|New York's Boutique Hotel Group has named Steve Marx President and
Chief Operating Officer. A 25-year veteran of our industry, Marx was until
recently the Executive Vice President Operations for Loews Hotels, where
he spearheaded the opening of two new major hotels, and supervised Loews'
existing portfolio of 17 upscale properties throughout the United States
and Canada. From 1993 to 1999, Marx was Vice President Hotels at the Kimpton
Hotel and Restaurant Group, where he pioneered their expansion efforts
and doubled the company's assets over a six-year period. Boutique Hotel
Group manages a collection of five distinctive hotels in Manhattan: The
Shoreham, The Mansfield, The Roger Williams, Hotel Wales, and The Franklin,
as well as the Beverly Crescent in Beverly Hills, California. We wish to
apologize to Mr. Marx for an unfortunate error in our May 2001 e-newsletter,
which led to believe his leaving Loews Hotels had been forced upon him.
Indeed he resigned of his own volition for personal reasons and remains
in excellent terms with his former employer.
Gregg Montanez is the new Executive Chef at the prestigious Lyford Cay
Club in the Bahamas. He was until recently the Executive Chef at Mandarin-Oriental's
Ananda in the Himalayas.
Vikram Reddy is the new Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Philadelphia.
He previously was the Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Singapore.
Prior to moving into operations, Reddy was Area Financial Controller for
Four Seasons in Asia. Reddy takes over from Radha Arora who became the
General Manager of the Four Seasons Wailea on Maui.
Jean-Christophe Basseau has been promoted from Chef de Cuisine at the
Ritz-Carlton Kapalua's Banyan Tree fusion restaurant to Executive Sous
Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach. Other new arrivals at that hotel include
the General Manager, Marc Hoffman, a former General Manager of the year
for Marriott Corporation, and a new Director of Food and Beverage, John
Richard White, a longtime Hyatt Sales and Marketing executive, who was
until recently an Area Director of Marketing and Sales in Asia, has been
appointed Vice President - Global Sales for Hyatt Hotels, and will be based
out of Chicago.
Also at the Hyatt home office, Gordon Tareta has joined the company
as Director of Spa Operations. He was previously the Corporate Director
of Spa Operations for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
Jeffrey Jackson will be the opening Executive Chef for the 175-room
Lodge at Torrey Pines, slated for a year-end opening in La Jolla.
Jackson just spent over eight years at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica,
which he opened as Executive Chef. He had been promoted to Director of
Food and Beverage in 1999.
The biggest hotel in Mexico will be the Grand Mayan Palace, a 3,000-room
behemoth to open in stages in Cancun. Eric du Baele is General Manager,
who previously did consulting and development for Marbella Club Hotels
and other high-end projects in Spain.
Orient-Express Hotels announced that Michael Pownall has been named
General Manager of Keswick Hall at Monticello, Virginia. Pownall
comes to his new post from the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa
where he has been Hotel Manager at the Orient-Express-owned property since
July 1999. Daniel Mann had been managing Keswick Hall (as well as its sister
property, The Inn at Perry Cabin) until December 2000.
Timothy Gonser, Vice President, Food & Beverage, Peabody Hotel Group,
has been appointed General Manager of the Peabody Little Rock, formerly
known as The Excelsior. He takes over from Gregg Nelson who left the company.
Gonser had been with Peabody Hotel Group since 1987, as Director of Food
and Beverage at the award-winning Peabody Orlando. Prior to joining Peabody,
Gonser was the Assistant Food and Beverage Director at the Century Plaza
Hotel and Tower in Los Angeles.
Christian Clerc has been promoted from Director of Rooms Operations
to Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Washington DC, a property he had joined
in August 2000, coming from the Hay-Adams. Clerc, a Swiss citizen, is a
Lausanne hotel school graduate. He replaces Bahram Sepahi, who is going
to be the opening General Manager at the new Four Seasons Riyadh.
Sharon Telesca is leaving her position of Director of Marketing at
the St. Regis New York after eight years to pursue a career outside the
industry. She will be the Director of Sales and Marketing for Furnished
Quarters LLC. Founded in 1998, Furnished Quarters is the leader in extended
stay apartment rentals in Manhattan.
Jim Hartigan has been named Senior Vice President - Quality Assurance
and Guest Assistance for Hilton Hotels Corp. He most recently served as
Vice President - Quality Assurance and Guest Assistance, a position held
since 1997. Hartigan joined Promus Hotel Corp. (now Hilton Hotels Corp.)
in 1992 and served as the General Manager of the Embassy Suites Omaha,
Jack Vaughn (CHA), a veteran Hotelier who grew the world-famous Opryland
Hotel from the ground up into a 2,884-room award-winning convention destination,
has joined Nashville-based Stanfield Hospitality Consultants LLC (SHC)
as chairman of the SHC Board of Advisors.
Maarten P. Drenth was named Director of Food and Beverage for the Hotel
Inter-Continental Miami. An alumnus of the renowned Hotel School The Hague
in the Netherlands, Drenth had served as Assistant Director of Food and
Beverage at the hotel in the early nineties, and was most recently the
Director of Food and Beverage for the Willard Inter-Continental in Washington,
Joe Vina is the Director of Sales at the Shore Club (now only opening
in July 2001, after an over-six-month delay - that is par for the course
in Miami where a building frenzy has created a major shortage of construction
crews.) Vina comes from the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner where he was an
Associate Director of Sales and replaces John Harrison who moved on to
the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, a property where he had started his
career years ago.
At Destination Hotels & Resorts¹ L¹Auberge Del Mar, the
new Director of Sales and Marketing is Patsy Bock. She comes from the very
"unboutiquey" Westin St. Francis and replaces Tohnia Miller who has left
Bradley Reynolds has taken over from Julie Naberhaus as Director of
Food and Beverage at Rosewood's very plush Mansion on Turtle Creek. Reynolds,
who had worked for Rosewood in the past (he was an Associate Food and Beverage
Manager at the Crescent Club also in Dallas) was most recently with Shelly
Fireman's Shelly's in New York and the late Warner Leroy's Russian Tea
Still with Rosewood, Laura Latronico, has been named Director of Spa
at The Crescent in Dallas. She was formerly Vice President and Executive
Director of Cooper Aerobic Enterprises. Latronico earned a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Kinesiology/Health, Recreation and Sports Management from
Saint Edwards University in Austin, Texas.
Shawn Hauver has been promoted at the highly successful 800-room Loews
Miami Beach from Director of Food and Beverage to Resident Manager Hauver
had joined the hotel in December 1999, following a ten-year career with
Hyatt Hotels (in St. Louis, Greenville, Hilton Head and Orlando) His successor
at the helm of the Food and Beverage Division is Dan Federspiel. Also new
at the Loews Miami Beach is Executive Steward Frédéric Cournède,
previously the Director of Kitchen Operations at the Waldorf=Astoria in
Martial Noguier has left the Pump Room to be the Chef at 160 Blue in
Chicago. Noguier has also previously been Executive Chef at Jumby Bay in
Antigua, and at Michel Richard's Citronelle both in Washington DC and in
Andreas Meinhold has resigned as President of Swissôtel, following
the company¹s takeover by Raffles International of Singapore.
At Swissôtel North America, Frank Spielvogel is the new Executive
Assistant Manager at the Swissôtel Chicago under General Manager
Joseph Violi. Spielvogel joins from the company's Lima (Peru) property
where he was the Acting Manager. Alper Oztok has been promoted from Director
of Food and Beverage at Swissôtel Chicago to Executive Assistant
Manager at the Swissôtel Atlanta.
Cari Printy has joined Las Vegas' soon-to-open Stirling Club as Spa
Manager. She previously held the same title at Aqua Sulis, the spa at the
struggling Regent of Las Vegas.
At Bacara in Santa Barbara the new Assistant Spa Director is Angela
Taverner, who came straight across the continent from the Peninsula in
New York City.
Jane Hurley Clare was appointed General Manager of the upcoming Ninezero
Hotel in Boston, a Destination Hotel & Resort.
Lee Bowden, a Cornell hotel graduate, has been named General Manager
of the historic Sagamore in Lake George, New York. He previously spent
ten years at the helm of The Equinox in Manchester, Vermont.