|Kerry Hatch will be the President of Starwood's Luxury Collection and
St. Regis Hotels and Resorts. Now Starwood's highest-ranking woman, Hatch
comes from Good Times Entertainment where she was the Chief Executive Officer.
She previously logged twenty two years with American Express where she
was the Executive Vice President and General Manager in charge of OPEN,
the Small Business Network.
Daryl Ansel has been appointed Chief Financial Officer for Sam Nazarian's
SBE Restaurant Group in Los Angeles. Ansel, a Cornell graduate, was previously
in Philadelphia with the Starr Restaurant Organization as Chief Financial
and Administrative Officer. Prior to joining SRO, Ansel was the Chief Financial
Officer for Robert Spivak's Grill Concepts. Bruce Koch has been promoted
at SRO from Corporate Controller to Vice President Finance to replace Ansel.
Bill Doak is leaving his position as the General Manager of Mondrian
to rejoin the Oceana Hotel Group as its President. Doak had served the
group as its Senior Vice President Hospitality when it acquired its two
New York properties, the Roger Williams and the Franklin.
Michael Hoffmann will be returning to America's West as the General
Manager of the Boulders. Hoffman comes from London's Claridges, a property
he joined in September 2004 while it was still owned (as part of the Savoy
Hotel Group) by Blackstone. Blackstone since acquired Wyndham International
and picked its best properties (including the Boulders) to have them join
the former Boca Resorts under the newly established brand of LXR Luxury
Michael Pownall has been named Chief Executive Officer at Sandy Lane
replacing Colm Hannan. Pownall was most recently the General Manager at
Orient-Express' Keswick Hall in Virginia and also served the company as
General Manager at the Hotel Mount Nelson in South Africa.
At Orient-Express, Anthony McHale has joined Keswick Hall as General
Manager. For the past five years, McHale had been the General Manager at
Orient-Express' sister property the Windsor Court in New Orleans.
Long time InterContinental man Frank Van Der Post will be leaving his
regional position based at the Barclay InterContinental New York to be
Jumeirah's man in charge at the Essex House when they assume management
(and ownership) as of January 2006. Van Der Post will also be Senior Vice
President Americas for Jumeirah.
Kiawah Island has named Roger Warren President. Warren is a former President
of PGA of America. He will take over from Prem Devadas, who stepped down
in March and now runs Salamander Hospitality, building an inn, spa and
gourmet food market in Middleburg, Virginia. Warren originally joined Kiawah
as its Director of Golf in 2003. Glenn Dozier, formerly Kiawah's Chief
Financial Officer, will become the resort's Executive Vice President.
Reto Torriani has been named General Manager of the Dolphin Bay Hotel
& Residences in Shell Beach, slated for opening early 2006. Torriani
joins from Executive Search International. He previously served as General
Manager of the Tamarind Cove Hotel and Turtle Beach in Barbados, the Athénée
Palace in Djerba and the Leela Palace Kempinski in Goa.
David Lammond was promoted by the Kor Hotel Group to General Manager
of the Chamberlain in West Hollywood. Lammond joined the group at the Viceroy
as Assistant General Manager. He came from HotelsAB where his most recent
position was that of pre-opening General Manager at the Standard Miami.
James LoBosco was named General Manager of the Loews Philadelphia. LoBosco
was previously the General Manager of the Jefferson in Washington, DC a
former Loews Hotel now operated by the Kor Group.
James McPartlin has been appointed General Manager of the Gramercy Park
Hotel in New York, slated for re-opening in the spring of 2006. McPartlin,
who served ten years with Kimpton in San Francisco, had previously been
a General Manager for W Hotels for approximately two years, first in San
Francisco and then in Times Square.
Anton Nikodemus has joined the MGM Grand Las Vegas as Senior Vice President
Hotel Operations replacing Kim Cimini who has transferred to sister property
Mandalay Bay. Nikodemus was most recently the Resort Manager at the Boca
Raton Resort & Club. In addition, he has served in various executive
positions at the Arizona Biltmore and the Phoenician.
Peter Birchall has been named General Manager at the Fiesta Americana
Grand Coral Beach in Cancun. Birchall was most recently the General Manager
at Sol Kerzner's Palace of the Lost City and served as Managing Director
at Marbella Club Resorts.
Rick Robbins is the new General Manager at TWELVE Hotels and Residences.
Robbins is a former Executive Director of the Georgia Hotel & Lodging
Association and served in various positions within the hotel industry,
including General Manager, Regional Director of Operations and Director
of Operations. He has worked for Hyatt, Interstate Hotels, Marriott International
and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
Walter Vliegen has been appointed Vice President Resort Operations at
Alys Beach in Florida. Vliegen was most recently Vice President/General
Manager at Amelia Island Plantation.
Stephen John Wright has been appointed General Manager at Mountain View
- The Grand Resort and Spa. Wright was previously the General Manager of
the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Charleston, a property he will
continue to oversee.
Warren Francis, a Cornell graduate, has been appointed General Manager
at the Petit St. Vincent Resort in the Grenadines. Francis was previously
the General Manager of the Manasota Beach Club in Florida. He also ran
Cotton House for three years.
Paul Joseph is the new General Manager of the Headquarters Plaza Hotel
in New Jersey, soon to be reflagged the Hyatt Morristown. This will be
Joseph's eighth management position within the Hyatt organization, including
positions at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City; the Grand Hyatt New York; the
Hyatt Regency Irvine; the Hyatt Regency Baltimore; the Hyatt Regency New
Orleans, and the Hyatt Regency Cambridge.
Roger Paull has been promoted to General Manager of the W San Diego.
Paull was most recently the Acting General Manager at the W Times Square
in New York where he began as Director of Operations in May 2003.
Cornellian Sam Schorr has left the River Terrace Inn in Napa Valley
to join Singh Hotels & Resorts as Managing Director, based in Florida.
Gunter Muller has been named General Manager for ResortQuest in Aspen.
Muller was previously with Marriott Renaissance Hotels since 1999 in England.
Muller also served eighteen years as the General Manager of Wintergreen
Albert Mertz will be joining the Barish Group – Martini Park as Chief
Operating Officer. Mertz has been with Mandarin-Oriental Hotels for the
past five years, originally at the Mandarin-Oriental Miami as its opening
Resident Manager/Food and Beverage Director. He currently fills the role
of opening General Manager of the Mandarin-Oriental Riviera Maya. At the
Barish Group, he reunites with CEO Bryan O'Shields, formerly the Vice President
Food and Beverage for Mandarin-Oriental.
Rudy Mack is retiring from Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts where he
was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Whistler. Mack
has served with Four Seasons in Sharm El Sheik, Aviara and Santa Barbara.
In addition, he was the opening the Director of Food and Beverage at the
Peninsula Beverly Hills.
The Westin Seattle has appointed Andrea Norton Hotel Manager. Norton
has previously been Director of Six Sigma for the Westin Century Plaza
Hotel & Spa and St. Regis Los Angeles. She has also served as Director
of Rooms/Director of Operations at the W Westwood and Director of Rooms
for the Wyndham Bel-Age Hotel.
Richard Sorensen has transferred to the Four Seasons Costa Rica as Director
of Residential Services. Sorensen has been at the Four Seasons Carmelo,
Four Seasons Vancouver and most recently the Four Seasons Newport Beach
as Director of Rooms.
Cindy Racco was recently promoted to Resort Manager at the Four Seasons
Palm Beach. Prior to her promotion, she was the Director of Rooms at the
Four Seasons Palm Beach and the Four Seasons Philadelphia.
Alastair McAlpine has been named Resort Manager for Four Seasons' Manele
Bay Hotel. McAlpine has been with Four Seasons at the Regent Hong Kong,
Four Seasons Resort Maldives, Four Seasons Tokyo at Chinzan-So, Four Seasons
Washington DC and the Pierre in New York.
University of Nevada grad James Wroblewski was recently named Director
of Hotel Operations at the Palms Casino Resort. Most recently he was the
Director of Operations at the Westin Pasadena. Prior to that he was at
the Westin Century Plaza Hotel and Spa where he held numerous leadership
positions. At the Palms, he takes over from Greg Sheets.
Jace Matteucci has been named Assistant General Manager at the Madison
in Washington DC. Matteucci was previously the Director of Rooms Operations
at the El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico. This marks a return for him
to the DC area where he served as Director of Rooms at the Mandarin-Oriental.
Ciryl Fernandez is the new Financial Controller at Orient-Express' La
Samanna in St. Martin. He previously worked in a similar capacity at Le
Méridien La Cocoteraie in Guadeloupe and Le Méridien Le Domaine
Destination Hotels and Resorts have appointed Anne-Edith Cameron Director
of Rooms at the Royal Palms in Scottsdale. Cameron, a Lausanne graduate,
had spent nine years at San Ysidro Ranch in several positions ending with
that of General Manager. Most recently, she had been the Director of Operations
at San Francisco's Parc 55.
Chris Perry has been named Vice President Sales and Marketing at the
Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino. He comes from the New York Hilton and Towers
where he served as Director of Sales and Marketing, following a stint as
Vice President Sales and Marketing for the Boutique Hotel Group.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has appointed Dina Koss to Director
of Acquisition and Development. Koss was most recently a Financial Analyst
at Bear Stearns in New York.
Armine Vartoughian has joined André Balazs Properties (formerly
known as HotelsAB) in New York as Director of Accounting. Vartoughian was
previously the Corporate Director of Finance for Affinia and Financial
Controller for Le Parker Méridien.
Benchmark Hospitality International has promoted Esther Rodriguez to
the position of Vice President, Controller. Rodriguez began her affiliation
with Benchmark as Controller for the Forrestal Hotel in Princeton and was
most recently the company's Corporate Controller.
Mark Dressel has joined TWELVE Hotels and Residences in Atlanta as Director
of Finance. Dressel was previously the Financial Controller at the Mandarin-Oriental
Washington DC. He previously spent thirteen years with Ritz-Carlton years
in various positions in Washington DC, Dearborn, Boston and St. Louis.
Kevin Stuessi has left Wynn Las Vegas to join forces with the majority
owners building the 3,000-room W Resort Las Vegas as Senior Vice President
of Strategic Development and Food & Beverage for The Edge Group.
Sammy Afif has joined Estancia La Jolla as Director of Food and Beverage.
Afif has been in similar positions at Raffles L'Ermitage, the Hollywood
Roosevelt, Le Méridien at Beverly Hills and the Ritz-Carlton Huntington
Hotel and Spa.
Demi Ortega has transferred to the Four Seasons Palm Beach as Director
of Food and Beverage. Ortega has been with the company since 1987 in various
positions in Scottsdale, Atlanta and most recently as Director of Food
and Beverage at the Four Seasons Newport Beach.
Sébastien Arnaud has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage
at the One and Only Palmilla. Arnaud previously served in a similar role
at Keswick Hall and the Watergate Hotel.
InterContinental Hotels Group has named Janis Cannon Vice President,
Brand Management, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, the Americas.
Cannon most recently served as the Deputy Commissioner of Tourism for the
Georgia Department of Economic Development and has an extensive background
in sales and marketing, as well as hotel operations.
Beth Allen has joined TWELVE Hotels and Residences as Director of Sales
and Marketing. Allen began her career in Chicago and held various positions
at Hotel Nikko and Four Seasons Chicago. In 1995 she began her tenure with
Ritz-Carlton in sales and worked at various properties including Atlanta,
Buckhead, the Caribbean and Mexico and most recently Miami.
Carol Vail has transferred as Director of Sales and Marketing to the
Fairmont Newport Beach, formerly the Sutton Place Hotel. Vail has been
a Director of Marketing at the Claremont, Doral Resort and Country Club,
La Costa Resort and Spa, Westin Kauai Resort and most recently the Fairmont
Pamela Ryan has joined Dolphin Bay Hotel and Residences in Shell Beach
as its Director of Sales and Marketing. Ryan has previously worked for
Fairmont and Orient-Express' Bora Bora Lagoon Resort and most recently
did sales and marketing activities with her own company for A-France Hotels
and Pacific Destination Center.
Terri Reid will be the Director of Sales and Marketing for the soon
to be renamed Four Seasons Newport Beach, a property that will turn into
the Island Hotel as of November. Reid joins from the St. Regis Monarch
Beach where she has run Sales and Marketing since March 2004, following
a stint in the same capacity at the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney.
Frank Fuentes has been appointed Director of Sales & Marketing at
the Regent South Beach. Fuentes was previously working for the Sol Group
in Miami as Corporate Director of Sales.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has appointed Mary McCarthy as Director
of Sales for the Eastern United States and Canada. For the past twelve
years, McCarthy was at the Leading Hotels of the World in New York, most
recently as Director of New Business Development. She previously worked
at Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's New York office as National
Director of Travel Industry Sales and Regional Director of Sales.
Barbara Hairston has been named Associate Director of Sales at Rosewood
Hotels and Resorts replacing Raffaella Manetti who has joined Accor based
in Los Angeles. Hairston was most recently Director, West Coast Sales for
New York's Plaza and has previously spent time selling the Fairmont Copley
Plaza, ANA Hotels International and the Westin Bonaventure.
Bill Love has joined the Mandarin-Oriental Hotel Group in Los Angeles
as Regional Sales Manager. Love was most recently Global Sales Manager
for the Morgan Hotel Group.
The Bentley Hotels have named Adam Leon Area Director of Sales and Marketing.
Leon was most recently the Director of Sales at the Hilton Palm Beach Oceanfront
Elfa Cleofe has returned to the Four Seasons Philadelphia as Director
of Sales. Cleofe was previously a Consulting Director of Marketing at Four
Seasons Chinzan-So and began her Four Seasons career in Philadelphia and
before stints in Seattle and New York.
Tony Rodriguez has transferred to the Four Seasons Miami as Director
of Sales. Rodriguez was most recently in the same position at the Four
Seasons Philadelphia and was previously the Corporate Sales Manager at
the Four Seasons Houston.
Alisa Kimble has joined the Parker Méridien Palm Springs as
Senior Sales Manager. Kimble was most recently Corporate Sales Manager
at the Four Seasons Newport Beach.
Cynthia Berlo has been named Leisure Sales Manager for Meadowood in
Napa Valley. Berlo was previously with One&Only Palmilla Resort
as Director of Corporate Group Sales.
Edward Goff has joined the Hyatt Regency Long Beach as Revenue Director.
Goff has held similar positions while at the Millennium Biltmore and six
years at the Four Seasons Newport Beach.
Tracy Larrua has been appointed Director of Public Relations at the
Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica. Most recently, Larrua worked as a free-lance
Public Relations and Marketing consultant to a variety of small businesses
in both Los Angeles and Hawaii. Prior to that, she served as the Marketing
Communications Director at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa. She did same
as Area Director of Public Relations for the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey
and the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.
Janet Feinstein has opened up her own venture, Vivant Hospitality. Feinstein
was previously involved in corporate group sales for Abigail Kirsch Culinary
Productions, Broadway Inner Circle, Dodger Theatricals and Theatre Direct
Steve Haigh has been named Director of Engineering for the newly renamed
Island Hotel, formerly the Four Seasons Newport Beach. Haigh was most recently
the Chief Engineer at Shutters on the Beach after serving in a similar
capacity Chief Engineer at the St. Regis Monarch Beach.
Mario Barroso has been appointed Director of Engineering at the Royal
Palm Melia in Miami rejoining his old boss Robert Todak with whom he worked
with at the Delano where he was the Chief Engineer from 1996 to 2002. Barroso
was previously the Director of Engineering at the Setai and the Roney Palace.
Pat Ware has been named Director of Engineering at the Manele Bay Hotel.
Ware has been with the Four Seasons at the Four Seasons Vancouver, Regent
Jakarta, Four Seasons Atlanta and opened the Four Seasons San Francisco.
Alec Engineer has been named Director of Human Resources at Oheka Castle.
Engineer was most recently the Director of Human Resources at the Melrose
in New York. He worked previously for Marriott and Sheraton Hotels on Long
Island, the Regent Wall Street and Abigail Kirsch.
Teri Borowski has joined the San Mateo Marriott as Director of Human
Resources. Borowski was most recently at the Boca Raton Resort and Club
as Director of Human Resources and previously served as Director of Personnel
at the Adam's Mark Jacksonville.
Eric Scuiller has been named Executive Chef at the soon-to-open Ritz-Carlton
Grand Cayman. Scuiller was previously the Executive Chef of the Beverly
Hills Hotel where his successor is Robert Sulatycky.
Jean-Pierre Bagnato has been appointed Executive Chef of the Mark New
York. Bagnato was most recently Chef Patron at Margaux at the Kowloon Shangri-La
Patrick Becquet has been promoted to Executive Chef at Citronelle in
Santa Barbara where he had been working for the past five years under Executive
Chef Isabelle Alexandre, who has returned to Europe.
Bruno Chemel has been appointed Executive Chef at the Los Altos Country
Club. Chemel was most recently at La Suite in San Francisco as opening
Executive Chef and was previously the Chef de Cuisine at the now-shuttered
Aqua at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa.
Toni Robertson has transferred to the Mandarin-Oriental New York as
Executive Chef, from the same post at the Mandarin-Oriental San Francisco.
Charlie Hansji has been appointed Executive Chef at the Jefferson in
Washington DC. He had spent thirteen years at the Four Seasons Washington
prior to performing the re-opening of the Madison, as its Executive Chef
Philippe Chin is moving to Aiken, South Carolina to open ÒcuiZineÓ
in the Hotel Aiken. Chin was previously at the Partridge Inn in Augusta,
Georgia for four years.
Bertrand Bouquin is the new Chef de Cuisine at the Broadmoor's Penrose
Room taking over from Paul Jensen who is relocating to Aspen after five
years. For the past four years, Bouquin was the Executive Chef at the Maisonette
Restaurant Group. Maisonette, a forty-year recipient of Mobil Five Stars,
closed this summer.
Josh Thomsen is the new Chef de Cuisine at Tao Las Vegas. Thomsen was
most recently the Corporate Executive Chef at Boa also in Las Vegas and
previously worked in the kitchens of the Lodge at Pebble Beach, Kerry at
the Hard Rock, Nob Hill Restaurant at the MGM Grand, the Bernards Inn,
Hotel Bel Air and the French Laundry. He is a CIA graduate.
Robert Muehlich has left his position of Assistant Director of Food
and Beverage at the St. Regis Monarch Beach to become the Food and Beverage
Director at Rosewood's Caneel Bay. Prior to joining the St. Regis, Muehlich
was at the Sonoma Mission Inn.
Andreas Kappenhagen is the Director of Service at Sassi, in Peoria,
Arizona. He recently served as the food and Beverage Director at the Viceroy
Palm Springs and Miramonte, following four years at La Quinta as its Assistant
Director of Food and Beverage.
Thomas Hoffman has joined the Four Seasons Lanai as Food and Beverage
Director. Hoffman was previously the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage
at the Four Seasons Hualalai. Stéphane Gras replaces Hoffman at
the Four Seasons Hualalai, a former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage
at the Four Seasons Newport Beach. Gras was previously the Food and Beverage
Manager at the Château de Bagnols.
Sven Norrenberg has joined the Miami InterContinental as Assistant Director
of Food and Beverage. Norrenberg was most recently the Restaurant Manager
at the Mark Hopkins InterContinental. He also was the opening Restaurant
Manager at the Viceroy Santa Monica.
Harvey Friend has joined the newly opened Wilshire restaurant as General
Manager. Friend joins from the Water Grill in and was previously at Michael's
in Santa Monica.
Scott Dirks has been named Director of Rooms Operations at the Grand
Wailea Resort. Dirks was previously the Manager at the Bungalows at Mauna
Lani and Director of Rooms Operations at Shutters on the Beach.
Jerry Maon has joined the Fairmont Newport Beach as Director of Rooms.
Maon was previously with InterContinental Hotels for ten years in Cleveland,
Houston and most recently in Atlanta as Director of Rooms.
Sherry Lurie has been appointed Director of Housekeeping at the Greenbrier.
Lurie served in the same capacity at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
The Palms in Turks and Caicos has named Matthew Bartle its new Front
Office Manager. Bartle was most recently the Front Office Manager and Front
Desk Director of Spa Services at the Peninsula Beverly Hills and has held
various front office positions at the InterContinental Central Park and
Hotel InterContinental Barclay.
Ginn Clubs & Resorts has appointed Darrin Pinkham as Vice President,
Application Systems. Pinkham was previously Chief Technology Officer for
Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando. He has also worked for Boca Resorts,
Hershey Resorts, and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in technology
and finance management related positions.
Jim Root has joined Sea Island in Georgia as Director of Spa Operations.
Root was previously the Director of Spa Operations at Miraval and served
in a similar position at Meadowood.
Karen Watson, formerly Assistant Spa Director at Canyon Ranch in the
Berkshires, has been named Manager of the spa and salon at the Oneida Indian
Nation's Turning Stone Resort and Casino.
Tripp Maulden, a former associate of Michael Mina is the new Executive
Chef at the Rouas family's Angèle in Napa where he fills the spot
left vacant when Christophe Gérard left in July to open Fifty Five
Degrees with Luc Dendievel in Sacramento.