|Mark Vinciguerra will be joining the Phoenician in February as its
Managing Director. He joins from the Boulders Resort & Golden Door
Spa where he was the Regional Vice President and General Manager for four
years. His mission: bring back to Starwood the Fifth AAA Diamond lost by
the Phoenician in 2002 (the property received Five Stars from Mobil for
both the hotel and its star restaurant Mary Elaine¹s). Vinciguerra
will also oversee the construction of 155 luxury condominium units on the
grounds of the resort.
Kenneth Humes has joined RockResorts as General Manager of La Posada
de Santa Fe in New Mexico. Humes was previously with Pacific Union where
he was overseeing three of their properties, including flagship Meadowood.
Santa Fe is not completely new to him since he spent a couple of years
at the Eldorado Hotel in the mid eighties.
Michael French has been appointed Chief Operating Officer Resort
Operations for the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero,
New Mexico. He most recently was Senior Vice President of Operations
for four years at the Venetian Hotel Casino Resort in Las Vegas, responsible
for all gaming, hotel, food & beverage, engineering and security, plus
involvement in high-end player marketing. He also served as Senior Vice
President of Hotel Operations for Caesar¹s Palace in Las Vegas; Managing
Director for the former Loews Anatole in Dallas and Vice President/General
Manager at the Peabody Orlando. Brian Parrish has been appointed
Director of Resort Marketing for the Inn of the Mountain Gods. He too served
at the Venetian, where he was Vice President of Marketing for two years,
a position he had left to form his own marketing consulting group.
John Pye has been appointed President of Canada¹s Delta Hotels.
Most recently based in Scottsdale, with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts,
Pye was the Regional Vice-President and General Manager of the Five-Diamond
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for the past two-and-a-half years.
Arte Nathan has joined Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas as Senior Vice President/Chief
Human Resources Officer, after two years in consulting and outsourcing
with PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Nathan is back with Steven Wynn for
whom he worked for seventeen years. Nathan will be responsible for
all human resources activities related to the opening of Le Rêve
in Las Vegas in 2005 and Steve Wynn¹s 2000-room Macau hotel-casino
Eric Friden, owner of Santa Barbara¹s quaint (and dowdy) El Encanto
Hotel and Garden Villas since 1977, is preparing to undertake a $10 million-plus
restoration to bring it to a five-star status. He has hired Kerman Beriker
as Vice President/General Manager. Beriker once was the General Manager
of the Beverly Hills Hotel and managed a $150 million renovation for its
owner the Sultan of Brunei. Beriker also once was the General Manager of
the Hotel Bel-Air.
Raymond Grant has been named Executive Director of Sundance Village.
He previously served as a Managing Director of the Salt Lake Organizing
Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002 and, since 1998, as Artistic
Director of the 2002 Olympic Arts Festival.
Mike Islava is the new Director of Sales and Marketing for La Quinta
in Palm Springs. He took over from Bill Parr who has been named Director
of Sales and Marketing at the Givenchy Resort. Prior to La Quinta,
Parr held the same position at La Costa Resort & Spa for six years.
Islava comes from the Lodge at Rancho Mirage, a former Ritz-Carlton property.
He spent fourteen years with Ritz-Carlton.
Pat Mene left his position of Vice President of Programs and Standards
at Ritz-Carlton. Mene had led Ritz-Carlton¹s quality efforts for more
than twelve years and was instrumental in the company being awarded the
Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1992 and again in 1999.
Joseph Zaiden has been named General Manager of the Hilton Los Cabos
Beach & Golf Resort. He most recently served as General Manager
of the 260-room Conrad Hurghada Resort in Egypt, a position held since
Edward Mady has been named Vice President and Area General Manager for
the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Mady, who will continue as General Manager
at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, will now also oversee the Half Moon
Bay, Lake Las Vegas and Phoenix properties. He joined the Ritz-Carlton,
San Francisco in1997 as General Manager. Previously, he served as
General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton New York. His career with the
company began in 1988 as Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.
Didier Jardin has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage for the
Four Seasons New York, replacing Ruud Van Dijk, who was promoted to Shanghai
as Resident Manager. Jardin has been with Four Seasons since 1994, at the
Four Seasons Maui and the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Most recently he
was the Food and Beverage Director at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara. Like
the Four Seasons Santa Barbara, the Four Seasons New York belongs to Beanie
Baby tycoon Ty Warner.
Speaking of Ty Warner (dubbed "reclusive billionaire" by the Los Angeles
Times this month) he recently hired Alan Campey as special marketing consultant
for his hotel assets (which also include Montecito¹s San Ysidro Ranch).
Campey, a former Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Rosewood, was
also a founder of Noble House Hotels & Resorts.
Matthew Martinucci is the new Director of Sales and Marketing at the
Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. Martinucci was previously the Director of Sales
and Marketing with the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City.
Robert Cohn has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the
Adam¹s Mark in St. Louis. He was previously with Chateau Elan
Winery & Resort in Brazelton, Georgia and La Quinta in Palm Springs.
He also spent eight years with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.
Jennifer Alexy is the new Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton
Palm Beach. Alexy was previously the Director of Sales and Marketing at
the Hyatt Regency Jersey City. She is replacing Jay Marsella who left the
Martin Rhomberg has been appointed Director of Food & Beverage at
the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, replacing Jorge Moran who had been
there since the hotel opening. Originally from Austria, Rhomberg became
a Four Seasons employee when the company took over the Park Hyatt Buenos
Aires where he was the Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and
Beverage. He later transferred to the Four Seasons Caracas, a property
which is currently closed.
Tony Rodriguez has been appointed Director of Sales at the Four Seasons
Philadelphia. He was previously Group Sales Manager at the hotel and also
worked at the Four Seasons Houston as Corporate Sales Manager.
Philippe Larrieu is joining the pre-opening team at the Four Seasons
Great Exuma as Director of Food & Beverage in February. Larrieu was
previously Assistant Director of Food & Beverage at the Four Seasons
Hualalai. He began his career with Four Seasons in Beverly Hills in 1994.
Kimberly Simms has joined the spa management team at the upcoming Montage
Resort & Spa.
Simms has worked as a Spa Director at Le Mérigot and Loews in
Gregory French has been appointed Director of Golf Operations for Benchmark
Golf, a wholly owned subsidiary of Benchmark Hospitality. French was previously
Director of Operations for Western Golf Properties, in Scottsdale, where
he was responsible for six 18-hole golf courses.
Christophe Bonnegrace returns to Las Vegas where he has been appointed
Executive Chef at Little Buddha at the Palms. He worked in Las Vegas for
several years before, his latest position there was with the MGM Mirage
as Executive Sous Chef.
Olivier Carlos has been appointed Assistant Pastry Chef at the Paris
Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Carlos was previously Assistant Pastry
Chef at Fauchon in Paris and Executive Pastry Chef at the Cuisinart Resort
and Spa in Anguilla.
Albert Charbonneau has been appointed Assistant Director of Food and
Beverage at Shutters on the Beach. He was previously Restaurant Manager
at Raffles L¹Ermitage for one year. Prior to an opening stint at the
W Los Angeles, he was at L¹Orangerie for several years.
Jeff David has been named Food & Beverage Manager at Cap Juluca
in Anguilla. He comes from Little Dix Bay where he was the Food & Beverage
Manager. Prior to that, he was at the Four Seasons Boston, as Restaurant
Manager and Banquet Manager. His hospitality career began at the
Regent Beverly Wilshire.
Lucinda Gaudio is the Director of Sales at the Inter-Continental Central
Park South New York. She previously worked as Director of Sales at the
Lombardy for four years.
Christophe Chatron-Michaud has been appointed General Manager for Aureole
at the Mandalay Bay and Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.
He was previously with the MGM as Restaurant Director for the Mansion.
Chatron-Michaud also worked at New York¹s top restaurants Daniel,
Jean-Georges and Bouley.
Elena Mullican, formerly Director of Catering and Conference Services
at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, is now the Director of Catering and
Conference Services at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. She replaces Grant Dipman
who moves from Buckhead to the Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples.
Bradford Thompson is the new Chef de Cuisine at Mary Elaine¹s
at the Phoenician. He replaces James Boyce who is now at Montage Resort
& Spa in Laguna Beach. Thompson was previously with Restaurant Daniel
in New York and its sister property, DB Bistro Moderne.
Montage Resort & Spa has appointed Jonathan Pflueger as Executive
Chef. Previously the owner and founder of Vertical Restaurant & Wine
Bar in Laguna Beach, Pflueger was also the Executive Sous Chef of New York's
venerable Russian Tea Room and Executive Chef of the acclaimed Star of
the Sea Room in San Diego.
Also at Montage, Gregory Short will be the Chef de Cuisine at the Loft,
its casual restaurant. He comes from Napa Valley's French Laundry, where
he worked for more than five years. John Cuevas has been named Chef de
Cuisine for Studio, the resort's fine dining venue. Most recently, he was
chef de cuisine at Motif, the all-day restaurant at the St. Regis Monarch
Beach. Prior to that, he worked under James Boyce as a Sous Chef at the
Phoenician's Mary Elaine's and as a Sous Chef at the Market Cafe at Loews
Coronado Bay Resort.
Christopher Coon has been named Wine Director at Montage Resort &
Spa. Previously the Cellar Master at the Phoenician, Coon was also a Sommelier
at Restaurant Aureole at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and served as
a Wine Captain and Sommelier at the Ventana Room at the Loews Ventana Canyon
Resort in Tucson.
Jeffrey Durham, formally Managing Director for the Doral Park Avenue
in New York for the past three years, has been appointed General Manager
of the Westin Hotel Morristown, a property operated by Interstate Hotels
Austrian born Josef Tueschler has joined the Sandy Lane culinary team
as Executive Pastry Chef. Tueschler was formerly Executive Pastry Chef
at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara.
Ann Brockett has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the Hilton
Crystal City. She previously held the same position at the Sofitel Washington
Elegant Hotels Group has promoted Cheryl Kasprzycki to the position
of Director of Sales and Marketing, North America. Prior to this appointment,
Kasprzycki was the company's Sales Manager for the Northeast region, USA.
Matthew Kurylo has been named Associate Director of Sales for KSL's
La Costa Resort and Spa. He was most recently National Sales Manager for
the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego.
At the Wyndham Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Larry
Rose has been appointed General Manager and Doug McLain has been named
Director of Sales. Additionally, Tim Corder has been named Director
of Sales at the Wyndham Orlando Resort. Prior to joining the Wyndham Bonaventure,
Rose served as General Manager at the Wyndham Greenspoint in Houston and
Hotel Manager of the Wyndham Philadelphia. McLain comes to the resort from
the Wyndham Palace Resort & Spa in the Walt Disney World Resort where
he served as Director of Group Sales. Corder served as Director of Sales
and Marketing for the Renaissance Worldgate Hotel in Orlando.
Sammy Afif is the new Director of Food and Beverage at the Roosevelt
in Hollywood. Afif was previously in the same capacity for Le Méridien
Beverly Hills and the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel and Spa.
Also at the Roosevelt, Kelly Fogarty who was the Director of Sales and
Marketing at the hotel left to join the Kor Group¹s Sheraton Four
Points in Santa Monica after only three months. She was previously with
the Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills.
Virginia Dunder is the new Director of Housekeeping at the Standard
Hollywood. Until December she held the same position at Le Méridien
Beverly Hills for three years. Dunder also ran housekeeping at El Encanto
in Santa Barbara and at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Martha Ansotigue has been promoted to Corporate Director, Revenue Management
for Noble House Hotels and Resorts. Most recently, she was the East Coast
Regional Director of Revenue for Noble House, based in Naples, Florida.
Prior to joining the company, she was with Starwood Hotels and Resorts
for five years.
Also at Noble House, Terri Wainscott has been promoted to Regional Director
of Revenue Management for the Florida Collection. Prior to joining LaPlaya
Beach & Golf Resort in June of this year, Wainscott was Director of
Rooms at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, and has held sales and revenue positions
with Ritz-Carlton, Hilton and Radisson.
Frank Fredericks, formerly with the Monarch in Washington DC, is the
new Director of Sales & Marketing at the Wild Dunes Resort near Charleston,
Stephen Webb, General Manager of the Hotel Grand Pacific, in Victoria,
Canada, recently announced the addition of two members to the hotel's management
team: Erin Van Zant as the Director of Human Resources and Emory Haines
as Director of Food and Beverage.
Marriott has appointed Tim Herrman Marketing Director at the Renaissance
Hollywood. Herrman was previously employed with Marriott International
in a variety of positions, including Director of Catering at the Philadelphia
Marriott. His most recent position was with the Philadelphia Convention
and Visitors Bureau. He replaces Tom Santora who left to join the Kor Group
as their Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Silks, the restaurant at the Mandarin-Oriental San Francisco needs better
karma: two Chefs de Cuisine came and left in the past seven months: Rick
Gonzalez was the top whisk from June to September. His successor Christophe
Vessaire left in December. The latter incidentally had logged a mere six
months in a similar capacity at sister property the Kahala Mandarin-Oriental
Terry Clark has joined the 302-room Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica,
as Sales Manager, Midwest, Southeast and Incentives. The hotel also has
named Julie Shkolnik, Sales Manager, Business Travel, and Jessica Sindoni,
Sales Manager, Small Meetings.
Jeremy Kirsch has joined the 415-room Monarch Hotel in Washington, D.C.
as Corporate Sales Manager.
Mya Lake Reyes has joined the 5,034-room MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
in Las Vegas as Sales and Communications Manager.
Eldridge Mayor-Parry has been promoted to Director of Sales, Western
and Central region, USA, for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. The position
will be based in Los Angeles.
Robert McPherrin has been appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing
for the 1,510-room Gaylord Opryland Texas Resort & Convention Center
in Grapevine, Texas, which opens in April 2004.
Ileana Rousseau has been named Director of Sales for the 471-room St.
Kitts Marriott Royal Beach Resort.
Brian Gullbrandts, previously Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
has been appointed pre-opening General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Orlando.
He will be reporting to a Managing Director who will oversee both the Ritz-Carlton
and the JW Marriott within the same complex. This leaves the Ritz-Carlton
Kapalua without a General Manager and without a Hotel Manager.
Also at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, John Zaner has been appointed Executive
Chef, taking over from Steven Marshall who moved on to open the Ritz-Carlton
Lake Las Vegas. Zaner was previously with KSL Resorts for almost ten years,
most recently at the Arizona Biltmore and the Grand Wailea Resort as Executive
Charles Lennox III has resigned from the Regent Beverly Wilshire a mere
nine months after joining the property as Director of Food and Beverage.
He previously was the opening Director of Food and Beverage for the St
Regis Monarch Beach Resort.
Steven Conte has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the Melrose
in New York (formerly known as the Barbizon). He re-joined his former General
Manager from the United Nations Plaza Hotel, Geoffrey Mills. Until earlier
this month Conte was the Director of Human Resources at the Regent Wall
Christophe Le Chatton is leaving the Waldorf=Astoria after six years
as Director of Food and Beverage Operations and has been named Executive
Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont Royal
York in Toronto. Le Chatton previously worked in Toronto for several years
with Four Seasons.
Marc Felix, formerly the Chef de Cuisine at the Oak Room at New York¹s
Plaza, has been named Chef de Cuisine at Faust's in the Adam's Mark St.
Louis. He was recruited by the Adam¹s Mark new General Manager Jeffrey
Jacobs, formerly the Executive Director of Food and Beverage at the Plaza.