|Rob Katz has been named Chief Executive Officer of Vail Resorts replacing
Adam Aron. Katz, 39, held key positions in the past with Apollo Management
and Drexel Burnham Lambert.
Meanwhile at Vail Resorts' subsidiary Rockresorts, President (and Cornell
graduate) Ed Mace has resigned, and former Vice President of Operations
William Hall has been promoted to Vice President of Lodging, Vail Resorts.
Steve Giblin has been promoted from President to Chief Operating Officer
of Dolce International. Prior to joining Dolce, Giblin served five years
as President and Chief Executive Officer of Newmarket International and
was previously with Omni.
Greg Wolkom has been appointed Chief Financial Officer by Kimpton Hotels
and Restaurants. An investment banker, he is a specialist of mergers and
acquisitions, a skill he honed as Managing Director of Global Finance and
Head of the Lodging and Leisure group for Banc of America.
The Global Hotel Alliance has appointed Chris Hartley as Chief Executive
officer. He is a former Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing of Kempinski
and will oversee the addition of Omni Hotels to the already existing alliance
partnership of Kempinski, Pan Pacific and Rydges.
Kemp Gallineau, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Gaylord
Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, has been promoted to
Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Gaylord Palms Resort and
Convention Center in Orlando. He replaces John Caparella who was named
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Gaylord Hotels.
Gallineau joined Gaylord Entertainment in 2001 as a member of the opening
team for the Gaylord Palms, serving as Vice President and Hotel Manager.
Stephen Ottman has been named President of the Starr Restaurant Organization
in Philadelphia. He comes from the Smith and Wollensky Restaurant Group
where he was the Chief Operating Officer. He also served Rich Melman's
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises as President, Chief Operating Officer
and Chef Executive Officer.
Debra Bates will serve as Chief Investment Officer in addition to her
previous title as Chief Financial Officer at Dolce International. She previously
held Chief Financial Officer positions in two real estate companies in
Houston and served as a financial consultant and co-founder of Parkstone
Michael Billiel has been appointed Director of Corporate Services for
the Picerne Group in San Juan Capistrano, following a sixteen-year career
with Four Seasons. He was most recently the Director of Human Resources,
Residence Clubs, for the group, based in Carlsbad.
Robert Todak is the new General Manager at the Hard Rock San Diego.
Todak comes from the Royal Palms in Miami and was previously the General
Manager at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. He is known in the industry for
his five-year tenure at the helm of Miami's Delano.
Michael Taylor has been appointed General Manager at the Heldrich in
New Jersey due to open March 2007. He was most recently the General Manager
of the North Maple Inn.
David Horowitz has transferred as General Manager to the Hyatt Regency
Century Plaza from the Hyatt Regency Crystal City where he held the same
Foster Burnett has been appointed General Manager of the Hilton New
York Times Square. He comes from the Swissôtel The Drake where he
was the Resident Manager, after serving as General Manager of the Grand
Summit Resort Hotel and Conference Center.
San Antonio's La Mansion del Rio Hotel and Watermark Hotel and Spa
have become Omni Hotels with Rusty Wallace as General Manager of both.
Wallace was most recently the General Manager of the Omni Mandalay Hotel
at Las Colinas in Dallas. In San Antonio, he takes over from Michael Bazar.
Marc Fournier has been named General Manager for the Westin Princeton
at Forrestal Village. Fournier was most recently the Acting General Manager
and Director of Operations for the Harrison Conference Center and Hotel
in New Jersey.
The Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center has appointed
Jeff Peller as General Manager. Peller was most recently the General Manager
of the Schaumburg Marriott.
Andrew Schiavone is the new General Manager for the Renaissance Portsmouth
Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center in Virginia. Schiavone was most
recently the General Manager at the Radisson Barcelo Hotel in Orlando.
James Lobosco has been named General Manager at the Madison in Washington
DC, a property managed by Loews as of April 1. Lobosco was most recently
the General Manager of the Loews Philadelphia. The top spot at the Madison
had been vacant since Axel Suray left in October 2005.
Daniel Ilias has been named General Manager at the King Pacific Lodge
in Canada. He was previously with Celebrity Cruises most recently as Hotel
Terri Ryan has been appointed General Manager at the Melrose Washington,
DC. She was the General Manager at the Holiday Inn on the Hill and previously
at the Radisson Barcelo Washington.
Pascal Forotti is transferring as Hotel Manager from the InterContinental
Buckhead Atlanta to the InterContinental Chicago. He is replacing Robert
Hill who has been promoted to General Manager of the Stephen F. Austin
InterContinental. Forotti's career with InterContinental also took him
to Washington DC, Amsterdam, London and Luxembourg.
Mark Boullion has joined San francisco's Hotel Rex as Assistant General
Manager. He was most recently the Food and Beverage Director at the Bishop's
Lodge & Resort in Santa Fe and previously held various food and beverage
management positions at Meadowood, Raffles L'Ermitage and the Mandarin
Oriental San Francisco.
Adam Shindler has joined WHM Management as a Senior Financial Analyst.
Shindler, a Cornell graduate, was most recently the Restaurant Manager
at Vix in the newly opened Hotel Victor in South Beach. Before joining
Hotel Victor, he was an analyst for KPMG in Chicago.
Karsten Lemke has joined Las Brisas in Ixtapa as Executive Assistant
Manager. He was previously the General Manager of the Avandaro Golf and
Spa Resort for the West Paces Hotel Group.
Mark Weiss has been promoted to Corporate Director of Food and Beverage
for Ritz-Carlton Hotels replacing Christoph Zbinden who joined Mandarin
Oriental in the same capacity. Weiss comes from the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon
Bay where he was the Executive Assistant Manager Director of Food and Beverage
Steve del Rosario has joined the Morgans Hotel Group as Director of
Finance at Mondrian. He previously was the Vice President Finance – Americas
Region for Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts, following a ten-year
career with Marriott.
Romeo Santos has joined Blackstone's Carmel Valley Ranch as Financial
Controller. He comes from the Lodge at Rancho Mirage, a Rockresort.
Garrett Ronan has joined the Beverly Hilton as Director of Food and
Beverage. He previously held the same position at the Boston Harbor Hotel.
Ronan is also a former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage from the
Bernd Maier has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the
Daytona Beach Hilton. He has been with Hilton since 1997 in various food
and beverage management positions in Atlanta and at the Fontainebleau Hilton
and Towers in Miami, where he was the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage.
Sammy Afif is the new Director of Food and Beverage at the Millenium
Biltmore in downtown Los Angeles. Afif was most recently in the same position
at the Estancia La Jolla for Destination Hotels and Resorts and the Roosevelt.
Fabien Rivière will be joining the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas
as Food and Beverage Manager. Rivière was most recently the Dining
Room Manager at Auréole Las Vegas. He also toiled at Alizé
at the Palms Casino Resort, the Mansion at the MGM Grand, as well as at
the Pierre and Restaurant Daniel in New York. He started his career at
the Ritz Paris.
The Fairmont Olympic has appointed Burhan Cülcüloglu as Director
of Food and Beverage. He had previously been directing various banquet
and food and beverage operations at the Fairmont Orchid, the Fairmont Kansas
City and the Fairmont Chicago.
Thomas Humphrey has been appointed Director of Restaurant Operations
for the Hotel Bel-Air. He comes from the Four Seasons Atlanta where he
held a similar position.
Bill Matthews has joined Wolfgang Puck Catering as Vice President Operations.
Matthews was most recently the Director of Operations at Okura Restaurants
in Palm Springs, following a stint as President of Las Casuelas, also in
Jumeirah has appointed Tom Civitano as Vice President Sales & Marketing,
Americas. Civitano was formerly the Executive Vice President of Marketing
for the now-shuttered Plaza.
Chad Waetzig has been named Senior Vice President of Marketing for Sheraton
Hotels & Resorts. He is a former marketing executive with Marriott
and Procter & Gamble.
Richard Lofria has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for
the Millennium Bostonian Hotel. He joins from the Hampton Inn and Suites
Hotel in Boston where he was the Director of Sales and Marketing.
The Krisam Group has appointed Debra Edwards as Director of Sales to
open Krisam's new Atlanta sales office and Yolanda Hormozi as Director
of Sales to open Krisam's new sales office in Southern California. Edwards
has been with Monumental Meetings - Business Development Division since
2003 and Hormozi was most recently the National Sales Manager at the Balboa
Bay Club & Resort.
Ed Svitak has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Marriott
Chicago Midway Airport. He was most recently the Vice President of Sales
and Marketing at the Riviera Resort & Racquet Club in Palm Springs.
Adeana Shendal has joined the Four Seasons Las Vegas as Director of
Public Relations. Shendal has previously worked with Wynn Las Vegas, Harrah's
Entertainment and Kirvin Doak Communications.
Michelle Devine has joined the Island Hotel in Newport Beach as Director
of Group Sales. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing
for Pelican Hill and Oak Creek golf properties and has previously been
in sales at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa.
Julie Browe Mathews is the new Director of Transient Sales at the Island
Hotel. She was most recently a Regional Sales Manager for Leading Hotels
of the World and has previously been a Catering Manager for Patina Catering.
She also held sales positions at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel and the
Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey.
The Fairmont Chicago has named Jeff Baryenbruch Director of Sales.
He previously served as the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Omni
Ambassador East Hotel following ten years with Wyndham.
Troy Pade has been named Regional Director of Sales for the Oceana
Hotel Group in Santa Monica. Pade was most recently an Associate Director
of Sales at the Hollywood Roosevelt.
Inge Spindola joins Millennium Hotels and Resorts as Global Director
Group and Incentive Sales for their corporate division based in Chicago.
She was most recently at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina as Account
Director and previously with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in various sales
Lourdes Munoz has joined the Millennium Biltmore as Executive Meeting
Manager. She was most recently at the Wilshire Grand.
Steven Rice has joined the Hotel Bel-Air as Executive Director of Catering.
Rice was most recently in a similar position at the Pierre in New York.
He also served as Director of Catering at the Waldorf=Astoria and at the
Four Seasons Washington DC.
Executive Chef Azmin Ghahreman will be leaving the St. Regis Monarch
Beach Resort and Spa to open his own restaurant in Laguna Beach as well
as an adjoining gourmet market. Ghahreman was with the St. Regis for five
years after leaving the Regent Sydney. He spent eight years with Four Seasons
in Kuala Lumpur, Kona, Istanbul, Singapore and Maui.
Drew Deckman has joined Raffles L'Ermitage as Executive Chef. He was
most recently actor Tom Cruise's private chef. Deckman also ran the kitchens
of Orient-Express' Maroma Resort and Spa in Mexico. Prior to that, he was
with Four Seasons, joining the company as Chef de Cuisine at the former
Four Seasons Berlin.
William Koval has joined Culinaire International as Corporate Executive
Chef, based in Dallas. Koval was most recently the Executive Chef at Joule
in Dallas, following many years in the same capacity at the Adolphus.
Executive Chef Dean Fearing has resigned from the Mansion on Turtle
Creek after twenty one years. He will be the operator of the restaurant
at the future Ritz-Carlton Dallas.
Anthony Keene has joined Casa Marina as Executive Chef. He was most
recently in the same position at Little Palm Island Spa and Resort also
in Florida. Keene also served as Executive Chef at the Ojai Valley Inn
The music has stopped and all the chefs have settled into their new
chairs over at Edward Thomas Hospitality. Michael Reardon, who opened the
Hotel Andalucia in Santa Barbara for the group, has checked in at Casa
del Mar in Santa Monica as Executive Chef, while next door at Shutters
on the Beach, Andry Tscharner, formerly of the nearby Fairmont Miramar,
now oversees the property's One Pico, Pedals, Lobby Lounge, and banquets.
Finally, Fermin Arias, the One Pico chef since March of 2005, heads north
to lead the culinary brigade at Hotel Andalucia.
Beirne Brown has returned home to his restaurant Bayside Seafood Grill
& Bar in Naples, Florida. A Cornell graduate, he was most recently
the Food and Beverage Manager on The World, the globe's only residence
Lewis Butler has joined Wolfgang Puck Catering as Executive Chef. Butler
was most recently the Executive Chef at the Rancho Bernardo Inn following
many years with Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, Atlanta and Vancouver.
John Beardsley is the new Executive Chef at (415) Asian Restaurant and
Lounge in San Francisco. Beardsley was previously the Executive Chef at
Azie, Le Colonial and most recently Sydney's, all in San Francisco.
Eric Branger has transferred as Executive Chef from the Ritz-Carlton
New Orleans to the Ritz-Carlton New York at Central Park South. Branger
has been with the company since 1994.
George Mahaffey has joined the Hotel Jerome in Aspen as Executive Chef,
following a stint as Culinary Director at San Ysidro Ranch. He previously
founded Restaurant Solutions Company consulting for former employers the
Little Nell and the Hotel Bel-Air.
Philippe Roussel is the new Executive Chef at Café d'Alsace in
New York. He was most recently the Chef Owner at Gavroche also in New York.
Keith Falco joins the Millennium Harvest House in Boulder as Executive
Chef. Falco was most recently with Lifestyles Catering.
Troy Thompson is the new Executive Chef at David Burke Las Vegas opening
in the Venetian in August. Thompson comes from the Ritz-Carlton Marina
del Rey where he served as Executive Chef.
Yves Samake has been transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta as Executive
Chef replacing Eric Damidot. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef
at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. David Serus replaces Samake in Half
Moon Bay as Executive Sous Chef, formerly the Senior Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton
Penha Longa in Portugal.
Aaron Zimmer has been named Chef de Cuisine at Navio at the Ritz-Carlton
Half Moon Bay replacing Peter Rudolph who went to Campton Place. Zimmer
was most recently Sous Chef at CityZen at the Mandarin Oriental Washington
Mel Mecinas has been promoted to the Four Seasons Scottsdale as Executive
Chef. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at the Four Seasons
Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. He has also been with the Four Seasons Santa
Barbara and the Patina Group.
Patrick Duff has joined the Four Seasons Miami as Executive Chef replacing
Marco Bax who has transferred as Executive Chef to the Four Seasons Canary
Wharf in London. Duff was most recently at the Sukhothai in Bangkok
and has previously been the Executive Chef at the Phoenician and the InterContinental
Steve Millan has been appointed Director of Operations at Japonais,
soon-to-open in New York City. Millan has been with B.R. Guest Restaurants
since 2000 at the Atlantic Grill, Fiamma Osteria, Blue Water Grill and
Ruby Foo's. He also spent time in the kitchen at Le Cirque 2000 for two
Dwayne Collins has been named General Manager of Dune at the Ocean
Club working for Jean George Vongerichten for the third time. Collins was
most recently overseeing BLT Fish and was previously at 66 NYC, Artisanal,
AZ and Mercer Kitchen.
Robert Windhausen has been named Manager of Wildflowers at Turning
Stone Resort and Casino. Windhausen was most recently the Senior Banquet
Manager for the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront and has previously worked
at the New York Marriott East Side, Waldorf=Astoria, the Bull and Bear
Steakhouse, and the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa in Indian Wells.
Sabato Sagaria is the new Wine Director at the Inn at Little Washington.
Sagaria, a Cornell graduate, had been with the Greenbrier since 1997 in
various food and beverage positions most recently as the Director of Beverages/Sommelier.
Sommelier Michael Shearin is departing the MGM's Craftsteak to serve
as part of the opening team at the upcoming Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesar's
Sherry Lurie has joined the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino as Director
of Housekeeping. Lurie was most recently in the same position at the Greenbrier
and previously served as Director of Quality at the Boca Raton Resort and
Club and Director of Housekeeping at the Breakers.
Gioanna Villabrille was been named Director of Housekeeping at the
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. She was most recently the Executive Housekeeper
at the Hotel Sonnenalp in Vail.