LONGWOOD venues+destinations Names New President and Managing Partner



Boston, MA, April 22, 2014

LONGWOOD venues+destinations has appointed Belinda M. Kracunas as its President and Managing Partner. Belinda M. Kracunas joined the high-profile event company in 2010 and will continue to lead 350+ team members from the Boston headquarters and oversee a variety of hospitality projects nationwide, setting her eyes especially for New York City.

“Belinda has been a driving force behind LONGWOOD ever since she came aboard,” said Jim Apteker, founder of LONGWOOD. “We are confident that as a President and Managing Partner, Belinda will bring LONGWOOD to even higher levels. Belinda is building an incredibly strong team of crème de la crème professionals and is setting it up for successful, accelerated growth. We are looking forward to LONGWOOD’s bright future under her helm. ”

“Belinda is an extraordinary role model for all of us — her professionalism, people management talent, business sense, exceptional personal style and unwavering work ethics are worth admiration and following in every sense,” said Alina Apteker, Creative Director.

Belinda M. Kracunas currently oversees all LONGWOOD venues, from Boston’s State Room through Alden Castle, Belle Mer in Newport, RI, to Wychmere Beach Club on Cape Cod.

“I am honored to work with such amazing people with a true passion for what we do; I am very excited at what the future holds for all of us,” says Belinda M. Kracunas.

Belinda M. Kracunas brings over 20 years of luxury events and catering leadership to LONGWOOD. Previously, she served as Director of Catering and Conference Service, Northeast Region for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurant Group. At Kimpton, Belinda M. Kracunas was on the opening task force team for new properties across the country, including San Diego, Miami, DC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, NY, Dallas, Aspen, and Boston and sat on Kimpton’s Earth Care Advisory Board.

Belinda’s lifelong adventure in hospitality, sales, and catering started at Marriott Conference Centers in Illinois and continued in Boston at the Newton, Copley and Cambridge Marriott Hotels. Belinda M. Kracunas resides in Cohasset, MA with her husband and two young children.


LONGWOOD venues+destinations curates a portfolio of event venues with distinctly different personalities: Urban Chic at State Room, Downtown Boston; Seaside Glamour at Belle Mer, Newport; Simply Beach at Wychmere Beach Club, Cape Cod; and Modern Vintage at Alden Castle, Boston. Jim Apteker is the company’s Founder and CEO; Belinda Mazarello-Kracunas is the President and Managing Partner; and Chef David Blessing is the Culinary Arts Director. LONGWOOD venues+destinations revolutionized the private event scene by opening the first boutique event space in Boston, favored by celebrities and influential event planners.

To learn more about LONGWOOD, please visit http://www.longwoodevents.com

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