|Cornell graduate Jorge Pesquera will be the new President and Chief
Executive Officer of the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Since 2004, Pesquera was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the
Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association. He also spent ten years as President
and Chief Executive Officer of the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau. Pesquera
also logged four years as Senior Vice President Human Resources for Conrad
International, following fourteen years as Director of Human Resources
for Hilton International.
Bruce Duncan has temporarily stepped into the Starwood Chief Executive
Officer job when Steve Heyer recently resigned. He continues his services
as Chairman, a position he has held since 2005. Duncan previously held
executive level positions at Equity Residential, the Cadillac Fairview
Corporation and JMB Realty.
Donald Trump has named Mark Juliano head of Trump Entertainment Resorts.
He previously served as President of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and Caesars
John Rolfs has been appointed General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Lake
Las Vegas. A Cornell graduate, he has been with the company for eighteen
years, most recently as Area Vice President of the Ritz-Carlton Hotels
of Miami and General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. He also served
as Area General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Hotels of New Orleans and Area
General Manager at the Ritz-Carltons Boston.
Nicholas Simmonds has been appointed Operations Director for Island
Outpost to add to his current responsibilities as Managing Director of
Goldeneye in Jamaica. He previously served as General Manager of Cotton
House and the Blue Mountain Lodge, as well as Hotel Manager at Parrot Cay.
Hilton has promoted Andrew Stegen to General Manager of the Arizona
Biltmore, taking over from Sean Maddock. Stegen was previously the Director
of Operations at the resort. He had joined the property after several years
with Loews, where he served as Executive Assistant Manager at the Loews
Santa Monica and the Loews Coronado, following a stint at the Loews Le
Concorde in Canada.
John Strozdas has joined green hotelier Deidre Wallace’s Ambrose Group
in Santa Monica as Chief Operating Officer. He previously served as Area
General Manager for Méridien Hotels and Resorts and as Vice President
Operations, the Americas, for Mandarin Oriental.
Chilean national Andres Araya has left his position of Managing Director
at Ty Warner’s Las Ventanas al Paraiso (a Rosewood Resort) to become the
Chief Operating Officer of Logan International Hotels and Resorts in Mexico.
Araya had originally joined Las Ventanas as Resort Manager in 2004. He
was previously the Executive Assistant Manager Director of Food and Beverage
at the Ajman Kempinski in the United Arab Emirates.
Fernando Gibaja has left Ritz-Carlton after twelve years to become the
General Manager of Fiesta Americana’s Grand Aqua Cancun. He most recently
served as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton
Millenia Singapore following a stint in the same position at the Ritz-Carlton
Shelton Sugar has been promoted to Senior Vice President and General
Manager of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington,
DC. He was most recently the Vice President and Hotel Manager at the Gaylord
Palms Resort and Convention Center.
Jeffry Humes has joined Pink Sands in the Bahamas as Managing Director.
He is a former Island Manager for the Meridian Club in the Turks and Caicos
and Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands. Humes is a Cornell graduate.
Lyle Pauls has joined the Carlton Savannah in Trinidad as General Manager.
He was most recently the General Manager at the Royal Antiguan Beach Resort
in Antigua. Previously, he was with Starwood for 15 years in such positions
as the General Manager at the W Union Square, the General Manager of the
Tremont and the Raphael Hotels in Chicago, the Hotel Manager of the Sheraton
New Orleans and the Director of Operations at the Westin Ottawa.
Richard Behr has joined the Pointe South Mountain in Phoenix as General
Manager. He was most recently the General Manager at Miramonte in Indian
Wells and previously served as General Manager at the Hilton Scottsdale.
Frank Ashmore has been promoted by the West Paces Group to the position
of General Manager of the Carefree Resort and Villas. He was most recently
the Director of Sales and Marketing for various properties within West
Paces, including Solis Hotels and Resorts and the Hotel Montelucia in Phoenix
(now an InterContinental). He previously served as Director of Sales and
Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix and the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn.
Judson Hawk is the new General Manager at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen.
For the past seven years, he had been the General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton
Club Aspen Highlands. He was previously the General Manager at the Lodge
and Spa at Cordillera. Nicholas DiMeglio, a former General Manager at the
Williamsburg Inn, took over from Hawk as General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton
Mexico-born Hermann Elger has been promoted to General Manager of the
Ritz-Carlton Cancun, taking over from long-time General Manager Luis Marco.
For the past four years, Elger served as the resort’s Hotel Manager after
joining in 1998 as Assistant Executive Manager in charge of Rooms.
Kristin Timmer has been named General Manager of the Delafield Hotel
in Wisconsin. She was most recently the Director of Catering at the Pfister
Simon Chen has joined the Beaver Creek Lodge as General Manager. He
most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for Skylar Management in
Denver. Previously, he worked for Ritz-Carlton in Bachelor Gulch, Tyson's
Corner, Naples, Puerto Rico, Buckhead and Sydney.
Dani Stern has been named General Manager of Sage Hospitality’s JW Marriott
Denver at Cherry Creek. Stern most recently served as General Manager of
the Wigwam in Phoenix. He had previously held a number of positions with
Starwood, including General Manager at the Westin Tabor Center in Denver
and Director of Operations at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City.
Ellen Miller has joined the Wyndham Bourbon Orleans as General Manager.
For the past four years, she had been the General Manager at the Crescent
Hotel in Beverly Hills. Previously, she served as General Manager at both
Hotels Oceana in Santa Barbara and Santa Monica, and the Avalon in Beverly
Hans Altenhoff has been appointed General Manager of the recently opened
Sheraton Cable Beach Resort in Nassau. For the past five years, he was
the General Manager of the Sheraton Bal Harbor. Altenhoff has also served
as General Manager at the Princeville Resort on Kauai and the Palace in
The Renaissance Waverly Hotel has named Joseph Uhl General Manager.
Uhl is a 27-year Marriott veteran who most recently served as Area General
Manager for the St. Louis market and for the Detroit market.
Dennis Nau has been named Vice President of Brand Operations for the
new Nickelodeon Resorts by Marriott. He was the General Manager of the
New York Marriott East Side. He joined Marriott in 1985 and has held various
global positions with the company including General Manager of the Waikiki
Beach Marriott Resort and Spa and Hotel Manager of the New York Marriott
Nicholas Gold has been appointed Resort Manager at the Enchantment Resort
in Sedona. He comes from Miraval in Tucson where he was the Food and Beverage
Robert Love moves to the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman as Director of Finance.
He was most recently in a similar position at the San Juan Marriott.
At Rosewood, Mauricio Manrique returns to Acqualina as Director of Finance.
He was the Assistant Controller at the resort from 2004 to 2006 before
a promotion to the Inn of the Anasazi as Financial Controller. Manrique
had previously overseen the finances at Rosewood’s Little Dix Bay, Badrutt’s
Palace and the Bristol in Panama City.
Biras Creek Resort on Virgin Gorda has promoted Anghel George to Chief
Financial Officer. A 23-year veteran of the resort, he previously held
the position of Controller and in-house IT Manager.
Wolfgang Wehen becomes the Director of Operations at the W Union Square.
For the past two years, he served as Director of Food and Beverage at the
W New York. Previously, he worked as the Assistant Director of Food and
Beverage at the Westin Diplomat and as the Assistant Director of Food and
Beverage at Turnberry Isle Resort & Club, now a Fairmont.
Mark Choon has been promoted to Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms,
at the Peninsula Chicago. He joined the hotel in pre-opening in 2001 as
Night Manager and, during his more than six years there, has been promoted
several times within the Front Office. He was most recently the Rooms Division
Manager for the hotel.
The Peninsula Chicago has promoted Oliver Dudler to the position of
Executive Assistant Manager, Food and Beverage. He joined the company in
1995 as Western Sous-Chef at the Repulse Bay Hotel in Hong Kong.
After working as Executive Chef at the Peninsula New York, he transferred
to Chicago in 2003 as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage and became
the Director of Food and Beverage in 2005.
Nancy Paliani has transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage as Director
of Food and Beverage. She rejoins Brad Jencks who was her General Manager
at her most recent position as Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton
St. Thomas. Paliani had previously served as Director of Food and Beverage
at La Costa and as Assistant Food and Beverage Director at the Grand Wailea
Mike Glynn has joined the Lodge at Pebble Beach as Director of Food
and Beverage. He most recently held a similar post at Fess Parker’s Doubletree
Resort in Santa Barbara. He previously oversaw food and beverage operations
at the Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra and for the PGA Tour Golf Course Properties.
The Beaver Creek Lodge has appointed Brian Haemmerle Director of Food
and Beverage for both the Beaver Creek Lodge and its restaurant Rocks Modern
Grill. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at
the Elk Mountain Resort. Prior to that, he was the Director of Restaurants
at the Vail Cascade Resort.
David Sanchez has joined the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah as
Food and Beverage Director. He was most recently the Executive Assistant
Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge Reynolds
Plantation, after joining the property in 2003 as Assistant Director of
Food and Beverage. Sanchez previously spent eleven years with Hilton.
Global Hyatt has appointed Robb Webb Chief Human Resources Officer.
He joins from Citi where he was most recently Head of Global Service Delivery
for Citi Employee Services. Prior to that, he held several senior human
resources roles in the Citi Global Consumer Group.
Gail Campagna has been named Director of Human Resources at the Stowe
Mountain Lodge. She previously served as Human Resources Director for the
Radisson Burlington, the Basin Harbor Club and the Wyndham Burlington.
In 2005 she joined Regent as Human Resources Manager for Regent Seven Seas
Cruise Ships, before serving as Senior Human Resources Manager at the Regent
Palms Resort in Turks and Caicos.
Richard Mirman has been appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing
Officer at Kerzner International. Most recently, Mirman worked for Harrah's,
a company he joined in 1998.
The Morgans Hotel Group has appointed Scott Williams Chief Marketing
Officer. He joins from Starwood, where he has served as Chief Creative
Officer, Senior Vice President Advertising since 1999. He previously held
creative roles at CBS Eye on People, ESPN Classic Sports Network and HBO.
Scott Evans has been named Vice President Sales and Marketing at etc
Hotels in Santa Monica, responsible for Shutters on the Beach, Casa del
Mar and Santa Barbara’s Hotel Andalucia. He previously served as Director
of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas, the Laguna Beach
Colony Hotel (better known today as the Montage Resort), the Ritz-Carlton
San Juan, the Hotel Arts Barcelona and, most recently, the Ritz-Carlton
Sam Zabawsky joins Boykin Management as Vice President of Sales and
Revenue Management. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing
at the Sand Pearl Resort in Florida. He has also served as Director of
Resort Marketing at the Sea Pines Resort and as Regional Director of Sales
and Marketing for Wyndham.
Tyler McDonald was appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the
Hilton Anatole in Dallas. He originally joined Hilton in 1999 as Director
of Sales and Marketing for the Doubletree Dallas Lincoln Center. After
two years, he moved to Austin as Director of Sales and Marketing at the
James Keaveny has been appointed Director of Sales at the Hilton Anatole.
He was most recently the Director of Sales at the Hyatt Regency DFW.
Trish Kopera returns to the Peninsula Chicago as Director of West Coast
Group Sales, based in Los Angeles. She had been part of the pre-opening
team for the hotel, joining in April 2001 as Sales Manager. She left briefly
in April of this year to take a position as Director of Sales for Raffles
L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills.
Elaine Gamer has joined the Nylo Hotel in Plano, Texas, as Director
of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Director of Sales at
the W Dallas-Victory and previously served as the Director of Sales and
Marketing at the Westin Calgary.
The Ritz-Carlton Club St. Thomas has named Ralph Mottinger Director
of Sales and Marketing. He previously served as Director of Sales at Kapalua
and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for both Bayer and Wyeth.
Kim Westhoff, who has been with the Arizona Biltmore since 1993, has
been appointed to the newly created position of Director of Luxury Accounts
for Hilton Hotels’ Waldorf=Astoria Collection and Conrad Hotels. She has
been the Director of Travel Industry Sales at the Biltmore for the past
Jeffrey Guillory has joined the Millenium Biltmore in Los Angeles as
Director of Sales and Marketing. He recently spent two years as Director
of Sales and Marketing at the Intercontinental Miami. Guillory previously
served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Renaissance Stanford Court
in San Francisco and the Swissôtel Chicago.
The Fairmont Château Frontenac has appointed Nicole Lapointe Director
of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Regional Sales Manager
at Les Hôtels Villegia.
Tracey Fentem has joined the Hotel Derek in Houston as Director of Sales
and Marketing. She previously served in various sales and marketing roles
for Ritz-Carlton in the Cayman Islands, Chicago and Jamaica.
The Brazilian Court has appointed Cynthia Ekonomou Director of Sales
and Marketing. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing
at the GulfStream Hotel in Lake Worth. She also spent five years as Marketing
Director at the Canopy Palms Resort on Singer Island.
Monica Schyck moves over to the Gaylord Palms as Director of Sales,
taking over from Tina Sampson who has been promoted to Vice President of
Sales and Marketing for the new Gaylord National Resort and Convention
Center in Prince George’s County, Maryland. For the past twelve years,
Schyck had been at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, most recently
as Director of Executive Sales.
The Grand Del Mar has tapped Sunday Spencer as its new Director of Leisure
Sales. She was most recently the National Sales Manager for Pebble Beach
Resorts. Previously, she has served as Director of Sales and Marketing
for the Highlands Inn, a Park Hyatt Hotel in Carmel and as the Associate
Director of Sales for the Hyatt Regency Monterey.
Jennifer Dunne has been appointed Vice President of Public Relations
and Advertising for Wynn Resorts, replacing Denise Randazzo who has left
the company. Dunne joined the hotel 2006 as Vice President of Entertainment
Marketing and Sales.
Chris Kandziora has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing
at Miramonte. He originally joined the resort in 2004 as Director of Group
Sales, a promotion from the position of Associate Director of Sales at
(then) sister property the Crowne Plaza Northstar in Minneapolis.
Eric Branger transfers to the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage as Executive
Chef. He comes from the Ritz-Carlton New York at Central Park South. Branger
has been with the company since 1995, serving as Executive Chef at the
Ritz-Carlton New Orleans and the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta. He had been the
Executive Sous Chef at the (old) Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage from 1995 to
Fabio Trabocchi has joined Fiamma Osteria in New York as Chef/Partner,
succeeding Michael White, who has moved to Alto and L’Impero as Executive
Chef. For the past seven years, Trabocchi has served as Executive Chef
for award-winning Maestro at the Ritz-Carlton Tyson’s Corner. Previously,
he was based in London as Executive Chef at Floriana Restaurant and the
Grissini London Restaurant at the former Hyatt Carlton Tower.
Thierry Debailleul has been appointed Executive Chef at Foxwoods in
Connecticut. He was formerly the Executive Chef of the Pointe South Mountain
in Phoenix. Prior to that, he opened the Westin Stonebriar in Texas as
Biras Creek Resort on Virgin Gorda has promoted Jermaine “Monk” George
to Executive Chef. For the past eleven years, he served at the resort as
Ruben Tanuz is once again the Executive Chef at El Monte Sagrado in
Taos where he was previously the Chef de Cuisine from January 2005 to January
2007, then promoted to Executive Chef. He previously served in the
kitchens at the Chattooga, Quail Run Resort and Fuego Restaurant.
The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe has appointed Guido Landolt Executive Pastry
Chef. He had previously served as Pastry Chef at Caesar’s Tahoe and most
recently at Harrah’s/Harvey’s Hotel & Casino as Assistant Executive
Andrew Broderick has joined the Omni Downtown Los Angeles as Director
of Rooms. He was most recently at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica as Front
Office Manager. He has previously served in various operational positions
at the Malibu Beach Inn, Raffles L'Ermitage Beverly Hills and the Little
Nell in Aspen.
Bryan Bourgeois has joined the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio as Director
of Rooms. He was previously with Four Seasons for eight years, serving
as Director of Rooms for both the Four Seasons Manele Bay and the Lodge
at Koele and as Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons New York.
Pradeep Raman has been promoted to Manager of Food and Beverage at the
Peninsula Chicago. He joined the property in 2003 as Lobby Manager and,
after a stint at the Peninsula Hong Kong as Assistant Manager Food and
Beverage, returned to Chicago in the position of Assistant Director of
Food and Beverage.
The Four Seasons San Francisco has appointed Sébastien Duclos
Restaurant Manager of Seasons Restaurant. He joined the company in 2002
at the Four Seasons Toronto and has held various food and beverage positions
at the Four Seasons New York and the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in
The Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid has appointed Phyllis Leslie Director
of Spa and Wellness. She most recently served as Spa Manager at the Spa
at Whitefish Lake in Montana.
Irene Lim has been appointed Director of Spa at the Four Seasons Silicon
Valley. She previously was the Spa and Wellness Director at the Hotel Hana
Maui and Honua Spa.
Kirsten Wilkens-Combs is the new Spa Director at the Enchantment Resort
Mii Amo Spa. She previously held various spa management positions at the
Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte and the Sandestin Hilton.
Cleo Bradley was promoted at Biras Creek Resort to Rooms Division Manager.
For the past twenty years, she has held various positions at the resort,
most recently as Reservations Manager.
Devon Liburd is the new Food and Beverage Manager at Biras Creek Resort.
He was most recently the Head of Purchasing for the resort.