News for the Hospitality Executive
John Trudeau Appointed Director of Operations
at the 406-room Riviera Palm Springs
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (June 9, 2010) – Riviera Palm Springs, a recently refurbished mid-century resort owned and operated by Noble House Hotels & Resorts, has named John Trudeau its new director of operations.
According to Karl Kruger, vice president and managing director of Riviera, Trudeau will oversee 200 employees, as well as the day-to-day operations for the 406-room resort, which re-opened in late 2008 following an extensive two-year modernization project.
“We are thrilled to have John on our team,” Kruger said. “While he is new to our destination, he has been a highly successful and valuable member of the Noble House Hotels & Resorts team for the last four years. We are confident that he will play a key role in further establishing Riviera Palm Springs as one of the region’s top resorts.”
Most recently, Trudeau was director of food and beverage at Hotel Viking – an historic Noble House property in Newport, Rhode Island. During that time, Trudeau received many tributes for his leadership and visionary thinking, including a “Newport Ambassador” award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Hospitality Industry of Newport County, presented by the Newport Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Prior to joining Hotel Viking, he was director of food and beverage at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Connecticut, a property he helped open. Trudeau’s five-year tenure with Marriott International was also marked by many kudos and accolades, including the company’s prestigious Award of Culinary Excellence and recognition as “Food and Beverage Manager of the Year” by the Connecticut Lodging Association.
Trudeau has a strong food and beverage background, and prior to his years with Marriott, worked his way up the culinary ranks in restuarants throughout Colorado and Rhode Island.
An avid chef, he puts his culinary prowess to good use, and has served in an advisory capacity to Johnson & Wales University, The New England Culinary Institute, the United States Navy, the Occupational Industrial Center of New London, the University of New Haven and the Connecticut Culinary Institute. He also is a member of the Connecticut Chef’s Association of the American Culinary Federation
A native of Watseka, Illinois, he holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and supervision from Purdue University.
About Riviera Palm Springs
Following a $70 million modernization, Riviera Palm Springs – a legendary 24-acre property that was once a playground for the likes of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Elvis Presley – reopened to the public in October 2008. The restored resort, originally 475 rooms, now features 406 revamped guest rooms and luxury suites – outfitted with handsome retro furnishings; chic marble bathrooms; flat-screen plasma TVs; wireless Internet access and private patios or balconies – set amidst lushly landscaped gardens with intimate courtyards. Other resort highlights include: SpaTerre, an 11,000-square-foot retreat with cross-cultural and global treatments; and an array of inventive food and beverage offerings, including the signature Circa 59; the outdoor Bikini Bar adjacent to a spectacular pool; the swank Starlite Lounge; and sidebar, offering tantalizing cocktails in an atmosphere of sleek sophistication.
Riviera Palm Springs is located at 1600 N. Indian Canyon Dr. in Palm Springs. For further information, visit www.psriviera.com or call 760.327.8311.
|Also See:||Noble House Hotels & Resorts Names Karl Kruger Vice-President, Managing Director of Riviera Resort & Spa, Palm Springs, CA / May 2009|
|Noble House Reopens the 406 room Riviera Resort & Spa; Noble Spends $70 million to Reinvent the Classic Mid-century Style of the Resort Built in 1958 / October 2008|