|Susan Ward-Freeman has been named General Manager of the Sam Houston
Hotel. She previously held the position of Hotel Manager at the property.
Prior to that, Ward was the Director of Sales and Marketing at The St.
Regis Houston. Her background also includes positions of Director of Sales
and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland, the Four Seasons Houston,
and the Waldorf-Astoria.
Bradley Reynolds is the new General Manager at Auberge du Soleil where
he replaces Philippa Perry who left the company. Reynolds hails from Rosewood¹s
Mansion on Turtle Creek, where he was the Food and Beverage Director.
Benchmark Hospitality has appointed Roy Young as Managing Director of
the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta. Young previously was the General
Manager of the Northland Inn for Benchmark. Prior to joining the company
he served as Vice President of Hotel Operations for the Claridge Casino
Hotel in Atlantic City.
Millennium Hotels and Resorts have appointed Stephen Baker as Vice President
of Sales and Marketing-North America. Prior to joining Millennium, he was
Vice President of Global Sales for Raffles International Hotels & Resorts
in the Americas.
Joseph Long, a Cornell Hotel School graduate, was recently named Executive
Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for Kimpton Hotels &
Restaurants in San Francisco. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President,
Acquisition & Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
Prior to joining Starwood, Long was Vice President of Acquisitions and
Asset Management for LaSalle Hotel Properties.
Elon Kenchington will be the opening General Manager of the upcoming
188-room Hotel Gansevoort on Manhattan¹s Lower West Side. Kenchington
was the opening General Manager of New York¹s Bryant Park Hotel, following
tenure at the St. Regis New York as Front office Manager.
Benjamin Davis has been appointed Vice President & General Manager
at the Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort in the Bahamas. Prior to
that, Davis was the Operations Director at the 1,350-room Our Lucaya Beach
& Golf Resort, on Grand Bahama Island.
Liam Doyle has been appointed Hotel Manager at Miami¹s soon-to-open
Ritz-Carlton South Beach scheduled to open in December 2003 after a two-year
delay. As such, Doyle moves up from the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead where he
has been the Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage.
Jacqueline Four Sanders returns to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company as
Hotel Manager of the Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park after positions
as Resident Manager at the Hotel Plaza-Athénée and as Rooms
Division Manager at the Rihga Royal. Her previous tenures with Ritz-Carlton
took place in Atlanta, New York and Amelia Island.
Second-generation hotelier Patrick Birchall has been named Hotel Manager
at the Presidente InterContinental Mexico City. Birchall, who has been
with InterContinental for many years, was most recently the Resident Manager
at the InterContinental Paris, following a stint as Manager at Le Grand
Hotel InterContinental Paris.
John Tolbert has been appointed to the position of Hotel Manager at
the Ritz-Carlton Naples. He replaces Roberto Van Geenen who was recently
promoted to General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach. Most recently,
Tolbert served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Boca Resorts.
John Crellin has been promoted to General Manager of the Fairmont Copley
Plaza in Boston. A 40-year old Bostonian, he moves up from the position
of Hotel Manager. He also was previously the hotel's Director of Sales
and Marketing. As General Manager he replaces Dennis Clarke, who took over
as General Manager of the newly renamed Fairmont Olympic in Seattle.
David Gibbons has been named General Manager of the Drake Swissôtel.
He originally joined the company in 1985, and eventually became the Food
and Beverage Director and the Hotel Manager at the Drake, before accepting
the General Manager position at the Swissôtel Boston (which recently
became a Hyatt).
Ahmad Siddiqui has been appointed Director of Finance at the New York
Palace. He takes over from Yi Shang, who left the company. Prior to joining
the New York Palace, Siddiqui spent fourteen years with Four Seasons in
various positions in North America and Asia.
Paul O'Dowd has been appointed General Manager of Big Sur's Ventana
Inn and Spa. He previously was the Director of Food and Beverage at the
St. Regis Monarch Beach. At Ventana, O¹Dowd takes over from Sal Abaunza,
now the General Manager at the Mandarin-Oriental San Francisco.
Doerte Lau has been appointed Director of Marketing at the New York
Palace. She relocates from Frankfurt, where she was the Director of Marketing
for Europe, Middle East and Africa for The Leading Hotels of the World.
Prior to that she was Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for the
Kempinski Hotel Group.
Also at the New York Palace, Joe Gaeta has been promoted from Director
of Conference Services to Director of Sales. Peter Sofides has been hired
as Director of Banquets. He came from the St. Regis New York, where he
was the Assistant Director of Banquets.
Still at the New York Palace, Brian Cardoz has been hired as Assistant
Director of Banquets. He was previously the Banquet Manager at the Peninsula
John Berndt, (a Cornell Hotel graduate) has joined Harrah¹s Hotels
and Casinos at their property in East Chicago, as Vice President of Rooms
and Food and Beverage Operations. With Ritz-Carlton from 1993 until earlier
this year, he was most recently the opening General Manager of the highly
successful Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.
Ron Vlasic has been named Regional Director of Operations for Kimpton
Hotels in Chicago, overseeing the operations of Hotels Allegro, Monaco
and Burnham. Prior to Chicago, he was the General Manager of Kimpton's
Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco.
Edward Pinchard has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the
InterContinental The Barclay New York. He transfers from the Crowne Plaza
Hotel Dubai, where he was the Director of Marketing for three years. Prior
to that, he was the Director of Sales and Marketing at the InterContinental
Muscat in Oman.
Jay Ramstead is the new General Manager of the Orbit Inn in Palm Springs.
He was most recently the Opening General Manager of Spa Helios in Rancho
Mirage. Ramstead also had a long tenure at Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot
Richard Rennie has joined the Outrigger Guam Resort as Director of Sales
and Marketing. Rennie replaces Tom Goresch, who left the company.
Mari Garcia has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for the
Conrad Miami opening in January 2004. Garcia's most recent position was
Director of Sales and Marketing for the Omni Colonnade Hotel in Coral Gables
and the Savoy Hotel in Miami Beach.
Jorge Collazo has been appointed Sales Manager at the new Four Seasons
Miami. He was previously at the Four Seasons Newport Beach as Director
of Housekeeping, Director of Reservations, then Group and Corporate Sales
David Quinn is the new Financial Controller at Fisher Island. He joins
from a similar position at the Roney Palace, which he joined one year ago,
following a two-year stint as opening Controller at The Shore Club.
Peter Tischmann (Junior) has joined the pre-opening team of Steve Wynn¹s
Le Rêve as Food and Beverage Operations Analyst reporting to Vice
President of Food and Beverage Kevin Stussi. For the past year, Tischmann
had been an Assistant General Manager under Christophe Chatron-Michaud
at Charlie Palmer's Aureole at the Mandalay Bay. Tischmann previously spent
over three years with Le Cirque, both in New York and Las Vegas.
Scott Lewis is the Director of Food and Beverage at Napa Valley¹s
Villagio Inn. He took over from Sven Wiedenhaupt who went to the Inter-Continental
New York Barclay. Lewis was previously at the Inn at Morro Bay where his
successor is Trevor Bridge, an internal promotion.
Eric Truglas has joined the posh Bonita Bay Club in Naples as Director
of Food and Beverage. He was previously the Executive Chef at the Sofitel
San Francisco, where his successor is Vincent Cachot, formerly of the Ocean
Club in the Bahamas.
Thomas Innocenzi has been appointed Food and Beverage Manager at Morton's
of Chicago in Costa Mesa. Until recently, he was the Food and Beverage
Manager at the Lodge at Rancho Mirage (formerly the Ritz-Carlton Rancho
Mirage). Innocenzi also served as Food and Beverage Manager at L¹Auberge
Del Mar Resort and Spa.
Thomas Norberg has joined the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota as Director of Food
and Beverage. Most recently, he was the Executive Assistant Director of
Food and Beverage at The Plaza in New York. Norberg began his career at
The Plaza in 1995 as Beverage Director.
Patrick Beaury has left his position of Director of Food and Beverage
at the InterContinental Hotel San Jose, in Costa Rica, to become the opening
Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Costa Rica.
Ronen Aviram has been appointed Front Office Manager for the Four Seasons
Resort Jackson Hole as part of the opening team. He previously held the
same position at the Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara.
Foster Burnett has returned to the Drake Swissôtel in the capacity
of Executive Assistant Manager. Burnett rejoins from the Grand Summit Resort
Hotel & Conference Center in Bartlett, New Hampshire, where he was
the General Manager.
Anne-Juliette Maurice has been named Director of Sales and Marketing
at the Drake Swissôtel. She joins from the Hotel Parker-Méridien,
three blocks away.
Vijay Singh has left Ritz-Carlton after a thirteen-year tenure to join
the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island as Executive Assistant Manager. His most
recent position with Ritz-Carlton was one of Director of Food and Beverage
Operations at the Ritz-Carlton Naples.
Robi Christenson has joined the Mirage Hotel and Casino as Assistant
Food and Beverage Director. She thus rejoins her former boss Christina
Clifton with whom she worked at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. Most recently
Christenson was with KBC Summerlin, also in Las Vegas.
Lawrence McFadden Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Naples is becoming
the Corporate Executive Chef for Ritz-Carlton Hotels, replacing Peter Schoch
who has joined Horst Schulze¹s West Paces Ferry Group.
Ludovic Lefebvre will be the opening Executive Chef at his namesake
Ludo at the W in Los Angeles. Lefebvre, a former Chef de Cuisine at L¹Orangerie,
is teaming up with the owners of Sushi Roku to revive the food and beverage
operation at the W. In addition to Ludo, the team will also be responsible
for operating the hotel¹s other restaurant and producing food for
its room service and banquet operations.
At Bernardus Lodge and Quail Lodge, Sue Dryer has been promoted to the
position of Director of Sales and Marketing. The position had been left
vacant when Kimberly Hoffmann left to become the opening Director of Sales
and Marketing at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole.
Jeffrey Armstrong is the new Executive Chef at the Sam Houston Hotel.
This follows a five-year tenure with Tim and Liza Goodell¹s Domaine
Restaurant Group. Armstrong¹s latest position with the group was that
of Chef de Cuisine for Whist Restaurant at The Viceroy, in Santa Monica.
Scott Leyrer has been hired as Financial Administrator at Kerry Hotels.
He comes from BCBG Max Azria where he held the title of Corporate Travel
Administrator. Also at Kerry Hotels, Kerry Cooper has been appointed e-Commerce
Director. Cooper has previously worked for Design Hotels, Lexington Services
and the JPS Group.
Philippe Rispoli has been appointed Executive Chef at Aureole in Las
Vegas. Rispoli takes over from Robert Kirchhof who plans to be opening
his own restaurant in the near future. An alumnus of Daniel and Payard
Patisserie, Rispoli spent the past three years as Executive Chef of the
Mansion at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.
Michael Gillet has been appointed Pastry Chef at the Five-Star Five-Diamond
Peninsula Chicago. A Frenchman, Gillet joins from the Ritz-Carlton Naples
where he was the Assistant Pastry Chef. Prior to that, he was the Pastry
Chef at La Grenouille in New York.
Céline Plano has been named Executive Pastry Chef at the Ritz-Carlton
San Francisco. Plano worked in Paris after her apprenticeship, eventually
coming to the United States to work at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. She transferred
to the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco in 1999.
Cesar Biggeri has been appointed Corporate Sales Manager handling East
Coast and International at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. Previously,
he was a Sales Manager at the Sofitel Los Angeles.
Kenneth Abisror has been appointed Chief Concierge at the soon-to-open
Mandarin-Oriental New York. Abisror has been the Assistant Chief Concierge
at the Four Seasons New York.
Sylvie Mirete has been appointed Area Sales Manager with Accor for the
Caribbean region. She represents twelve hotels for the group. She was previously
Director of Sales at Le Méridien St. Martin.