Experienced Local Joins Hilton Team

When it comes to sterling service in a beautiful setting, Hilton Ocala is an unmatched destination. Whether the event is an important business conference or a special private function, the sophisticated hotel is an ideal location for wonderful dining, top-notch service and exceptional professionalism.


It’s little wonder then that the Hilton Ocala team recently welcomed Marge Newsom-Felix as its new director of catering and special events. Marge has spent decades in the hospitality business, most recently at her popular restaurant, Felix’s, on Silver Springs Boulevard, and brings a wealth of experience to her new position.


“I arrived in Ocala 16 years ago from Gainesville where I worked in the hotel business, planning conferences for both Shands and the University of Florida,” Marge says. “I was also very involved in planning large, upscale weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other private events.”



After moving to Ocala, Marge worked as the managing partner of Bella Luna Café for six years. She then opened her own restaurant, Felix’s, with her husband in the Historic 1890 House, and the eatery quickly became a popular culinary destination.


“Both in our private rooms throughout the restaurant and through our catering division, I worked to create many special, memorable events for our guests,” Marge says.


In fact, the management team Marge is joining at Hilton Ocala, including Executive Chef Randal White, Director of Banquets & Operations Charlie Dilebrio and Director of Sales and Marketing Deborah Fulgoni, couldn’t be more pleased to have such an experienced and popular local coming onboard.


“By bringing Marge aboard to join our efforts,” says Debbie, “we have now unquestionably come full circle in providing our guests everything they could want and more from their event experience.”


Collectively, the Hilton Ocala team boasts over 80 years in the hospitality industry and has the unparalleled experience to not only host but create unforgettable events for its clients.


“I’m looking forward to getting involved in our community once again,” Marge says with a smile, “and seeing many special familiar faces as well as meeting new ones.”

Hilton Ocala
3600 SW 36th Avenue, Ocala
(352) 854-1400
hiltonocala.com

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