Westin hires new sales director

William "Skip" James is the new director of sales and marketing at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.

He comes to the 412-room oceanfront resort with more than 17 years of sales experience and has won awards that include Starwood Sales Leader of the Year in 2005 and 2008 and Sales Team of the Year in 2006, Westin officials announced.

He was most recently director of sales and marketing at The Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio.

He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Oklahoma State University, where he played baseball and was part of the 1993 College World Series.