|Richard Cotter has joined Wynn Resorts as Senior Vice President of
Hotel and Food & Beverage Operations. Cotter, a Cornell graduate, is
a distinguished hotelier who was most recently a Regional Director for
Starwood in charge of New York¹s region. For Starwood, he also served
as unofficial brand Vice President for St Regis, following tenure as Managing
Director of the St Regis New York.
James McBride is the new Managing Director at Rosewood¹s Carlyle.
He comes from London¹s Grosvenor House. A South African, McBride spent
twelve years with Ritz-Carlton including stints as General Manager of the
Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur and Regional General Manager for both Ritz-Carlton
properties in Washington, DC.
Don Marrandino, who most recently served as Executive Vice President
and General Manager of Wynn Las Vegas, has joined Harrah's as Senior Vice
President Northern Nevada. Marrandino made his name in Las Vegas as the
President and Chief Operating Officer of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Steven Jorns has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer at Interstate
Hotels & Resorts. He previously was the company's Vice Chairman and
Chief Investment Officer. Jorns joined the company in 1998 with the merger
of CapStar Hotel Company and American General Hospitality. John Emery,
President and Chief Operating Officer, has resigned from Interstate.
Clifford Reynolds has been named General Manager of the Hilton DFW Lakes
Executive Conference Center. He replaces Robert Thrailkill who is opening
the Conrad Miami as General Manager. Reynolds most recently served as Assistant
General Manager of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, where
he stayed an impressive sixteen years.
Swiss hotelier Charles Henning has been appointed General Manager of
the landmark Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington. Henning most recently was the
Chief Operating Officer of Florida¹s Windsor Club. Henning also served
as Vice President of Richard Rainwater¹s Sonoma Mission Inn and Ventana
Tim Morrison was recently appointed General Manager of the Pan Pacific
Whistler. A Pan Pacific veteran for the last fourteen years, he moved up
the ranks at Pan Pacific Vancouver from Room Service and Banquets to Restaurants
Manager to Director of Food & Beverage.
A.J. Jabbour has been appointed General Manager of the historic Riverside
Hotel in Florida. Jabbour was previously the General Manager of the Clinton
Inn in New Jersey. Prior to that, he held various managerial positions
with Omni Hotels.
Jacques Roy was transferred by Starwood to be the opening General Manager
of the Atlantic in Fort Lauderdale, a luxury condominium hotel slated to
open in 2004. Since May of this year, Roy had been the General Manager
of the W Honolulu. He originally joined the group in April 2002 as the
opening General Manager of the Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa, a Luxury Collection
property in French Polynesia.
Robert Morse has been promoted from President of Hotel Operations to
Chief Operating Officer at Interstate Hotels and Resorts. Previously, Morse
served as President of Millennium Hotels and Resorts, the US division of
Millennium and Copthorne Hotels.
Jean-Luc Maumus will be the opening General Manager at Elk Mountain
Resort, outside Telluride. The 75-room property promises to be one of the
finest venues in Colorado when it opens in the spring of 2004. Maumus joins
from Monmouth Plantation in Natchez, after a seven-year stint as Managing
Director of Maison de Ville in New Orleans.
Victor Giannelli has been appointed General Manager of the Hyatt Mountain
Lodge in Avon, Colorado. He was previously Rooms Executive with the Park
Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa. Gianelli has been with Hyatt for almost
twenty years and had been in Colorado for the past five years.
Rob Gunthner has been appointed General Manager at the Radisson Kauai
Beach Resort. Most recently, he was the General Manager at the Wyndham
El Conquistador Resort and Golden Door Spa in Puerto Rico for over three
years. Gunthner comes home to Hawaii where he previously logged eighteen
years with Hilton and Hyatt.
Steven Keup has been named General Manager of the Melrose Hotel, Washington,
DC. Prior to joining the Melrose, Keup spent five years with Crestline
Hotels and Resorts, as General Manager of the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
in Tennessee from 1998 to 2001 and as General Manager of the Norfolk Waterside
Marriott from 2001 to 2003.
Florent Gateau is being promoted by Rosewood to Hotel Manager at the
Mansion on Turtle Creek. He takes over from Bradley Reynolds who left the
company to become the General Manager at Auberge du Soleil. Gateau transfers
from Las Ventanas al Paraiso, in Mexico, a property he opened in 1997 as
Director of Food and Beverage. He had since been promoted to the position
of Resort Manager.
Jitka Wieland will soon be filling the vacant position of Director of
Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Newport Beach. The spot had been
left vacant when Tom Roelens moved up to Hotel Manager a few months ago.
Wieland joins from the Willard Inter-Continental where she had the same
Within the Garrett Hotel Group Mark Stebbings has been promoted to Assistant
General Manager at the Willcox. He transferred from sister property the
Lake Placid Lodge where he was the Food and Beverage Manager. Stebbings
originally started his employment with Garrett Hotels at their Saranac
Lake flagship, The Point.
Randolph Wilcott is Director of Marketing Western Region for Sentry
Hospitality, following a stint as Director of Marketing at the Elbow Beach
Mandarin-Oriental in Bermuda. Prior to that, Wilcott was the Director Sales
and Marketing at the Arizona Biltmore.
David Ryan moved West with Ritz-Carlton, from Director of Sales and
Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch to the same position at the
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, where the position has been vacant since the
departure of Robert Green.
Caroline Czirr has been named Hotel Monaco Brand Manager of Kimpton
Hotels & Restaurants. Czirr has been with Kimpton for nine years and
has served as the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hotel Monaco
Denver. Since 2001, she has been the Regional Director of Sales for the
Mountain Region of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.
Maureen Stella has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the
Melrose, New York. Prior to joining the Melrose, Stella spent over ten
years at the Rihga Royal in Manhattan where she served as Director
of Sales and Marketing. For more than ten years prior to the Rihga Royal,
she held sales and marketing positions at the Omni Berkshire Place
where she worked with Geoffrey Mills, now the Managing Director of
Jan Felix is the new Financial Controller at the Raleigh on Miami¹s
South Beach. She came from the Hotel Eldorado in Santa Fe, where she was
also the Controller.
Mark Feldman has joined Pebble Beach Resorts as National Sales Manager.
He comes from the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua where he was a National Sales Manager.
Christine Sandino also joined Pebble Beach Resorts as National Sales Manager,
having previously been a Sales Manager for Destination¹s Royal Palms
in Phoenix. Rounding up the Sales Team at Pebble Beach is Indy Newsome
who migrates from KSL¹s La Costa.
Monmouth Plantation has hired Cynthia Parker-Brumfield as Director of
Marketing. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Natchez-Adams
County Chamber of Commerce as Membership and Special Events Chairman.
Salvador Lira is the new Director of Catering at the Omni Houston, coming
from the Four Seasons Houston where he was a Catering Conference Planning
Manager. Lira also worked at the Warwick Houston as Catering Manager.
Jose Adames has been promoted to Assistant Director of Rooms at the
Regent Beverly Wilshire. He was previously the Front Office Manager at
Darren Moll is the Chief Operating Officer of Planet Zolon a Fort Worth
based restaurant company. He was the Banquet Manager at the Four Seasons
Palm Beach prior to joining Ritz-Carlton as the Director of Banquet and
Catering Operations at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona.
Mario Barroso is joining Miami¹s Roney Palace as Director of Engineering.
Since July 2002, he has been the Group Director of Engineering for Island
Outpost, based at the Tides in Miami (which is no longer part of the group).
Barroso also served six years as Chief Engineer at Delano for Ian Schrager
Janice Nase is the General Manager of Lutèce at the Venetian
in Las Vegas. Last year, she teamed up with husband Joseph Nase as co-General
Manager of Aqua at the St Regis Monarch Beach. The couple also worked for
Pebble Beach Resorts.
Chris L'Hommedieu who had been the Chef de Cuisine at Aqua at the St
Regis Monarch Beach, will be one of the key culinarians at Thomas Keller¹s
Per Se due to open at New York¹s (AOL) Time Warner Center early next
David Bodette is Director of Tasting Room Operations at Niebaum-Coppola
Winery in Napa Valley. Until this summer, he worked up the road as Director
of Food and Beverage at Auberge du Soleil.
Husband and wife team Didier Lenders and Pilar Sanchez are partners
in Sanchez, a restaurant in Napa. Lenders was most recently the Chef at
Sutter Home Trunker Estate, following several years as Executive Chef at
Meadowood. As for Sanchez, who has been a Chef de Cuisine for the restaurant
at Meadowood, she most recently was a Chef Instructor at the Culinary Institute
of America at Greystone.
Monica Charvet is the new Spa Manager at the Four Seasons Punta Mita.
She previously held a similar position at Miami¹s Shore Club, where
she opened the spa.
At Wynn Las Vegas, Frank Turner has joined as Director of Night Club
Operations. He was formerly the General Manager at Rum Jungle at Mandalay
Bay, for China Grill Management.
Chip Lawson is the Director of Hotel Service at Wynn Las Vegas. He previously
served at MGM Mirage's Beau Rivage in Mississippi and in Macau with Wynn
Judy Coll has been appointed Director of Rooms at the Marriott Evergreen
Conference Resort. She was previously at the Four Seasons Atlanta as Executive
Housekeeper. She had worked at the Marriott Evergreen prior to joining
Four Seasons as Executive Housekeeper.
Ellen Seymore has joined the opening team of the Loews New Orleans as
Director of Rooms. Seymore migrated there from the Windsor Court, New Orleans¹
luxest hotel, where she had held the same position for the past two years.
She has joined the Windsor Court from a Rooms Division Manager position
at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Dallas.
Martina Flores is joining the Four Seasons Beverly Hills as Executive
Housekeeper, following a one-year stint in the same capacity at the St
Regis Monarch Beach. Flores has previously been the Executive Housekeeper
at the Mandarin-Oriental San Francisco. At Four Seasons, she replaces Marguerite
Veber who will be opening the Four Seasons Jackson Hole.
Jean-Francois Houdré will be the new Pastry Chef at San Francisco's
Westin St Francis. Houdré had moved back to France a year ago to
launch his own pastry business. He previously served many years as Executive
Pastry Chef at the Sutton Place (formerly Le Méridien) Newport Beach.
Kevin Spivey has been appointed Executive Housekeeper at Opryland in
Nashville. He was previously at the Boca Raton Resort. His former assistant,
Lorrisann Cole-Xumines is now the new Director of Housekeeping at Boca
Raton Resort. At Opryland, Spivey is replacing Janis Dailey who has been
promoted to Assistant Executive Rooms.
Alana Snyder has been appointed Director of Housekeeping at the Delano
in Miami. She was previously at the Turnberry Isle Resort and Club in the
Frédéric Loraschi is the new Pastry Chef at the famed
following a thirty-month stint with Ritz-Carlton. Loraschi originally
joined the company as Assistant Pastry Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna
Niguel, prior to being promoted to Pastry Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Boston
in August 2002.
At the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, Stephanie Rowe is joining as
Restaurant Chef, replacing Michael Gillard, who transferred to the Four
Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. Rowe was previously the Executive Chef at Orient-Express¹
Maroma Resort and Spa in Mexico. She has also been a Chef de Cuisine at
the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. Also joining is Philippe Sabo as Restaurant
Manager. He replaces Daniel Braun, who was recently promoted to Director
of Restaurants at the resort. Like Rowe, Sabo is an Orient-Express alumnus,
who served as Manager at Maroma.
Still at the Four Seasons Palm Beach, Executive Pastry Chef Jeffrey
Smith takes over from eleven-year veteran Tom Worhach. Smith joins from
the Pointe on South Mountain in Phoenix. Worhach had joined the property
in 1992 after being the Pastry Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia and
Rosewood¹s Remington in Houston.
Mickael Blais is the Chef at Bistro 100 in Charlotte. The restaurant
is operated by Chicago-based Levy Organization. Blais has previously been
the Chef de Cuisine at Marché in Chicago, and spent a year as Executive
Sous Chef at Drew Nieporent's Montrachet in New York.
Shawn Mohamed will be opening as Chef de Cuisine the new Golf Club at
Marco Island. He comes from tony Lake Placid Lodge, a Relais & Château.