IT'S WONDERFUL TO MEET YOU!

At Destination Southwest, we thrive on creating and facilitating unique and memorable experiences for our guests and clients. From travel, logistics, event management, and everything in between, we love what we do and that love shows through our work. 

We are proud to be a local New Mexican, woman owned, and operated business.

Get to know more about our team below. 

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Sheli Hinds Armstrong

Owner & CEO

Sheli Hinds Armstrong has over 30 years of experience in hospitality sales, marketing, tourism and special event management.

 

At the age of 22, Sheli began her career at the legendary Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona, while completing her education at Arizona State University. Her career ramped into high gear, taking her to several of the country’s finest destination cities and world-class resorts with Marriott International, including Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert. She then spent over a decade with Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Resort Company, where she was trusted with business for some of their top California luxury properties, including Laguna Niguel, San Francisco and Half Moon Bay.

 

While with the Ritz-Carlton, she also was a trainer for the organization and taught leadership and management to incoming industry professionals.

While with Restaurant Associates Inc. in Los Angeles, she managed extravagant events for the Los Angeles Music Center, whose venues included the LA Philharmonic, LA Opera and Center Theatre Group. Sheli’s notable galas include the Academy Awards’ Governors Ball, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Entertainment Industry Foundation’s A Tribute to Style on Rodeo Drive. Sheli has worked closely with celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and Piero Selvaggio, often designing and creating custom event menus.

Sheli returned to her native New Mexico to continue her expertise is hospitality Sales & Marketing for several high-end hotels including Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, Eldorado Hotel & Spa, and Inn and Spa at Loretto. She was also the Director of Operations for the acclaimed Geronimo Restaurant in Santa Fe. There she worked with the late and well loved, Chef Eric DiStefano, who was also owner and chef of Coyote Café. Soon after Sheli joined Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm in Rancho de Albuquerque and was instrumental in developing their property which has been on the Foder’s 100 List of best international hotels.

In 2010, Sheli founded SoireeQ, LLC which specialized in event design and hospitality development and consulting. She continued to work with boutique hotel properties in Santa Fe, Amelia Island and Northern Ireland. She then took her talents to Visit Albuquerque, DMO, in National Sales and Marketing, which brought her full circle in the hospitality industry.

Proudly, Sheli is the owner and CEO of Destination Southwest, 

and a published hospitality and special event writer specializing in developing marketing, promotional and publicity initiatives.

Sheli sits on the board of directors for New Mexico Ballet Company. She was also National President of Project Cuddle, a nationwide California-based non-profit organization, board member with Vintage Albuquerque and Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. She is also a member of Skal International, NTA, SYTA and the New Mexico Hospitality Association.

Sheli’s true joy is being the mother of her 14 year old daughter, Addison Grace.

Jory Slingerland

Operations and Logistics Manager

Jory has been an honorary DSW team member since she was a little girl. Her mom, a DSW guide, introduced Jory to the significance of group travel and events at a young age. After obtaining her degree in communication studies at NMSU in 2014, Jory moved to Steamboat Springs in Colorado where she worked as the Coordinator of Student Activities and Summer Conferences at Colorado Mountain College, and as the Event Coordinator at Alpine Bank. In 2018, she returned home to New Mexico and became an official member of the DSW family, jumping right in to managing large and small group events and outbound and inbound tours.

 

When Jory isn't working, you can find her paddle boarding in regional lakes and rivers, playing tennis, at the nearest Maroon 5 concert, and spending quality time with her family, boyfriend, and fur baby Denali.

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Jackie Truitt

Operations and Logistics Manager

Jackie’s professional career has always been hospitality and tourism focused. Since graduating from Arizona Culinary Institute in 2011, Jackie has worked in restaurants and hotels in a number of supportive, supervisory, and managerial roles. Following a life changing three months volunteering on farms and traveling throughout Europe in the summer of 2015, Jackie shifted gears and became an International Tour Management Institute Certified Tour Director and Guide. Since, she has led group tours for both adults and students across the United States and Canada. In the summer of 2019 she joined the DSW team as an Operations and Logistics Manager.

 

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling the world, watching Premier League matches, camping and adventuring with her dog and soon-to-be husband, and is pursuing a degree in Archeaology and History from the University of New Mexico. 

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142 Truman St. NE Suite B

Albuquerque | NM | 87108

505.766.9068

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