|At Méridien, the role of Regional Managing Director of the Americas,
until recently held by Karyn Marasco, has been replaced by two new Area
General Managers. John Strozdas has been named Area General Manager for
Le Méridien Beverly Hills with area responsibility for Cancun, Chicago,
Minneapolis, Palm Springs and New York. Strozdas, a former Vice President
Operations for Mandarin-Oriental, is also a former General Manager of the
Westwood Marquis (now the W Los Angeles). Strozdas replaces Lisa Impagliazzo
who moved to Toronto to take over the role of Area General Manager for
Le Royal Méridien King Edward Hotel, overseeing Montreal, Miami,
St. Martin, Guadeloupe, Brazil and Guyana. In Toronto, she replaces Tony
Cousens who has left the company.
Nan Palmer succeeds Alan Leibman as Chief Operating Officer at the Atlantis
Paradise Island with Kerzner International. She joined the Atlantis in
2000 and was previously the Senior Vice President of Process Re-Engineering.
Her experience includes significant management positions within ITT Sheraton
Hotels, including oversight throughout North America and management of
the Phoenician Resort.
Michael Mecca will serve as President of the Planet Hollywood Casino
at the bankrupt Aladdin in Las Vegas. Mecca is a Las Vegas fixture, with
substantial casino experience gleaned with Caesars Palace, Mandalay Bay
and most recently as Manager of the Green Valley Ranch.
Michael Smith has been appointed General Manager of the Hyatt Regency
New Orleans. He comes from the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
where he served as General Manager for the past three years.
Ulrich Samietz has been transferred as General Manager of the Hyatt
Westlake from the Park Hyatt Los Angeles where he worked in the same capacity.
Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Samietz ran the Park Hyatt Highlands Inn.
Sara Kearney came from Hyatt headquarters in Chicago to replace Samietz
in Century City.
Frank Garahan, most recently the General Manager of Marriott's Rancho
Las Palmas Resort & Spa, has been appointed General Manager of the
Doral Golf Resort in Miami, now managed by Marriott. The resort was acquired
earlier this year by CNL Hotels and Resorts from KSL Recreation Corporation.
Axel Suray has been appointed General Manager of the Madison in Washington,
DC. He was previously with Interstate, in charge of the Wyndham and Crowne
Plaza hotels in San Jose. Prior to that, Surray was the Vice President,
Resort Operations at Colonial Willamsburg and the General Manager at the
Williamsburg Inn. At the Madison, Suray replaces Steven Bello.
Steven Bello has joined Washington DC’s RB Associates as President of
their Classic Collection. The collection includes such hotels as the Henley
Park, Lombardy, Morrison Clark House, Washington Plaza and the State Plaza.
Bello previously performed the sucessful re-opening of the Madison, a DC
Daniel Bergmann joins The Muse New York as General Manager, replacing
Mark Briskin. Bergmann was previously the General Manager at the Hotel
Dylan and spent many years with Starwood at their W brand hotels in New
Brett Schoenfield has been named President of the Homestead in Hot Springs,
Virginia. Schoenfield, who was promoted from his position as the Homestead’s
Executive Vice President, will replace current President Gary Rosenberg.
Prior to joining the Homestead, Schoenfield served as Rooms Division Manager
at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio and the Hyatt Dorado
Beach in Puerto Rico.
David Curell has been appointed General Manager at the Hotel Vitale
in San Francisco slated to open in the spring of 2005. He previously worked
in the same capacity at the Hotel Opus in Vancouver for four years and
spent thirteen years at the Pan Pacific Vancouver, ending his tenure as
the hotel’s Director of Operations.
Jean-Pierre Alotte has been appointed General Manager of Kimpton’s Villa
Provence in San Francisco. He was previously at the helm of the Hotel Madison
in Memphis and also worked in the same capacity at Pala Mesa Resort in
Southern California. Alotte's previous experience also includes six years
with Marcus Hotels and Resorts as General Manager of Miramonte and Assistant
General Manager at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Wisconsin.
Daniel Amato has been appointed General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Washington.
Amato has worked for Hyatt in various positions for 28 years and was most
recently the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas.
Bridget Bilinski is the first female General Manager of the Anaheim
Marriott and Area General Manager for Marriott in North Orange County.
Bilinski began her career with Marriott in 1979 at the Los Angeles Airport
Dianna Balabon has been appointed Vice President, Sales and Marketing
in charge of the America and Europe markets for Peninsula. She joined the
group in 1998 as Director of Marketing for the Peninsula New York and was
then appointed Regional Director of Sales America and Europe in June 2003.
Prior to this, she was the Director of Sales for North America for the
Leading Hotels of the World and worked as an Associate Director of Sales
for the Sterling Hotel Group.
Tricia Rosentreter has joined Peninsula as Regional Director of Communications
earlier this year, overseeing the communications functions of the group’s
three US properties in New York, Chicago and Beverly Hills. Prior to joining
the Peninsula, Rosentreter worked at Weber Shandwick Worldwide in New York,
managing accounts including Singapore Airlines and Canada Tourism. Prior
to that, she was employed with Murphy O'Brien Public Relations, representing
a roster of high-end clients including Pebble Beach Resorts, La Quinta
Resort & Club, Bernardus Lodge and Auberge Resorts.
Small Luxury Hotels of the World has tapped Richard Curtis to be Vice-President
of Marketing, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Curtis brings over fifteen
years of International brand and marketing communications experience to
the luxury group having previously held international director-level marketing
positions for both Hilton and Marriott.
Replacing Luis Leon as Director of Finance at the St. Regis Monarch
Beach is Arthur Luis, who joins from the Boulders.
Jeff Doane has been promoted within Fairmont Hotels & Resorts to
Regional Director of Sales & Marketing, California. Doane joined Fairmont
in 1994 and briefly left Fairmont to join Four Seasons San Francisco as
the pre-opening Director of Sales & Marketing. He re-joined Fairmont
in December 2001 as Director, Sales & Marketing at the Fairmont San
Julie Brandon has been promoted as Area Director of Sales and Marketing
for the Hilton Hotels of Boston. She most recently served as Regional Director
of Business Travel Sales for Hilton and Doubletree hotels of Boston.
Fredric Nicholson has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at
the Adolphus in Dallas. Nicholson joins the Adolphus from the Westin Seattle
where he was the Director of Group Sales.
Shelley Meszoly has been appointed Area Director of Sales & Marketing
for Fairmont Hotels Bermuda and will be in charge of the Fairmont Southampton
and the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. Meszoly was most recently the Director
of Sales & Marketing at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. Rehanna Palumbo
will be replacing Mszoly as the Director of Sales & Marketing for the
Fairmont Hamilton Princess. Palumbo began her career with Fairmont Hotels
& Resorts, Bermuda in 1999 as Leisure Sales Manager and was promoted
to Corporate Sales Manager in January 2003.
Opening in January 2005, the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel announces David
Griffin as Director of Sales and Marketing. Griffin was most recently the
Director of Sales and Marketing at the American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin.
Kristin Tennant has been named Western Regional Key Account Director
by Intercontinental. She was previously with Shutters on the Beach and
Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica as Director of West Coast and UK Sales. Tennant
also spent time with Orient-Express’ Bora Bora Lagoon Resort as its Los
Angeles-based Director of Sales and Marketing.
Donald Bowman has been appointed Resort Manager at the Kahala Mandarin-Oriental.
He most recently served as Director of Rooms at the Mandarin-Oriental San
Roger Paull has been appointed Hotel Manager at the W Times Square Hotel,
New York. Paull joined the hotel as Director of Operations in May 2003.
Robert Leck is the new Director of Operations at Le Méridien
Beverly Hills. He came from the Wyndham Palm Springs where he was primarily
in charge of food and beverage operations.
Pascal Forotti has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager at the
Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta scheduled to open in November. He transfers
from the Willard Intercontinental Washington where he worked in the same
capacity for the past two years.
Amar Hilal has been appointed Vice President of Food and Beverage at
the One and Only Ocean Club Resort in the Bahamas. He transfers from the
One and Only Le Touessrok in Mauritius where he had been the Executive
Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage for two years. Prior to
that, he worked in a Director of Food and Beverage capacity at the Lanesborough
in London and with Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong.
Wolfi Malik has joined the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa as
its Director of Food and Beverage Operations. Malik was previously at the
National Hotel in Miami in a similar position. He was the Executive Assistant
Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Doha and at
the Ritz-Carlton Sharm-El-Sheik.
Brooke Gardner has rejoined the Four Seasons Beverly Hills as Director
of Food and Beverage. Gardner has been with Four Seasons over fourteen
years including their properties in Atlanta and Dallas. His first stint
at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills took place nine years ago. Gardner takes
over for Ekreem Tercanoglu who is being transferred to the Four Seasons
Anthony Freda has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the
Four Seasons Atlanta where he is replacing Brooke Gardner. Freda was previously
with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Group for five years in Hawaii, California
and Georgia. His last position was that of Assistant Director of Food and
Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.
Simon Antoine is the opening Director of Food and Beverage at the Intercontinental
Atlanta. Antoine has been with the company since 1997 and was most recently
at the Hotel Intercontinental London in the same capacity.
Kimberly Hoppe has been appointed Director of Catering & Conference
Services at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. She rejoins Ritz-Carlton after
nine years and has served in various Catering and Conference Service Director
positions at the Intercontinental Chicago and Four Seasons Hotels in Chicago,
Texas and Washington, DC.
Fabrice Rossman has been promoted to the position of Director of Food
and Beverage at the Four Seasons Maui. He was previously the Executive
Chef at the property. He is taking over from Tim Gustie who has been transferred
to the Regent Beverly Wilshire in a similar post. Rossman had joined the
Four Seasons Maui in July of last year from the Four Seasons Vancouver
and has been with the company since 1997. Prior to Four Seasons, Rossman
held several positions in five star hotel properties and Michelin two-star
restaurants in Vienna, Austria and Cannes.
Neal Herman has been appointed Director of Reservations and Revenue
Management at the new Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica. Herman was previously
the Reservations Manager at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills.
Parita Burmee is joining the Palace Hotel San Francisco as its Front
Office Manager. She was recently at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel &
Spa as an Assistant Front Office Manager.
Kevin Hickey makes the move from the Four Seasons Atlanta to the landmark
Ritz-Carlton Chicago as Executive Chef. Hickey replaces George Bumbaris
who is leaving to open his own restaurant with Sarah Stegner, former Chef
de Cuisine at the hotel. The hotel is also losing its long-time Executive
Pastry Chef and Culinary Olympics winner En-Ming Hsu. As for Stegner, she
had joined the hotel twenty years ago as an apprentice.
Yann Giacomini is back with Méridien Hotels and Resorts as Executive
Chef of Le Méridien Cancun. Giacomini is re-joining the group after
a two-year stint at the Sofitel Minneapolis as Executive Chef. He was with
Méridien for twenty-two years prior to that and worked all around
the world with the group including Indonesia, New Caledonia and Egypt.
In Cancun, he takes over from Pascal Legrain.
Michel Gehrig has been appointed Executive Chef of Rosewood’s Las Ventanas
al Paraiso in Los Cabos. He comes to Las Ventanas from the Kempinski Grand
Hotel Des Bains, in St. Moritz, where he had been the Executive Chef for
two years. Previously, he was the Executive Chef at a string of Hilton
International properties including the Trafalgar in London, the Cardiff
Hilton, the Belfast Hilton, and the Durban Hilton.
Philip Baker has been appointed Executive Chef of 231 Ellsworth in San
Mateo. He was previously the Chef de Cuisine at Club XIX at Pebble Beach
Lodge and also worked in the same capacity at Pacific's Edge at the Highlands
Georges Masraff is the opening Chef at Fizz, the long awaited boîte
of Jean Denoyer and Jean-Francois Marchand. Located on New York’ East 56th
Street, the chic late night venue has been decorated by hot French designer
Jacques Garcia. Masraff, who once was the Executive Chef of Warner LeRoy’s
Tavern on the Green, also used to operate the Quai des Ormes in Paris.
David Féau has been named Executive Chef at Orsay in New York.
He was previously the Executive Chef and General Manager at the legendary
French restaurant Lutéce, which closed down last February. Previous
experience includes several Michelin-starred restaurants and several years
working under Three-Michelin-Starred Chef Guy Savoy in Paris.
Morgen Jacobson has been appointed Executive Chef at Moose's Restaurant
in San Francisco where he is taking over from Jeffrey Amber. Latest in
a long line of Chefs which has included Brian Whitmer, Fabrice Canelle,
Marc Valiani and Jason Miller, Jacobson was previously the Executive Chef
of Lockkeepers & Park City Diner in Cleveland. He also was the Chef
proprietor of Quince in New York for two years.
Barry Wine, former Chef and Co-founder (with ex-wife Susan Wine) of
the much-missed Quilted Giraffe in New York, will be the Consulting Chef
for the much-awaited Ono, slated to open within the Hotel Gansevoort in
New York. The venue will be operated by Jeffrey Chodorow’s China Grill
Jason Harrison has been appointed Executive Chef in charge of Banquets
at the Bellagio. He was previously at the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis as its
Executive Sous Chef and at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta as its Banquet Chef.
Josh Thomsen has been appointed Corporate Executive Chef at Balboa in
Las Vegas, scheduled to open later this year in the Caesar's Palace Forum
Shops. Thomsen was previously the Executive Sous Chef at the Lodge at Pebble
Beach and also worked in Las Vegas before at Kerry at the Hard Rock and
Nob Hill Restaurant at the MGM Grand as Executive Sous Chef. As the Corporate
Executive Chef for Balboa, he will also be in charge of culinary standards
in the company’s other restaurants in Los Angeles and Santa Monica.
Marc Dobbels has been appointed Executive Chef at the Fiesta Americana
Cancun. He was previously in St. Martin where he opened a cooking school.
Prior experience includes a short stint in at the Moana Beach Parkroyal
in French Polynesia and at the Hostellerie du Vallon de Valrugues in the
South of France.
John Coletta is joining forces with Hugo Ralli, Steve Lombardo and Larry
Shane as Executive Chef / Partner of the upcoming Quartino in Chicago.
Coletta's prior experience includes five years with Caliterra as Corporate
Chef and Executive Chef at the Shangri-La Singapore.
Brian Schoenbeck has been appointed Pastry Chef at the Peninsula Chicago.
He was previously at the Greenbrier and worked in Chicago before at Naha,
at the Park Hyatt and at Charlie Trotter's.