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Meet Our Events Team

Dedicated to creating memorable events in the San Diego area, the Grande Colonial team is ready to plan your next gathering. From beautiful venues to outstanding cuisine, we ensure that every meeting and event lives up to our tradition of elegance and hospitality.
Leo Lopez The Grande Colonial, 910 Prospect Street La Jolla, California 92037, USA

Leo Lopez

Director of Sales
Leo Lopez joined the Grande Colonial team as Director of Sales in March of 2016. In this position, he leads and manages all day-to-day activities related to the sales and catering sales functions, focusing on the group market. Before joining the Grande Colonial, Leo spent more than 16 years working at another La Jolla hotel, where he worked his way up from a Banquet Captain to Director of Group Sales.

He is a native of San Diegan, bringing a wealth of knowledge about the San Diego and La Jolla markets to the sales team. In 2019, he was named San Diego's ‘Site Experience Salesperson of the Quarter' by the San Diego Tourism Authority. A graduate of San Diego State University, Leo holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics.

He and his wife Julia live in Eastlake with their daughter and two sons. When not working or busy with his family, Leo enjoys good food, wine, sports, exercise, taking advantage of the San Diego lifestyle, and, of course, staying current on hospitality and meetings industry trends. He looks forward to building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with the customers of the Grande Colonial hotel.
Daisy Carrillo The Grande Colonial, 910 Prospect Street La Jolla, California 92037, USA

Daisy Carrillo

Catering Sales & Service Manager
Daisy Carrillo became a member of the Grande Colonial's sales and catering team in May of 2021. A native of Los Angeles, she entered the hospitality industry as a Sales & Marketing Assistant for a regional restaurant group. She quickly moved up to a Regional Catering Sales Manager, where she spent the next three years. Daisy ventured south to San Diego to further her career as a Catering Sales Manager.

She joined a boutique property in the historic Old Town national park and worked in Catering Sales at another property in San Diego's Mission Valley. In each position, she developed a passion for interacting with guests, planning, and executing events of all sizes, from Bat and Bar Mitzvahs to corporate meetings and wedding celebrations.

Daisy is exceptionally family-orientated, spending as much time as possible with her family. In addition, she loves to travel, go on adventures around the city, and visit trendy restaurants. She looks forward to creating truly memorable events through her precision to detail, flawless execution, and ensuring every guest who comes across the Grande Colonial feels like a true VIP.
Paloma Connolly The Grande Colonial, 910 Prospect Street La Jolla, California 92037, USA

Paloma Connolly

Sales & Catering Administrative Assistant
Paloma Connolly became a member of the Grande Colonial's sales and catering team in July of 2021, after working in sales and event catering services for California's Best Catering & Events and Viejas Casino & Resort. She began her hospitality industry career, completing several internships while attending San Diego State University. In 2020, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, emphasizing on Meetings and Events.
A native of San Diego, Paloma spends much of her free time volunteering for a variety of community events and organizations, including Jamul Fest, and Little Italy's Solo Italiano. She is also an active member of the San Diego Chapter of Meeting Planners International. She enjoys exploring, eating, and thrifting around San Diego, when not working or volunteering. Paloma is the anchor of the Grande Colonial's sales and catering department, ensuring all travel arrangements for in-house groups and corporate clientele are seamlessly executed.