|Michael Shindler has founded Four Corners Advisors in Chicago. A well-known
development specialist, he was most recently the Vice President Development
and Asset Management for Las Vegas Sands. He also was the Senior Vice President,
Acquisitions & Development, for Hyatt Development. In addition, he
held the top development spot with RockResorts/Vail Resorts and Mandarin
Stan Brown has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating
Officer of RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality. Since 2006, he was
the Vice President, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Korea and the Philippines
for Marriott, based in Hong Kong.
Robert Toubman has been promoted at Loreto Bay in Mexico to the position
of President of Hospitality Operations. Toubman also serves as President
of Community Enterprises and Executive Vice President for Strategy and
Development. He was most recently the Senior Vice President for the company.
Some of his responsibilities were previously held by Steven Ast, who had
the title of Executive Vice President Hospitality and is now the President
of the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
Kelley Jones has been named President of Las Vegas-based Light Group,
a multi-concept company of restaurants, lounges and very soon, a hotel.
Jones returns to Vegas from the position of Vice President Operations at
Philadelphia-based Starr Restaurant Organization. He also held a similar
position with Kimpton, following five years with China Grill Management.
Martin Lowery has been promoted to Senior Vice President Organizational
Development and Chief Learning Officer at Hilton Hotels Corporation. He
has been with the company since 1982 and most recently held the title of
Vice President Human Resources/Education Professional Development.
Tecton Hospitality has named Dave MacRae Vice President of Finance.
He is the former Director of Finance and Area Controller at the Omni Resort
at Champions Gate in Orlando. Previously, he was the Area Controller at
the Omni CNN Center in Atlanta.
Roger Paull has been promoted to Senior Director of Brand Operations
for W Hotels Worldwide, based in New York. He was most recently the General
Manager of the W San Diego and, prior to that, the Hotel Manager and Acting
General Manager at W New York Times Square.
Olivier Maumaire has been promoted to General Manager of the Costa Rica
Hilton Papagayo Bay. He was most recently at the Caribe Hilton as Director
of Operations and Regional Director of Food and Beverage for Hilton Caribbean.
Pierre-Alexandre Maillard is the new General Manager at the Hotel Carl
Gustaf in St. Barthelemy. He was previously the General Manager of the
Hotel Napoléon in Fontainebleau.
Ross Justice is the Managing Director of Hodges Bay in Antigua. He is
a former General Manager of the Bitter End Yacht Club and of Cap Juluca.
Alessandro Cabella has been appointed Vice President and Resort Manager
at the One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. For the past year, he was
the Hotel Manager at the Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg, part of
Orient Express. Cabella had previously already worked for One&Only,
as Resident Manager of Le Touessrok on Mauritius.
Andrea Mayer has been appointed General Manager of Chicago’s Allerton.
She comes from the Wyndham O’Hare and had previously served as General
Manager of Chicago’s Hotel 71 and Hotel Blake for the Kor Group.
Birgit Radin has been appointed Managing Director of both the Chicago
City Centre Hotel and the Inn of Chicago. She was previously the General
Manager of the Westin Fort Lauderdale.
Russell Miller has been appointed General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton
Rose Island in the Bahamas, set to open in 2009. A Cornell graduate, he
joins from Kerzner International's Harborside Resort at Atlantis on Paradise
Island, where he was the Senior Vice President and General Manager. His
previous experience with Kerzner includes positions as Senior Vice President
and General Manager for the Residences at Atlantis and the One&Only
Charles Naberhaus has rejoined Destination Hotels and Resorts as Vice
President, Managing Director of Operations for the Southeast. He will also
be Managing Director of the InterContinental Tampa opening this summer.
For the past six years, he has served as the Managing Director of the Pointe
South Mountain Resort.
John Speers has been appointed General Manager of the Little Nell. Since
2005, he had been the Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole.
He had joined the company in 2003 as Director of Food and Beverage at the
Four Seasons Chicago. Speers had previously been the Executive Assistant
Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach and
the Ritz-Carton Phoenix.
Stuart Campbell is the new General Manager of Amangani in Jackson Hole,
taking over for Guy Heywood. Campbell was most recently with Wynn in Macau
and previously opened Uma Paro in Bhutan for Christina Ong’s Como Hotels
Euan Taylor is the new Managing Director at the Hotel Vitale in San
Francisco. He was previously the Hotel Manager at the JW Marriott Grosvenor
House in London. He also held various positions at the Fairmont Turnberry
Isle and the St. Regis Monarch Beach.
Chauncey Copeland has been named General Manager at the Regent South
Beach, replacing Helena Blat, who has left the company. Copeland recently
served as Hotel Director at Fisher Island.
The Pearl Hotel in San Diego has appointed Arron Reynolds General Manager.
For the past three years, he was the Guest Services Manager at the Loews
Nicolas Kurban has been named Vice President of Food and Beverage at
Atlantic City’s Borgata. He steps in the position left vacant by Victor
Tiffany. Kurban previously held the position of Director of Fine Dining
for Wynn Las Vegas. In 2006, he founded Kurban and Associates, consulting
for Geoffrey Zakarian's Country at the Carlton Hotel in New York City and
the Vintage Inn and Villagio Inn in Napa Valley. Kurban has served as Director
of Operations and Development for Thomas Keller’s Restaurant Group, responsible
for the group’s casual restaurants on the West Coast.
Jay Rosenthal has been named Vice President of Hospitality for Borgata.
He formerly served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
of Midamerica Development, part of the Harp Group. Rosenthal is also an
eight-year Starwood man, most recently as Area Managing Director for W
in Chicago and General Manager of the W San Francisco.
Robert Balmer has been named General Manager of the Doubletree San
Jose. He recently held the position of General Manager at the Wyland Waikiki,
a former Doubletree Hotel. Prior to that, he served as General Manager
of the Hilton Burbank.
The JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson has appointed
Alex Ahluwalia General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager
of the JW Marriott Fiji. He has also served as General Manager of the Renaissance
Wailea Beach and Director of Operations at the Marriott Maui.
Geoff Lawson has been appointed General Manager of the Dolce Basking
Ridge in New Jersey. As Regional Area Director, he also oversees five Dolce
properties in New York, Connecticut and Toronto. He has been with Dolce
International for fourteen years.
Steven Koerselman has joined Bill Shoaf’s soon-to-open Sky Lodge in
Park City as General Manager. He comes from the Devils Thumb Ranch where
he was the Vice President/General Manager. Koerselman is also a former
General Manager at the Lake Placid Lodge.
Rick Corcoran is the new Hotel Manager at the Fairmont Vancouver. He
moves up from the position of Director, Food and Beverage, at the Fairmont
San Francisco. He also served as Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont
Manoir Richelieu and the Fairmont Château Frontenac.
Brent Martin has been named Hotel Manager at the Beverly Wilshire. For
the past six years, he served as General Manager at the Sofitel Los Angeles.
At the Beverly Wilshire, he replaces Gerhard Stutz, who has been promoted
to General Manager of the Four Seasons Amman, in Jordan.
Demi Ortega has been promoted to Resort Manager at the Four Seasons
Jackson Hole. He takes over from John Speers, who is now the General Manager
at the Little Nell. Ortega comes from the Four Seasons Palm Beach, where
he has been the Director of Food and Beverage since 2005. He had held the
same title at the Four Seasons Newport Beach, until it became the Island
Hotel in October 2005.
Philipp Real, currently Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton
Chicago (a Four Seasons Hotel), will be joining the Four Seasons Palm Beach
to replace Demi Ortega. Real first joined Four Seasons in October 2001
as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Punta Mita,
then transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Chicago in March 2004 in the same
Steven Shotsberger has joined Malliouhana in Anguilla as Resident Manager.
For the past five years, he held various positions at the Hotel Jerome
in Aspen, most recently as Director of Operations.
Mark Ferretti is the new General Manager of the prestigious Jonathan
Club in Los Angeles. He replaces fellow Cornellian Norm Rich, who moved
to Oregon to manage the 21,000-member Multnomah Athletic Club. Ferretti
spent the past five years as General Manager of the New York Yacht Club.
He also served as General Manager of the Denver Athletic Club, the Metropolitan
Club and the Knickerbocker Club in New York.
Meredith Quarnstrom has been named Vice President Food and Beverage
for Hilton Hotels. She joined the company in 1995 and has previously served
as General Manager of the Hilton Atlanta Airport and the Doubletree Tyson’s
Corner in Virginia. In addition, she has held the positions of Resident
Manager, Director of Food and Beverage and Director of Restaurants at the
Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.
Michael O'Donohue has been promoted to Corporate Director of Food and
Beverage for Starwood Hotels and Resorts overseeing the W, St. Regis and
Luxury Collection brands. He will be based in the Chelsea corporate offices
in New York. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at
the W San Francisco.
Pascal Billard has joined the Novecento Group in Miami as Chief Operating
Officer. He spent the past seven years with China Grill Management, most
recently as Regional Director of Operations, Florida and Mexico. He previously
served the company as Director of Food and Beverage at Delano, the Royalton
and London’s Sanderson. Billard was also the Food and Beverage Director
at the Hotel de Crillon, the Carlton Casino Club and the Chateau de Bagnols.
Richard Raab is replacing Attila Gyulai as Director of Food and Beverage
at the Four Seasons Great Exuma. He comes from the Four Seasons London
and made prior stops at the Four Seasons Maui, the Four Seasons Beverly
Hills and the Four Seasons Cairo.
Rory Slater has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Peninsula
New York. He was previously the Director of Food and Beverage at the Mayfair
Paul Pace has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage at the
Westin Casuarina in Las Vegas, after joining the hotel in 2005 as Director
of Guest Services. He takes over from Christoph Hoeflich who has been promoted
to Director of Operations, after joining the hotel in 2006 as Director
of Food and Beverage.
James Soulé has joined the Carneros Inn as Director of Food and
Beverage. He was most recently the General Manager at the Gaia Napa Valley.
Soulé is a former Director of Food and Beverage at Auberge du Soleil.
The Grand Del Mar has appointed Daniel Braun Director of Food and Beverage.
Previously with Four Seasons for eight years, Braun was most recently the
Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Aviara. He
also held various positions at the Four Seasons Palm Beach, including that
of Director of Restaurants.
The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center has appointed Jonathan Baz
Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Director of Operations
at the Beach Club at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. Baz also worked at the
Grand Cypress Resort, the Loews Portofino Bay and the Peabody, all in Orlando.
Lars Danneberg has transferred to the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas as Executive
Assistant Manager - Director of Food and Beverage. He comes from the Ritz-Carlton
Grand Cayman, where he was the Assistant Food and Beverage Director.
Wolfgang Jonas has been named Director of Rooms at the Beverly Wilshire.
He comes from the Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa and Casino in Curaçao,
where he was the General Manager.
John Blanton has left Four Seasons to join the Barton Creek Resort in
Austin, as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the Director
of Marketing at the Four Seasons Dallas. He also was the Director of Sales
at the former Four Seasons Inn on the Park in Houston.
Jolinda Everist-Cohavi replaces John Blanton as Director of Marketing
at the Four Seasons Dallas. She comes from the Four Seasons Atlanta where
she had been serving as Director of Marketing since June 2004.
Elissa Wallis has been promoted to the position of Director of Marketing
at the Four Seasons Atlanta. She had been the hotel’s Director of Sales
since April 2006, following a stint in the same capacity at the Four Seasons
Palm Beach. She started her Four Seasons career in 1997 as a Sales Manager
at the Four Seasons Houston.
Joe Derks has joined Hawk’s Cay Resort as Director of Sales and Marketing.
He previously held various sales and marketing management positions for
Hard Rock Hotels and the Morgans Hotel Group. He also spent ten years with
Erik Grazetti has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at
the Jefferson in Washington D.C. He was most recently with Accor, as Corporate
Director of Sales, Pricing and Revenue. He also served as Director of Sales
and Marketing at the Sofitel Washington DC.
Tim Rector has been appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing
at the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort in the Bahamas. He has previously held
various sales and marketing positions at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel &
Towers, the Walt Disney World Dolphin and the Sheraton Music City Hotel
in Nashville. Most recently, Rector served as Regional Director of Sales
and Marketing for LXR Luxury Resorts.
The Fairmont Washington, D.C. has promoted Shannon Byrne Schneider to
Director of Sales and Marketing. She joined the hotel in November 2005
as Director of Group Sales. She had previously been with the Hiltons of
Washington, D.C. since 1998.
Matt Brody has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the JW
Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa. He was most recently the Director
of Sales and Marketing for both the Renaissance Grand and Renaissance St.
Louis Suites hotels in St. Louis.
The Ritz-Carlton Club Aspen Highlands has appointed Phil Pinto Project
Director of Sales and Marketing. He most recently served as Membership
Executive at the Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences San Francisco.
Tim Hemphill has been appointed Executive Director of Sales and Marketing
at the Orlando Sun Resort and Convention Center. For the past eight years,
he was the Executive Director of the Kissimmee Convention and Visitors
Jami Poe has joined the Solage Calistoga as Director of Sales. She was
previously the Director of Business Travel Sales at the Fairmont San Francisco.
She also held various sales positions at the Palomar in San Francisco and
the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey.
Tara Grand has joined London’s Maybourne Hotel Group (the Berkeley,
Claridge’s, the Connaught) as its Los Angeles-based Head of Entertainment
Sales. She had been a Sales Manager at the Four Seasons Los Angeles for
the past two years, after transferring from the Four Seasons Los Angeles
Worldwide Sales Office, where she represented the Four Seasons Tokyo at
Emilie Rekart has been named Director of Catering at the Grand Del Mar.
She was most recently the Director of Catering at the Fairmont San Francisco,
and also worked as Catering Manager at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.
Matthew Gabos has been appointed Director of Banquets for the Grand
Del Mar Resort, slated to open in the fall. He was previously the Director
of Operations at Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club. He also held the post
of Director of Banquets for Pebble Beach Resorts.
At the Kor Group, Janne Clare has been promoted to Vice President of
Training. She was previously the General Manager of the group’s Avalon
in Beverly Hills. Previously she served as General Manager at the Hotel
Nine Zero in Boston.
Olivier Rousselle has joined the Luxe on Sunset as Executive Chef. He
was most recently in the same position at Camden House in Beverly Hills
for the past two years. Previously, he spent two years in France at the
Le Florida in Verduzan and Les Jardins de l’Opéra in Toulouse. Before
moving to France, he served as the Executive Chef at Michael’s in Santa
Monica for four years.
David Werly transfers to Le Cirque Las Vegas as Executive Chef. He has
been the Executive Sous Chef at Le Cirque New York. Werly had joined the
company in 2002 and served as both Executive Sous Chef and Executive Chef
at Le Cirque Mexico City.
Shaun Hergatt has joined the Setai Group as Chef – Consultant, to develop
the food and beverage concept for the luxury condo building the Setai owners
are developing in downtown Manhattan. He was previously the Executive Chef
at the Setai Miami. He started his career at the Ritz-Carlton Sydney and
has cooked at the Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C., the Ritz-Carlton Boston
Commons and the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. In 2002, he was appointed Chef
de Cuisine for the Atelier Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park.
Jonathan Wright has joined the Setai in Miami as Executive Chef. He
was most recently the Executive Chef at the Lark Creek Inn. He had previously
served as Executive Chef at the Hotel Conrad Indianapolis and the Windsor
Court in New Orleans.
Lance Thompson is the new Director of Operations for the PlumpJack Group.
He worked for Auberge Resorts for over six years as Director of Operations
at Calistoga Ranch, Residence Club Administrator at Esperanza and Director
of Rooms at the Lodge at CordeValle.
The Blue Water Grill Chicago has appointed Joel Dennis Executive Chef.
For the past three years, he was the Chef de Cuisine at Chicago's Tru.
Before moving to Chicago, he spent four years under the tutelage of Alain
Ducasse as Sous Chef, spending time in both Ducasse's New York and Paris
Curtis Smithen has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Four Seasons
Nevis. He originally started at the Resort in 1991 as a Cook and was promoted
to Sous Chef in 1995. He became a Senior Sous Chef in 2003, and Executive
Sous Chef in 2004. He takes over as Executive Chef from Cyrille Pannier.
John Haueter has been named Corporate Executive Chef for the Hashoo
Group. He was most recently the opening Executive Chef at the InterContinental
Playa Bonita Panama.
Peter Coppola has been appointed Director of Purchasing at the Jumeirah
Essex House. He previously held various positions in purchasing at the
Ritz-Carlton Central Park, the Fitzpatrick Hotel Group and for Princess
Sherry Lurie has been appointed Executive Director of Services at Bellagio
in Las Vegas. She was most recently the Executive Director of Housekeeping
at the MGM Grand. Before joining the MGM Grand, she was the Director of
Housekeeping at the Greenbrier and the Breakers.
Donald Gerrie has joined the Westin Seattle as Director of Housekeeping.
He comes from Hyatt, where he served for almost ten years as a manager
in housekeeping and front office positions in hotels in Bellevue, Vancouver
and San Antonio.
Sergio Rodriguez has joined the InterContinental Century City as Director
of Housekeeping. He was most recently at the Standard Downtown Los Angeles
as Executive Housekeeper.
Alexandre Firer is the new Rooms Division Manager at the Hotel Carl
Gustaf. He was previously with the Royal Monceau in Paris as Meetings and
Incentive and Spa Manager.
Liz Ratcliff has been named Director of Spa Development for the Kor
Hotel Group. She comes from the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, and also held
the position of Spa Director at the (former) St. Regis Los Angeles.
At the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, Derek Hofmann has taken over from
Liz Ratcliff as Spa Director. He was previously the Spa Director at the
Four Seasons Silicon Valley.
Elaine Russell is the new Spa Director at the Four Seasons Nevis.
Originally from Jamaica, she joined the Resort from Beaches Turks and Caicos
Resort and Spa, where she was the Spa Director for three years. Prior to
that, she held roles including that of Corporate Spa Manager for Sandals
Resorts and Spa Manager for Beaches Grande Sport in Jamaica.
The Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Central New York has named Chris Pulito
Spa Director. He was most recently the Spa Director at the Four Seasons
New York. Previously, he held the title of Spa Director at Stoweflake Mountain
Resort and Spa and at La Posada Resort & Spa.
Véronique Paquet is the new Spa Director at the Springs Eternal
Spa at Bedford Springs Resort. She was previously the Spa Director at Sundara
Inn & Spa at Wisconsin Dells, the Inn & Spa at Loretto in Santa
Fe and Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in Little Torch Key.
Michael Smutzer has been promoted to Director of Front Office at the
Westin Seattle. He joined the hotel in 2000 as Front Desk Manager and was,
most recently, the Service Express Manager. Dana Smith comes from her position
as General Manager at the Westin at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall Opera
House to take over for Smutzer.
Kathy Fuentes has been promoted to General Manager of the Westin at
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall Opera House, in Seattle. She moves up from her
position at the hotel as the Front-of-House Food and Beverage Lead Supervisor.