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NEW YORK, May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- sbe, the leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hospitality venues globally, announced today that Sebastien Silvestri will be joining as Senior Vice President, Food & Beverage, Hotel Division. In his new role, Silvestri will oversee the food & beverage venues in sbe's Hotel division across the entire platform. He will be based in Miami, Florida.

"sbe continues to expand its senior leadership team at a rapid pace and we are thrilled to add Sebastien to our powerful group of executives," stated Jorge Giannattasio, Chief Operating Officer at sbe. "His experience working at leading companies will be valuable as we continue to grow across the world."

"sbe's impact on the hospitality industry has been remarkable and its phenomenal growth is unmatched in the industry," stated Silvestri. "It is a true honor to be joining the team and I look forward to ensuring the food & beverage venues at each location offer the best dining experiences to our customers."

Prior to his current position, Silvestri was the Vice President of Food & Beverage at The Venetian and The Palazzo Casino Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas – a 7,000 suite integrated resort.

Previously, he held a variety of leadership roles at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA; Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV; Telluride Ski and Golf Resort in Telluride, CO; Orient-Express Hotels, LTD., in Bora Bora, French Polynesia; and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Inc. in Dallas, TX and in London at the Lanesborough Hotel. He began his career at the Hilton International in Paris, France.

Silvestri has been recognized with many accolades and received senatorial recognition from both Nevada Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller as well as Congressman Joe Heck for his service to the restaurant industry and his community. Las Vegas, Inc. recognized Sebastien in 2014 with the 40 under 40 honor and the Nevada Restaurant Association named him 2016 Restauranteur of the Year. Silvestri serves on several advisory boards including Reed Expo and G2E, the Global Gaming Show, The Culinary Institute of America, Board of Fellows, and served as chairman of The Nevada Restaurant Association. He has been featured on several documentaries and TV shows including "The World's Busiest Hotel," Capital, E! Entertainment, Entertainment Tonight, The Cake Boss and Access Hollywood.

A French native, Sebastien began his food and beverage service career working at age 16 in local restaurants.  He holds a Baccalaureate Hotel and Culinary Art degree and a BTS: Hotel Management and Culinary Art degree from Esitel School in Montpellier, France.

About sbe

Established in 2002 by Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian, sbe is a privately-held, leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hotels, residences, restaurants and nightclubs. Through exclusive partnerships with cultural visionaries, sbe is devoted to creating extraordinary experiences throughout its proprietary brands with a commitment to authenticity, sophistication, mastery and innovation. Following the acquisition of Morgans Hotel Group, the pioneer of boutique lifestyle hotels, sbe has an unparalleled global portfolio featuring 23 world-class lifestyle hotel properties in 9 attractive gateway markets and more than 136 global world-renowned hotel, entertainment and food & beverage outlets. The company is uniquely positioned to offer a complete lifestyle experience - from nightlife, food & beverage and entertainment to hotels and residences, and through its innovative customer loyalty and rewards program, The Code, as well as its award-winning international real estate development subsidiary, Dakota Development - all of which solidify sbe as the preeminent leader across hospitality. sbe will continue its expansion with 13 hotel properties opening in the next two years (some with residences), including SLS Baha Mar, SLS Seattle, Mondrian Doha and Mondrian Dubai. The company's established and upcoming hotel brands include SLS Hotel & Residences, Delano, Mondrian, Redbury, Hyde Hotel & Residences, Clift, Hudson, Morgans, Royalton, Sanderson and St Martins Lane. In addition, sbe has the following internationally acclaimed restaurants and lounges: Katsuya, Cleo, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Fi'lia by Michael Schwartz, Umami Burger, Hyde Lounge and Skybar. More information about sbe can be obtained at sbe.com.

Contact: Kati Bergou, Rubenstein Public Relations

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