|Michael Deitemeyer, formerly Omni Hotels’ Chief Operating Officer,
has been promoted to President. Deitemeyer is a thirteen-year veteran of
Omni Hotels and its parent company, TRT Holdings. He joined TRT in 1992
as Controller and moved up in the ranks to become Chief Operating Officer
of Omni Hotels in 1999.
Clyde Min is now Vice President Asset Management for Host Marriott Corporation
in Bethesda. Min was formally with Colonial Williamsburg Company Hospitality
Group as Vice President, Hospitality Operations and General Manager of
the Williamsburg Inn. Min also logged seven years with Disney in Orlando
Georgina Sussan has joined Decatur Hotels in New Orleans as Chief Operating
Officer. Sussan was previously the General Manager of Disney’s Grand Floridian
Resort & Spa.
John Johnston will take on the new position of Executive Vice President
for Europe, Africa and the Middle East for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.
A former Four Seasons and Loews man, he was most recently Fairmont's Executive
Vice President, Development.
Ron Gulasa has been hired by Centex Destination Properties to the newly
created position of head of hospitality, based out of Orlando. Gulasa has
been in the Orlando region for several years as the General Manager of
the Kesssler Collection’s Doubletree Castle, and the Sheraton Studio City.
Tom Storey is taking on the new role of Executive Vice President, Development,
at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Prior to this appointment, he served
as Fairmont's Executive Vice President, Business Development and Strategy.
Martin Sinclair has been promoted to General Manager of the Four Seasons
Resort Nevis. Sinclair joined the property in September 2002 in the role
of Resort Manager. Taking over for Sinclair as Resort Manager will be Todd
Cilano, currently the Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel London.
Sinclair is preceded as General Manager by British-born Robert Whitfield,
who will join the new Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto as General Manager.
Rik Blyth is the new Managing Director of Caneel Bay, taking over for
Brian Young who relocated to Dallas as Rosewood’s Vice President of Operations,
Resorts. Blyth, who began his career with Hyatt Hotels in Seattle in 1980,
is no stranger to the Virgin Islands. He first moved to St. Thomas in 1995
to work as a General Manager at the Sugar Bay Resort. During his eleven-year
tenure in the islands, he has held General Manager positions in the Virgin
Islands and in Puerto Rico.
Joining the Grace Bay Club on the hip island of Providenciales as General
Manager is Nikheel Advani. He comes from Raffles Singapore where he held
the position of Executive Assistant Manager. At Grace Bay, Advani takes
over from Martein Van Wagenberg.
Laurence Magor has temporarily taken over for Mark Briskin as the new
General Manager of the Muse in New York City. Magor was previously the
General Manager at the Latham Hotel and the Georgetown Inn, both in Washington,
DC. Like the Muse, both properties are operated by Interstate Hotels.
Gregor Andreewitch is the new General Manager of the Drake Chicago for
Hilton International. He replaces Jean-Marie Grouard, who left the company.
David Lurie joins the St. Julian Hotel in Boulder, as General Manager.
Lurie was most recently the Director of Hotel Operations at La Mansion
del Rio and the Watermark Hotel & Spa both in San Antonio.
Jonathan Wise has left the Hotel Villa Del Sol where he had been the
General Manager for the past two years. He is replaced by Jose Matilla.
Prior to moving to Mexico, Wise was the Director of Operations at the Delamar.
He also worked as Resident Manager at the Iroquois in New York.
Andy Anderson has been appointed Senior Vice President of Sales and
Marketing by Destination Hotels & Resorts. Anderson previously was
a partner in Atef Mankarios’ Foresthills Hotels and Resorts. He is also
a former Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Rosewood.
Albert Herrera is leaving Rosewood’s Carlyle where he has been the Director
of Sales and Marketing since early 2001, to become the Managing Director,
Hotel and Resort Programs, for Virtuoso. Herrera spent many years with
Four Seasons and Mandarin-Oriental both domestically and in Asia. He had
been with Rosewood since 1998.
Jon Eric Baxter has joined Uniworld Global in Los Angeles as Chief Financial
Officer. Baxter is a former Chief Financial Officer of Rosewood, a company
he joined following a twenty-year career with Intercontinental.
Maureen Callahan was promoted to Vice President of Marketing for Destination
Hotels & Resorts. Callahan began her career with the company as Director
of Sales and Marketing for the Gant in Aspen.
Joel Freyberg is the new Hotel Manager at New York’s Hotel Gansevoort.
Freyberg was most recently the Director of Housekeeping at the Carlyle.
Stephen Peters has re-joined the Pan Pacific Vancouver as Hotel Manager.
From 1988 to 1998, Stephen led the Sales and Marketing activities for the
hotel before becoming its Executive Assistant Manager from 1996 to 1998.
Caroline Wilson-Kent has left her long-time post as Director of Sales
and Marketing, The Americas, for Oberoi, to join the Dorchester Group of
Hotels as Director of Sales and Marketing, North America, based in New
Tina Lyra has joined the Grace Bay Club in Turks and Caicos as Director
of Sales and Marketing. Lyra was formerly the Assistant Director of Catering
at the Regent Singapore and a Group Sales Manager at the Ritz-Carlton New
York Battery Park.
Jean Loubat has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Hotel Parker Palm
Springs. He was until recently a Food and Beverage Consultant for the Brown
Palace in Denver. Prior to that, he worked as the Hotel Manager at the
Hotel Intercontinental Dallas.
Jonas Niermann has re-joined the Langham Hotel Boston, formerly Le Méridien
Boston, as Director of Operations/Resident Manager. He is replacing Bob
Van Den Oord who moved to Hong Kong as General Manager of the Eaton Hotel.
Niermann worked at the property before and was until 2000 its Director
of Front Office Operations.
The Millennium UN Plaza Hotel has named Philip Skitch its new Executive
Assistant Manager. Previously, Skitch was the Resident Manager at the Royal
Lancaster in London.
Alberto Pirozzini has been appointed Director of Operations at the W
Los Angeles. He was previously the Assistant Rooms Executive at the Ritz-Carlton
Laguna Niguel. He also worked as a Front Office Manager at the St. Regis
Hotel and Spa in Los Angeles and held various guest services positions
with Four Seasons in Scottsdale and Aviara.
Trevor Stuart-Hill has been promoted to the position of Vice President,
Distribution and Revenue Systems for Destination Hotels & Resorts.
In addition, Greg Staley joins the company as Director of Reservations
and Revenue Systems. Staley joins Destination’s corporate office from the
Pointe South Mountain Resort where he was the Director of Reservations.
Jennifer Long has been named Director of Website Marketing by Destination
Hotels & Resorts. Long began her tenure with the company at the Inverness
Hotel & Conference Center and joined the marketing department in the
corporate office a year later.
Jolinda Everist is the new Director of Marketing of the Four Seasons
Atlanta. Everist was previously at the Omni Houston and replaces Tom Stafford
who moves to the Four Seasons Worldwide Sales Office in Atlanta.
Alana Miranda is the new Director of Sales, North America, for Starwood’s
three resorts in French Polynesia: the Sheraton Hotel Tahiti, the Sheraton
Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa and the luxurious Bora Bora Nui Resort &
Spa. Miranda spent the last five years as West Coast Regional Sales Manager
for Hilton Resorts Hawaii and previously represented Accor. She will continue
to be based in Los Angeles.
Cindy Gagle-Smith jumps clear across the country to be the new Director
of Sales and Marketing at the Mandarin-Oriental Elbow Beach in Bermuda.
Gagle-Smith worked previously in a similar capacity at the Lodge at Sonoma
Renaissance Resort and the Sunburst Resort in Arizona.
June Mariani has recently been appointed Director of Sales at the Homestead
Inn in Greenwich, a Relais & Chateau. Mariani relocated from Boston
where her past experience was as Manager of Private Events for both Radius
and Via Matta restaurants.
Kevin Oake has been appointed Director of Sales at the Pan Pacific Vancouver.
He joins Pan Pacific following eleven years with Fairmont in Vancouver
Michael Platt has joined the Pechanga Hotel and Casino in Temecula as
Vice President Food and Beverage. He was previously the Director of Food
and Beverage at the St. Regis Los Angeles.
Tim Gustie has been transferred in the same position of Director of
Food and Beverage from the Four Seasons Wailea on Maui to the Regent Beverly
Wilshire. He replaces Khalid Mirza.
Matthew Siegel has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the
Wilderness Ridge Golf and Lodge. He worked previously in the same capacity
at Turks and Caicos Beaches, at the Melrose in Dallas and at the Whitehall
Troy Wood has been appointed Director of Catering and Convention Services
at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa. A 16-year veteran of Hyatt,
Wood most recently worked at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City.
Brian Ettelman has been named Director of Catering and Conference Services
at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. Ettelman was most recently the Director
of Catering at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.
Before transferring to Dallas, he was a Food & Beverage Manager and,
subsequently, the Catering & Conference Services Manager at the Four
Seasons Resort Aviara.
Jerry Maon has been appointed Director of Rooms for the soon to open
Intercontinental Atlanta. He comes from the Intercontinental Cleveland,
where he was the Director of Rooms Division.
Steve Shern has accepted the position as Director of Rooms at the Four
Seasons Resort and Club Dallas. He joined Four Seasons right out of the
hospitality program at Washington State University working in Seattle,
Chicago, Atlanta and most recently as Director of Rooms in Las Vegas, where
he has been for the last four years.
James McAnally has been named Rooms Executive at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya
Resort and Spa. He most recently worked in the same capacity at the Hyatt
Regency New Brunswick.
The Loews Santa Monica Beach and the Loews Beverly Hills announced the
appointment of Kyle Pettipher as Director of Revenue Management. Prior
to joining Loews, Pettipher worked in a similar capacity at the Pittsburgh
Gene Roch has been appointed Human Resources Director at the Hyatt Regency
Tamaya Resort and Spa. Prior to this position, Roche was the Assistant
Human Resources Director at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
Joining the Intercontinental Atlanta as Director of Human Resources
is Laura Hamilton. Hamilton was previously at Orient-Express’Windsor Court
in New Orleans for four years in the same capacity. She also held positions
with Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton.
Peter Galletti is the new Director of Engineering and Property Operations
for the Sea Island Company. Galletti was previously a Vice President of
Construction for Gruppe in Dallas.
Jill Winberg, formerly the Spa Director at the Resort at Squaw Creek,
has joined Miraval as Assistant Spa Director.
Michael Soriano will be leaving the Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles
to be the new Director of Housekeeping at Le Méridien at Beverly
Hills. Also leaving the Biltmore is the Executive Assistant Manager in
charge of Rooms, Marc Choplick. Choplick will now be the Director of Operations
at the Four Points Sheraton in Santa Monica.
Gillian Ballance is joining Plumpjacks Restaurants in San Francisco
as Wine Director. Ballance was most recently the Wine Director at Bacara
Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara. She began her wine career at Windows on
Bruno Bertin has joined Cuisine Solution in Washington, DC as Executive
Chef. Bertin recently ran his own catering company in New York and prior
to that was a Chef Partner of L’Amuse Bouche Catering in Geneva, Switzerland.
Before that, he worked as the Executive Chef of Feast and Fêtes Catering
in New York for Daniel Boulud.
Bruno Lopez is the new Executive Chef at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.
Lopez comes from Raffles L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills, just a mile away.
He previously spent ten years with Ritz-Carlton in Dubai, Marina del Rey,
San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. At the Beverly Wilshire, he takes over
from Urs Balmer, who has left the company.
Charles Hechinger has been appointed Executive Chef at the Claremont
in Oakland. Hechinger was previously at the Lodge at Vail and spent many
years in San Francisco cooking at the Pan Pacific, the Argent and the Hyatt
The new Executive Chef at Masa's in San Francisco is Richard Reddington,
who recently left Napa Valley's L'Auberge du Soleil after four years. Joining
Reddington as Chef de Cuisine at Masa's is Gregory Short, who until recently
was cooking at Montage in Laguna Beach.
Ed Gannon, formerly the Chef de Cuisine at the Four Seasons Boston,
has opened Lure in Nantucket. His replacement at the Four Seasons is Jérome
Legras, formerly the Executive Chef of the boutique Four Seasons Tokyo
Jonathan Gelman has been appointed Executive Sous Chef at the Arizona
Biltmore Resort & Spa. He comes from Michael's at the Citadel, in Scottsdale,
where he served as Executive Chef of Catering & Banquets. Previously,
he was the Owner and Executive Chef of Napa Gardens Catering, in California.
Lamberto Valdez has opened as Chef-Owner El Chamol Restaurant in Palm
Beach. Valdez was formerly the Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Jupiter
Golf and Spa and the Sofitel Miami.
Thierry Grodet has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Westin Peachtree
Plaza in Atlanta. Grodet was previously the Executive Sous Chef at the
Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Florida.
Mark Sapienza has returned to the former Méridien Boston, now
the Langham, this time as the Chef de Cuisine at Julien. Sapienza used
to be the hotel's Executive Chef until he left two years ago to be the
Chef and Partner at the Bay Tower, also in Boston.
Michael Gillet has been appointed Executive Pastry Chef at the Phoenician.
He was previously with the Peninsula Chicago as Pastry Chef and also worked
as Assistant Pastry Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Naples. Gillet's prior experience
includes Pastry Chef at La Grenouille in New York and Pastry Sous Chef
at Le Cirque 2000.
Chris Wilson has joined Twin Farms in Vermont as Pastry Chef. Wilson
was previously at the Inn at Little Washington in Virginia in a similar