|After forty years as a distinguished hotelier, Stan Bromley has shelved
his prank book and is retiring as Regional Vice President and General Manager
of the Four Seasons San Francisco. Bromley, 61, attended the Ecole Hotelière
in Lausanne with his first job at the Hilton Hotel in Paris. He was then
recruited by James Nassikas to San Francisco's Stanford Court in 1970 as
Food and Beverage Manager. Bromley was Hyatt's Vice President of Food and
Beverage, prior to joining Four Seasons as the General Manager of the Clift.
He ran the Four Seasons Washington DC prior to returning to San Francisco
to launch its new Four Seasons. Not one to stay idle too long, Bromley
will be advising Meadowood owner William Harlan on an expansion of the
Bob Boulogne has been promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer
for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. He had joined Rosewood in 2001 as Vice
President Marketing. Boulogne was a co-founder of the Sterling Group with
two other Four Seasons alumni. His career with Four Seasons included a
stint as Director of Marketing at the Pierre.
Arich Berghammer has joined SBE Restaurants as Chief Operating Officer.
Berghammer had been with House of Blues Entertainment since 1996, most
recently as Chief of Staff and National Senior Director of Operations.
He also ran the House of Blues in West Hollywood as General Manager. In
addition, Berghammer was with the University Restaurant Group/King Seafood
for twelve years.
Cornellian Peter Karpinski has been appointed Senior VP Restaurants
for Sage Hospitality Resources in Denver. Karpinski was most recently Corporate
Director of Operations at Starr Restaurant Organization and previously
Director of Restaurants at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
At MGM Mirage, Bart Mahoney has moved from Vice President Food and Beverage
at the Mirage to the same position at Bellagio, replacing Win Person. At
the Mirage, Christina Clifton moves up from Director of Food and Beverage
to Vice President of Food and Beverage.
Mark Birtha has been named Vice President of Development for the W Las
Vegas Hotel, Casino and Residences. Birtha, a Cornell graduate, began his
Las Vegas career at the Mirage in their management development program.
He was part of the pre-opening team of the Bellagio rising to Assistant
Director of Beverage. Birtha joined the Venetian as a Conference Services
Manager in 2000 eventually rising to Executive Director of Casino Marketing
Administration for the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.
The Gencom Group has appointed Herbert Spiegel, currently a Vice President
of RockResorts and Managing Director of the Lodge at Rancho Mirage, to
Vice President and Managing Director of GENLB-Rancho LLC that acquired
the Palm Springs hotel in August. Spiegel is a former Vice President of
the Coastal Hotel Group, for whom he ran the Cheeca Lodge & Spa, now
Andrew Pascal has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer
of Wynn Las Vegas succeeding Marc Schorr, who will continue to serve as
Chief Operating Officer of Wynn Resorts, Limited. Pascal, who was Executive
Vice President and COO of Wynn Las Vegas, has been with Wynn Resorts since
2003 and previously with the Golden Nugget and the Mirage.
Darren Law has been named Managing Director of the Oceanside Holding
Company on Turks and Caicos, the operators of the Palms and the Sands.
Law was previously with Conrad Hotels & Resorts, most recently as General
Manager of the Conrad Cairo. He replaces William Anderson, who launched
the Palms as one of the Caribbean's finest destinations.
Jean-Pierre Alotte has been appointed General Manager at the Lodge at
Tiburon. Alotte was most recently the General Manager at Kimpton's Villa
Florence. He also served as General Manager at the Hotel Madison in Memphis,
Pala Mesa Resort in Temecula and Miramonte Resort in Palm Springs.
Ulrich Samietz is transferring to the Hyatt Sacramento as General Manager.
Samietz previously worked in a similar capacity at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza,
the Park Hyatt Los Angeles and the Park Hyatt Highlands Inn in Carmel.
Hans Van Der Reijden has been appointed General Manager of Hotel 71
in Chicago and will remain during the rebranding to Solis Chicago, Hotel
& Spa. Solis is operated under the umbrella of the West Paces Hotel
Group, founded by Horst Schulze in 2002. Van der Reijden joined the West
Paces Hotel Group in 2003 and previously spent eleven years with Ritz-Carlton
in St. Louis, Tyson's Corner, New York, San Francisco, Buckhead and Bali.
Hotel 71 was originally due to be converted into a Viceroy by the Kor Group.
The link to West Paces came following a change of ownership.
Todd Iacono is the Operations Manager at Chicago's Hotel 71. He comes
from the Hilton Pasadena where he has been the General Manager for the
past year. He had previously been the General Manager at the James in Scottsdale
and the Maritime in New York.
Tim Kirwan has been appointed General Manager at the soon-to-open Hotel
InterContinental Boston. Kirwan served most recently in the same capacity
at the Boston Commonwealth Hotel, a property he launched. Well known in
the Boston area, Kirwan ran the Bostonian there.
The Deerhurst Resort has named Joseph Klein General Manager. He came
from the Fairmont Algonquin Hotel in New Brunswick, where he has held the
position of General Manager since February 2003. He was previously Director
of Operations at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta and Regional
Director of Training for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
Saundra Goldman is the new General Manager for the Doubletree Hotel
Downtown Houston. She served most recently as General Manager of the Doubletree
New Orleans Lakeside.
Frederick Sawyers has been promoted to General Manager of the Hilton
New Orleans Riverside. He most recently served as Hotel Manager of both
the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and the Hilton New Orleans Airport.
Craig Mouney has been promoted to General Manager of the Hilton New
Orleans Airport from the position of Executive Manager at the same property.
George Corchis has joined the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino as the
resort's new President. Corchis' appointment marks his return to MGM Mirage
where he previously served in a financial capacity with the Mirage Resort
& Casino in the early 1990s. Most recently, Corchis served in a dual
role for Harrah's as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Horseshoe
Casino & Hotel and the Sheraton Casino & Hotel, both in Tunica.
The James Hotel Scottsdale has promoted Karen Sullivan to General Manager.
Sullivan was promoted from Director of Sales and Marketing at the hotel.
Franck Arnold has joined the Jefferson in Washington, DC as General
Manager. A graduate of IHMI Cornell-Essec, he was most recently the Hotel
Manager at the Four Seasons Chicago. He previously was with InterContinental
for over thirteen years.
Geoffrey Mills has been appointed Managing Director at the Crowne Plaza
at the United Nations (formerly the Tudor). He was previously the
Managing Director of the Melrose (the former Barbizon) that has been closed
in preparation for conversion into private residences.
Carlton Hudson has joined the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Studios in
Orlando as General Manager. Hudson was most recently in the same position
at the House of Blues in Chicago, also a Loews Hotel. He was previously
General Manager at the Standard Downtown LA, the W Chicago Lakeshore and
the W in New Orleans.
George Aquino has been named General Manager of the new JW Marriott
Hotel Grand Rapids. He had been the Director of Operations and Marketing
at the Amway Grand Plaza since 2000.
Georges Lavigne has been named General Manager of the 400-room Clarion
Hotel DFW South. He previously ran the Clarion Amarillo for the same owners.
Marco Perry has been promoted to General Manager of the Heritage House
Inn in Mendocino with GHM Hotels. He transfers from the Setai where he
had been the Food and Beverage Manager since last May. Prior to joining
GHM, Perry was the Director of Food and Beverage at Soho House in New York
and also worked in a similar capacity at the Mark.
Jim Oliver is the new Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach
taking over from Liam Doyle, who is returning to Ireland. Oliver comes
from the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans where he was in the same position. He
originally joined the company in 1984 at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead as Beverage
Andrew Gajary was promoted to Hotel Manager at the InterContinental
Hotel Cleveland. He most recently served as Manager for InterContinental's
other properties on the Cleveland Clinic campus, the InterContinental Suite
Hotel and the Cleveland Clinic Guesthouse. Gajary has been with InterContinental
for eight years following twelve years with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts.
Richard McLennan has been named Hotel Manager of the Island Hotel (formerly
the Four Seasons Newport Beach). McLennan, a former General Manager of
the St. Regis Aspen, most recently led Starwood Vacation Ownership at the
St. Regis Residence Club Aspen.
Christopher Eastmond has been promoted to the position of Resort Manager
at Carlisle Bay in Antigua. He had been the Director of Rooms at the hotel
since November 2003. Prior to that, he worked as a Front Office Manager
at Sandy Lane in Barbados.
Antonio Alvarez, former General Manager of the Gran Hotel La Florida
in Barcelona, is now the Director of Operations at the Palacio Duhau-Park
Hyatt Buenos Aires. Alvarez is a former Ritz-Carlton man who toiled at
the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Ritz-Carlton Buckhead and the Ritz-Carlton
New York Battery Park.
Tomas Zeisel has joined the Bonaventure Resort and Golden Door Spa in
South Florida as Director of Operations. Zeisel has previously been the
General Manager of the King Charles Inn and the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera.
Bruce Koch is the Chief Financial Officer at Philadelphia's Starr Restaurant
Organization. He had been involved with the company for years as the company's
outside accountant. This was incorrectly stated in our previous newsletter.
Thushara Periera has accepted the position of Assistant Director of
Finance at the new Four Seasons Palo Alto. Periera was at the Four Seasons
Newport Beach for 12 years, starting his career as a Driver. Also from
the Four Seasons Newport Beach finance department, Martha Kazmierski has
transferred to Four Seasons Washington DC. Kazmierski has also worked for
Four Seasons Los Angeles in multiple positions.
Thomas Harlander has transferred to the Park Hyatt Los Angeles as Director
of Food and Beverage. Harlander was most recently the Food and Beverage
Director at the Park Hyatt Washington DC and was previously Assistant Food
and Beverage Director at the Hyatt Regency Cologne.
Patrick Davila has joined Meadowood as Food and Beverage Director replacing
Jens Kliemann who has left the company. Davila was most recently at the
Alden (formerly the Sam Houston Hotel). He also served the Patina Group
in Los Angeles as Director of Restaurants.
Pablo Cogolludo has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at
the Grand Melia Cancun. He was most recently the Regional Food and Beverage
Director at Playa del Sol Resorts.
The Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center has promoted
Dennis Kolodziejski from Executive Chef to Director of Food and Beverage.
Jason Pallen has joined the Millenium Broadway in New York as Director
of Food and Beverage. He joins from the Waldorf=Astoria where he spent
seven years in various food and beverage management positions.
Emmanuel Pérignon has joined Cuisinart in Anguilla as Director
of Food and Beverage, following a six-month stint in the same position
at the Château de Bagnols. Pérignon previously worked at the
Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, Le Méridien Bora Bora and Le Gavroche
Tom Santora has been named Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing
for the Kor Group. Santora joined the group in 2002 following sixteen years
Barcelo Hotels & Resorts announced the appointment of Rick McCauley
as Director of Sales & Marketing for Canada. He was most recently with
First Choice Canada where he was the head of the Product Department and
a specialist in Latin America.
Ed Schwitzky is Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing for the
Coastal Hotel Group, following twenty one years with Westin as Director
of Sales and Marketing at the Arizona Biltmore and the Westin La Paloma
Resort & Spa.
Barceló Hotels & Resorts has appointed Linda Finley to Director
of Group Sales, Incentives & Meetings to be based in Orlando. She joins
from Occidental Hotels & Resorts where she was Director of Group Sales.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has named Cory Hagopian Director Global
Sales, Retail Travel. Hagopian joined Fairmont in 1995 and held various
sales positions at the Fairmont Royal York, Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu,
the Plaza and, most recently, the Fairmont Copley Plaza.
Azadeh Nashat is the new Brand Manager for the Kor Group. Nashat joined
Kor three years ago as the Catering Events Producer at the Viceroy Santa
Monica prior to a promotion to General Manager at Maison 140 and, more
recently, to General Manager of the Chamberlain. Prior to joining Kor,
Azadeh worked for other brand identity companies including ReVerb and Spiral
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has appointed Mary McCarthy as Director
of Sales for the Eastern United States and Canada based in New York replacing
Carolyn Blackburn. McCarthy was most recently Director of New Business
Development at the Leading Hotels of the World and also previously directed
sales efforts at Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's New York office
as National Director of Travel Industry Sales and Regional Director of
Clark Davis is the new Director of Sales and Marketing for the Millennium
Harvest House in Boulder. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, he was the Director
of Sales and Marketing for the Renaissance Pere Marquette and Renaissance
Arts Hotels in New Orleans.
Brian Rowley has been named Regional Director of Sales and Marketing
based at the Boulders and will oversee all Western US properties of Blackstone's
LxR Resorts. Rowley was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing
at the Ritz-Carlton Naples. He also served as Director of Sales and Marketing
at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.
Also at Blackstone's LxR Resorts, Ty Brassie has been appointed Director
of Sales and Marketing at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. Brassie was most
recently in the same position at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach and was previously
the Director of Sales (under Brian Rowley) at the Ritz-Carlton Naples and
the Doral Resort and Country Club.
Bruce Seigel has transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Naples as Director
of Sales and Marketing taking over for Brian Rowley. Seigel was most recently
an Area Director of Marketing for Ritz-Carlton, overseeing three hotels
based in Atlanta. He has been working for Ritz-Carlton as Director of Spa
Marketing and Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando.
Laurie Baker has joined the Hotel Oceana in Santa Barbara as Director
of Sales and Marketing replacing a retiring Barbara Tuck. Baker was most
recently in the same position at the Hotel Andalucia, also in Santa Barbara.
Richard Cimilluca has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for
the Heldrich in New Brunswick scheduled to open in 2007. He was previously
the Director of Sales and Marketing for the North Maple Inn in New Jersey,
a position he assumed in 1999.
Marilyn McCray is the new Director of Sales and Marketing at the Lake
Austin Spa Resort. She was previously a Marketing Manager at the Hotel
Hershey and a Manager of Marketing Communications at La Posada de Santa
Martha Draddy joins the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica based out of
New York City as Group Sales Manager. She was formerly Director of Catering
and Sales Manager at the former Four Seasons Newport Beach.
John Svensson has been appointed Director of Catering and Convention
Services at Cornell University's Statler Hotel & J. Willard Marriott
Executive Education Center. Svensson career includes twenty seven years
with Hyatt Hotels, where he oversaw catering operations in Chicago, Dallas,
Monterey and Washington. Most recently, he served as Director of Catering
and Convention Services for Starwood in Chicago.
Brenda Tscharner has been named Senior Vice President of Human Resources
for the Kor Group. Tscharner joined Kor in early 2001 after spending fourteen
years in various human resources management positions with Four Seasons,
most recently as the Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons Austin.
She also toiled at the Four Seasons Houston, the Four Seasons Resort and
Club Dallas, and the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara.
Sandra Tagliavia has joined the Boca Raton Resort and Club as Director
of Human Resources taking over for Teri Borowski who relocated to the West
Coast. Tagliavia comes from Interstate Hotels and Resorts where she was
a Corporate Human Resources Liaison.
Monty Burdette is at Loews Hotels at Universal Studios in Orlando as
Director of Technology and Systems replacing Darrin Pinkham who left to
join Ginn Hotels and Resorts in the same capacity. Burdette was most recently
at the Gaylord Texas Resort and Convention Center as Director of Information
Technology. He also served as Director of Six Sigma at Walt Disney World's
Swan and Dolphin hotels for Starwood.
There will be a new Corporate Executive Chef, Marco Alban, for Orient-Express
operations in Peru. Those include the award-winning Hotel Monasterio in
Cusco, the Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Pichu, the Hiram Bingham Luxury Train
connecting Cusco and Machu-Pichu and the Hotel Miraflores Park in Lima.
Alban was previously at Quinta do Lago in Portugal, a former Orient-Express
property. In Cusco, Alban will be replacing Michael Raas.
Michael Otsuka is the new Executive Chef at Lark Creek Inn. He was most
recently in the same position at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa and was previously
Co-Chef/Proprietor at Verbena in New York, with wife Diane Forley.
Oliver Beckert has transferred to the Four Seasons Lanai as Executive
Chef. Beckert comes from the Four Seasons Miami where he was the Executive
Daniel Nuss has moved over to the Luxor as Executive Chef. Nuss spent
the last four years at the MGM Grand as Assistant Executive Chef and was
previously an Executive Chef in Abu Dhabi and Indonesia.
Jonathan Wright has joined the soon-to-open Hotel Conrad Indianapolis
as Executive Chef. Wright was most recently in the same position at the
Windsor Court and previously owned La Gousse d'Ail in Oxford. He previously
spent many years at Raymond Blanc's famed Manoir aux Quat' Saisons.
Holger Frohlich has left the Mirage Las Vegas where he was an Assistant
Executive Chef and joined Celebrity Cruises as Corporate Executive Chef
Arnaud Berthelier has been named Chef de Cuisine at the Dining Room
at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead replacing Bruno Ménard who is now at
L'Osier in Tokyo. Berthelier had been in the kitchen at the Ritz-Carlton
Naples, Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas and most recently at the Ritz-Carlton Sharm
el Sheik where he was the Executive Chef.
Thomas Bellec has transferred from the Four Seasons Toronto where he
was Executive Sous Chef as the same position to the Four Seasons Lanai.
Bellec has also spent time in the kitchens at the Four Seasons Carmelo
and Little Dix Bay.
After two years, Mario Nocifera, the Manager and Maitre d'Hôtel
of the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, has left to become
the General Manager of the newly opened 96-seat Scott Howard restaurant
in San Francisco. Prior to joining the Ritz-Carlton, Nocifera was the General
Manager of San Francisco's Charles Nob Hill and also worked as an Assistant
Manager at Spago in Palo Alto.
Gilberto Garcia-Tunon has joined the Shore Club in Miami as Director
of Front Office Operations. Garcia-Tunon was most recently in a similar
position with the Le Méridien Sunny Isles and was previously with
the Mandarin Oriental Miami for five years in various front office positions.
Karen Shawn is the new Director of Spa Operations at Miraval in Arizona.
She is replacing Jim Root who went to Sea Island. Shawn was previously
the opening Corporate Spa Director at the Palms and the Sands in Turks
and Caicos. She also worked in a similar capacity at Little Dix Bay and
the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheik.
Vivianne Blanco is the Spa Director at ESPA at Acqualina in Sunny Isles
Beach. Blanco was most recently a Spa Consultant at the Setai and also
worked as an Assistant Spa Director at the Mandarin Oriental Miami where
she was a member of the opening team. She also worked in the same capacity
Daisy Tepper is the new Spa Director at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.
She was previously at the Four Seasons Sydney and opened the Spa at the
Four Seasons at Beverly Hills.