|Nick Clayton has joined the Kor Group as President, taking the spot
left vacant by John Arnett a few months ago. Since the summer of 2001,
Clayton was with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group as the Operations Director
for Asia and Europe. He was hired by Mandarin Oriental as he was concluding
a thirteen-year career with Ritz-Carlton as the General Manager of the
Ritz-Carlton Millennia Singapore.
Meg Crofton has been named President of Walt Disney World, taking over
for Al Weiss who becomes President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Crofton
has been with Disney for twenty-seven years.
Christian Hempell has been appointed Vice President, Strategy - The
Americas - for InterContinental Hotels Group to be based in Atlanta. Hempell
was most recently based in London for IHG as their VP Global Strategy.
He is a Cornell graduate.
Rudy Sharp has taken on added responsibility for Centex Destination
Properties as Area Manager Central Region. He is now responsible for three
resort communities: Pointe West, The Waters at Horseshoe Bay and The Hollows
at Lake Travis where he has been the Resort General Manager since May 2005.
Prior to joining Centex, Sharp was the Managing Director at The Depot in
Minneapolis and the General Manager at the Magnolia Hotel in Dallas.
Rob Goldberg has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Tim Harmon's
Moana Hotel and Restaurant Group in Mill Valley. The group includes the
Piatti restaurants, Redd, Paragon and El Dorado Kitchen. For the past six
years, Goldberg was with Gordon Getty's and (San Francisco Mayor) Gavin
Newsom's PlumpJack Group as Chief Executive Officer.
Lausanne graduate Christian Clerc, General Manager of the Four Seasons
Punta Mita since November 2003, has been promoted to Regional Vice President
with responsibility over Mexico.
Edward Steiner has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Latin America
and the Caribbean for One&Only Resorts while continuing as Managing
Director of the One&Only Palmilla. He joined Palmilla in May 2003 after
overseeing Rosewood's Las Ventanas al Para’so for almost seven years.
Radisson Hotels and Resorts International Latin America has appointed
Denise Estefan Litten to the position of President. Litten, a Cornell graduate,
has served as Vice President of Radisson Hotels and Resorts Latin America
for the past four years.
Yves Gerondeau has been appointed General Manager at the hip Faena Hotel
& Universe in Buenos Aires, replacing Denis Gruhier. Gerondeau joins
from the Ritz-Carlton Santiago, where he was the Hotel Manager.
Gregory Sheets has joined Pechanga Hotel and Casino in North San Diego
County as Vice President Hotel Operations. He was most recently in the
same position at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Las Vegas.
In addition, Sheets was the opening Director of Hotel Operations at the
Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, following nine years with Four Seasons
in Los Angeles, Dallas, Las Vegas, Palm Beach and Maui. Sheets is a Cornell
Bill Linehan rejoins InterContinental as Vice President, Marketing and
New Business Development to be based in Atlanta. Most recently, Linehan
was with Starwood as the Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Development
Partnerships. He was previously with InterContinental as the company's
Director of the New York City-based worldwide sales team.
Bryan O'Shields has left the Barish Group to come home to Las Vegas
as Corporate Senior Director of Food and Beverage for Jeffrey Soffer's
Fontainebleau Resorts. In addition to the 1,600-room Fontainebleau Resort
in Miami, currently undergoing major renovations, the company will be building
the 3,800-room Fontainebleau Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on the 26-acre
lot it owns on the Strip across from Circus Circus.
Cornell graduate Alberto Andrade has joined the Kor Group as Area General
Manager overseeing the Sheraton Gateway and the Delfina both in Los Angeles.
He was most recently the General Manager at the Renaissance New York since
1993. Prior to this, he was Vice President Operations Mexico for Stouffer
Presidente Hotels and Resorts.
Allen Highfield has been promoted to General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton
Georgetown. He was most recently the Interim General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton
New York, Battery Park (and the property's Hotel Manager since 2004). Highfield
was previously the Director of Operations at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor
Gulch and the Rooms Division Manager at the Little Nell in Aspen.
Joe Mottershead has joined L'Auberge de Sedona as General Manager.
He most recently served in the same capacity at the Hilton Checkers in
Mark Herron has transferred to the Four Seasons Houston as General Manager
taking over for Ramesh Sadhwani who has left to be the General Manager
for the Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas. Herron was most recently the Resort
Manager at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara and previously the
Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Seattle. He had also been the Hotel Manager
at the Four Seasons Houston.
Michael Carsch has been appointed President of the Grand Sierra Resort
and Casino in Reno. He was most recently the General Manager at the Fisher
Island Club in Miami, following twenty years with Ritz-Carlton as General
Manager in Key Biscayne, Tyson's Corner, and Amelia Island.
Mark Everton has been named General Manager of the Hilton San Francisco
Financial District. He was most recently the General Manager at the Oakland
Marriott City Center and the Managing Director of the Oakland Convention
Center. Everton had also been the Director of Operations at the Renaissance
Parc 55 and the Controller at the Four Seasons Clift.
David Gibbons has been appointed General Manager at the Lenox in Boston.
Since 1985, Gibbons had been with Swissôtel, most recently as the
General Manager of the now-shuttered Drake Swissôtel in New York.
Brad Poncher has been named General Manager for Homewood Suites by Hilton
La Quinta and the Desert Villas both due for opening at the beginning of
2007. Poncher most recently spent close to a year in a dual role in La
Jolla as General Manager of the Sea Lodge and Resident Manager of the La
Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. He previously spent twelve years as the
Vice-President and General Manager of the Smoke Tree Ranch.
Wim Pastoor is the new General Manager of the Barefoot Resort in Myrtle
Beach. He was previously a Vice President for Sandcastle Hotels and Resorts.
Richard Behr has been appointed General Manager of Miramonte in Indian
Wells for Destination Hotels and Resorts. He was most recently the General
Manager of the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas.
Gordon Overing and Nathalie Gingras-Overing are the new General Managers
at Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island. The Caribbean veterans spent sixteen
years at the Bitter End Yacht Club, where he was the Activities Director
and she was the Retail Buyer. Gingras had also been a Buyer at Little Dix
Bay from 1990 to 1992. At Necker, they took over from Shawn and Beverly
Matthews, who have left the island.
Fred Findlen has joined the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort,
Spa and Marina as General Manager. A twenty-one-year Hyatt man, he most
recently served as General Manager of the Hyatt Dorado Beach in Puerto
Rico. He also held management positions at the Hyatt Key West, the Hyatt
Regency Cerromar Beach, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress and the Grand Hyatt
Eric Adame has been appointed General Manager at the Hotel Contessa
in San Antonio. He was most recently the General Manager of the Hotel ICON
Charles Nehme is the new General Manager at the Northland Inn in Brooklyn
Park, Minnesota. He was most recently the President of a small hotel management
company based in Texas and previously the Regional Vice President of Operations
with Signet Hotel Corporation. Nehme began his hospitality career with
David Barnes has joined the Four Seasons Philadelphia as Hotel Manager
taking over for Alper Oztok who is now at the Four Seasons Nevis. Barnes
was most recently at Chaminade in Santa Cruz, as General Manager.
Lloyd Van Horn is now at Topnotch in Stowe as Resort Manager. He was
most recently the Resort Manager at Lajitas, The Ultimate Hideout in Texas.
Prior to joining Lajitas, Van Horn was the General Manager at the Willcox
in South Carolina and Assistant General Manager for The Point in New York,
both for the Garrett Hotel Group.
Marc Reydams has been named Director of Operations at the Cheyenne Mountain
Resort in Colorado. He was most recently the Director of Operations at
the Lansdowne Resort in Virginia and was previously the Food and Beverage
Director at the McLean Hilton.
Duncan Clements has joined Kimpton's Hotel Monaco in Chicago as Assistant
General Manager. He was most recently in Budapest at the InterContinental
as Executive Assistant Manager and had worked with InterContinental in
Cleveland as Food and Beverage Director.
Guy Genoud has been appointed Assistant General Manager at the Brown
in Louisville. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at
the Hilton Rye Town and was previously the Assistant Director of Food and
Beverage at the Atlanta Hilton and Towers.
Dan Weindruch has been named Chief Financial Officer at the French Lick
Resort Casino in Indiana. Most recently, he was the General Manager at
the Coushatta Casino Resort in Louisiana and was previously the Vice President
and General Manager for the Isle of Capri Casino in Missouri.
Lee Hanke is the new Controller at Destination Resorts Snowmass. This
is Hanke's second assignment with Destination Hotels & Resorts as he
worked for the company's Stonebridge Inn in Snowmass in the late 1990s.
Dan Tanner has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Reunion
Resort & Club in Orlando. Tanner was most recently at the Westin Diplomat
Resort & Spa as the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage and previously
opened that property as Director of Banquets.
Mara Bouvier has joined the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod as Director
of Food and Beverage. Bouvier comes from the Tidewater Inn in Maryland
where she was the General Manager. She was previously the Resident Manager
at the Palms on Turks and Caicos and has been the General Manager at Strawberry
Hill Spa Resort in Jamaica.
Paolo Middei has been appointed Food and Beverage Manager at Winvian
in Connecticut, scheduled to open late autumn. Middei comes from La Posta
Vecchia near Rome and was previously at the Hotel Regina Baglioni in Rome,
the Oak Room at Le Méridien Piccadilly and Chez Nico both in London.
The Davidson Hotel Company has named Stephen Kilroy Director of Food
and Beverage. He was most recently the Manager of the Wyndham Andover Hotel
in Massachusetts and has held various food and beverage positions including
Corporate Director of Operations for Shula's Steak Houses and Corporate
Director of Food and Beverage Operations for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.
Sébastien Silvestri has joined the Island Hotel in Newport Beach
as Director of Restaurants and Lounges. He comes from Las Vegas' Bellagio,
where he toiled as the General Manager of Sensi. In addition, he has held
the position of Food and Beverage Director at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort
and that of Food and Beverage Manager at the Mansion on Turtle Creek.
Jorg Wesche has joined the Hotel at Auburn University, which is part
of Horst Schulze's West Paces Hotel Group. He was most recently the Rooms
Executive at the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn.
Sean Rearden has been appointed pre-opening Director of Sales and Marketing
for the Liberty Hotel in Boston due to open June 2007 in what used to be
the Charles Street Jail. He comes from the Westin Copley Place where he
had served since 2001, most recently as the Director of Sales and Marketing.
The Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver has appointed Peter Bruyere Director
of Sales and Marketing. Most recently the Director of Resort Sales at the
Westin Bear Mountain Victoria Golf Resort & Spa, he also held various
sales positions with Fairmont and Four Seasons.
Sam Zabawsky has been named pre-opening Director of Sales and Marketing
for the Sandpearl Resort in Florida, slated to open June 2007. He was most
recently the Director of Resort Marketing at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton
Leasa Kennedy has joined the Cove Lakeside Resort as Director of Sales
and Marketing. She has been at the Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel &
Villas in Kelowna as Director of Sales for the past six years and was previously
in sales at the Grand Okanagan Resort and the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown.
Steve Migliara has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at
the Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center in New Jersey. Migliara
previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Founders Inn
and Spa in Virginia Beach. Prior to that, he spent six years at the Ocean
Place Conference Resort in New Jersey, where he was Associate Director
Stephanie Davis has been named Director of Brand Communications for
the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group in Las Vegas. She was most recently
in Public Relations at MGM Mirage for the past four years.
Jennifer Thorn transferred with Destination Hotels and Resorts to the
Stowe Mountain Lodge as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently
in the same position at Boston's hotel NINE ZERO for the past two years.
Thorn's tenure in the Boston area included working at the Hyatt Regency,
Swissôtel, Wyndham as well as the Four Seasons.
The Hotel Crescent Court has appointed Adrian Norbury Director of Marketing.
He most recently held the position of Director of Sales at the Hotel Crescent
Court and the Mansion on Turtle Creek. He joined Rosewood in 2002 as Regional
Director of Sales based in London.
Lorin Seidman has joined the Stowe Mountain Lodge as Director of Public
Relations. She was most recently an Account Manager at Kortenhaus Communications
in Boston and was previously the Public Relations Manager for the Ritz-Carlton
New York, Central Park.
Fawn Heyer is now at the Stowe Mountain Lodge as Senior Sales Manager.
She transferred from Boston's hotel NINE ZERO hotel where she was the Transient
Sales Manager and was previously in catering and conference services for
the Ritz-Carlton Boston.
Don Ehehalt has joined Las Vegas' Red Rock Resort and Spa as National
Sales Manager. He was most recently at the Venetian as Associate Casino
Host, following seven years with Four Seasons in Los Angeles, Carlsbad,
Santa Barbara and Palm Beach.
Larry Riordan has left the Peninsula Chicago after six years as Director
of Human Resources. He is now the Corporate Director of Human Resources
for Cenitare Restaurants, a new joined venture that includes Chefs Rick
Tramonto and Gale Gand as well as Richard Melman of Lettuce Entertain You.
Caitlin Doyle has been appointed Human Resources Manager for Destination
Resorts' Snowmass in Snowmass Village. She rejoins the hotel where she
worked from 1997 to 2002. She originally joined the company after working
in operations and human resources for Marriott.
The Davidson Hotel Company in Memphis has named Kristi Goodrum Director
of Reporting and Compliance. She was previously Audit Manager with Memphis
based Rhea & Ivy Certified Public Accountants.
The Westin Seattle has named Paul DiNapoli Director of Rooms. He has
recently held management positions for several properties including the
Westin San Francisco Airport and Westin Maui Resort and Spa. In addition,
he was previously the Director of Rooms at the Westin Santa Clara and Director
of Guest Services at the Sheraton Boston.
Marcus Hotels and Resorts has appointed Larry Flam Director of Restaurant
Operations. Most recently he was Director of Operations for the N9ne Group
and was previously with Lettuce Entertain You, Rain Forest Café
and Kimpton for whom he was Director of Midwest Restaurant Operations.
Jim Webster has joined the Mondrian Scottsdale as Banquet Manager. He
was most recently at the Phoenician and held similar positions with Ritz-Carlton
in Rancho Mirage, San Francisco and Laguna Niguel.
Jeremy Lieb is now the Chef/Partner at Trois restaurant in Atlanta.
He was previously the Executive Chef at Le Cirque Las Vegas and also toiled
at Medici at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas as Restaurant Chef and as
the Executive Sous Chef at The Mansion at the MGM Grand.
Bruno Giordano has been named Executive Chef at Le Sport in St. Lucia.
He was previously the Executive Chef at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort, the
Hotel Monasterio del Cusco in Peru and, most recently, El Encanto in Santa
Barbara, all Orient-Express properties.
Chris Eddy has joined Winvian in Connecticut as Executive Chef. He had
previously toiled at Alain Ducasse's Mix in Las Vegas and spent six years
with Daniel Boulud, both at Daniel and Café Boulud in New York and
Michael Otsuka has been named Executive Chef at The Rotunda at Neiman
Marcus in San Francisco. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the
Lark Creek Inn in Larkspur and previously oversaw the kitchens at the Ojai
Valley Inn and Spa.
Michael Anthony has been named Executive Chef at New York's Gramercy
Tavern, replacing Tom Colicchio. Anthony had left his job as Executive
Chef at Blue Hill at Stone Barns earlier this year with the intent of opening
his own restaurant.
Yanis Laboureau has joined Cotton House in Mustique as Assistant Food
and Beverage Manager. Since 2001 he had held various food and beverage
management positions at Le Méridien Bora Bora.
Philippe Tosques has joined Prime Steakhouse at the Bellagio in Las
Vegas as General Manager. He had been in the same position at Fleur de
Lys Las Vegas following a stint as Director of Operations for the Paul
Bocuse Brasserie Group in Lyon.
Michael Mina's soon to open Stripsteak at the Mandalay Bay has appointed
Tony Fisher General Manager. He was most recently at BOA Steakhouse, also
in Las Vegas.
Stéphane Clasquin has joined Ortolan in Los Angeles as Restaurant
Manager. He was most recently the Maitre d'Hotel and Restaurant Manager
at L'Orangerie. Clasquin had previously overseen Linq, One Pico at Shutters
on the Beach and Citronelle all in the Los Angeles area.
John Geng has joined Mix in Las Vegas as General Manager replacing John
Cunin who left in the spring to join Wynn Las Vegas. Geng was most recently
the General Manager at Del Frisco Double Eagle Steakhouse and previously
the Restaurant Manager at N9NE Steakhouse also in Las Vegas.
Mark Gustella has accepted the General Manager position at Michael Mina's
Nob Hill in the MGM Grand taking over from Ari Kastrati who will now work
with the Mina Group. Gustella was formerly the Assistant General Manager
of Sensi at the Bellagio.
Tim Wilson has been named Director of Beverage for the Wolfgang Puck
Fine Dining Group after holding the same title with B.R. Guest. After overseeing
beverage operations at sixteen outlets for B.R. Guest including their lone
Las Vegas outlet, Fiamma at the MGM Grand, he will work with Master Sommelier
Luis de Santos to coordinate operations within Wolfgang Puck's ten current
fine-dining outlets around the country.
Philippe Buttin has joined Le Bernardin as Head Sommelier. He was most
recently working with Chef/Owner Joël Antunes at his namesake restaurant
in Atlanta as Head Sommelier, Beverage Manager and Assistant Manager. Previously
Buttin had been an Assistant Sommelier at Mirabelle in London.
Kelly McAuliffe is the new Wine Director at Mix in Las Vegas. He was
most recently at the Two-Michelin-Starred Restaurant Christian Etienne
in Avignon where he held the distinction of being the only US citizen to
be a Sommelier of a Michelin-starred restaurant in France. Previously,
McAuliffe was a Sommelier at Restaurant Alain Ducasse at the Plaza-Athénée
in Paris after serving as Sommelier Trainee at his restaurant in Monte
Hazel Davis has joined the Waldorf=Astoria as Director of Housekeeping.
She was most recently the Director of Housekeeping at the Ritz-Carlton
Washington D.C. Prior to this, she was the Director of Housekeeping at
the Four Seasons Atlanta.
Rob Taylor rejoins Hyatt Hotels as Front Office Manager at the Hyatt
Regency Cincinnati after a brief stint as the Corporate Employee Development
Manager at MasterCorp in Tennessee. He had previously served in various
managerial roles at the Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas from 1999 to 2003.