|Sunstone Hotel Investors has appointed Steven Goldman Chief Executive
Officer. Robert Alter will remain as an executive officer during the course
of 2007 until his transition to Chairman of the Board. Goldman, a Cornell
graduate like Alter, was previously the Executive Vice President of Acquisitions
and Development for Global Hyatt Corporation.
Tanya Geller-Franco has joined the Stein Hotel Group as Chief Executive
Officer, North America. She comes from Strategic Hotel Capital where she
was Vice President of Acquisitions – Europe. Previously, she served as
the Vice President of Renovation and Design at the SHC Corporate Headquarters
in Chicago. She joined from Hyatt where she was a Group Marketing Manager.
Jim McPartlin joined Hotels AB last October as Senior Vice President
of Operations, taking over the position left vacant when Michael Rawson
left the company. He comes from the Gramercy Park Hotel where he was the
General Manager. He previously served as the General Manager at the W Times
Square and the W San Francisco.
Jamie Yarrow is taking on the role of President of Hotel Operations
for the Terra Resort Group based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, following an
eighteen-year career with Four Seasons, most recently as the General Manager
at the Four Seasons Palm Beach. Yarrow had been the opening Resort Manager
at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole.
David Hill has joined RB Properties in Washington, DC as Vice President
of Hotel and Restaurant Operations. He comes from the Hotel Topaz where
he was the General Manager/Area Manager for Kimpton Hotels. Hill previously
served as General Manager at the Hotel Derek in Houston, the Georges and
the Henley Park, both in Washington, DC.
Barry Cregan has joined Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut as Senior
Vice President of Resort Operations. He comes from Puerto Rico where, for
the past year, he had been overseeing both the Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf
Resort and the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel as Senior Vice President. He
previously spent three years as General Manager of the former Marriott
International Rihga Royal, now The London New York.
Win Person holds the newly-created position of Senior Corporate Director
of Epicurean Operations for Las-Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment. He
comes from the Pure Management Group, where he was the Vice President of
Restaurant Development. Person also served as Vice President of Food and
Beverage at Bellagio for over two years. He is a Lausanne hotel school
Fairmont Raffles Hotels has named Matthew Sparks Senior Vice President,
Development for The Americas. Most recently serving as consultant for Fairmont,
Sparks has held various executive level development positions with Wyndham
Harrah's Entertainment Central Division President Anthony Sanfilippo
has retired after 24 years with the company. He will be replaced by John
Payne who has been President of Harrah's Atlantic City Division since November
Jerry Gibson transfers to the Hyatt Regency Chicago as General Manager.
He was most recently in the same position at the Grand Hyatt New York where
Matt Adams succeeds him. Gibson has been with Hyatt since 1980 and has
been a General Manager since 1995 at Columbus’ Hyatt on Capitol Square
and the Hyatt Regency Kauai prior to moving to New York.
Peter Kacheris has been appointed General Manager at Walt Disney World
for the Dolphin and Swan Hotels. He leaves Marriott International after
over twenty-five years, most recently at the JW Marriott Orlando where
he was appointed General Manager in August 2006.
Roland Maldonado has appointed General Manager of the Hotel ICON in
Houston. He joins from the Hamilton Park Hotel in Florham Park, New Jersey
where he had been the General Manager since 2005. Previously, he was the
Hotel Manager at the Hotel Nine Zero in Boston and has worked at the Vail
Cascade Resort & Spa and the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. All these
properties are or were operated by Destination Hotels and Resorts.
Jorge Bordonaba has been appointed General Manager at the Quepos Ocean
Club in Costa Rica, currently under construction. He comes from the Hacienda
de San Antonio in Mexico where he was the Executive Assistant Manager.
Daniel Donahue has been named General Manager at the Lenox in Boston.
He was most recently the Deputy General Manager at Jurys Boston after working
at the Jurys Washington DC as the Director of Operations.
Jort Buning has moved to Rio de Janeiro as General Manager of the Iberostar
Copacabana. He has previously been the General Manager at the Iberostar
Cozumel in Mexico.
Pablo Graf has joined the soon-to-open Rosewood Mayakoba in Mexico as
General Manager. He had previously been with Hyatt International as General
Manager in Warsaw, New Delhi, Thailand and, most recently, at the Park
Nikheel Advani has been promoted to Managing Director of Grace Bay Club
in Turks & Caicos after joining the resort in 2004 as General Manager.
He has previously worked at Raffles in Singapore and the Ritz-Carlton New
York, Battery Park.
John Douponce has been named General Manager at the Graciela in Burbank,
taking over from Shawn Gracey. He had been the General Manager of Le Montrose
Suite Hotel in West Hollywood for the past fourteen years.
Gil Zanchi has been named Area General Manager for the New Orleans Marriott.
He has been with Marriott for twenty-three years in Hawaii, Washington,
DC, Orlando and, most recently as Vice President for Select Service and
Extended Stay Hotels for the Southeastern Region for Marriott International.
Frank Zumbo has been appointed as General Manager of both the Renaissance
Père Marquette Hotel and the Renaissance Arts Hotel in New Orleans.
He most recently served as Regional Vice President of Operations for the
Western Region at Marriott International.
Raymond Vermolen is Acting General Manager for the newly rebranded InterContinental
Los Angeles (formerly the Park Hyatt). Since 2005, he had been the Hotel
Manager at New York’s Barclay InterContinental. He previously held many
positions with InterContinental in Beirut, Athens, Paris and Amsterdam.
Garret Corcoran has been named General Manager at the Residence Inn
Poughkeepsie. Since 1995, he has been the General Manager of Troutbeck.
In addition, he spent three years as General Manager of the Fitzpatrick
Adrian McNally has been named Hotel Manager at the Mansion on Turtle
Creek. For the past nine years, he had been with Fairmont in San Jose,
San Francisco, Kansas City and most recently in Kenya where he oversaw
Rooms Operations for five properties in the region.
Christian Hommerich is the new Hotel Manager at the Pierre. He comes
from the Mark where he spent ten years in various positions, most recently
as Director of Rooms.
Glen Valencia has joined the soon-to-open Custom (formerly the Furama
LAX) as Assistant General Manager. He was most recently with the Angler
Boutique Resort in South Beach and previously with Hotels AB in various
positions at the Standard Miami and the Standard Hollywood.
Rick Walls has been appointed Vice President of Finance for the Terra
Resort Group. He had been with Four Seasons for the past eighteen years,
most recently as Area Director of Finance, based at the Four Seasons Jackson
Gene Riley has been appointed Controller at Seattle’s Sorrento. Since
1999, he had been with Noble House Hotels and Resorts where he worked at
both the corporate level as an accountant at their corporate offices and
he served two appointments (Assistant Controller and later, Controller-at-Large)
at the Inn at Loreto in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Greg Bingaman has joined Westmont Hospitality in Houston as Director
of Asset Management. Bingaman, a Cornell graduate, comes from Legacy Hotels,
a REIT that owned a portfolio of Fairmont properties, where he served as
Executive Director of Asset Management for the past three years.
Prior to that, he held various asset management and related positions at
the Boutique Hotel Group.
Kirk Knudsen will be the Director of Finance for the hospitality division
of the Palisades Development Group in Santa Monica. He is a former Controller
from Shutters on the Beach, also in Santa Monica.
Thomas Harlander has transferred to the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires as Director
of Operations. He was most recently at the Park Hyatt Los Angeles (now
the InterContinental Los Angeles) in the same capacity. He previously served
as Food and Beverage Director at the Park Hyatt in Washington, DC.
Darren Wightman has joined Los Angeles-based Innovative Dining Group
as Director of Development/Operations for Lucky Fish Concepts. The company
is expected to roll out a chain of conveyor-belt sushi restaurants. For
over six years, Wightman had been based in London as Corporate Executive
Chef for the Yo Sushi group of restaurants. Previously, he had overseen
the culinary operations as Group Executive Chef for the Oriental Restaurant
Group, also in London. An Australian, he also served as Executive Chef
for Hong Kong-based Food and Beverage Solutions.
David Bodette has been promoted to Senior Corporate Director Food and
Beverage, Domestic & Caribbean for Ritz-Carlton. He was most recently
the Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton
Boston, now the Taj Hotel, Boston. Bodette previously served as Director
of Food and Beverage at the Langham Boston for two years, and had held
a similar title at Auberge du Soleil.
Philipp Economou has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the
InterContinental Miami. He transfers from the InterContinental Carlton
in Cannes where he had been the Food and Beverage Manager since 2005, after
serving in the same post at the InterContinental Madrid.
Thane Kuhlman has been promoted to Food and Beverage Director at the
recently renovated Presidente InterContinental Cancun. Kuhlman, a Cornell
graduate, comes to Cancun from the position of Food and Beverage Manager
at the Presidente InterContinental Mexico City.
Raymond Stiehl has joined Seattle’s Sorrento as Director of Food and
Beverage. He was previously the General Manager at Shuckers at the Fairmont
Joe Verde has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Heldrich
currently being constructed in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was
most recently the Assistant Director Food and Beverage at the New York
Hilton and also served as the Director of Food and Beverage at the Millennium
Hilton, where he started as the Executive Chef.
Marcus Nicolaidis has been appointed Food and Beverage Director at the
Custom (formerly the Furama LAX) and Pali House. He comes from the Standard
Downtown Los Angeles following three years at New York’s hip Hotel Maritime.
Ellen Van Slyke has joined the Loews Coronado Resort as Director of
Food And Beverage taking over from Stephen Cummings, who has been promoted
to Assistant General Manager at the Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson. Van
Slyke comes from the Loews Ventana Canyon where she was the Director of
Food and Beverage.
Olivier Gaupin has joined Alys Beach in Florida as Director of Food
and Beverage. For the past five years, he had been at the WaterColor resort
as Executive Chef.
Ehab Rashwan has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage at Raffles
Resort Canouan Island in the West Indies. He joined Raffles in 2004 and
has previously held food and beverage positions at Sheraton, Rosewood and
Turin International Hotels.
David Nuenemann has been appointed Food and Beverage Manager at Raffles
Resort Canouan Island in the West Indies. He transfers within the group
from Raffles Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg where he held various food
and beverage management positions since he joined the hotel in 1999.
John Washko has been promoted to Vice President, Sales & Marketing
at the Broadmoor. He joined the hotel in 2003 as Director of Sales. He
was previously with Kerzner International for seven years, rising from
National Sales Manager to Executive Director of Group Sales selling both
the Atlantis and the Ocean Club.
Susan Kelly has joined the Sea Island Company as Vice President of Resort
Sales and Marketing. Kelly had been the opening Chief Operating Officer
and General Manager at Poets Cove Resort and Spa in British Colombia. She
also served as the Executive Manager at the Hotel Bel-Air after joining
the hotel as Director of Sales and Marketing. In addition, she has overseen
marketing at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica.
Les Pedersen has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Resort
at Squaw Creek. He was most recently the Director of Sales at the Westin
Resort & Spa in Whistler. Previously, he served six years as the Director
of Sales and Marketing for Silvertree Properties in Aspen/Snowmass.
David Fine has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Broadmoor.
He was most recently the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Sonesta
Hotels of Florida. He previously served as the Vice President of Sales
and Revenue Development at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa.
The Grace Bay Club has appointed Shaune Burgess Director of Sales and
Marketing. Burgess spent the past three years as Director of Sales and
Marketing at Sandy Lane in Barbados.
Sheila Hayden has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at
the Lenox in Boston. She was most recently the Northeast Regional Director
of Sales for the Garrett Hotel Group and previously spent nearly a decade
at the late Swissôtel Boston.
Larry Tsoumas has joined the newly renamed Taj Boston, formerly the
Ritz-Carlton Boston as Director of Sales and Marketing. For the past four
years, he had been the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Peninsula
Chicago. He previously oversaw sales and marketing at the Ritz-Carlton
Kavin Schieferdecker has been named Area Director of Sales and Marketing
for Marriott in Boston. He is relocating from Vancouver, where he was been
the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Marriott Pinnacle since 2003.
Sally Jo Murren has been promoted to Director of Sales at the Four Seasons
Resort Palm Beach. Since January 2003, she had been the Senior Sales Manager
at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.
Donna Frost has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the Cheyenne
Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. Frost recently served as Human Resources
Manager and Director of Safety for Adam Aircraft Industries in Pueblo and
previously served as the Human Resources Manager for the Pueblo City County
Christine Dodson has been named Director of Human Resources at the Hotel
ZaZa Houston. Since 1998, she had been the Director of Human Resources
for the Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International Marriott Conference Center
Peter Galletti has been promoted to Vice President of Engineering and
Facilities from his previous position of Director of Engineering at Sea
Island Company in Georgia.
Samantha Benton has been promoted to Meetings and Special Events Manager
at the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas. She was previously the Events Concierge
for the hotel.
Michael Nenner has been named Director of Rooms at the Cloister at Sea
Island. He was most recently the Director of Rooms at San Ysidro Ranch
and previously the Director of Guest Services at the Phoenician.
Robert Wilson has joined the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel as Executive
Chef, taking over for long-time Executive Chef Christian Rassinoux, now
with the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai. Wilson had been the Executive Sous Chef
at the hotel prior to being promoted to the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn as Executive
Chef. Since May 2006, he had been the Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton
Marina del Rey.
Michel Ré has joined the Westin Casuarina Las Vegas as Executive
Chef. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Beverly Hills Country
Club. Previously, he spent nine years with Harrah's Entertainment in Las
Vegas, serving as Executive Chef at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino and
Bally's Hotel & Casino.
Bryan Caswell is leaving Bank by Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the Hotel
Icon in Houston. He will be staying in Houston, opening the restaurant
Reef with his former Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel Icon, Bill
Floyd. Caswell was previously the Executive Sous Chef at Dune (another
Jean Georges restaurant) at the Ocean Club in the Bahamas and worked in
the kitchens at Union Pacific in New York, Via Veneto in Barcelona and
the Oriental hotels in Hong Kong and Bangkok. Floyd had been at the Hotel
Icon since 2003 as the opening Food and Beverage Director.
Christophe Gérard has joined the newly opened Gaia Napa Valley
Hotel and Spa as Executive Chef. Until a few months ago, he had been the
Co-Executive Chef/Partner at Fifty Five Degrees in Sacramento. Gérard
had originally moved to California to be the opening Executive Chef at
Bettina Rouas’ Angèle in Napa.
Ted Cizma has been named Executive Chef at the Grand Traverse Resort.
He was most recently the Executive Chef of Chicago's John G. Shedd Aquarium.
Fabrice Guisset has joined Las Ventanas Al Paraiso as Executive Chef
taking over from Michel Gehrig. In 2001, he joined Paraíso de la
Bonita as opening Executive Chef following one year as Executive Chef at
La Jolla de Mismaloya in Puerto Vallarta.
Frank Fronda has been named Chef de Cuisine for the Blvd at the Beverly
Wilshire. He was most recently the Executive Chef at Café del Rey
in Marina del Rey.
Konrad Meier has been named Executive Chef at the Bedford Springs Resort
in Pennsylvania, scheduled to reopen this summer. He was most recently
the Executive Chef at the Lansdowne Resort after serving as the Chef at
the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Michael Stenekes has been appointed Chef de Cuisine for Boudreau at
the Discovery at Marigot Bay in St. Lucia. He was previously at the Three-Michelin-starred
Fat Duck in Bray, England.
Michael McDonald has been promoted from Executive Sous Chef to Executive
Chef at the Roosevelt in Hollywood, replacing Yves Bainier who is now the
Executive Chef at the Bel-Air Beach Club. McDonald served as Chef de Cuisine
at Avenue in Beverly Hills and at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach.
Also at the Roosevelt, Stephine O'Marry has been named Chef de Cuisine.
She was most recently at Olives in New York.
Stéphane Cheramy has transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando
Grande Lakes as Executive Pastry Chef. He was most recently the Pastry
Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota and was previously the Assistant Pastry
Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Naples.
Michael Morrisette has joined Café del Rey as General Manager.
He was most recently the General Manager at Maple Drive in Beverly Hills
and was previously the General Manager at Mélisse in Santa Monica
for four years.