|Carlos Lopes is the new Managing Director at the Hotel Bel-Air, in
Los Angeles, replacing Frank Bowling who resigned in February. Lopes, a
native of Lisbon, was until recently the Chief Operating Officer of Rockresorts,
a brand he resurrected two years ago. He also was Co-Chairman of Unique
Hotels and Resorts. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Lopes was a senior
marketing officer first with Four Seasons, later with Rosewood.
Rudy Tauscher has left Trump International New York where he has been
replaced by Tom Downing. Downing was previously the Director of Rooms Operations
at Trump and was promoted. Tauscher had been at the helm of Trump International
since 1997, following a two-year stint as Resident Manager at the Peninsula
Mark Hodgdon has left his position of Managing Director at Salt Lake
City¹s Grand America Hotel now that the 2002 Winter Olympics are over
and ownership has assumed responsibility for their business. He is not
the only one leaving, as others departed including Thomas Ryan, Executive
Chef, Rebecca Cecil, Public Relations Manager, Clinton Fowler, Banquet
Manager. Steven Holding, son of owner Earl Holding, has been named General
Dietmar Wertanzl has been appointed Senior Vice President of Fleet Operations,
for Celebrity Cruises. He joins from Crystal Cruises, where he was Senior
Vice President of Hotel Operations, and had a nine-year career. Prior
to that, Wertanzl logged six years with Royal Viking Line. He also was
involved in the initial start-up phase of Celebrity.
At Ritz-Carlton, General Manager Todd Harris (a Cornell Hotel School
graduate) moves from the Ritz-Carlton Seoul to be the opening General Manager
at the soon to be Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch Resort near Vail, Colorado.
His successor in Seoul will be Charles de Foucault, currently the General
Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey. Ritz-Carlton General
Manager Michel Goget moves from Dearborn to Tysons Corner. He replaces
Michael Carsh, who moves from Tysons Corner to Key Biscayne. The opening
General Manager at Key Biscayne, John Cotrel, was promoted to Ritz-Carlton's
corporate office as Vice President of Standards. Goget originally
joined Ritz-Carlton in September 1999, after five years in Europe with
Dolce International, and four years at Disneyland Paris.
Jim Hollister is General Manager of the 353-room Wyndham Buttes Resort
in Tempe, Arizona. Hollister comes from West Hollywood, where he
was the General Manager of the Wyndham Bel Age. Prior to that, he was the
General Manager of the Wyndham San Diego at Emerald Plaza for five years.
Jennifer McMahon has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing
for Boston¹s Nine Zero, opening in June. Prior to joining Nine
Zero, she served as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Muse in New
York. Before the Muse, she was Director of Group Sales for the Roosevelt
also in New York. McMahon is familiar with the Boston market, having
served as Director of Group Sales and Director of Catering at the Charles,
Director of Catering at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, and Catering Manager
at the Royal Sonesta. Also at Nine Zero, Donna Winkley has been hired
as Senior Sales Manager. Prior to joining, she served as a Sales
Manager for the Westin Copley Place Boston. Rounding up the sales team
at Nine Zero is Kanako Hachiya, Sales Manager, who comes from the Hiltons
of Boston, and the Westin Copley Place.
Joseph Nase has been named General Manager of Aqua at the St Regis Monarch
Beach, replacing Ronan Hénaff who left for New York, and Patrick
Yumul. Prior to joining Aqua, Nase served as Director of Wine & Spirits
for the Pebble Beach Company and, before that, worked as Wine Director
of the four-star Lespinasse in New York. His wife Janice Nase joins as
Assistant Manager at Aqua.
Sylvain Boussard has been hired by Orient-Express as Food and Beverage
Manager for the Hotel Monasterio del Cusco (a Leading Hotel of the World),
in Peru. For the past two years, he was in a similar position at
the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort in Bora Bora.
Paul Hanley has been named Ramada Franchise Systems President &
Chief Executive Officer, replacing Steven Belmonte, who is leaving the
company. Prior to that, Hanley was President & Chief Operating Officer
of Regent International Hotels from 1996 to 2000, Executive Vice President
of Operations for Radisson Hotels International from 1994 to 1996 and Vice
President of Sales for Radisson from 1993 to 1994. Hanley, 52, received
his bachelor of science in hotel administration from Cornell University.
Sedona Resort Management has named William Dougherty Director of Sales
for the Tides Inn. Prior to joining the Tides Inn, Dougherty spent ten
years at The Plaza, New York, most recently as Director of Sales.
Clyde Min has been named Vice President of Hospitality for Colonial
Williamsburg. He joins from the Disney organization where he spent seven
years in Japan and Orlando. Min previously was the General Manager of the
Marina Mandarin Singapore, following a stint as General Manager of the
Hotel Hana Maui, when that property was managed by Rosewood. Daniel Mann
is gone as General Manager of the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center.
Dominique Marty has been transferred by Interstate Hotels to Hotel Manager
of the 900-room Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, from the Laguna Cliffs
Marriott in Dana Point. Marty has been with Interstate since 1993, following
a nine-year stint with Ritz-Carlton.
David Dudar, a Cornell hotel school graduate, has been named head of
marketing for Rockresorts and the Vail Resorts Lodging Company. He most
recently was Director of Marketing for Park Hyatt Hotels.
Kevin Ball has been appointed General Manager of the Peery Hotel in
Salt Lake City by the Boutique Hotel Group. He was previously General Manager
at the Bodega Bay Lodge and Spa and Hotel Manager at the Stanford Park
Hotel in Menlo Park. The Boutique Hotel Group has named Michael Murphy
Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining, he was
the Chief Executive Officer of Triquest. He also was Senior Vice President,
Acquisitions for Boykin Lodging Company.
Uwe Roehricht has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager in charge
of Food and Beverage at the Tremont Plaza and its sister property the Tremont
Suites, in Baltimore. He most recently was Director of Operations for De
Castro Restaurants, and had spent two and a half years as Director
of Food and Beverage at the Harbor Court.
Ralph Noblet has been named Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at the
Four Seasons Dallas. Previously he was the Director of Food and Beverage
at the Méridien Dallas for two and a half years.
At the Sofitel Lafayette Square, due to open two blocks away from the
White House in June, Pamela Feick has been hired as Director of Sales and
Marketing. She joins from Washington¹s Jefferson Hotel where she held
the same position. Still at the Sofitel Lafayette Square, Nicolas Sangros
has been named Restaurant Director, in charge of launching the hotel gourmet
restaurant, which will use French Three-Michelin-Starred chef Antoine Westermann
as consulting chef. Sangros, who worked several years at Michel Richard¹s
Citronelle and at Jean-Georges, was most recently the General Manager of
Annabelle¹s in Naples, Florida.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announced the appointment of Kevin Kelly,
Executive Director, business transient sales. Kelly joins Fairmont
from Wyndham International where he held the position of Vice President
- Business Travel since April 1999. Prior to that, he spent eleven years
with Hilton Hotels Corporation.
Roger Carr, head of security and locks group Chubb, is to take over
from Sir Ian Prosser as chairman of Six Continents, when Prosser retires
next year, after fifteen years with the company.
At the Pinehurst Company, Jack Bickart, former Daufuskie Island Vice-President
of Sales will move to Barton Creek, where he becomes Vice-President of
Sales. Terry Pate, formerly Vice-President of Sales at Barton Creek, is
now Regional Vice-President of Sales for The Pinehurst Company.
Jean-Christophe Basseau, Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach,
is building up his culinary team: Lamberto Valdez joined as Restaurant
Chef. He had worked with Basseau ten years ago at the former Méridien
Newport Beach, where he was most recently the Executive Sous Chef. Christopher
Mayo, who has worked the past ten years at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner,
joined the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach as Banquet Chef.
Robert McPherrin has been appointed Regional Director of Sales and Marketing
for Six Continents in the North East region. Prior to this appointment,
McPherrin was the Executive Director of Hotel Marketing for Treasure Island
in Las Vegas. Prior to his job at Treasure Island, he was the Director
of Marketing for the Inter-Continental Chicago.
Viva Resorts has promoted Omar Estévez to Vice President of Operations.
Prior to his promotion, Estévez was the Regional Director for Viva
Resorts in Mexico. He originally joined the company in 1988, as Resident
Manager of Viva Resorts¹ Club Viva Dominicus Beach.
William Sherer is Sommelier at Atelier, the restaurant of the soon-to-open
Ritz-Carlton New York at Central Park South. He was previously the Corporate
Sommelier at Aqua in San Francisco.