Hilton Appoints Vasco Baselli as General Manager of Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

Hilton Hotels & Resorts | July 16, 2019

MCLEAN, Va. – July 16, 2019 – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) announced the appointment of Vasco Baselli as general manager of the 357-room Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino. Baselli most recently served as general manager of the Hilton Lima Miraflores in Peru, where he oversaw the operation of this more than 200-room hotel, 13,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and more than 200 team members. Originally from Germany, Baselli is a more than 30-year hospitality industry veteran who started his career as a Line Cook Apprentice at the Inter-Continental Hotel Düsseldorf hotel in Germany. Over the course of more than three decades, Baselli develope...

McKibbon Hospitality Names Joe Taggart as Its New Chief Financial Officer

McKibbon Hospitality | July 16, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. (July 16, 2019) — McKibbon Hospitality, an industry leader in hotel development, management and renovations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Taggart as its new Chief Financial Officer, starting in his new role July 15. Taggart joins the family-owned and operated hospitality company and will oversee all McKibbon entities, including real estate, hotel development, management, renovations and the McKibbon Family Investment Fund, managing the companies’ accounting, cash management, insurance, property and income tax, partnership-owned finance, and audits. “We are excited about Joe joining our team and the wea...

The Gabriel Miami Appoints Craig Tooker as Food & Beverage Director

The Gabriel Miami | July 16, 2019

MIAMI – (July 2019) -- The Gabriel Miami—recently reinvented since joining Hilton’s growing brand—is proud to welcome Craig Tooker as Director of Food and Beverage. The newly renovated lifestyle property is located on Biscayne Boulevard and is home to the newest upscale, Latin-inspired dining concept, CVLTVRA. Craig has a notable career track with more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Through his leadership, Craig has established great credibility in the restaurant business, focusing on quality and service, while guiding and developing concepts with remarkable outcomes in profit. After receiving his Bachelo...

BENCHMARK® Names Diana Youngblood Director of Finance at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels | July 15, 2019

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, July 2019 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has appointed Diana Youngblood director of finance for the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property located in Gainesville. Kirk Jones, Benchmark’s chief financial officer, made the announcement. “It is such a pleasure to announce Diana’s promotion within our company,” said Mr. Jones. “She knows our Be The Difference service culture intimately, lives it every day, and is a superb financial manager. We congratulate Diana on her new role within Benchmark.” Diana Youngblood previously served ...

YOTEL Boston Appoints Michael Letterman as F&B Director

July 15, 2019

As YOTEL Boston, the affordable luxury hotel brand inspired by first-class air travel, continues to evolve its food and beverage offerings, it has announced that Michael Letterman has joined the team as Food & Beverage Director. With more than 25 years of hospitality experience, Letterman began his career working for iconic Boston restaurateur Anthony Athanas at the General Glover House, Hawthorne, and Hawthorne by the Sea. His former experience also includes leadership positions at Back Bay Restaurant Group, along with his prior role as Director of Operations for Stephanie’s Restaurant Group. Letterman also previously held the role ...

NewcrestImage Names David Perel CIO and Caroline Lerner Perel CDO

July 11, 2019

NewcrestImage has launched an ambitious nationwide expansion program of $2 billion in growth by adding two veteran lodging and finance executives to its C-suite who have a proven record of raising substantial private equity funds and managing high-value, high-performance investment portfolios. Effective July 1, David Perel and Caroline Lerner Perel joined NewcrestImage as Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and Chief Development Officer (CDO) respectively. They both report to Mehul Patel, Chairman and CEO of the company, and they both join the company’s executive team, which will now consist of eight people. Mr. and Ms. Perel come to Newcr...

Rachel Blake Named General Manager of Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/ Bellevue Downtown

The Hotel Group | July 11, 2019

BELLEVUE, Wash. — July 11, 2019 — The Hotel Group, a leading national hotel management and investment company, announced today Rachel Blake has been appointed General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/ Bellevue Downtown. “Rachel brings an impressive background, with extensive property experience and a strong foundation in managing Hilton branded hotels. We are excited she has joined the team and look forward to the continued growth of the Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Bellevue Downtown with Rachel’s leadership,” said Robert Avila, Senior Vice President of The Hotel Group. A 26-year hospitality veteran, Rachel began her care...

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Appoints Paige Lund to General Manager

Camelback Inn Resort & Spa | July 11, 2019

Scottsdale, Arizona - (July 11, 2019) . . . Paige Lund has been appointed general manager of the legendary JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Steve Hart, general manager of JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa and area general manager, made the announcement. "It's with great pleasure to congratulate Paige on this milestone appointment," said Hart. "Having served at some of Arizona's finest hotels and luxury resorts, and in her seven year tenure with Marriott, Paige's extensive experience, combined with her passion, vision and operational acumen, made her the perfect choice to lead the team for the company's flagship resort." ...

The Central Station Appoints Jeremy Sadler as General Manager and Helen Nelson as Director of Sales and Marketing

Central Station Hotel | July 10, 2019

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 9, 2019—The Central Station, a Curio Collection by Hilton™ hotel, announced today the appointment of Jeremy Sadler as General Manager and Helen Nelson as Director of Sales and Marketing. The 123-room boutique hotel is set to open in Memphis’ iconic South Main district in Fall 2019, transforming the 105-year-old renowned transportation hub into a luxury eight-story, music and design-driven hotel. As General Manager, Sadler will lead day-to-day hotel operations, guest relations and team development for The Central Station. A tenured hospitality leader, Sadler brings more than two decades of experience to the ...

KASA Hotel Collection Promotes Veronika Dora Kecskes to General Manager of Mexico’s New KASA Hotel Riviera Maya

KASA Hotel Collection | July 10, 2019

(Tulum, MEXICO – July 2019) -- KASA Hotel Collection announces the promotion of Veronika Dora Kecskes to General Manager of the new KASA Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico. Kecskes was previously the Operations Manager at KASA Hotel Collection’s first hotel in Mexico, Hotel KASA Parota Tulum in Aldea Zama. KASA Hotel Riviera Maya, opening October 1, 2019, will be the hotel group’s second hotel. Hotel KASA Parota Tulum and Hotel KASA Riviera Maya are both members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH). Veronika is a veteran of the Mexican hospitality world. Prior to joining the KASA Hotel Collection in 2018, she served as General Ma...

Noble House Hotels & Resorts Appoints Christopher Carriker as Executive Chef for L’Auberge Del Mar

L'Auberge Del Mar | July 10, 2019

DEL MAR, Calif. – L’Auberge Del Mar, the iconic Del Mar seaside village resort, has appointed Christopher Carriker as its new executive chef. At L’Auberge Del Mar, he will be in charge of the property’s three venues – signature restaurant KITCHEN 1540, the Living Room’s Coastline Deck and Bleu Bar. In addition, he will also oversee the menu planning and catering operations for banquets, weddings, meetings, special events and in-room dining. “Chef Chris brings a proven history of high performance and kitchen excellence to this position, as well as having an outstanding record of team leadership and innovative restaurant expert...

Sheraton Gateway LAX Appoints Fred DeSota as New Director of Sales and Marketing

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles | July 10, 2019

(LOS ANGELES, CA – July 10, 2019) -- Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles, the stylish airport hotel adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport, today announced the appointment of hospitality veteran Fred DeSota as Director of Sales and Marketing to oversee all sales and marketing initiatives. Mr. DeSota comes to Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel with more than two decades of hospitality experience. Previously Mr. DeSota served in various sales and marketing roles with Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a global hotel management company with hotels, resorts, conference centers and boutique hotels located throughout the world. There, he focuse...

Michael McClellan Joins Historic St. Anthony Hotel as New Food and Beverage Director

The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Antonio | July 10, 2019

San Antonio, TX (July 10, 2019) – Consistently gaining notoriety on the culinary front, The St. Anthony Hotel welcomes award-winning food and beverage director, Michael McClellan. An accomplished culinary professional with more than 15 years in the industry, McClellan will oversee the property’s culinary offerings to include Gallery On the Park; The St. Anthony Club; and catering for meetings, banquets and special events. “Michael McClellan’s repertoire in the culinary world parallels The St. Anthony Hotel,” said Clyde Johnson, co-owner of The St. Anthony Hotel. “His insights are transformative—so to be able to combine th...

broughtonHOTELS Appoints Daniel Romero as General Manager for Park James Hotel

Park James Hotel | July 9, 2019

MENLO PARK, CA (July 9, 2019) — broughtonHOTELS, a leading hospitality management company, announces the appointment of Daniel Romero to General Manager, Park James Hotel. As the newly appointed General Manager, Romero willmanage the day-to-day operations of the luxury boutique hotel and the onsite farm-to-fork restaurant, Oak + Violet. Romero was previously Assistant Manager at the Park James having joined the hotel in March of 2018.  In this capacity, he was instrumental in the hotel’s daily operations and management. "Daniel has been a valuable team player since joining the broughtonHOTELS team and Park James,” said Larry B...

Trump® National Doral Miami Appoints James Rogers as New Executive Chef

Trump® National Doral Miami | July 9, 2019

MIAMI, Fla. (July 9, 2019) – South Florida’s iconic Trump® National Doral Miami is pleased to announce the appointment of James Rogers as the new executive chef of the resort. Chef Rogers will oversee the culinary team at Champions Bar & Grill, the resort’s sophisticated, casual concept dining venue, as well as the property’s culinary departments and food and beverage operations. “We are proud to welcome James to the Trump National Doral family,” said Vice President and Managing Director David Feder. “His unique culinary talent and refined taste will take the dining experience to the next level at our legendary reso...

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel Promotes Steve Woods as Director of Sales and Marketing

Premier Hotel Collection | July 9, 2019

July 9, 2019 (SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.) — Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel added a new member to their executive leadership group this summer promoting Steve Woods, formerly the director of group sales, to director of sales and marketing. Woods will be adding marketing and promotional initiatives to his purview including expanding new channels through digital and social media. In addition to his new responsibilities, Woods who started at the hotel in 2017, will take over as the hotel’s representative with the Lake Tahoe Visitor’s Authority and serve on the LTVA Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Expositions Ad...

GCommerce Announces Lisa McGivney as Director of Marketing

GCommerce | July 8, 2019

PARK CITY, Utah (July 8, 2019) - GCommerce has announced Lisa McGivney, a rising industry voice in search and digital marketing, has agreed to become the company’s Director of Marketing. Lisa joined GCommerce 12 years ago, first serving in the marketing department before taking on roles in Account Services and Search. Most recently, Lisa served as the Director of Search Engine Marketing for GCommerce. Historically, GCommerce has had two primary marketing-based departments: the Search Marketing team and the Strategic Marketing team. By taking this new role, Lisa McGivney will be responsible for better aligning paid search, optimization, s...

Hotel Revival Appoints Donte Johnson as General Manager

Hotel Revival | July 8, 2019

Baltimore, MD— Hotel Revival, a Joie de Vivre hotel located in the heart of Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood, is pleased to announce the appointment of Donte Johnson as general manager. As general manager, Johnson is responsible for overseeing and executing hotel and property operations, including staff management, guest satisfaction and community relations. Johnson brings nearly two decades of industry experience to the year-old Hotel Revival. He began his career in 2001 with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and has since held several positions including concierge, director of guest services, area revenue manager, ass...

Steigenberger Leipzig Welcomes Guntram Weipert as New General Manager

Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts | July 8, 2019

Frankfurt am Main, 8 July 2019 Guntram Weipert officially took over as new General Manager of the Hotel Handelshof at the beginning of July. He replaces Hans Kauschke, who celebrated his retirement on the same date after a career of almost 40 years with Steigenberger and was also nominated as “General Manager of the Year” for 2017 by the EHMA. Matthias Heck, CFO and Director of Human Resources at Steigenberger Hotels AG, thanked the former Director of the Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof for the outstanding role he had played and described him as a “living hotel legend”. Berlin-born Mr. Kauschke joined Steigenberger Hotels an...

Hay Creek Hotels Appoints Executive Team for The Abbey Inn & Spa Opening Early 2020

The Abbey Inn & Spa | July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019 (Peekskill, New York) - The Abbey Inn & Spa, the Gateway to the Hudson Highlands, has announced four appointments to its opening team: General Manager Gilbert Baeriswil, Director of Sales & Marketing Olivia Calcagnini, and Executive Chef John Paidas. A new boutique hotel and spa set within the now-converted St. Mary's Convent at a historic Revolutionary War setting within Peekskill, New York, The Abbey Inn will begin welcoming guests to experience the region and the far reaches of the Hudson Valley in early 2020. Gilbert Baeriswil, General Manager A superbly versed hospitality professional with more than three decades...

The Roosevelt Hotel New York City Appoints Louis Lanfranchi as Director of Sales

The Roosevelt Hotel | July 8, 2019

(NEW YORK – July 8, 2019) – The Roosevelt Hotel, the historic and elegant hotel in Manhattan’s bustling Midtown district, today announces the addition of Louis Lanfranchi as Director of Sales. With more than 20 years of experience in advertising, hospitality, sales and operations roles, Lanfranchi brings a dynamic, multifaceted approach to lead The Roosevelt’s sales and marketing team. Most recently, Lanfranchi spent time forming and developing the sales team at the Parker New York, starting as a Group Sales Manager and moving up to Director of Group Sales, and in 2010, rising to Director of the entire sales team. There he handled ...

Kerzner International Promotes Two Key Executives to Leadership Team

Kerzner International Holdings Limited | July 3, 2019

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, July 3, 2019 -- Kerzner International Holdings (the "Company"), the owner of the iconic Atlantis Resort and Residences and ultra-luxury One&Only Resorts brands worldwide, has announced the promotion of two key executives. Philippe Zuber has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Brett Armitage has been promoted to the new role of Chief Commercial Officer for Kerzner International. [caption id="attachment_197366" align="aligncenter" width="267"] Philippe Zuber Named Chief Operating Officer at Kerzner International.[/caption] Philippe Zuber will lead the successful operation of all Kerzner resorts, i...

OTO Development Appoints Leadership Team for Hyatt Centric Mountain View Opening July

Hyatt Centric Mountain View | July 2, 2019

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. (July 2, 2019) – Hyatt Centric Mountain View, slated to open mid-July, announces an executive leadership team with more than eight decades of combined hospitality experience. OTO Development, part of The Johnson Group, is developing and will manage the new hotel. Rich Higdon has been appointed as general manager of the 167-room lifestyle hotel in the heart of Silicon Valley and Keith Battaglia as director of sales. Bryan Showalter has been named executive chef of Fairchilds Public House, the hotel’s restaurant and bar. “It’s a privilege to bring the first Hyatt Centric hotel to Silicon Valley,” says Higdo...

Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport Appoints Charlie Gold as Executive Chef

Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport | July 2, 2019

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 2, 2019) – Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) announced that Charlie Gold has been appointed executive chef of all food & beverage outlets at the hotel, including unity la restaurant, market and bar, as well as all meeting and event catering operations of the 580-room hotel. In this position, Chef Gold is responsible for overseeing all culinary operations at the hotel. He is managing a staff of nearly 30 cooks, stewards and managers across all food & beverage outlets to ensure that a consistent and memorable experience is delivered to every person who dines at any of the hotel’s food...

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