|Jim Brown has left the Presidency of Rosewood after five years at the
helm. His successor is John Scott III, who has served as a member of Rosewood¹s
Board of Directors for six years, while the Managing Director of Acquisitions
and Asset Management at Maritz, Wolff. Scott originally joined Maritz,
Wolff in 1996.
Bryan O¹Shields has been appointed Group Director of Food and Beverage
Worldwide for Mandarin-Oriental in Hong Kong. He replaces Alain Duval who
had joined the group following several years with Inter-Continental. Until
recently, O¹Shields was the Vice President of Food and Beverage at
Bellagio in Las Vegas. Prior to that, he held a similar position for two
years at the Rio Hotel and Casino also in Las Vegas.
Kerzner International has named Edward Steiner to the position of Managing
Director One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico. Steiner comes to Palmilla
following several years at the helm of Rosewood¹s Las Ventanas al
Paraiso also in Los Cabos. Prior to joining Rosewood and Las Ventanas,
Steiner was the Hotel Manager at the Watergate in Washington and at the
Grand Bay in Miami.
Brian Johnson has been transferred from the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
in Orlando to the Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson. Prior to joining Loews,
Johnson was the General Manager at the Regent Grand Spa Hotel in Las Vegas.
He takes over in Tucson from Matthew Kryjak who left Loews after many years
in key positions in New York, Denver and Tucson.
Darrell Sheaffer, a thirteen-year Ritz-Carlton veteran, will be the
opening General Manager of the upcoming Mandarin-Oriental Washington, DC.
Sheaffer¹s most recent posting was as the General Manager of the Five-Diamond
Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach.
John Imaizumi has been named Senior Vice President and General Manager
of Gaylord Opryland Texas Resort & Convention Center. He joins Gaylord
from Ian Schrager Hotels, where he served as Vice President of Operations
and most recently as Chief Administrative Officer.
Javier Cano is the new General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua,
taking the post left vacant by David Roberts when he rejoined Fairmont
several months ago. Cano is a Marriott man, who joins from the Marriott
at Los Angeles International Airport where he also had regional responsibilities.
Joining him at Kapalua as Director of Sales and Marketing is Joe Velasquez
who comes from the Park Hyatt Los Angeles. Velasquez picks up where Steven
Sampson left to join the Arizona Biltmore.
William Hall has left the Century Plaza, where he was the Managing Director.
Former General Manager Tim Loughman moved up one notch to take Hall¹s
Michael Slosser has left the Garden of the Gods in Colorado as General
Manager to join in a similar position L¹Auberge del Mar in California.
He was previously the General Manager at the Loews Hotel Santa Monica.
At L¹Auberge Del Mar, Christy Whitman has been appointed Director
of Human Resources. She previously worked in a similar position for La
Thomas Waithe has been appointed General Manager at the Metropolitan
in Vancouver. He will be replacing former General Manager Susan Gomez.
Over the last year, he was the Managing Director at Washington¹s Resort
Semiahmoo. Prior to that, he was the General Manager of the Woodmark Hotel
and Spa in Seattle for over three years. He was also part of the opening
management team for the Bellevue Club and Hotel there.
Craig Jacobs has been named General Manager at the Hotel del Coronado.
He joined the Del and Destination Hotels & Resorts in 1998 as Director
of Sales & Marketing. Prior to joining the Hotel del Coronado,
he was Vice President, Western Region for the Plasencia Group. From 1991
to 1996, he served as the Director of Marketing at the Arizona Biltmore.
At the Del, he takes over from Giuseppe Lama, who left to open Destination¹s
new Estancia in La Jolla.
Roberta Griffin has joined André Balasz¹ HotelsAB as Chief
Financial Officer. A CPA, she has been, for the past several years, the
Senior Vice President of Finance for Millennium Hotels.
At Carneros Inn Managing Director Michael Hoffmann hired Jennifer Moss
as Hotel Manager. Moss is no stranger to the Valley and was previously
the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Villagio Inn.
Simon Firmin will be the new Director of Marketing at the Pierre, New
York. A graduate of Johnson and Wales, he joined Four Seasons at the Ritz-Carlton
Chicago in 1992 as Group Sales Manager. In 1994 he was promoted to the
position of Director of Sales. In 1998 he became the Director of
Marketing at the Four Seasons Philadelphia. At the Pierre, he takes over
from Don Jones who is transferring to the Regent Beverly Wilshire.
The Wyndham Roanoke Airport in Virginia has appointed Sandie Lee Marshall
as General Manager. Most recently she owned and operated the Bay Roc Marina
and Yacht Club in Smith Mountain Lake. She also served as General Manager
at the Boar¹s Head Inn and Sports Club in Charlottesville.
Rose Genovese has been named Vice President Sales and Marketing at Affinia
Hospitality (the company formerly known as Manhattan East Suite Hotels).
Prior to that, she held the position of Director Sales and Marketing for
three years at the Regent of Wall Street. Genovese also spent ten years
at Le Parker Méridien.
Genovese¹s successor as top sales honcho at the Regent Wall Street
is Jeffrey Felshaw, who comes from midtown Manhattan¹s Warwick.
Pamela Goudlock, formerly Director of Human Resources of Dolce's IBM
Conference Center at Palisades, has been appointed in the same position
at the Regent Wall Street. She replaces Steven Conte who left several months
ago and is now the Director of Human Resources at the Mandarin-Oriental
Katy Scimeme, formerly the Director of Sales and Marketing at the JW
Marriott Rhiga Royal, has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing
at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park South in New York, replacing Emily Snyder
who departed for the Mandarin-Oriental New York.
Jim Mills has been promoted from Executive Chef to Hotel Manager at
the Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa. His replacement is Jesse Llapitan who
had been working as Executive Chef of the St. Regis Los Angeles.
Pierre Barthes has been transferred from Resident Manager (and, until
Sal Abaunza¹s arrival, Acting General Manager) at the Mandarin-Oriental
San Francisco, to Hotel Manager at the soon-to-open Mandarin-Oriental New
York. Barthes began his Mandarin-Oriental career in 1998 as Food and Beverage
Director at the Kahala Mandarin-Oriental.
Russell Tanakaya has been named General Manager of the Doubletree Golf
Resort San Diego. He began his hotel management career at the Hyatt
Regency Houston in 1982. Tanakaya joined Hilton in 1989 as Director of
Food & Beverage at the Guest Quarters Hotel in Baltimore. In 1998,
he joined the Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale as Assistant General Manager,
his most recent position before moving to San Diego.
Henri Birmele has joined Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica as Hotel
Manager. He most recently held the position of General Manager at the Viceroy
in Santa Monica. Prior to that, Birmele was the Hotel Manager at the St
Regis Washington, DC and the St Regis Los Angeles.
Richard Colangelo has been appointed General Manager at the Hotel Marlowe
in Cambridge. He previously held similar positions for six years at Interstate
John Paul Oliver has been appointed General Manager of the Boulders
Resort & Golden Door Spa in Carefree and Area Director of Operations
for Wyndham in the Western Region. Oliver began his career with Wyndham
eight years ago as General Manager of the Wyndham El Conquistador Resort
& Golden Door Spa & Las Casitas Village in Puerto Rico. At the
Boulders he fills the position left vacant by Mark Vinciguerra, who is
now the Managing Director at the Phoenician.
Patricia Smith has been appointed Senior Vice President of Human Resources
at Wyndham International. Smith joined Wyndham in 2000 as the Vice President
of Organization Development and training. Prior to Wyndham, she was the
Director of Strategy Implementation and a Senior Consultant with Wilson
Learning Corporation in Longwood. Before that, Smith spent 15 years with
the Walt Disney Company in various positions.
Andrew Jordan has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Sales
and Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer at Wyndham International, replacing
David Johnson who has left the company to become Chief Executive Officer
of a new hotel management company, Aimbridge Hospitality. Jordan
joined Wyndham five years ago as Senior Vice President of Marketing.
Suzanne Ng has been named Spa Director at the Spa at the Mandarin- Oriental
New York. Most recently, she was the Managing Director at Concept Asia
Management Consultants. Prior to that, Ng headed the Corporate Human Resource
Development Division of Raffles International in Singapore, where she successfully
led the company¹s foray into the spa industry.
Mitchell Ostrow has joined Kerzner International as Vice President Group
Sales after more than twenty-five years with Hyatt. Most recently, he was
Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and
Spa. He also held sales positions for the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Hyatt
Richmond and Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort and Casino.
Still at Kerzner International, Todd Unger has joined as National Sales
Manager. Immediately prior to moving to Kerzner, he was Director of Sales
for the Hyland Group in Arlington. He began his hospitality career with
Jeff Cruz has been appointed Controller at the Standard Hollywood. He
replaces Rebecca Abbott who left the company after one year. Prior to joining
the Standard, Cruz worked as Controller at the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del
Philippe Vonier has been appointed Financial Controller at Little Dix
Bay. He previously held the position of Director of Finance at the Four
Seasons Hotel Caracas. Prior to that, Vonier was the Assistant Controller
at the Four Seasons Los Angeles.
At the Inn of the Seventh Mountain in Oregon, Megan Blodgett has been
hired as Catering Sales Manager. Most recently, she was the Account Manager
at Express Personnel Services. Her event planning experience began at Tiffany
& Co. in Portland.
Catherine Faber has recently left Carmel Valley Ranch as Sales Manager
after four years, for the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa to hold the same
Ellen Ruane-Johnson has been named Director of Operations for the North
Maple Inn in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. She was previously the Director
of Rooms for the property. Prior to that, Ruane-Johnson was Director of
Rooms for the Forrestal Princeton.
Cornell hotelier Samuel Schorr has been appointed at the Ocean Place
Resort and Spa in Long Branch, New Jersey, as General Manager. He most
recently held the same position at the Sam Houston Hotel.
Raul Salcido has relocated from the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach as Executive
Assistant Manager Rooms to the new Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes in
the same position. He started in the company in 1993 as part of the opening
team of the Ritz-Carlton Cancun. He later transferred to the Ritz-Carlton
Washington, D.C. and the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn.
Laurent Lhuillier has been named Executive Pastry Chef at the Ritz-Carlton
Orlando, transferring from the same position at the Ritz-Carlton Tyson¹s
Corner. In the past, his very international career included Pastry Chef
stints at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino in the Bahamas and the Marina Mandarin
Eric Scuiller has joined Denver¹s luxe Rolling Hills Country Club
in the dual position of Director of Food and Beverage and Executive Chef.
Most recently Scuiller had been consulting for the Maho Beach Hotel in
John Higgins, formerly the Executive Assistant Manager at the Roosevelt
Hotel in New York, has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage Operations
at the Waldorf-Astoria. Prior to that, he worked as Executive Assistant
Manager, Director of Food & Beverage for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
Debra Shinn is the new Director of Sales and Marketing of San Ysidro
Ranch. She was previously the General Manager at the Fess Parker's Wine
Country Inn and Spa.
Also at San Ysidro Ranch, Shelly Gaynor has been appointed Financial
Controller. She previously held the same position at Big Sur¹s Ventana.
Adriaan Radder has been appointed General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton
Pentagon City. He joins after two years as General Manager at the Tyson's
Corner Marriott. Prior to that, he was with Marriott in Amsterdam,
Jeddah and Jacksonville.
Nick Davaz has been appointed General Manager at El Encanto in Santa
Barbara. He had previously the Executive Assistant Manager (and the opening
Director of Catering) at Bacara, which he left several months ago. At El
Encanto, he will take most of the responsibilities previously held by Kerman
Marcel Pitton has been appointed General Manager at Casa Monica in Saint
Augustine. He previously held the post of Resident Manager at Rosewood
Apartments in Dallas. Prior to that, he was the President/Owner of Celmar
Christian Aldoy has been hired as General Manager at the San Carlos
Hotel in New York. Prior to joining the San Carlos Hotel, Aldoy was General
Manager at the Club Quarters Hotel in Chicago.
The Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, in St. Thomas has appointed
Abdel Zouari as General Manager. Prior to joining Wyndham, Zouari served
as Vice President of Operations, islands division, for Allegro Resorts,
overseeing operations for hotels in five Caribbean nations.
Christina Clifton has left Four Seasons after sixteen years to become
the Director of Food and Beverage at the Mirage in Las Vegas. As such,
she is the third former Four Seasons Food and Beverage Director to join
MGM Mirage in that capacity in the past year (the other two are Win Person
at Bellagio and Kathy Springstead at the MGM Grand). Clifton was the Director
of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Washington, Four Seasons Scottsdale,
Four Seasons Houston and the Four Seasons Austin.
Jonathan Wright is the new Executive Chef at the Windsor Court in New
Orleans. Most recently, he was Chef and Proprietor of La Gousse d¹Ail
in Oxford. His predecessor in New Orleans was James Overbaugh.
Omar Said has relocated from the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn as Executive
Assistant Manager, Rooms to the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas in the same position.
Previously he was at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun where he joined the company
Michael Cairns, formerly at Chateau Elan as Executive Chef, has returned
in a similar position to the Arizona Biltmore where he was previously the
Edward Netzhammer has been named General Manager for the Omni San Diego
Hotel. Patsy Bock also joins the Omni San Diego Hotel team as Director
of Sales and Marketing. She was previously the Director of Sales and Marketing
at Auberge Del Mar.
Janelle Cram has joined the Omni Los Angeles as Director of Marketing.
Previously she served Omni in regional and property sales and marketing
positions in Texas and along the West Coast.
Paul Pebley joins Omni Hotels as Director of Marketing for the Omni
Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. Pebley is a former Senior Vice President
of Marketing and Sales for Alterra Healthcare. Omni Hotels has also named
Tom Casademont Director of Sales and Bonnie White Senior Sales Manager
for the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.
Zach Curry has assumed the position of Director of Marketing at the
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel. He moved from the Omni Charlotte Hotel
where he was Director of Sales and Marketing for nearly two years. Irene
Peterson has taken over from Curry at the Omni Charlotte as Director of
Sales and Marketing.
Frantz Klampfer is the new Executive Chef at the Regent Wall Street.
Until last year, he held the same position at The Pierre where he stayed
for over a decade. The position of Executive Chef at the Regent Wall Street
had been vacant since the departure of John Halligan in December.
Richard Chen, formerly the Chef de Cuisine at Shanghai Terrace at the
Peninsula Chicago, has been appointed Executive Chef at Susana Foo¹s
Guillaume Brard transferred from Beirut where he was the Chef de Cuisine
at the Phoenicia Inter-Continental to become the Chef de Cuisine at the
Clinique Inter-Continental Cleveland.
Antoine Maalouf has been appointed Assistant Director of Food and Beverage
at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows. He was previously the Manager
of Twenty One Oceanfront in Newport Beach.
Edward Boylan has been promoted to Assistant Rooms Executive at the
soon-to-open Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes. He comes from the Ritz-Carlton
Reynolds Plantation where he was part of the opening team as Assistant
Director of Housekeeping. Boylan started with the company in 1994 at the
Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach.
John Beardsley has left Ponzu inside Kimpton¹s Serrano Hotel in
San Francisco, where he spent three and a half years to take over as Executive
Chef at Le Colonial. He replaces Kellie Nguyen-Rabanit, who is leaving
to become a full-time mom.
Douglas Dodd is the new Executive Chef of the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles.
He previously held culinary positions at The Phoenician, the Little Nell
and the Mansion on Turtle Creek.
Lamberto Valdez is the new Executive Chef at the Sofitel Miami. He most
recently held the position of Senior Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Palm
Beach. Prior to joining Ritz-Carlton, Valdez spent five years at the Sutton
Place Hotel in Newport Beach as Executive Sous Chef.
Pascal Vignau has resigned from his position of Executive Chef at the
Four Seasons Resort Aviara. In addition to opening Aviara as Executive
Chef, he has worked with Four Seasons for seventeen years at the Four Seasons
Los Angeles, the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, and at the Regent Jakarta. He is
planning to open his own restaurant nearby in Encinitas.
Christian Schmidt is moving from the Mandarin-Oriental Miami as Executive
Chef to become the Executive Chef at the Mandarin-Oriental New York. Prior
to joining Mandarin-Oriental, Schmidt held the same position at the Ritz-Carlton
Dearborn and then at the Westin Savannah.