|Many changes at the corporate office of Wyndham International: Cornellian
Ted Teng, President and Chief Operating Officer, sees his position "rightsized"
out of existence; Joseph Champ, Executive Vice President of Business Development
and Patricia Smith, Executive Vice President of Human Resources are "rightsized"
too. In addition, Richard Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer, has resigned with Elizabeth Schroeder as his replacement as Executive
Vice President and Acting Chief Financial Officer. Schroeder was formerly
Wyndham's Senior Vice President of Finance, Strategic Planning and Investor
Relations. Timothy Fielding, former Corporate Controller, will be named
Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer; Michael Higa will
be named Corporate Treasurer and Judy Hendrick, former Senior Vice President
and Treasurer, will be named Executive Vice President and Chief Investment
Ray Jacobi is Chief Executive Officer of the Telluride Ski and Golf
Company. He was previously with Rosewood for five years, first as Managing
Director of the Mansion on Turtle Creek and later as Chief Operating Officer.
Prior experience also includes senior level positions with Ian Schrager
Hotels, the Phoenician and Four Seasons Hotels.
David King has been appointed Regional Vice President of Operations
by Loews Hotels in Florida. A Cornell graduate, King previously logged
thirty years with what is now Starwood, most recently as Vice President
of Staff Operations for the North America Division. At Loews, King takes
over from another Cornellian, Michael Sansbury, who will be launching his
own hotel group.
Edward Evans has been appointed Founding Director for the Center for
Entrepreneurship at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
Evans served most recently as Senior Vice President of Human Resources
for ARAMARK's Uniform and Career Apparel Group.
Joseph Kruvi has been named Area Vice President of the San Diego &
South Orange County regions of Hilton Hotels Corporation. Kruvi had started
his career with Hilton prior to joining Dan Hotels in Israel before engaging
in a ten-year career with Hyatt in the United Sates and Israel. He was
most recently the General Manager of the Hilton Burbank & Convention
Larry Mullin has been promoted to Executive Vice President Chief Operating
Officer of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Prior to joining Borgata,
Mullin served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Trump Marina.
Johnny So has been appointed Managing Director at the St. Regis Monarch
Beach Resort and Spa. He was previously with KSL Resorts as General Manager
of the Grand Wailea Resort in Hawaii and previously in the same capacity
at La Quinta in Palm Springs. So had worked with Starwood before as Vice
President of Operations at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas. At Monarch Beach,
he takes the position left vacant when Ulrich Krauer left in the spring.
Ramesh Sadhwani has left the Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma as General
Manager and has been replaced by Antoine Chahwan who transfers from the
Four Seasons Sydney. The resort also has a new Resort Manager in Annabel
Shaw who comes from the Four Seasons Las Colinas where she was the Director
Robert Todak has been appointed General Manager of the Hard Rock Hotel
Chicago, the first property opened under the new Sol Melia/Hard Rock joint
venture. Todak had been operating his own travel agency since leaving the
presidency of Miami-based Bentley Group. He was also for five years the
General Manager of Ian Schrager’s Delano.
Bonnie Best has been promoted to General Manager at the Hotel Valencia
Santana Row. Best was formerly Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing
for three years for Hotel Valencia.
Bruce James has been appointed General Manager at the Numa Hotel and
Spa, a new boutique property located in Monterrey, Mexico slated to open
in June 2005. He was previously the Director of Sales at the Pantages Hotel
At Gordon Campbell-Gray’s Carlisle Bay in Antigua, Andrew Hedley is
the new General Manager. He comes from Point Grace in the Turks and Caicos.
John Graham has been appointed General Manager at the Point in Saranac
Lake. He was previously at sister property the Willcox in Georgia. Graham
is taking over from Tim Thuell who, after seven years at the Point, has
been appointed General Manager of Napa Valley’s Meadowood, another Relais
Jeffrey Mayers has been appointed General Manager of the Riverview Plaza
in Mobile. He was most recently with Interstate at the Westin Poinsett
Hotel in South Carolina. Mayers also served as Director of Operations at
the Renaissance WorldGate Hotel in Orlando.
Hans Bratt is the new General Manager of the Mayfair Hotel and Spa in
Miami, now operated by Kimpton Hotels. Bratt was most recently at André
Balasz’ Raleigh, following a two-year stint as the General Manager of the
Presidente Intercontinental in Cozumel.
Peter Hoehn has been named General Manager of the Francisco Grande Hotel
and Golf Resort in Arizona. Hoehn comes from the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville,
where he had been since 2000 as the Director of Food and Beverage Operations.
At Francisco Grande, he takes over from Carter Donovan who served as Owner’s
Representative and Opening General Manager.
At the MGM Grand Las Vegas Tobias Mattstedt’s new position is Vice President
of SKYLOFTS, the fancy all-suite boutique hotel atop the MGM Grand. Concurrently,
he will continue in his role as Vice President Development for the MGM
Grand. He originally joined the MGM Grand in 2001 as Vice President of
Food & Beverage.
Peter Nowotny, a Cornell graduate, is the new General Manager of the
Holiday Inn in Addison, Texas. Nowotny had previously been with Stanford
Hotels and the Adams Mark in Dallas.
Peter Karpinski, a Cornell graduate, has been appointed Corporate Director
of Operations for the Starr Restaurant Organization in Philadelphia. He
was previously the Director of Restaurants at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
Luis Leon has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Secured Diversified
Investments, a real estate holding and financial services company. Leon
was most recently the Director of Finance at the St. Regis Monarch Beach
Resort and Spa. Prior to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Nakamichi
Jeffrey Felshaw is the General Manager of the City Club Hotel in New
York. He previously was the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Regent
Wall Street (which has closed), the W New York and the New York Palace.
Domingo Castro has joined the soon-to-open Casa Colonial boutique Resort
& Spa in the Dominican Republic, as its Managing Director. He moves
from Mexico where he held the position of General Manager at Las Alamandas
Ivan Lee has joined the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles as Vice
President/General Manager. Prior to joining Millennnium, Lee was the Chief
Executive in the hotel division of the Sino Group in Singapore. In Los
Angeles, Lee takes over from Gunther Zweimuller, who has left the company.
Greg Pirkle transfers from the Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma to be
the Resort Manager at Hawaii’s Four Seasons Hualalai. Pirkle started his
career with Ritz-Carlton in 1985 and joined Four Seasons in 1989 as Executive
Housekeeper in Boston.
Marcie Lieberman has been promoted at the Carlyle to Hotel Manager.
She was previously the Director of Rooms since joining the luxe hotel in
2002. She originally joined Rosewood in May 2001 as the Executive Assistant
Manager in charge of rooms at the Carénage Bay Resort. The property,
since then renamed Raffles Resort Canouan Island, is now operated by Raffles
Daniela Guccione has been promoted to the position of Assistant General
Manager at the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston. Guccione joined the hotel
as Property Operations Director during its pre-opening stages and previously
worked at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge and the Hilton Dedham in various
housekeeping and front office management positions.
Hilton Hotels has named Cornell graduate Stefani Strategos Vice President,
Project Finance and Namit Malhotra Vice President, Feasibility and Investment
Analysis. Strategos joined Hilton in 2000 as Manager of Feasibility &
Investment Analysis. Malhotra joined in 2003 as Director of Feasibility
& Investment Analysis.
Caroline Wilson-Kent has joined the Dorchester Group as Director of
Sales and Marketing North America. Wilson-Kent had been with the Oberoi
Group since 1994. She was the company’s Director of Sales and Marketing,
the Americas, since 1996.
Bob Arrivillaga is the new Director of Sales-Southwest Region at KSL
Resorts. Arrivillaga has been in hospitality sales since 1992 with his
most recent experiences selling the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel for three
years and the St. Regis Monarch Beach for the past four years.
Loma Howell has joined the Mandarin-Oriental Washington DC as Director
of Sales. Howell comes from the Madison and had previously toiled for Marriott.
Mario Merturi has joined L’Escale at the Delamar as Director of Catering
and Operations. Merturi comes from the Hyatt Regency Greenwich where he
held several positions over the past ten years, most recently as Director
of Catering and Conference Services.
Jeffrey Levine joins Intercontinental as Key Accounts Director, East
Coast. Levine had previously been the Director of Sales, East Coast, for
Concorde Hotels since 2001. He was promoted to that position following
five years selling Concorde’s flagships Hotel de Crillon and Hotel Martinez
in the United States.
Lynne Hayman is the new Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons
Las Vegas. Hayman replaces David Sullivan who is now with Abercrombie and
Kent as VP Human Resources. Hayman was most recently the Director of Human
Resources at the Four Seasons Newport Beach.
Jacqueline Pucci has transferred as Director of Human Resources from
the Pierre in New York to the Four Seasons Newport Beach. She is replaced
at the Pierre by Yvonne Mancini who comes a few blocks from the Four Seasons
Anthony Vazquez joins the Rhiga Royal as Director of Human Resources.
Vazquez was previously a Vice President of Human Resources for Hilton Hotels
in New York and spent a total of fourteen years with the company.
Marco Perry is the new Director of Food and Beverage at Soho House in
New York. Perry had been with the Mandarin-Oriental Hotel Group for the
past four years, most recently at the Director of Food and Beverage at
Julian Griffiths joins the New York Palace as Director of Food and Beverage.
Griffiths was previously at the Waldorf=Astoria as Assistant Director of
Food and Beverage. At the Palace, he slides into the position left vacant
by Gérald Feurer, now the Director of Food and Beverage at the Peninsula
Edward Linsley transfers from the Four Seasons Nevis to the Four Seasons
Philadelphia as Director of Food and Beverage. Thomas de Louise replaces
Linsley in Nevis, formerly of the Four Seasons Philadelphia.
David Bernand took over for Alastair McAlpine as Director of Food and
Beverage at the Four Seasons Washington DC. McAlphine is currently at the
Pierre in New York before heading over to Hawaii to assist with the takeover
of the Manele Bay Hotel and Lodge at Koele for Four Seasons. As for Bernand,
he used to be the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons
Didier Jardin has been transferred from the position of Director of
Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons New York to the same position at
the Four Seasons Hualalai. Francois-Olivier Luiggi, a six-year veteran
of the Four Seasons New York (and a graduate of the IHMI Cornell-Essec)
will take the department over.
Scott Cronin, former Regional Director, New York, for China Grill Management,
has been appointed Regional Director of Kimpton Restaurants in New York.
As such he rejoins another former China Grill Management man, Kelley Jones,
now Kimpton’s Vice President Food and Beverage.
Demi Ortega has taken over for Jitka Wieland as Director of Food and
Beverage at the Four Seasons Newport Beach. Ortega returns to Newport Beach
after stints with Four Seasons in Scottsdale and Atlanta. As for Wieland,
she has left the company.
At the Four Seasons Scottsdale, Brian Pierce takes over from Demi Ortega
as Director of Food and Beverage. Pierce had been the Director of Restaurants
at the Phoenician for several years.
Andy Yates has been promoted to General Manager of Planet Hollywood
New York. He took over from Roland Rutjens who left the company to move
Toby Reivant is the opening Director of Operations at Bistro Moderne
in Houston’s Hotel Derek. Reivant returns stateside after spending the
past year in Stockholm at Öst 100. He previously was the Restaurant
Director at L’Auberge du Soleil. Bistro Moderne, designed by Jeffrey Beers,
is due to open in November.
Brian Marcus has been promoted to the position of General Manager at
the soon to open Sushi Roku Las Vegas located in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s
Palace. Marcus joined Sushi Roku parent company Innovative Dining in November
2003. At the time he had been assigned the launch of Ludo at the W, a joined
venture with Starwood Hotels in Los Angeles, which failed to materialize.
Jeffrey Keeler is the new Food and Beverage Manager at the Sheraton
Steamboat Resort and Conference Center. He comes from the Wigwam in Phoenix
where he was a Food and Beverage Outlet Manager.
Sébastien Silvestri is leaving his post of Director of Food and
Beverage at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort to rejoin former boss Ray Jacobi
at the Telluride Ski and Golf Company. Silvestri will be responsible for
launching a new restaurant complex. He had worked for Rosewood under Jacobi
previously at the Lanesborough in London and the Mansion on Turtle Creek
Yvon Goetz has been appointed Corporate Executive Chef at the David
Wilhelm Restaurant Group. He was previously with Ritz-Carlton for thirteen
years, the most recent nine of which as Chef de Cuisine of the Dining Room
at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.
Andrew Copley is opening his own restaurant in Palm Springs this December,
aptly named Copley’s on Palm Canyon. Copley had previously been the Executive
Chef for two years at the Turtle Bay Resort and for three years at the
Lodge at Koele.
Alain Léger has been appointed Executive Chef at Brentwood Bay
Lodge, in British Columbia. A Canadian, he most recently plied his trade
at the Metropolitan in Vancouver, where he was the Executive Sous Chef,
and at Pastis restaurant, also in Vancouver.
Daniel Orr has joined the Cuisinart Resort as Executive Chef, replacing
Denis Jaricot who moved to Little Dix Bay in the spring. Orr originally
made his name as the Chef at New York’s La Grenouille, which he left in
2001 to open Sir Terence Conran’s Guastavino’s.
Sumanth Das joined the restaurant Aramara at the Four Seasons Punta
Mita as Restaurant Chef. Das had previously been the Executive Chef at
Monsoon in Chicago and at the Peninsula Chicago as Sous Chef of Shanghai
Daniel Schaffhauser joined the Regent Beverly Wilshire as Executive
Banquet Chef. Schaffhauser was previously the Executive Chef at Casa del
Mar in Santa Monica and Chez Michel in San Francisco after spending six
years at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.
Robert Gerstenecker was recently named Executive Chef of Park 75 at
the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. Gerstenecker returns to Atlanta after a
two-year layover at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach where he served
as Executive Sous Chef. Gerstenecker replaces Kevin Hickey who accepted
the position of Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.
There is a new Executive Chef at Meadowood in Napa Valley, Vincent Nattress.
He was the previous Chef/Owner of Roux in St. Helena and takes over for
Scheduled to open in January 2005, the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder has
brought on Marco Cavuoto as Executive Chef. Cavuoto had previously been
with Bacara Resort and the St. Regis Los Angeles as Executive Sous Chef.
Denis Lartigue has been appointed to the position of Executive Chef
at the Hilton Barbados. Lartigue was previously in a similar position at
the Hilton Shanghai.
Bruno Feldeisen has been named Executive Pastry Chef at the Brentwood
Bay Lodge. Deemed one of the top pastry chefs in the country, Feldeisen
worked with Joachim Splichal for several years prior to becoming the opening
Pastry Chef at the Four Seasons New York in the mid nineties. In recent
years he opened restaurants in Washington DC (Senses) and San Francisco
(Solea) as well as a bakery in Toronto.
Olivier Carlut is the new Executive Pastry Chef of the Grand Wailea
Resort Hotel and Spa. His career includes Executive Pastry Chef positions
at the Hyatt Regency Kauai, Lotte Hotel in Seoul, Guam Hilton International,
Hyatt Dubai and Sheraton Oman.
Edgar Theisen is the new Executive Chef at Little Buddha at Las Vegas’
hip Palms Hotel and Casino. Theisen joins from Roy’s Restaurants, where
he had been an Executive Chef in Philadelphia, Boca Raton and Hawaii. He
had also worked with chef-restaurateur Jean-Marie Josselin at the Beach
House on Kauai.