|Larry Shupnick has been named Senior Vice President, Development and
Acquisitions at Interstate Hotels and Resorts. A well-known veteran of
large-scale acquisitions, he previously served as Senior Vice President,
Development and Acquisitions, for MeriStar. Shupnick first joined Interstate
in 1990, when he merged his company, Laral Hotels, with CapStar, now part
of Interstate. At CapStar, Shupnick attempted to develop a national chain
of premium restaurants with Chef Michel Richard.
Sunstone Hotel Investors has promoted William Wagner to Senior Vice
President and Chief Accounting Officer. He joined Sunstone in July 2004
as Vice President of Accounting and was previously the Vice President of
Accounting for the Trizetto Group and spent eight years as an auditor with
Ernst & Young.
John Vanderslice has joined Miraval, Life in Balance as Chief Executive
Officer. He was most recently the President of Club Med's Americas region.
At ClubMed, Vanderslice was reporting to Philippe Bourguignon, now the
Vice Chairman of Revolution Resorts, of which Miraval is a part.
David Rodriguez has been appointed Executive Vice President, Human Resources
for Marriott International succeeding Brendan Keegan who is retiring from
the company. Since 2003, Rodriguez held the position of Executive Vice
President - Lodging Human Resources after joining the company as Senior
Vice President, Staffing & Development in 1998.
Auberge Resorts has promoted Severino Gomez to the position of Regional
Vice President for new development outside the United States. He will concurrently
continue to serve as General Manager at Esperanza. Prior to joining Auberge
Resorts, Gomez served as General Manager of the Paradise Village Golf,
Marina and Spa in Puerto Vallarta.
Chris Van der Baars has been promoted by Interstate Hotels & Resorts
to Vice President, Development for the company's Condo-Hotels division.
He joined Interstate in 2000 as Manager of the Doubletree Westshore in
Tampa and was then promoted to General Manager of the South Seas Resort
in Captiva, Florida. Van Der Baars also briefly ran his own Executive Search
Cornell graduate Michael Rawson has been named General Manager of the
Hotel Sorrento in Seattle as well as Chief Operating Officer of the Sequoia
Syndicate, a Seattle investment and asset management company. Since 1998,
he had been with Hotels AB as Senior Vice President of Operations.
Bryan Austin has been appointed President of Resort Operations for the
Wingfield Nevada Group. He toiled six years with Ritz-Carlton, most recently
as an Executive Assistant in charge of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton
Dearborn, after serving as Acting General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland
and Executive Assistant Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. Austin
also spent ten years with Four Seasons Resorts in Hawaii, Los Angeles and
Jens Grafe has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of
the Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort. From 1994 to 2003 he was
the General Manager of Turnberry Isle and previously the President of Rafael
Boutique hotelier Tim Thuell will be joining The Chanler in Newport,
as General Manager early August. Currently the General Manager of Meadowood,
Thuell also spent seven years at the helm of the exclusive Point at Saranac
Lake, following stints in some of Bermuda and the Caribbean's top small
resorts. At the Chanler, he takes over from Jeff David, now the Resort
Manager at the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod.
Native Barbadian Andrew Zephirin was named General Manager of the Crane
Resort and Residences, in St. Philip. He previously spent seven years with
Ritz-Carlton, most recently as General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Marina
Taking over for Andrew Zephirin at the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey
is Robert Thomas, who transfers form the almost-adjacent Marriott Marina
Ronan Hénaff will be the opening General Manager at New York's
Cipriani Club Residences. He was most recently the Director of Food and
Beverage at the Carlyle. He also was the opening Restaurant General Manager
for Atelier at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park South.
Jim Samuels has been appointed General Manager at the Laguna Cliffs
Marriott, taking over for Jeroen Gerrese who had run the hotel since 2001.
Samuels was most recently the Vice President of Operations for Dallas-based
Headington Hotels. He also toiled at the Shore Club in Miami and the Mansion
on Turtle Creek as Hotel Manager.
Jeroen Gerrese has become a partner with Regent Hospitality Services
in Stockton. He had been with Interstate Hotels and Resorts since 1998
at the Moscow Marriott Royal Hotel and, most recently, as General Manager
of the Laguna Cliffs Marriott.
Michael Miner has been named General Manager at the Westin Bonaventure
replacing Brian Fitzgerald who left to become the General Manager of the
Royal Sonesta Boston. Miner was most recently with the Kor Group, where
he served as Area General Manager for the Sheraton Gateway in Los Angeles
and the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica.
Jerry Gleason has been appointed Managing Director of the West Baden
Springs Hotel in Indiana slated for reopening of June 2007. Most recently,
Gleason was an Area Vice President of Operations for Hilton Hotels and
was previously a Regional Vice President for Promus and Doubletree.
Kanwaljeet 'Rikki' Boparai has been named General Manager of the Bedford
Springs Resort in Pennsylvania. He was most recently the Director of Operations
at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado.
James Edward Douglas has been named General Manager of the Pan Pacific
Whistler Mountainside and the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre replacing
Tim Morrison who will now be working for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Douglas
was most recently the General Manager of the Coast Inn of the North in
Northern British Columbia.
Richard Jardin has joined L'Auberge Carmel as General Manager. He was
most recently the General Manager at the Inn at Dos Brisas in Texas. Jardin
also served as the Food and Beverage Manager at Twin Farms and at the Willcox.
Brooks Bradbury has been named General Manager at Riverbend in Kohler,
Wisconsin. For the past three years he has been at the Quinnipiack Club
Rodolfo Roth has joined Mexico City's Hotel Marquis Reforma as General
Manager. He was previously the General Manager at the Hotel Melia and the
At Miami's Setai, Hansjoerg Meier takes over from MS Puri as General
Manager. Puri continues as Vice President for GHM Hotels. As for Meier,
he transfers from the Legian Bali, where he was the General Manager. He
originally joined GHM at the Datai in Langkawi.
Ben Trodd is transferring to the Four Seasons Los Angeles as Hotel Manager
from the same position at the Four Seasons Palo Alto. He was previously
at the Four Seasons Hampshire and the Four Seasons Dublin in various positions.
He replaces Rainer Stampfer who leaves to be the opening General Manager
at the Four Seasons Koh Samui in Thailand, slated for opening January 2007.
Karim Chaia has been appointed Food and Beverage Director at Discovery
at Marigot Bay in St. Lucia, scheduled to open in September. He was previously
at the Royal Monceau in Paris and had previously done some openings for
Alain Ducasse's SPOON at the Byblos in Courchevel and in Switzerland.
Philippe Torelli has been appointed Rooms Division Manager at Discovery
at Marigot Bay. He was previously a Front Office Manager at Le Méridien
Bora Bora and worked as an Assistant Manager at the Hotel Meurice and as
Front Desk Manager at the Hotel Prince de Galles in Paris.
Barbara Van der Vliet is now the Club Services Manager at the Bella
Sera Tuscan Villas and Piazza in British Columbia. She was most recently
with the Picerne Group in San Juan Capistrano and previously worked for
Vulcan, Inc. overseeing Paul Allen's interests as Director of Estate and
David Rosenberg has been appointed the Director of Operations for the
Carmel Valley Ranch Resort and Spa. He was previously the Rooms Executive
at the Park Hyatt San Francisco.
Jacob Ascher, currently Director of Operations at the British Colonial
Hilton, will take over as General Manager, Hilton Tobago Golf & Spa
Resort. He was previously in Israel as Director of Operations at the Hilton
Cesar Biggeri has been named Director of Sales - Western Region, for
Jumeirah based in Los Angeles. For the past three years, he was the Corporate
Sales Manager at the Four Seasons Los Angeles and previously worked as
Sales Manager at the Sofitel Los Angeles.
William Becker returns to the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas as Vice
President Food and Beverage. He was previously the Director of Culinary
Operations at the hotel before moving into the position of Area Director
of Culinary Operations overseeing the Rio, Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.
Marcia Abel has been named Director of Human Resources for the Northland
Inn in Minnesota. She was most recently the Director of Operational Support
for the Doubletree Guest Suites of Minneapolis and previously served for
six years at the property as the Director of Human Resources.
Donna Miklich has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the
Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center, located on Long Island.
She was most recently the Assistant Director of Human Resources at the
Essex House and had worked eight years for Starwood.
Dorian Rommel has joined the St. Regis Resort Monarch Beach as the Director
of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in London at the Dorchester
as Deputy Food and Beverage Manager. Previously, he oversaw the restaurants
at the Pierre in New York and the Waldorf=Astoria.
Thomas Barretta is now at the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference
Center as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same
position at Oheka Castle Hotel and Estate and was previously overseeing
food and beverage at the Garden City Hotel.
Jennifer Wachter has relocated to San Francisco as the Director of Special
Events and Catering for Guckenheimer, handling all Special Events for such
clients as LucasFilms at Skywalker Ranch. She previously supervised catering
at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Pacific Design Center.
Anthony Keene is the Executive Chef at Carmel Valley Ranch, rejoining
General Manager Joe Violi with whom he worked at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna
Niguel many years ago. Keene was most recently overseeing the kitchens
at Casa Marina in Key West and was previously the Executive Chef at Little
Palm Island, and the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.
Frank Ziegler has been named Executive Sous Chef at the Peninsula Chicago.
He was most recently at the Delano in Miami as the Senior Sous Chef. He
had been a Main Kitchen Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne and the Banquet
Chef at the Mandarin Oriental Miami.
Anthony Cole has joined the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod as Executive
Chef. He had been with the Ritz-Carlton since 1994, most recently as the
Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis.
Michael Goodman has joined the Cuisinart Resort in Anguilla as Executive
Chef taking over from Daniel Orr who left the company and returned to New
York. Goodman was most recently at the Napa Restaurant at the Five-Star
Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai and previously put in two years as the Executive
Chef of Amandari in Bali.
Jasper Schneider is now the Chef des Cuisines at the Chatham Bars Inn.
He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Palms in Turks and Caicos
following six years at La Quinta Resort and Club.
Didier Montarou has transferred as Executive Chef from the InterContinetal
Cleveland to the soon-to-open InterContinental Boston. Montarou has previously
been the Executive Chef at InterContinental hotels in Spain, Columbia,
Venezuela, Brazil, England and his home country of France.
Timothy Keating has joined the Biltmore in Coral Gables as Executive
Chef. Since 1997 he had been in the kitchens at the Four Seasons Houston,
a post he left in 2005 to take a sabbatical.
Luis Pous has been appointed Executive Chef at Little Palm Island. He
was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at the Mandarin Oriental Turnberry
Isle Resort and Club. He previously spent two years in a similar capacity
at the Plaza-Athénée in New York.
Kyle Ketchum is leaving the Lark in West Bloomfield where he was the
Chef to join the Spiced Pear at The Chanler in Newport, Rhode Island, as
Executive Chef. John Somerville, the Sous Chef since 1994, has been promoted
to the top post for Ketchum.
Christian Clair left the Sofitel Water Tower in Chicago where he served
as Executive Sous Chef to hold the same title at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna
Peter Tischmann, Jr. has joined the Four Seasons Wailea as Assistant
Food and Beverage Director. A Cornell graduate, he was most recently the
Director of Food and Beverage Administration at Wynn Las Vegas.
Elizabeth Carrier has joined the Beverly Hilton as Assistant Director
of Food and Beverage. She previously spent eighteen months at Wynn Las
Vegas first as General Manager of Tableau, then as General Manager of Daniel
Fabien Riviere has joined MIX in Las Vegas as Restaurant Manager, taking
over for Gilles Kolakowski. He was most recently a Food and Beverage Manager
at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas and previously served as Dining Room
Manager at Aureole, also in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Jane Tracey is now at the Equinox Resort and Spa as Executive Housekeeper.
She was most recently in the same position at the Mountain View Grand Resort
in New Hamphsire.
Jeremy McCarthy has joined Starwood Hotels and Resorts as Director of
Spa Development and Operations. He was most recently the Spa Director at
La Costa in Carlsbad and previously worked with Four Seasons for ten years
in various spa management positions.