|Ted Kleisner has been named Chief Executive Officer of Hershey Entertainment
& Resort replacing Scott Newkam who has announced plans to retire.
Kleisner spent the past two decades at The Greenbrier from where he retired
recently as President and Chief Executive Officer.
C. Robert McEleney has been promoted to President of Callaway Gardens
in Georgia from his current position of Vice President/Managing Director.
He has held senior leadership positions with The Resort at Squaw Creek,
the Ihilani Resort and Spa, American Skiing Company, Olympus Hospitality
Group and Millennium Hotels and Resorts.
Coni Thornburg has been appointed General Manager at the Lodge at Pebble
Beach. She had been in Denver as the General Manager at the Hotel Teatro
since 2000. David Craig has been promoted from his position as Hotel Manager
at the hotel to replace her. Previously, Thornburg was part of the executive
management team at Aspen’s Little Nell hotel for ten years, following nine
years with Four Seasons.
Mike McMahon has been promoted to General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton
Golf Resort Naples where he has been the Hotel Manager since July 2004.
Previously, he was the Director of Sales and Marketing for both Ritz-Carlton
properties in Naples.
Michael King has been appointed General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton
Denver. King has been with Ritz-Carlton for eighteen years and was most
recently the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland.
Alberto Pirozzini has joined the Abaco Club at Winding Bay in the Bahamas,
a property operated by Ritz-Carlton, as Managing Director. He transfers
from the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman where he was the Executive Assistant
Manager-Director of Rooms. Previously, he was the General Manager at Rome’s
Boscolo Aleph Hotel and Director of Operations at the W Los Angeles.
James Soulé has been appointed General Manager at the Gaia Hotel
Napa Valley. He comes from the Sonoma Valley Inn where he was the General
Manager. Soulé is a former Director of Food and Beverage at Auberge
Kristin Howsley has been named President and Managing Director at the
Fairmount Hotel in San Antonio. She replaces Sergio Ortiz who is now the
General Manager of the Driskill in Austin.
Carl Henderson has been appointed General Manager at Sandy Lane. For
the past three years, he was the General Manager of Parrot Cay. Henderson
is also a former Managing Director at Frégate Island Private in
Blantyre in the Berkshires has appointed Dennis Barquinero General Manager.
He has had a long association with Blantyre's owner, Ann Fitzpatrick Brown,
having previously worked at the Red Lion Inn and the Porches Inn. Most
recently, he was the General Manager of two hotels operated by Nantucket
Island Resorts: the White Elephant and Harbor House Village.
Tania Jones has been promoted to General Manager of the White Elephant,
for Nantucket Island Resorts. At the hotel, she has previously held the
positions of Executive Housekeeper, Front Office Manager and Innkeeper.
Since 2005, Jones has been the General Manager of the White Elephant's
sister property, The Cottages at the Boat Basin and will have the dual
role of General Manager at both properties.
Cornell man Norman Rich has left Los Angeles to join the Multnomah Athletic
Club in Portland, Oregon. For the past four years, he had been the Chief
Operating Officer at the Jonathan Club after spending nine years with MCA/Universal.
Mark Briskin has joined the New York Helmsley Hotel as General Manager.
A long time New Yorker, he has previously been the General Manager at Top
of the Rock, The Muse and with Amsterdam Hospitality.
Stephan Nicolas has been promoted by RockResorts to Keystone in Colorado
as General Manager. He was previously the Resident Manager at the Equinox
Resort and Spa.
Jeffrey Felshaw has joined the hip Hotel on Rivington in New York as
General Manager. For the past two years, he had been the General Manager
of the City Club Hotel of New York. Felshaw also was the Director
of Sales and Marketing at The Regent Wall Street.
The Delta King historic riverboat has appointed Paul Wolman General
Manager. He was most recently at the Salish Lodge and Spa as Food and Beverage
Director. Previously, he had worked as the Food and Beverage Director at
the Hilton Monterey and the Stouffer Hotel Presidente in Cancun.
Larry Magor has been named Managing Director at the Wyndham Sugar Bay
Resort and Spa in St. Thomas. Most recently, he was the Managing Director
at the Wyndham Bermuda Resort and Spa and served as the General Manager
of the Wyndham Northwest Chicago Resort and Spa.
The Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center and Spa has named Fred
Euler General Manager. He has been with Hyatt for thirty years, most recently
as General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort and Spa.
Cornell hotelman Richard Lee returns to the hospitality industry as
General Manager at the Marabou Ranch in Steamboat Springs. For the past
two years, he was with Bank of Hawaii but was previously the General Manager
at the Outrigger Canoe Club in Honolulu, the Lodge at Stillwater in Utah
and the Brooks Lake Lodge in Jackson Hole.
Thomas James has been named General Manager at the Whitetail Club and
Resort in Northern Idaho, owned and operated by San Diego-based Manchester
Grand Resorts. He came from the Lodge at Torrey Pines where he was the
Director of Food and Beverage. He had previously been the Director of Catering
and Conference Services at Carmel Valley Ranch.
Smith Munro has been named General Manager at the Renaissance Vancouver
Hotel Harbourside. He was most recently the General Manager of the Crowne
Plaza Hotel Georgia, also in Vancouver.
David Chase has been named Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton New York
Battery Park replacing Allen Highfield. He was most recently the Area Director
of Catering and Conference Services for Ritz-Carlton Hotels of New York
and has previously held catering positions at the Ritz-Carlton Boston,
the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco and The St. Regis New York.
Patrick Franssen has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton
Key Biscayne. He joins from the JW Marriott hotel in Quito where he was
the General Manager since January 2004.
Cornell graduate Peter Nowotny is the new Resort Manager at the Sandia
Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. He comes to New Mexico via the Bonaventure
Resort and Spa where he was consulting. Previously, he spent six years
with Adam’s Mark Hotels and Resorts in Buffalo and Dallas.
Sergio Nunez del Prado has joined the Paradise Village Resort in Puerto
Vallarta as Operations Manager. For the past three years, he was with Ritz-Carlton,
most recently as the Club Level Operations Manager for the Ritz-Carlton
St. Thomas. He also served at the Ritz-Carlton Washington DC as Assistant
Front Office Manager and the Ritz-Carlton Santiago as Director of Guest
David Clark has joined Blackstone’s The Peaks in Telluride as Director
of Culinary Operations. Most recently he was at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor
Gulch as Executive Assistant Manager. Clark is a previous Executive Chef
of Beano’s Cabin for Vail Resorts.
Maureen McGrath has joined SBE Entertainment as Vice President Sales.
She has previously worked with the Hollywood and Highland complex as Director
of Special Events. She held a similar role at the House of Blues, also
Barceló Hotels & Resorts has promoted Oscar Serrano to Senior
Director of Sales & Marketing for North America, and Fernando Ortiz
to Sales Manager for the Southeast, U.S. Serrano was most recently the
Commercial Director for North America. Ortiz was previously the Assistant
Commercial Director for North America.
Richard Carroll has joined the Chatham Bars Inn in Cape Cod as Director
of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the Director of Group Sales
at Harbor View and Kelley House on Martha’s Vineyard. Previously, he was
the Director of Sales at the Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport and at the
Ocean Edge Resort on Cape Cod.
David Chu has joined the Dylan Hotel in New York as Director of Sales
and Marketing. Prior to joining the Dylan, Chu worked for Kimpton in New
York and was previously at the InterContinental-The Barclay.
Megan Ferguson has joined the Four Seasons Worldwide Sales Office in
New York, as Manager, Worldwide Sales, replacing Lara Hanlon who has left
the company. Ferguson was most recently a Sales Manager at the Four Seasons
The Hyatt Regency Bonaventure has appointed Kelly Commerford Director
of Sales and Marketing. Commefford joins Hyatt from a four-year tenure
at Dolce International as the Western Regional Director of Sales and Marketing
for the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose and the Director of Sales and Marketing
for the Dolce Oak Ridge Conference Center in Minnesota.
Agnelo Fernandes has joined the Canyon Ranch Miami Beach as Director
of Sales and Marketing. His most recent position was that of Director of
Sales and Marketing at the Sonesta Coconut Grove.
Pete Zudyk, formerly the Director of Brand Marketing for Hard Rock International,
is the new Director of Marketing for ME by Sol Melia in Florida. When Sol
Melia and Hard Rock ended their alliance, Zudyk followed Melia to be the
Director of Marketing of the new “hip” brand ME by Melia. Zudyk rejoins
his former colleague Guy Hensley, now ME by Melia’s Senior Vice President
of Operations and formerly a Senior Vice President for W Hotels.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas has appointed Marina Nicola Director
of Public Relations. She comes from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors
Mary Barrett has transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas as Director
of Meetings and Special Events. She has previously been with the company
in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, among other locales.
Samantha Walder has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the
Four Seasons Los Angeles, replacing Nancy Kupka. Walder comes from “Down
Under” where for the past two years she was the Assistant Director of Human
Resources at the Four Seasons Sydney. Previously she worked with the Observatory
Hotel and additional Orient-Express hotels in Australia.
Hakan Kocak has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Huntley
in Santa Monica, where he will be responsible for launching a new rooftop
restaurant and lounge as well as revamping room service and banquets. Formerly
a partner in a catering company in Santa Barbara, Kocak also served as
Food and Beverage Manager at the Peninsula-owned Quail Lodge in Carmel.
William Koval has relocated to Seattle, returning to Noble House Hotels
and Resorts as their Corporate Regional Chef in addition to holding down
the Executive Chef duties at the Edgewater Hotel. Koval had left Noble
House in 2005, after eleven years as the Executive Chef of its flagship,
the Adolphus in Dallas. He was most recently the Corporate Executive Chef
for Culinaire International, based in Dallas.
Katsuo “Suki” Sugiura will be moving to Boston to be the Executive Chef
at the former Ritz-Carlton Boston recently acquired by Taj International.
He will remain at the Beverly Hilton through this year’s Golden Globes
Awards. Prior to joining the Beverly Hilton, Sugiura was the Executive
Chef at the Beverly Hills Hotel. In Boston, he takes over from Ritz-Carlton
Executive Chef Gael Cruchet, who is being relocated by the company.
Rolf Weithofer has joined Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City
as Executive Chef. He was most recently in Puerto Rico as Executive Chef
of the El Conquistador Resort and Casino. Previously he spent eighteen
years with InterContinental most notably as the Executive Chef in San Juan,
Los Angeles and Maui.
Christophe Bellanca, a former Chef at L’Orangerie in Los Angeles, has
moved to New York where he joined Le Cirque as Executive Chef. He
replaces Pierre Schaedelin, who had joined Le Cirque (in its previous location)
in 1999, following seven years with Alain Ducasse in London and Monaco.
Olivier Gaupin has joined Alys Beach in Florida as Executive Chef. For
the past five years, he was a few miles away at the WaterColor resort as
Executive Sous Chef.
Ron Boyd has joined Aqua in San Francisco as Executive Chef, taking
over from Peter Armellino, who has gone to the Plumed Horse in Saratoga.
Boyd was most recently down the street at the Grand Café after spending
time in Napa Valley at Domaine Chandon and Julia’s Kitchen at COPIA.
Philippe Trosch is the new Chef/Owner at La Taverna in Tucson. For the
past four years, he had been at the Loews Ventana Canyon also in Tucson,
where his successor is Marc Ehrler.
Patrick Mullin has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Lodge at Pebble
Beach. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef for the hotel.
Ressul Rassallat has been named Chef de Cuisine at the Lodge at Pebble
Beach, responsible for Club XIX. Rassallat had been in Los Angeles for
the past three years most recently as the Executive Sous Chef at the Hillcrest
Country Club and previously the Chef de Cuisine for Gardens restaurant
at the Four Seasons Los Angeles.
Ryan Farr is currently the interim Executive Chef at San Francisco’s
Fifth Floor since Melissa Perello’s departure at the beginning of the month.
He will move over to Orson after the Kimpton Group chooses Perello's permanent
replacement. Before joining the Fifth Floor as Chef de Cuisine, he was
the Sous Chef at Charles Nob Hill, also under Perello.
Bradley Manchester has been appointed Executive Chef of Houston’s Hotel
ZaZa (the former Warwick Hotel) and its Monarch restaurant and lounge.
He was the Executive Chef at the Renaissance Las Vegas and previously served
as Assistant Executive Chef at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and Chef
Tournant at Caesar’s Palace.
Drew Sayes is the new Chef de Cuisine at Jer-Né restaurant at
the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, replacing Dakota Weiss, now the Chef at
the Sunset Tower Hotel. Sayes was previously the Chef de Cuisine at the
Ritz-Carlton Dearborn and served as Sous Chef at the Four Seasons Chicago.
John Hui has been appointed Corporate Pastry Chef for Pebble Beach Resorts.
He was most recently the Executive Pastry Chef at Caesar’s Palace in Las
Vegas. Prior to his position at Caesar’s Palace, Hui worked at the Westin
Maui, the Westin St. Francis, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, and the
San Francisco Marriott.
Wynn Las Vegas has appointed Linda Brookins Director of Restaurant Events.
Brookins was previously the Sales Manager for the Palm Steakhouse Restaurant
Group, first at its flagship location in New York City and, more recently,
at its Caesar’s Palace outlet.
J. Walter Hess has transferred to the Four Seasons Costa Rica as Assistant
Director of Rooms. He has served in various positions with the company
for eleven years in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Chicago.
Austin Chen has joined the Chamberlain West Hollywood as Director of
Guest Services. For the past two years he has been the Guest Services Manager
at the Avalon in Beverly Hills.