mission Point resort welcomed back Nicole Nation! Nicole worked for Mission Point Resort from 2002 to 2006 managing the corporate market. Currently, Nicole is responsible for our SMERF and Corporate markets.
Nicole’s hospitality experience includes an internship at Disney World where she helped to open the Grand Floridian and worked at the Front Desk of Fort Wilderness. Most recently, Nicole managed the education, transient and SMERF accounts at the Athenium Suite Hotel and Conference Center, a luxury hotel property in downtown Detroit. Nicole is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with a real estate license and a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality from Ferris State.
Nicole is very family-oriented, enjoying time with her twelve-year old daughter and her large extended family. Nicole and her husband also spend time watching her daughter play basketball and baseball. Nicole's pastimes include bowling on a league and traveling Michigan's west side.
Nicole enjoys working with the Mission Point Resort team. "The team work is demonstrated every day and makes me feel like I am part of something special.”About Mackinac Island and Mission Point Resort Nicole says, “One of the prettiest sites I have ever seen was facing the water at Mission Point in January. There was a full moon and the sky was bright midnight blue. I could see large ice drifting in the water and the snow drifts on land were probably twelve feet in some areas. As I looked out to take in all this wonder a part of this beauty stayed with me and keeps me excited to play a role in helping other people to have their own breathtaking moments and making their own memories at the resort. I love Mackinac Island."
Leah Pierce, CMP
National Sales Manager - Corporate Markets
Leah is the newest member of our team, handling the Corporate and Incentive market segments. She joined the Mission Point Resort sales team in March of 2015. Leah handles our corporate sales. Her past experience includes working for BOYNE Resorts for 13+ years as a National Sales Manager. Leah received her certification as a Certified Meeting Professional in January of 2014.
Leah has brought her enthusiasm for sales along with her outdoor active lifestyle to the Mission Point family. She enjoys a multitude of activities including skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking and going for runs with her Great Dane and Yellow Lab. Leah is excited for the opportunity to strengthen old relationships and create new, while representing our fabulous resort. With her dedication, customer service and knowledge, we know that she will make Mission Point proud. Leah has lived in northern Michigan for 20+ years and enjoys spending time with her friends along with boyfriend Jared and his daughter Addison.
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Director of Sales, Marketing, and Revenue
Stephen Merriman leads all sales related activities at Mission Point. He first begain working with Mission Point Resort in 2010 as part of a multi-property leadership role where he was leading all marketing and revenue management functions for Mission Point Resort as well as The Chanler at Cliff Walk and La Farge Perry House in Newport, Rhode Island. He left the hotel side of the Hospitality Industry for a short time in 2013 and 2014. In January of 2015, Mission Point Resort was delighted to bring him back to lead the Sales, Marketing, and Reservations departments of the resort.
Prior to his work at Mission Point, Stephen was the Director of Marketing at a Four Star/Four Diamond golf resort in Orlando, Florida. He is native to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where he attended the University of Pittsburgh.
Stephen is proud to be part of the Mission Point Resort team. "Mission Point Resort has put together an award winning team, and I am delighted to be part of this family. This is an exciting time for Mission Point with the many investments and upgrades that are in store for returning groups and guests in 2015 and for years to come," he says.