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Richard Evanich Appointed General Manager and David Chase Named
Hotel Manager of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park
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NEW YORK, NY (December 2006) – A career veteran of the luxury hotel business, Rick Evanich has been named general manager of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park. He had been general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common since spring 2005.  Prior to his appointment in Boston, Evanich was the general manager of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park.

According to Dan Flannery, area general manager of The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of New York, "Rick Evanich brings over 20 years experience to his role as general manager at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park.  His vast food and beverage expertise, his knowledge of the New York City market and his understanding of the needs of the luxury traveler will help enhance the positioning and reputation of this wonderful and highly regarded hotel."

In his previous role as hotel manager and general manager, he played an integral role in helping The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park achieve the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond Award after only three months of operation as well as the Mobil Five Star distinction.  He was formerly the director of food and beverage at the Marriott Marquis in New York; director of operations at The Westin Cincinnati and Maui, Hawaii; and director of food and beverage at the Fairmont San Francisco.  Evanich was also the executive chef at Marriott’s Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, California; the Maui Marriott Resort in Hawaii; and Marriott’s Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona.

A trained chef who has studied in Italy and France, Evanich brings an international panache and finely honed management skills to the 298-room hotel, which serves as a downtown oasis of luxury hospitality in New York since it opened in January 2002. 

He will oversee the only AAA Five Diamond luxury waterfront hotel in New York. Evanich is a native of Wisconsin and enjoys spending time with his four children: Paige (16), Reid (14), Claire (12), and Grace (10). 

Also David Chase has been named the new hotel manager of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park.   This former area director of catering & conference services for The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of New York has spent his 16-year career working with American luxury properties.  Chase replaces Allen Highfield who departed in October.

Chase brings to The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park a strong background in luxury hotel catering and conference services, food and beverage operations, financial management and team building.  He has a strong connection to the AAA Five Diamond Ritz-Carlton in Battery Park having opened the property in 2002 and overseen $13.5 million per year in catering revenue.  His leadership ultimately resulted in numerous corporate achievements and awards in catering at the Battery Park hotel. 

“The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park strongly contributed to the revitalization of Lower Manhattan,” says Chase.  “With a record-breaking year for Wall Street and a sizeable increase in international travelers, the hotel is poised to evolve as a destination for leisure and business travelers.  The neighborhood's historical past and exciting future converge at this urban oasis known for its distinct character and will continue to be a leader in the luxury hotel industry.” 

Chase’s career includes positions as area director of catering & conference services at The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of New York (2001 to 2006), director of catering at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston (1994-1995), and associate director of catering at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco (1992–1994).  In addition to his Ritz-Carlton experience, Chase was a partner in a bistro and wine bar in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston (1996-1997), and senior catering sales manager at The St. Regis New York, (1998-2001).  Chase received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Quinnipiac University. 

Chase is married to Denise and they have three children: Alexandra (7), Nicholas (4), and Julia (2).  He enjoys cooking for his family, M&M’s, and playing guitar.

The AAA Five Diamond hotel is situated on Lower Manhattan’s waterfront, the 39-story, 298-room hotel overlooks historic New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  Inside, a flawless standard of personal service reigns with bath butlers, valets, concierges, spa treatments and 24-hour room service.  Guests venturing from the snug haven of their room can enjoy a breathtaking sunset and award-winning cocktails from Rise, the hotel’s 14th floor bar or step outside for a stroll along the scenic esplanade of Battery Park. 

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Contact:

Jennifer A. Oberstein
Area Director of Public Relations
The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of New York
Two West Street
New York, New York 10004
Direct Phone: 917-790-2417
jennifer.oberstein@ritzcarlton.com
www.ritzcarlton.com
 

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Also See: Rick Evanich Named General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park / March 2003
Millennium Partners and Ian Schrager Hotels to Re-develop The St. Moritz Hotel / Nov 1999
Millennium Partners and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Win Bid to Build Luxury Hotel at Battery Park City / Jan 1999

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