|Linda Adams passed away at her home in Laguna Niguel after a brief
illness. For those of us who had the privilege of working with her, she
encompassed the very definition of the ideal Public Relations executive:
she saw to it that her clients gained maximum exposure. Yet, unlike so
many in her profession, Linda never allowed herself to share the limelight
with her clients or employers. I worked with Linda at Halekulani. She also
opened the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel and was the Corporate Director of
Marketing for Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts. A talented writer, an avid
skier, wine connoisseur and a competitive tennis player, Linda most recently
operated her own marketing and public relations firm handling such clients
as the St Regis Monarch Beach and the Island of Catalina. She died as she
had lived, with utmost discretion.
James FitzGibbon has been appointed Executive Vice President of Worldwide
Operations for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. He previously served as
the Division President of Asia/Pacific Hotel Operations. Prior to that,
he served in various roles in Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia and Dallas
Four Seasons properties.
Nicholas Mutton has been appointed Executive Vice President of Worldwide
Human Resources & Administration at Four Seasons. He will be replacing
John Young, who is retiring. A true veteran of the company, Mutton previously
served as Senior Vice President of the Americas (East Coast) Hotel Operations
division. He also served as General Manager for Four Seasons properties
in Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle and Chicago.
Duffy Keys is leaving Four Seasons after twenty years. He joined Four
Seasons in 1983 as Director of Marketing at the Mandalay Four Seasons in
Dallas (now the Omni Mandalay), and went on to become Vice President, Field
Marketing. In 1993, Keys became Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Asia
Pacific. In 1999, he was made Senior Vice President in charge of Four Seasons¹
Residence Clubs division.
John Davison has been appointed Senior Vice President Residence Clubs,
taking over from Keys. Immediately prior to joining Four Seasons in August
2002, he managed his own Consulting and Investment Business, following
a long career with Imax Corporation, where he held a number of executive
positions in Toronto and New York.
William Anderson has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at the Core
Club in New York. Most recently, he was a Managing Consultant at
Meadowood. Prior to that, Anderson held the position of Chief Executive
Officer at Island Outpost in Miami.
Sandra Ward has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Human Resources
for Four Seasons. She previously served as Vice President of International
Human Resources for the company and was based in Washington DC. Ward previously
worked her way through Four Seasons properties in Philadelphia, Boston
and Washington DC.
Stephen Judge, formerly Vice President Food and Beverage, has been promoted
to Vice President Operations for Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. He took the
position left vacant two years ago when Alphy Johnson was transferred to
Luis Fernandes has been appointed Managing Director at Las Ventanas
Al Paraiso in Los Cabos. He originally joined Rosewood as Executive Assistant
Manager at the Hotel Al Khozama in Riyadh. Most recently, he was the Managing
Director at Rosewood¹s Dharmawangsa in Jakarta.
Asaad Farag has been promoted to the position of General Manager at
the Regent Wall Street. He originally joined the hotel in 2002 as Executive
Assistant Manager. Farag also was the opening General Manager of the Stirling
Club in Las Vegas.
Farag takes over at the Regent from Christopher Knable. Knable is now
the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cipriani Knable International,
in partnership with Giuseppe Cipriani. Their first Cipriani hotel is due
to open in November in Punta Del Este. The group also just opened a Cipriani
club on Hong Kong.
Paul Ratchford has been appointed General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton
Half Moon Bay, filling the position left vacant when John Berndt left the
company. A former Vice President Operations for the Pebble Beach Company,
Ratchford was most recently the Managing Director of the Argent in San
Francisco, for Destination Hotels and Resorts.
Kate Monahan-Berry (Cornell class of ¹81) is the new General Manager
at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. She previously assumed the position
of General Manager at Bacara in Santa Barbara, which she left following
John Rolfs (Cornell Class of ¹74) goes from opening both Ritz-Carltons
in Boston to handling all three Ritz-Carlton properties in New Orleans.
He replaces John Russell.
At the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common, Paul Puzzanghero has been named General
Manager, while Erwin Schinnerl takes the helm at the Ritz-Carlton Boston.
Jean Cohen, long an Area Vice President for Ritz-Carlton on the East
Coast and Midwest, has opted for single unit responsibilities as General
Manager and Vice President of the soon-to-open Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman.
Greg Champion has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Tiburon
Hospitality Management. He has spent his entire 20-year career in hotel
management and operations, most recently as the Executive Vice President
of Noble House Hotels & Resorts. Prior to joining Noble House, Champion
served as General Manager for six years at Sheraton Anchorage.
Jamie Yarrow will be opening the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole as
Resort Manager. Most recently, Yarrow served as the Resort Manager at the
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. Prior to opening Scottsdale, Yarrow
started as a lifeguard at the Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara, before
moving up the ladder, and transferring to the Four Seasons Boston as Assistant
Housekeeping Manager, eventually becoming Director of Rooms.
Wyndham International has named Stephen Eberhart General Manager of
the Wyndham Buttes Resort. Eberhart will also continue his duties as an
Area Director of Operations in Arizona and Colorado. He joined Wyndham
in 1984, holding various Food and Beverage and Catering positions at the
Wyndham Franklin Plaza in Philadelphia.
At the Peninsula Chicago, Colm O¹Callaghan has been named Resident
Manager and Jonathan Crook Manager of Food and Beverage. O¹Callaghan
joined the hotel as Director of Food and Beverage in October 2002. Formerly
the Executive Director of Food and Beverage for the St. Regis New York,
O¹Callaghan has also served as Director of Food and Beverage at the
New York Palace, Merv Griffin¹s Beverly Hilton, the Mandarin-Oriental
San Francisco and the Westwood Marquis. Crook, formerly the Assistant Director
of Food and Beverage at the hotel, originally joined the group at the Peninsula
André Boersma is the new Resident Manager at One and Only Palmilla.
Previously, he was in a similar position at the Fiesta Americana in Cabo
San Luca. Boersma, a true expert of the Baja region, was also, as Resident
Manager, part of the pre-opening team at Esperanza.
Susan Ward-Freeman has been named Hotel Manager of the Sam Houston Hotel.
This follows a three-year stint as Director of Sales and Marketing at the
St Regis Houston. Ward also held the same position at the Four Seasons
Houston and the Waldorf=Astoria.
John Washko, Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons San Francisco, will be
joining the company¹s Toronto world headquarters as Corporate Field
Director, Food and Beverage. Washko, who attended the Ecole Hotelière
de Lausanne, is a veteran Four Seasons executive, who held positions
of increasing responsibilities over the years in Dallas, Newport Beach,
New York, Chicago and Beverly Hills, prior to opening the Four Seasons
Roger Sloane has been named General Manager of the Fairmont Royal Pavilion
& Glitter Bay resorts in Barbados. He was most recently the General
Manager of the Fairmont Palliser in Canada.
Also at Fairmont, Alex Kassatly has been appointed General Manager of
the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City. He was most recently the
General Manager of the Plaza in New York under Managing Director Gary Schweikert.
Charles Head was named General Manager of the Fairmont Winnipeg.
He just served a three-month stint as interim General Manager at the newly
acquired Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Replacing Roger Sloane at the Fairmont Palliser is Brigitte Fritz, moving
up from the position of Director of Operations at the Fairmont Winnipeg.
Erik Anderouard has been named General Manager of ACCOR Hotels New York
City. He has been with ACCOR for almost twenty years and opened the Sofitel
New York. In his new position, he also supervises the Novotel New York.
Hans Bratt has been appointed General Manager at the Raleigh on Miami¹s
South Beach. He previously was the General Manager of the Inter-Continental
Cozumel. At the Raleigh, Bratt takes over from Andrea Melotti, who left
Didier de La Ferrière has been appointed Director of Operations
for the Sofitel New York. He replaces Jean-Pierre Dousse who returned
to France. Prior to this position, de La Ferrière was the Director
of Food and Beverage at the Sofitel Paris La Défense Grande Arche
and has been with ACCOR since 1995.
Roberto Vangeenen has been appointed General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton
Palm Beach, taking over from Darrell Sheaffer. Vangeenen, a Dutchman, was
most recently the Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Naples and had previously
a long tenure with Marriott, as General Manager in Curaçao and Europe.
Ellen Miller, formerly the opening General Manager of the Hotel Oceana
Santa Barbara, has been appointed General Manager of the Hotel Oceana Santa
Monica. She previously worked in a similar position at the Avalon in Beverly
Hills. At Oceana, she replaces Seth Horowitz, who is taking on corporate
Stephen Peeck has been appointed General Manager for the Golden Plough
Inn at Peddler's Village in Pennsylvania. Peeck, who has been a visible
Food and Beverage Consultant also used to be the Vice President Food and
Beverage for ITT Sheraton.
Jerry Phelps, formerly the General Manager of the J.W. Marriott Phuket
Resort and Spa, is the new General Manager at the Roney Palace Beach Resort
in Miami Beach.
Oliver Rooskens has recently joined the Charleston Harbor Resort &
Marina as Operations Manager. He was previously the Rooms Manager at Claridges
Kyle Lott has been appointed Manager of Hotel Operations at Harrah¹s
Hotels and Casinos in Las Vegas. Most recently, he was with the Athens
Group, developers at the Montage Resort and Spa in Laguna Beach and the
Ritz-Carlton at Bachelor Gulch. Lott also was the opening Director of Housekeeping
at the Regent Las Vegas and Miami¹s Shore Club.
Patricia Clairmont is leaving Le Méridien Beverly Hills as General
Manager. Prior to that, she held for nine years the position of Resident
Manager and then as General Manager at the Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver
to become the Managing Director at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.
Also at Le Méridien Beverly Hills, David Siguaw who was the Director
of Sales and Marketing since May 2002, left recently. He was previously
with the Park Hyatt Highlands Inn in Carmel. No replacement has been announced
for his position.
Jean-Paul Kroese has been appointed Senior Sales Manager of the upcoming
Mandarin-Oriental New York. He transfers from sister property The Mark.
Jeffrey Kmiec has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at Nemacolin
Woodlands Resort & Spa. Kmiec comes to Nemacolin Woodlands from Benchmark
Hospitality at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, where he served as Director
of Sales and Marketing.
Camille Santry has been appointed Director of Corporate and Travel Sales
for Fairmont in Washington, DC. She was previously with the St. Regis as
Director of Corporate Sales for six years.
Ana Lissa Sison is the new Director of Housekeeping at the Sofitel New
York. She replaces Terry Reese who has transferred to the Sofitel San Francisco.
Sison previously held a similar position at the Stanhope Park Hyatt New
Steve Moore has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for the
Carefree Resort & Villas. Prior to that, he was with the Wigwam Resort
and Golf Club for eight years, serving as Director of Sales and Director
of Sales and Marketing.
Christian Hellot has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing
at the Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills. Before joining the Crowne Plaza, he
spent fourteen years with Marriott. His last position with the company
was as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Renaissance Beverly Hills,
which is being rebranded a Loews hotel by owner Strategic Capital (who
also own the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel) at the end of June.
Tim Paulus is the new Director of Sales and Marketing at the Wyndham
Miami. He joins the hotel from the Roney Palace where he held the same
Jodi Carpenter has been appointed Assistant Director of Sales for the
Melrose Hotel Washington, DC. She comes to the Melrose from the Westin
Great Southern Hotel in Columbus, a Melrose Hotel Company property.
At New York¹s Carlyle, Gladys Mouton de Stefano has left as Director
of Catering. Her successor is Sarah O¹Sullivan, whose background includes
the Yale Club and the Waldorf=Astoria.
Janelle Heslop has joined the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole as its
opening Director of Food and Beverage. She came from the Four Seasons Vancouver.
Khalid Mirza, who recently opened the Four Seasons Amman as Director
of Food and Beverage, will be returning to the Regent Beverly Wilshire
in the same capacity. Charles Lennox III had filled Mirza¹s spot a
few months following the latter¹s departure to Amman, only to leave
it in the spring.
Tim Tatgenhorst has been named Director of Food & Beverage at Daufuskie
Island Club & Resort. He comes to Daufuskie Island Club & Resort
from Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa, where he was most recently the
Food and Beverage Operations Manager.
Kari Koskela has been appointed at the Four Seasons Vancouver as Director
of Food and Beverage. Koskela¹s career began with Four Seasons in
1993 as Assistant Chief Steward, upon graduation from the Ecole Hoteliere
Les Roches in Switzerland.
Parag Athavale has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage at
the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey from the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans where
he was the Assistant Food and Beverage Manager.
Andrew Stegen has been transferred from the Loews Coronado Beach in
San Diego as Executive Assistant Manager to the Loews Santa Monica in a
Paul Leclerc has been transferred from Executive Assistant Manager at
the Loews Santa Monica Beach to General Manager at the Loews Portofino
Resort in Orlando. Leclerc takes over from Brian Johnson who is now the
General Manager at the Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson.
Robert Nolan has been appointed Assistant Director of Rooms in charge
of the Resort at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. He previously served
as Director of Housekeeping and Assistant Front Office Manager in Scottsdale.
Prior to helping open Scottsdale, Nolan served as Assistant Front Office
Manager at the Four Seasons Boston.
Ricardo Ramirez has been appointed Assistant Director of Rooms in charge
of the Residence Club at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. Prior to that, he
was the Front Office Manager, Assistant Housekeeping Director and Communications
Manager at the resort.
Barrie Perks has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Westin
Bonaventure Los Angeles, an Interstate Hotel. Perks comes from the Inter-Continental
At Le Méridien Boston long-time Executive chef Mark Sapienza
is leaving to take over with some partners bean town¹s Bay Tower.
His successor is Dan Kenny, who has been at the hotel for several years.
He had been Sapienza¹s Executive Sous Chef until last year when he
opted to be the Chef de Cuisine at Julien, the hotel¹s fine dining
Uwe Roehricht has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at Kura
Hulanda in Curacao. He takes over from Enrico Lindenhahn. Most recently,
Roehricht served as Executive Assistant Manager and Director of Food and
Beverage at the Tremont Plaza in Baltimore.
Daniel Post-Kennedy, former Director of Restaurants at The Pierre, and
Restaurant Manager at the Peninsula Beverly Hills, is now Director of Restaurants
at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club, in Durham, North Carolina.
Robert Fabiano has joined USA Parking System as Vice President of Hotel
Operations after a 29-year career with Marriott Hotels and Resorts.
Robert Kramm also joined USA Parking System following a 25-year hotel
and resort management career. Kramm will be the company's Vice President
of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the General Manager of the
Lauderdale Yacht Club. Kramm is better known in the industry as the long-term
former General Manager of the Pier is 66 Resort & Marina in Fort Lauderdale.
Michel Re has been appointed Executive Chef at Bally¹s Hotel and
Casino in Las Vegas. He was previously Executive Sous Chef at the Paris
Hotel and Casino. Bruno Egea, who was previously the Executive Sous-Chef
in charge of banquets, has been promoted to his position.
At the Peninsula Chicago, opening Executive Chef Gerhard Doll has moved
on, but is staying with the group. Doll is now the Executive Chef at the
Peninsula Manila. His successor in Chicago is his former Executive Sous
Chef Terry Crandall, who was part of the hotel¹s opening team. Crandall
came from Four Seasons Hotels where he has held the position of Executive
Vincent Cachot has been appointed Executive Chef at the Sofitel San
Francisco. Prior to joining the Sofitel, Cachot was at the Sol Kerzner¹s
Ocean Club in the Bahamas as Executive Sous-Chef.
Martin Michalik has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at
Lyford Cay Club in the Bahamas, where he will be taking over from Michael
Murphy. Michalik is currently the Food and Beverage Manager at the Aerie
Resort and Spa, a Relais & Chateau on Vancouver Island.
At the Peninsula Chicago, Richard Chen has been promoted to the position
of Manager & Chef de Cuisine of Shanghai Terrace. He had been the Chef
de Cuisine at the restaurant since its opening. Chen almost left the Peninsula
to accept an offer in Philadelphia, when his superiors came up with this
David Cohen is the new Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food
and Beverage at New York¹s Roosevelt, replacing John Higgins, who
moved to the Waldorf=Astoria. Cohen comes from Marriott where he was recently
unassigned after serving as Executive Assistant Manager at the JW Marriott
Merril Yu has left his position of Executive Director at The Mansion
at the MGM Grand, to join C3 (Customer Contact Corporation) a boutique
consulting company specializing in training and development work. Existing
clients include Four Seasons and Mandarin-Oriental.
Christophe Le Metayer, formerly Sous Chef at the Five-Star, Five-Diamond
Dining Room of the Ritz Carlton Buckhead, has been named Chef de Cuisine
of the Café at the same property.
Jérome Fernandes will be the new Executive Sous-Chef at the Ritz-Carlton
New Orleans under Executive Chef Eric Branger. Most recently, he held the
same position at the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland.
At the Four Seasons San Francisco, Jeremy Emmerson took over from Michael
Goodman as Executive Chef. Emmerson, the founder/editor of GlobalChefs.com
joined Four Seasons in 1990 and was most recently the Executive Sous Chef
at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. As for Michael Goodman, he moved to Las Vegas
to replace Wolfgang Von Wieser as Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Las
Marion Anderson has joined the Fairmont Chateau Whistler as Director
of Sales and Marketing. Prior to that, she worked with Tourism Whistler
as Senior Sales Manager. Her past experience also includes Director of
Sales with Crown Resort Accommodations in Whistler and Director of Sales
at the Edmonton Convention and Tourism Authority.
Keith Hess has been named General Manager of the soon-to-open (2004)
Hilton Omaha. Hess most recently served as General Manager of the
Doubletree Hotel Downtown Omaha, a position he has held since early 2002.
Samuel Fish has been appointed Executive Chef at Charleston Harbor Resort
& Marina. Fish was the Executive Chef at the Grace Bay Club in
the Turks and Caicos, prior to acting as private chef on private luxury