News for the Hospitality Executive
Wagner brings extensive hospitality industry experience to his new role from a distinguished career that encompasses regional and general manager positions for global branded hotels including Sheraton and Hilton as well as award-winning independent hotels.
“John is a great asset to Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa” said Richard A. Holtzman, Pyramid Resort Group Senior Vice President, Resort Operations. “His insightful leadership will inspire the entire team as they make more than $6 million in enhancements to the resort’s exciting array of beachfront amenities to ensure that Westin Casuarina remains a top choice for all travelers to the Cayman Islands and the Caribbean.”
“I’m thrilled to join such a great team of hospitality professionals at this spectacular island resort,” said John Wagner, the newly appointed Area Managing Director and General Manager of Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa. “The many planned resort additions promise an even greater level of experience for guests, residents and associates, with Westin Casuarina fully committed to and deeply involved in the daily life of the Grand Cayman community.”
Previously, Wagner was General Manager of the 400-room Pyramid-owned and managed Renaissance Denver Hotel in Denver, Colo. Before joining Pyramid Hotel Group in 2006, Wagner held regional and vice president positions for Destination Hotels and Resorts/Lowe Enterprises and Warwick International Hotels.
Wagner’s many US-based organizational affiliations reflect his strong commitment to giving back to the communities in which he lives and works. His community service roles include the Board of Directors Girl Scout Mile High Council, Board of Directors Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Board of Directors Project Angel Heart, President Denver Metro Hotel and Lodging Association, Chairman of Metro State College Hospitality Advisory Council, and Adjunct Professor Johnson and Wales University.
He holds an Education Master of Arts/Social Sciences degree from Regis University and a Bachelor of Arts Business, Hotel and Restaurant Management degree from Michigan State University.
Wagner is relocating to Grand Cayman with his wife of 35 years and their two Welsh Corgis dogs. He and his wife are the parents of three grown children.
About Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa
Stretching across eight acres along Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman Island, the award-winning 343-room Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa is the ideal spot to unwind. With the surf's gentle rhythm and whispering palm trees to set the mood, this inspiring resort features every vacation and corporate meeting amenity. Virtually all guest rooms offer ocean-view rooms. The grounds are home to the island's largest fresh water swimming pool, the full-service Hibiscus Spa, an engaging kids’ camp, exhilarating water sports, and more than 18,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor event space for weddings and corporate incentive programs. Shopping and local attractions are steps away. For dining, select the intimate Casa Havana, the island's only AAA Four Diamond restaurant, celebrated for its contemporary island cuisine with Cuban, South American and Caribbean influences; Ferdinand's Caribbean Café for traditional and inventive Caribbean dishes; Tortugas for lighter fare poolside; Cafe Soleil with tempting coffees, ice cream and snacks; and 24-hour in-room dining. The hotel is expected to shortly unveil its $6 million renovations program, to include refreshed guest rooms, corridors and public spaces. www.westingrandcayman.com
About Pyramid Resort Group
Pyramid Resort Group is a new division of Pyramid Hotel Group, the Boston-based hotel management, asset management and project management firm that is the 5th largest hotel management company in the U.S. Established in June 2011, Pyramid Resort Group is a smart business evolution to enable the company to more aggressively target the resort business segment to help resort owners achieve greater profitability and value. The resort team is led by Richard A. Holtzman, Senior Vice President, who brings more than 30 years in the resort industry and accolades such as “Resort Executive of the Year” to this role. He was previously vice president of DMB, an Arizona-based real estate company, where he had both management and asset management responsibilities, including serving as president of the Kukui’ula Development Company, a new resort residential community in Hawaii on the Island of Kaua’i. Pyramid Resort Group is actively seeking management and asset management contracts in the U.S. and Caribbean and has the potential to co-invest in situations that it deems appropriate. www.pyramidhotelgroup.com
For Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa:
David H. Krech
For Pyramid Hotel Group:
Sheila Donnelly & Associates
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