|Global Hyatt has made Mark Hoplamazian its President and Chief Executive.
He came from the Pritzker Organization (Hyatt's owners) of which he was
the President following a career in international mergers and acquisitions
at First Boston. At Hyatt, he replaces Douglas Geoga who recently resigned
to form his own hospitality investment firm.
Greg Ashley has been named President and Partner at the newly established
Kor Group Real Estate Company. Ashley joins Kor after fourteen years at
Craig Neilsen, the Chief Executive Officer of Ameristar Casinos, unexpectedly
died. The company has named President John Boushy as its new Chief Executive
Officer. Ray Neilsen, Vice President of Operations (and Craig Neilsen's
son) was named Co-Chairman, along with Gordon Kanofsky. Craig Neilsen had
been Ameristar's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since the company's
inception in 1993.
The Kor Group has appointed Tom Hendrick Executive Vice President,
Acquisitions and Development, to be based in Dallas. Hendrick was most
recently the Vice President of Development for Mandarin Oriental. In addition,
he has served in senior development positions with Rosewood and Regent.
Colm O'Callaghan has been appointed Vice President Managing Director
for the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago. He will be reporting
to Chief Operating Officer Jim Petrus, who joined the Trump Organization
following sixteen years with Hyatt and twelve years with Starwood. O'Callaghan
most recently transited the Méridien Chicago into the Hotel Conrad
Chicago as General Manager. He had previously been the Hotel Manager at
the Peninsula Chicago.
Cornell hotelier Robert Foster has joined the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
as General Manager, taking over for Kiaran MacDonald, who has been promoted
to General Manager of the Savoy London. Foster had been the General Manager
at Noble House's Caleo Resort before being promoted to President of the
André Boersma is the new General Manager of Operations at Querencia
in Los Cabos. This is a return to Mexico for Boersma who had been the Resident
Manager at the One&Only Palmilla, Fiesta Americana and Esperanza, all
in Cabo San Lucas. Since 2005, he had been the Senior Vice President and
General Manager at the One&Only Ocean Club.
Carlos Blanco has taken over from Peter Bowling as Managing Director
of Jumby Bay. An eight-year Rosewood veteran, he was previously the Resident
Manager at Caneel Bay, following seven years in various positions at Las
Ventanas Al Paraiso.
The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach has appointed Brad Cance General Manager.
Cance had been the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis for the
past two years. He has also served as Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton
Naples Golf Resort. Prior to joining Ritz-Carlton, he spent ten years with
Four Seasons in Chicago, Vancouver and Seattle.
Patrik Horstmann has joined New York's Hotel Gansevoort as General Manager.
He comes from the Shore Club in Miami, a property he joined in 2002 as
Rooms Division Manager and was promoted in 2005 to Director of Operations.
Tod Morrow has been appointed General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.
He transfers from the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead where he was the Hotel Manager.
He was previously at the Ritz-Carlton Naples.
David Gibbons has been named General Manager of the soon-to-be-renamed
Ritz-Carlton Boston. The 1927 landmark has been acquired by Taj International.
Until a few months ago, Gibbons spent twenty one years with Swissôtel
where his assignments included General Manager at New York’s Swissôtel,
The Drake for three years and the Swissôtel Boston for twelve years.
Following the closure of the Drake, he had accepted the position of General
Manager of Boston's landmark Lenox.
Erica Qualls has been appointed General Manager of the Atlanta Marriott
Marquis. She joined Marriott in 1993 and was previously the Hotel Manager
and Director of Human Resources for the hotel.
Antoine Berberi has joined Thompson Hotels and will be working as General
Manager to manage and convert the existing Wall Street District Hotel in
New York City. He comes from the Westin Governor Morris in New Jersey where
he was the General Manager. For eleven years, he was in various positions
with InterContinental in Al Ain, Dubai, Bali, Miami and New Orleans.
James Scott has taken over as General Manager of Discovery at Marigot
Bay on the island of St. Lucia, operated by Grace Leo and Associates. Scott
takes over from Patrick Brizio who has relocated to Europe.
Susan Santiago has been appointed General Manager at the Hyatt Key West.
She has worked with Hyatt for over fourteen years in food and beverage
in Lake Tahoe, Phoenix, Newport Beach, New York and Orlando. Most recently,
she was the company's Corporate Food and Beverage Director.
Todd Iacono has joined the Hotel Zaza in Dallas as General Manager.
He was most recently the Hotel Manager for Horst Schulze's soon-to-open
Hotel Solis in Chicago. Previously, he held the position of General Manager
at the Pasadena Hilton, the James Hotel in Scottsdale and the Hotel Maritime
in New York.
Mark Violante will be the General Manager/Project Manager for Peter
Moore and Associates. The firm is developing a 60-unit high-end condo hotel
in Manhattan's Nolita. Since 2003, Violante had been with the James Hotel
Group with his most recent position as Chicago-based Director of Operations.
Simon Chen has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for Skylar Management
Company, a restaurant group with five restaurants in Colorado. He comes
from the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa where he served as Hotel Manager.
Previously, Chen was with Ritz-Carlton in various positions in Bachelor
Gulch, Tyson's Corner, Naples, Puerto Rico, Atlanta and Sydney.
Sergio Ortiz has been named General Manager of the Driskill in Austin.
He comes to Austin from the Houston based Lancaster Group where he was
a Managing Director.
Peggy Benua was recently named General Manager of the South Beach Marriott.
She was formerly the Resident Manager at the Eden Roc Renaissance Resort
and Spa, also in Miami Beach.
Bruno Vergeynst has been appointed General Manager for Palisades Development
Group's soon-to-open lifestyle hotel near Los Angeles International Airport
(formerly the Furama). He comes from Hotels AB where he was the General
Manager at Sunset Beach and the Assistant General Manager at the Standard
Miami. Vergeynst also worked with China Grill Management at New York's
Hudson and Hotel Gansevoort.
Patrick Sturgeon is the new General Manager at Two Bunch Palms in Desert
Hot Springs. He comes from the Cliffs in Shell Beach, a sister property
in the Boutique Hotel Collection where he was the Hotel Manager. He has
previously held positions at the Cincinnati Regal Hotel, the Eldorado Hotel
in Santa Fe and the Hotel Teatro in Denver.
Dale McDaniel has been named Managing Director of the Hyatt Regency
Lake Las Vegas Resort, which will be renamed the Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort.
He most recently served as the General Manager of the Loews Royal Pacific
Resort in Orlando.
Martial Thevenaz has been named General Manager at the Kiana Resort
Villas at Playa Dominical in Costa Rica. For the past four years, he had
been at Amanresorts' Hotel Bora Bora, most recently as the General Manager.
Arte Nathan is retiring from Wynn Resorts where he was the Chief Human
Resources Officer. In the past twenty four years he opened or worked with
all nine casinos owned by Steven Wynn. Nathan's successor is David Carroll,
formerly the Vice President Human Resources, Central Division, for Harrah's
Fred Lawlor has been named Vice President, Procurement, for Fairmont
Raffles Hotels International. He was most recently the President and General
Manager at Avendra Canada since 2001.
Eric Malcolmson has been appointed Vice President, Development, at Fairmont.
He joined the company in 2002 as Director, Real Estate Development Group
and was promoted to his most recent position as Executive Director, Development,
in January 2006. In addition, he has previously held positions with Colliers
International and Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Patricia Berry will be joining the Sports Club LA in Washington, DC
as General Manager. She was until recently the General Manager of Kimpton's
Hotel Monaco Washington DC. Berry spent twenty years with Ritz-Carlton,
serving in various positions at the corporate office as well at Ritz-Carlton
properties in Boston, New Orleans, Amelia Island, Atlanta, Hawaii, San
Francisco, Phoenix, Houston, and Rancho Mirage.
Pablo Migoya has joined Grand Hospitality (Soho Grand and Tribeca Grand)
as General Manager of the Sheraton Suites on the Hudson, in Weehawken,
New Jersey. He spent the past five years with Thompson Hotels, first as
Director of Sales and Marketing for 60 Thompson, then as Regional Director
of Sales and Marketing for the Thompson Hotel Group.
Tjeerd Brink has joined the Pechanga Hotel and Casino in Temecula as
Chief Financial Officer. Since 2001, he had been the Director of Finance
at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Starwood has appointed Todd Thompson Chief Information Officer. He comes
from JetBlue Airlines where he was Chief Information Officer since 2003.
Patricia Campbell has been named Chief Operating Officer of the Keystone
Resort. For the past six years, she had been with the Breckenridge Resort
as Director of Skier Services.
Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas has named Gary Gregg Chief Operating
Officer. Gregg has previously served as the General Manager at the Hollywood
Casino Shreveport and the Regency Casino by Hyatt in Greece, the largest
casino in Europe. Gregg has also served in several executive positions
with Hilton, including President of both the Las Vegas Hilton and the Flamingo
Peter Wirth has been appointed Executive Advisor to the Dalton family
for TWT Hospitality. He will be developing the Filadelfia Coffee Resort
& Spa in La Antigua, Guatemala. He has added to the hotel's staff Jose
Antonio Dominguez, who was previously the Director of Operations at TRIO
in Costa Rica. In addition, Christian Alban, a Chilean national, will oversee
the kitchen as Executive Chef.
David Hoemann has been hired to be San-Francisco-based Joie de Vivre
Hospitality's first Vice President of Food and Beverage. He was most recently
the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Creative Services for the Compass
Group – The Americas.
Rainer Schwarz has been named Vice President of Culinary Operations
for Skylar Management Company in Colorado. He was most recently the Executive
Chef at the Lodge at Vail and previously oversaw the kitchens at the Vail
Cascade Resort and Spa, the Viceroy in Santa Monica and the Sky Room Restaurant
in Long Beach.
Thomas Henseler has been promoted to Corporate Food and Beverage Director
for the Villagroup Los Cabos. He was previously the Chef and Food and Beverage
Director at their Villa La Estancia property for two years. In addition,
his previous experience includes assignments with Marco Polo's Omni Saigon
Hotel as Chef and various positions with Méridien and Hilton in
South America, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Asia.
Guy Bittner has been named Director Food and Beverage at the Fairmont
Chateau Lake Louise. He joined Fairmont in 2003 as Banquet Manager for
the Fairmont Winnipeg and, in 2004, was promoted to his most recent position,
as Director of Food and Beverage at the hotel.
Isle of Capri Casinos in St. Louis has named Julia Carcamo to the position
of Vice President of Brand Marketing. She joins from leadership positions
at Wynn Resorts and Harrah's.
Sharon Cohen has taken over the role of Director, Loyalty Marketing,
at Fairmont. She joins the company's Corporate Office from her most recent
position as Director, Sales and Marketing, at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.
Scott Halpert has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at
the Westin Copley Place taking over the position left vacant when Sean
Reardon left four months earlier. Halpert was with Marriott for seventeen
years, most recently as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Boston Marriott
Michelle Gilman-Jasen has been promoted to Regional Director, Sales
and Marketing, California, for Fairmont. She first joined the Fairmont
Sonoma Mission Inn in September 2002 as Director of Sales and Marketing,
following three years at the Fairmont San Francisco as Director of Group
Sales and Director of Sales. David Burt replaces her in Sonoma after being
promoted from Director of Sales.
Gayle Elliott has been appointed Director of Marketing and Sales for
the Bradley House Hotel in Palm Beach. Previously, she had been in sales
and marketing at the Palm Beach Airport Hilton, the Radisson in Washington
DC, and the Macon Hilton in Georgia.
Paul Boyle has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Trumbull
Marriott. He was previously in a similar role at the Westin Stamford.
Leary O'Gorman has joined Resortquest at Snowmass in Aspen as Director
of Sales and Marketing. He comes from the Telluride Convention and Visitors
Bureau where he was the Executive Director and was previously the Vice
President at the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Alex Gregory has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at
the Wild Dunes Resort. He was most recently the Director of Group Sales
at the resort.
Cynthia Lee Boyett has joined the newly opened Four Seasons Westlake
Village as Director of Catering and Conference Services. She was previously
handling catering and conference services at the Four Seasons Miami and
the Mandarin Oriental Miami.
Terence Sullivan has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at
the Hilton Bellevue in Washington. He was most recently the Director of
Sales at the Lodge at Rancho Mirage. In addition, he has previously been
the National Sales Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey and the Miramonte
Resort in Indian Wells.
Jed Arrogante is the new Sales Manager, US and International Small
Markets, for the newly opened US Grant in San Diego. He comes from the
Claremont Resort and Spa where he was a Senior Sales Manager.
Nigel Hurst has joined HEI Hospitality as Senior Vice President Human
Resources. Previously he was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources,
for Unilever United States.
Roland Rutjens has been promoted with ARAMARK to Resident District
Manager for the two Boston convention centers. His previous title with
the company was General Manager and was based in Las Vegas. Before joining
ARAMARK, he served as General Manager at Emeril's Chop House in Orlando
and Planet Hollywood in New York.
Drew Deckman has accepted the position of Executive Chef at Querencia
Los Cabos. He comes from the Villa del Arco also in Cabo where he was both
Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director. He also spent time this
year as Executive Chef at Raffles L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills.
Azmin Ghahreman, formerly the Executive Chef at the St. Regis Monarch
Beach, opens Laguna Sapphire and Pantry this month in Laguna Beach. Joining
him from the St. Regis are Tin Vuong and Eric Cummings. Vuong, previously
the Executive Sous Chef at the St. Regis, joins as Corporate Chef. Cummings
joins as Executive Chef after working as Chef de Cuisine at Motif.
After eight years, Executive Chef Marc Ehrler is leaving the Loews
Miami Beach, a property he opened, to transfer, in a similar position,
to the Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson. There, he takes over from Philippe
Trosch. Prior to joining Loews in 1998, Ehrler was the Executive Chef at
the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, the Ritz-Carlton Kansas City and the Ritz-Carlton
Randy Belanger takes over from Rainer Schwarz as Executive Chef at
the Lodge at Vail. He was previously the Executive Chef at the Vail Cascades
Rory Dunaway has been named Chef of the newly opened Culinary Center
by Viking at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun. He will be teaching cooking classes
for guests. He was most recently at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.
Neil Piferoen has been named Executive Pastry Chef at the Willard Intercontinental
in Washington DC. He comes from the Park Hyatt Los Angeles where he was
the Pastry Chef.
Michiel Lugt has joined Peter Island in Tortola as Assistant Food and
Beverage Director. He was most recently at the Grand Rodina Hotel in Russia
as Assistant Food and Beverage Director.
David Patterson has been named General Manager at Opus Restaurant in
Los Angeles where he joins former colleague Josef Centeno from the former
Meson G. Patterson comes from Sam Nazarian's Abbey where he was Project
Richard Dean has transferred to the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco
as Sommelier/Beverage Manager. He comes from The Mark Mandarin Oriental
where he had been since 1996, most recently as the Master Sommelier/Beverage
Manager. The Mark is due to close at the end of December.
Hakan Kocak is the Restaurant General Manager for the new rooftop restaurant
at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica. He was most recently overseeing Fresco
at the Beach, previously Michel Richard's Citronelle in the Santa Barbara
Inn. In addition, he has previously held various food and beverage positions
at the Peninsula-run Quail Lodge and the Peninsula Beverly Hills.
David Erlich has been promoted to Regional Spa Director for Fairmont
Spas and will be responsible for the spa operations at four Fairmont hotels
in California and Hawaii. He joined Fairmont in 2002 as Director, Spa Operations
at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. Prior to that, he held various
positions at the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui.
Kimberly Wisenbarger has joined Chatham Bars Inn as Spa Manager. She
was most recently at Canyon Ranch in Massachusetts as the Associate Spa
Debra Shinn has joined Wynn Las Vegas as Director of Resort Services,
overseeing the Spa, Fitness Center, Salon and Concierge. For the past two
years, Shinn had been at the Peninsula Beverly Hills as Rooms Division
Manager. She was previously in the Santa Barbara area as Director of Sales
and Catering at the San Ysidro Ranch and the General Manager at Fess Parker's
Wine Country Inn and Spa in Los Olivos.
Michael Simmons has been named Spa Director at the Umstead Hotel &
Spa in North Carolina, scheduled to open January 2007. Simmons most recently
launched the St. Julien Hotel and Spa in Boulder. He previously served
as Spa Director at the Watermark Hotel and Spa in San Antonio and the Lodge
at Rancho Mirage.