|Michael Glennie has been appointed Executive Vice President, Real Estate,
for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Glennie was most recently the President
and Chief Operating Officer of Ripplewood Lodging and the Phoenix Resort
in Japan. Prior to that, Glennie was employed by Boca Resorts as President
of the Boca Raton Resort & Club, then Senior Vice President, Resort
Speaking of Boca Resorts, Jean-Jacques Pergant has been appointed President
by its new owners, the Blackstone Group. Pergant will be responsible for
all operations of the Boca Raton Resort & Club. He comes from the Savoy
Hotel Group in London, where he spent ten years and was a Senior Vice President
overseeing operations of the entire company. Blackstone recently sold the
Savoy Hotel Group. Pergant previously served as Managing Director for Hanbury
Manor, which he opened for then operators Rockresorts. His career also
includes seventeen years with Four Seasons in Canada. At Boca, Pergant
takes over from David Feder, who has left the company after seventeen years.
Also at Boca Resorts, Joseph Berger will be responsible for the oversight
of the operation of the resorts and clubs in Naples and Fort Lauderdale,
including the Hyatt Pier 66, the Bahia Mar Beach Resort and Grande Oaks
Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale and the Registry Resort & Club, Edgewater
Beach Hotel & Club and Naples Grande Golf Club in Naples. Berger comes
from the Westin St. Francis where he served as General Manager for five
Peter Walterspiel has left the Venetian Resort and Casino to join Wynn
Las Vegas as Assistant Vice President Hotel Operations. He replaces Sileshi
Mengiste who left the company after only six months. The resort is scheduled
to open April 2005.
Edward Brogan has been appointed General Manager of the Wyndham Baltimore
- Inner Harbor. Brogan joined the company in 1994 in Naperville and was
most recently the General Manager of the Wyndham Pittsburgh Airport.
Kevin Kobishop is the new General Manager of the Wyndham Philadelphia
at Franklin Plaza. Kobishop has been with the company eighteen years, most
recently as Vice President of Operations, Hotel Conversions & Standards.
After twenty years with Four Seasons, John Indrieri, General Manager
of the Four Seasons Biltmore, is retiring at the end of January. Indrieri’s
first job was opening the Park Lane in New York in 1971 for Harry Helmsley.
Crawford Sherman has joined Parrot Cay as General Manager. Sherman’s
career included positions of General Manager at the Loews Portofino Bay
Resort and Resident Manager at Mauna Lani.
Chris Hanen, a former General Manager of the Vail Cascade Resort and
Spa is the new General Manager of the Lodge at Cordillera.
Elie Zod has left as General Manager of Miramonte in Indian Wells. His
successor with Destination Resorts is John Fuller.
General Manager Mark Hellrung has transferred from the Four Seasons
Houston to the company’s new properties on the island of Lanai, the former
Manele Bay Hotel and Lodge at Koele. Ramesh Sadhani comes from the Four
Seasons Great Exuma to replace Hellrung as General Manager in Houston.
Richard Kluck has joined the Carefree Resort as General Manager. Kluck
had recently been the General Manager at Little Palm Island Resort and
Spa, and served as Corporate Director of Purchasing for Olympus Hospitality.
He previously spent thirteen years with Rosewood.
Jerry Phelps is the new General Manager at the Hilton Key West and Sunset
Key Guest Cottages. He comes from the Roney Palace Beach Resort where he
was the General Manager following a nineteen-year career with Marriott.
Michael Polese has been promoted to General Manager of the Westminster
Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey. He originally joined the hotel shortly
before its grand opening in November 2002 as Director of Rooms.
Thomas Waithe has joined the Willows Lodge in Seattle as General Manager.
Waithe was previously the General Manager at the Metropolitan in Vancouver
and Resort Semiahmoo in Washington.
Michael Hatzfeld, former General Manager of the Hotel Imperial in Vienna,
is the new General Manager of the St. Regis Aspen.
Karl Buchta has left the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica. Desmond Acheson
has stepped in on a temporary basis as Interim General Manager from his
post of Hotel Manager at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Buchta had been
with Fairmont since 1986.
Tim Loughman has joined the Winston-Salem Hotels and Convention Center
Complex as Managing Director. Loughman was until recently the Managing
Director of the Westin Century Plaza and the St. Regis Los Angeles (which
is slated to close in January and be converted into luxury apartments).
Loughman’s successor is Harris Chan, a Starwood man who comes from the
same position at Our Lucaya Beach Resort in the Bahamas. Prior to that,
Chan was the General Manager of Starwood’s Orchid at Mauna Lani.
Mark Stebbing moves to The Point as Assistant General Manager. Stebbing
had most recently been in a similar position at the Willcox in Georgia
and Lake Placid Lodge as Food and Beverage Manager. All three properties
are part of the Garrett Hotel Group.
Greg Bingaman (Cornell class of 1999) joins Legacy Hotels as Executive
Director, Asset Management. In 2002 he had joined Fairmont as Director,
Asset Management. He previously served as Vice President, Development at
the Boutique Hotel Group in New York.
Ashish Verma is the new Executive Assistant to the President for Special
Projects at Millennium Copthorne Hotels in New York. Verma was promoted
to his position from that of Director of Food and Beverage at the UN Plaza
Frank Grassman has joined the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel & Towers
in Mexico City as Executive Assistant Manager. Grassman moves from the
Dusit Thani in Bangkok where he was the Food and Beverage Director.
Claudia Passamonti has been named Director of Sales & Marketing
at Miami’s Mayfair Hotel & Spa, now a Kimpton hotel. Passamonti most
recently spent seven years with Wyndham International in Miami in multiple
Terra Calegari has left the Park Hyatt San Francisco and moved to the
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort Spa & Casino in the same capacity of
Director of Sales & Marketing. Betsy Olwine replaces her at the Park
Hyatt San Francisco.
Katrina Carroll-Foster is the new Director of Sales and Marketing at
the Opus in Vancouver. Carroll-Foster was at Whistler-Blackcomb for over
Patricia Senft has joined KSL Resorts as Director of Sales-Northeast.
Senft spent the last fourteen years with Four Seasons, most recently as
Manager of Worldwide Sales, based in New York City.
Martha Sullivan has left the Four Seasons Los Angeles where she was
the Director of Sales and Marketing. Sullivan had also been the Director
of Sales at the Four Seasons Aviara.
Spencer Yeo is the new Director of Sales and Marketing at the Mandarin-Oriental
Washington, replacing Patricia Lescoe who has left the company. Yeo transfers
from the Mandarin-Oriental London, where he was the Director of Sales.
Amy McPherson has become Marriott International’s Executive Vice President
of Sales and Marketing. McPherson joined Marriott in 1986, most recently
serving as Senior Vice President of Global Revenue Management and Reservation
Debra Shinn has joined the Peninsula Beverly Hills as Director of Sales
West Coast. Shinn was most recently the Director of Sales and Catering
at Ty Warner’s San Ysidro Ranch and previously was the General Manager
at Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn and Spa.
Giuseppe di Palma is joining the Concorde Hotel Group as Director of
Sales, Eastern Region. Di Palma comes from the Carlyle where he was an
Associate Director of Sales.
Steven Boggs has been appointed Director of Sales and Concierge Services
with Time and Place Homes in Palm Springs. He was previously the Front
Office Manager at the Beverly Hills Hotel for three years and worked in
various positions at the Hotel Bel-Air for ten years.
Anne Mahon has joined the Mandarin-Oriental Hotel Group as Senior Sales
Manager, Financial Account Specialist. Based in New York, Mahon joins from
Hilton Sales Worldwide, where she held the positions of Director of Sales,
Worldwide Accounts and National Sales Manager over the past four years.
Mahon also worked as Sales Manager at the Waldorf=Astoria.
Jessica Glazer is taking on as Sales Manager, Eastern Region for Leading
Hotels of the World. Glazer was handling the Western Region for Leading
before taking on her new position.
Rodney Smith has left the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, where he
was the Director of Food and Beverage for a short time, having accepted
the position of Director of Catering and Conference Services at the Millennium
Marjan Sabetian has left the Regent Beverly Wilshire where she was the
Director of Public Relations. She is currently working as a consultant
with area Public Relations/Communications firms.
Robert Fox has been appointed to the position of Vice President of Human
Resources for Carlson Hotels Worldwide. Fox replaces John Reynolds who
recently was named Vice President of Human Resources for Carlson Marketing
Group, sister company of Carlson Hotels Worldwide. Fox was most recently
Vice President of Human Resources for dj Orthopedics in California.
Joanne Budge has joined the Four Seasons New York as Director of Human
Resources. Budge was the Director of Human Resources at the Waldorf=Astoria
for the past seven years. She is also a former Director of Employee and
Labor Relations for Loews Hotels.
Yvonne Mancini, formerly the Director of Human Resources at the Four
Seasons New York, transferred a few blocks away to sister property the
Pierre, in the same capacity. At the Pierre, she replaces Jacqueline Pucci
who transferred to the Four Seasons Newport Beach as Director of Human
Deirdre Rosen has been appointed Director of Labor Relations at the
Waldorf=Astoria. Rosen was the Assistant Director of Human Resources at
the Plaza since 2002. She previously spent five years at the New York Palace
in similar capacities.
Stephanie Johnson was promoted to the position of Director of Human
Resources at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica. Johnson was previously
the hotel’s Assistant Director of Human Resources.
Sven Wiedenhaupt will be the new Director of Food and Beverage at the
Four Seasons New York. Wiedenhaupt joins from New York Intercontinental
the Barclay where he had been the Director of Food and Beverage for the
past two years.
Jean Weiss has accepted the position of Director of Food and Beverage
at Carneros Inn. Weiss was until last spring the Director of Food and Beverage
at the Lodge at Torrey Pines, which he helped open.
Uwe Roehricht has joined the Madison in Washington, DC, as Director
of Food and Beverage. He comes from the Hotel Kura Hulanda in Curacao where
he held a similar position.
Wayne Woods is transferring from the Kahala Mandarin-Oriental to the
Mandarin-Oriental Washington, DC as Director of Food and Beverage. Woods
takes the position left vacant when Don Lenahan left in the fall.
Meike Planitz has been hired as Executive Housekeeper at the Palms in
Turks and Caicos. She was previously the Executive Housekeeper on the Disney
Rajiv Malhotra, a Cornell graduate, has transferred to the Four Seasons
Las Vegas. Malhotra was previously the Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons
Biltmore in Santa Barbara.
Chad Wood has been promoted to the position of Director of Rooms at
the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica. Wood was previously the Director
of Guest Services at the Fairmont San Francisco.
Jonathan Scott has been promoted to Rooms Division Manager at Le Méridien
King Edward in Toronto. He was previously the Front of House Manager at
Le Méridien Piccadilly in London and Director of Front Office at
Le Méridien Chicago.
Florencio De Dios has transferred from the Fairmont Vancouver Airport
to the Fairmont Miramar as Director of Housekeeping.
Sébastien Bonvin is the Managing Director for Dupoux Design.
Bonvin was previously the Restaurant Director at the Mandarin-Oriental
New York. A Lausanne graduate, he also worked as Food and Beverage Manager
of the Hyatt Brussels Barsey.
Jesse Frost is the new Executive Chef at Estancia La Jolla Hotel &
Spa. A native of Mexico City, Frost previously served as Chef de Cuisine
at the Prince of Wales in the Hotel Del Coronado and at Rancho Bernado
Inn and the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club.
Andreas Nieto is the new Executive Chef at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
in Las Vegas. Nieto comes from the Westin Century Plaza where he was the
Executive Chef for the past five years. His successor there is Frenchman
Yannick Le Boulch, a former Marriott man.
Andrew De Groot is the opening Executive Chef at Yu in Santa Monica.
He joins from the defunct Avenue in Beverly Hills and was previously the
Restaurant Chef at Casa del Mar, also in Santa Monica.
Alessandro Stratta has left the Mirage at the closure of Renoir, the
restaurant he had spearheaded since 1998 making it a Five-Diamond winner.
He has rejoined Mirage founder Steven Wynn as one of his stellar group
of award-winning chefs at Wynn Las Vegas slated to open April 2005.
Eric Klein is making the move to Las Vegas to join the soon-to-open
Wynn Las Vegas as Executive Chef for the Steakhouse. Klein was a Sous Chef
at Spago for seven years prior to becoming top toque at Maple Drive where
he earned the restaurant a Three-Star review from the Los Angeles Times.
Philippe Rispoli joins Brasserie Daniel Boulud, soon-to-open at Wynn
Las Vegas, as Executive Chef. Rispoli was previously the Executive Chef
at Aureole at Mandalay Bay. Rispoli also served as Executive Chef at the
Mansion at MGM Grand Las Vegas. He worked for Boulud in New York for four
years prior to moving to Las Vegas.
Marc Poidevin has joined Wynn Las Vegas as Executive Chef of Banquets.
He joins after six years at Le Cirque at Bellagio. Prior to moving to Las
Vegas, he had been a Co-Executive Chef at the original Le Cirque in New
York. Poidevin also was the Executive Chef of the late Warner Le Roy’s
Tavern on the Green.
Ari Nieminen has joined Water’s Edge in New York as Executive Chef.
Nieminen was previously at Café des Artistes, Firebird, the River
Café and the Four Seasons New York.
Roger Stettler joins the Four Seasons Wailea as Executive Chef, replacing
Fabrice Rossman who has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage.
Stettler was most recently the Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas.
Executive Chef Dominique Briaire has left the Sutton Place Hotel (formerly
Le Méridien Newport Beach) and has joined the Shady Canyon Golf
Club in the same capacity.
Emmanuel Motte is now the Executive Chef at the Hotel Carl Gustav in
St. Barthélémy. Motte’s previous experience includes Chef
de Cuisine at Francois Plantation and Executive Chef at the Sereno Beach
Hotel, both also in St. Barthélémy. Just prior to joining
the Carl Gustav, he was the Chef at Maya’s To Go.
Jose Alias is moving to the Dominican Republic as Executive Chef for
the multi-complex Melia Caribe-Tropical. Alias was previously in Cuba for
two years as Executive Chef at the Sandals Royal Hicacos.
Richard Hebben will be taking over as Executive Chef at the Park Hyatt
at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. Hebben started at the Adolphus in Dallas
under William Koval ten years ago, and has for the past four years been
the Executive Sous Chef. Mathew Ward is promoted from Sous Chef to replace
him at the Adolphus. Ward spent four years at the French Laundry.
Paul Arenstam is leaving his post as Executive Chef of the Kimpton Group's
Grand Cafe and to be the opening Executive Chef at Americano in Chip Conley's
Hotel Vitale with restaurateur Pascal Rigo as partner. Arenstam worked
for five years at Rubicon, had his own restaurant, Belon, from 2000 to
2001, and had been at the Grand Café since 2002.
Clay Conley will be the new Chef for Azul at the Mandarin-Oriental Miami,
taking over from departed Michelle Bernstein. Conley most recently served
as the Corporate Executive Chef for Todd English’s Olives Group for the
past five years.
Jean-Claude Plihon is the Executive Chef at the Fairmont Kansas City.
Plihon is a recent transfer from the Fairmont Glitter Bay and Royal Pavilion
Michael Rusconi is the new Executive Sous Chef at the Phoenician, replacing
David Snyder who has joined Wynn Las Vegas. Rusconi was most recently at
the Royal Palms.
Hubert Billod-Morel has been promoted from Executive Sous Chef to Executive
Chef at New York’s Plaza, which is due to close soon for extensive renovations.
He will be taking over for Christian Schmidt who will be rejoining Mandarin-Oriental
as Executive Chef in Washington DC. Prior to joining the Plaza in May of
this year, Schmidt had been the opening Executive Chef of both the Mandarin-Oriental
Miami and the Mandarin-Oriental New York.
Donato Poto has left Bastide in Los Angeles where he was Restaurant
General Manager. He is to open a new restaurant with Michael Cimarusti,
former Executive Chef of the Water Grill. Tentatively named Providence
the new restaurant will open in the former location of Patina. Patina has
relocated to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, downtown Los Angeles.
Olivier Flosse is leaving Daniel Boulud’s group after six years, the
last four of which as Sommelier at New York’s Café Boulud. Flosse
will be the Corporate Sommelier for London-based Marlon Abela Restaurant
Corporation. He will be based at Gaia, in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Also leaving Daniel Boulud is Restaurant Daniel Head Sommelier Jean-Luc
Le Dû, who will be opening a wine store in Manhattan. Le Dû
has been at Daniel for almost ten years.
Julien Lemaire is Head Sommelier at the Hotel Carl Gustaf in St. Barthélémy.
Lemaire previously worked as a Sommelier at a number of high profile venues,
many of them Michelin-starred, including Sketch in London, Cliveden House
in Buckinghamshire and the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco.