Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa in Southern California Appoints Jonathan Litvack as Its New General Manager

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa | June 17, 2019

San Diego, CA (June 17, 2019)- Southern California wellness resort, the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa welcomes established hospitality industry leader, Jonathan Litvack as its new General Manager. Litvack joins the resort to lead it through a pivotal transition in which it completes a multi-year redesign journey that re-imagined all facets of the resort. As the new leader of the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa, Litvack brings 25 years of hotel experience, including six years as the General Manager at Sheraton Grand Los Angeles, which was named Hotel of the Year – Americas Marriott International. Additionally, Lit...

Bardessono Hotel’s Lucy Restaurant Welcomes Jim Leiken as New Executive Chef

June 17, 2019

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (June 17, 2018) – Bardessono Hotel, the luxurious, LEED Platinum Certified wine country retreat in the heart of Napa Valley, introduces a fresh take on Lucy restaurant’s celebrated signature cuisine with the addition of Jim Leiken as executive chef. Bringing a repertoire of experience working with some of the world’s most renowned chefs, from Chef Daniel Boulud’s New York City and Palm Beach, Fla. Restaurants, Leiken spent the past five years cultivating a deep understanding of the culinary scene in Napa at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena, with Chef Cindy Pawlcyn. Now taking the helm of Lucy restaurant wi...

21c Museum Hotels Appoints Jeff Tomczek as Vice President of Brand Marketing and Sales

21c Museum Hotels | June 17, 2019

Louisville, KY (June 17, 2019) – 21c Museum Hotels, the award-winning Louisville-based boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and restaurant group, announced today the appointment of Jeff Tomczek as Vice President of Brand Marketing and Sales. In this role, Jeff will be responsible for overseeing brand marketing, corporate sales, communications and revenue management, working closely with both corporate and property teams. Prior to joining 21c, Jeff served as Vice President of Brands & Marketing for Two Roads Hospitality, managing Thompson Hotels, JdV Hotels, tommie Hotels and THR corporate. He has held a number of leadership roles ...

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, Florida Appoints Lijana Gavelyte as National Sales Manager

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort | June 17, 2019

NAPLES, Fla. (June 13, 2019) — LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, a luxury beachfront property located on private six-acre beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, has announced the hiring of a new member to its management team. Lijana Gavelyte has been named National Sales Manager. Following the recent completion of a $30 million renovation and a 50th anniversary last year, the resort has renewed its commitment to bringing on board only the most accomplished professionals in their field. Meet the new team member: Lijana Gavelyte boasts 12 years of hospitality sales experience, all of them in the Naples area. She arrives at LaPlaya after a...

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, Names Linda Maurer Global Account Manager-Southwest

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company | June 17, 2019

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, June 2019 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Linda Maurer Global Account Manager-Southwest, a newly created position designed to develop and grow Benchmark’s group sales success in the regional southwest. Eric Gavin, chief sales officer, made the announcement. “It is with distinct pleasure that I announce the promotion of Linda Maurer to Benchmark’s Global Account Manager-Southwest,” said Mr. Gavin. “Linda will be based out of Austin, Texas, and will also continue her remarkably successful, property-based role as Associate Director of Sales for Benchmark’s La Cantera Resort ...

Conrad Bora Bora Nui Appoints Guillaume Galvez as Executive Chef

Conrad Hotels & Resorts | June 17, 2019

PAPEETE, Tahiti (June 13, 2019) – Conrad Bora Bora Nui has appointed Guillaume Galvez as Executive Chef of the award-winning French Polynesian resort. In his new role, Chef Galvez will oversee all food and beverage operations for the resort’s six dining outlets and use his global perspective to create new menus for Iriatai French Restaurant and Tamure Beach Grill. “I am thrilled to join the team at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, and couldn’t imagine a more beautiful setting to work in,” said Chef Galvez. “The abundance of fresh, local ingredients in the destination is truly inspiring and I look forward to working with the team to create...

The Sinclair Fort Worth Appoints General Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing

June 13, 2019

The Sinclair, a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel, is proud to announce Tammy Vallejos as general manager and John Klukan as director of sales and marketing. Opening late summer 2019 in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, Texas, The Sinclair is located in one of the city’s most historic buildings. The property aims to be a “hotel of the future” and will feature 164 stylish rooms and upscale suites with custom made Italian furniture as well as a stream of luxury and high-tech amenities including Kohler DTW + Digital Showers, an in-house Podcast Studio, a chef-driven restaurant and a skyscraping 17th floor rooftop lounge. GENERAL MANAG...

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, Names Priya Chandnani Vice President, Revenue Management

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company | June 13, 2019

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, June 2019 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Priya Chandnani vice president, revenue management. Greg Champion, president and COO, made the announcement. “It is with extreme pleasure that I welcome Priya to our company,” said Mr. Champion. “She brings extraordinary revenue management credentials as well as a proven track record to her new position with us. We look forward to her leadership in this important business function within our organization.” Priya Chandnani comes to her new position with over a decade of experience in the hospitality revenue management function. She ...

The Alexander, a Dolce Hotel, Welcomes Barry Cockrum as General Manager

The Alexander | June 12, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 12, 2019) – The Alexander, A Dolce Hotel in the CityWay area of downtown Indianapolis, is thrilled to announce Barry Cockrum as its new general manager. Cockrum brings more than two decades of experience in the hospitality industry to the 209-room, art-centric hotel, and will oversee daily operations, budgets, sales and marketing. “Since joining the team in 2013, Barry has been a symbol of positive leadership and unwavering commitment to both our culture and brand,” said Richard Maxfield, Senior Vice President, Operations, for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. “He has a proven track record with a commitment ...

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa Appoints Key Culinary Executives

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa | June 12, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas (June 12, 2019) – Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa announces several new appointments to their food and beverage team as the resort celebrates a Grand Reopening this month following a nearly two-year, $150 million transformation and expansion. This talented group of associates joining the culinary team bring a wealth of knowledge and unique insight, creating inspired menus bringing exceptional culinary experiences to life. The resort’s new hires and promotions include: Tobias Cox, Director of Food & Beverage With a 25-year career in hospitality, Tobias Cox brings extensive expertise to Omni Barton Creek Resort &...

New Orleans’ Le Pavillon Hotel Appoints Derek McKenna as Executive Chef

June 12, 2019

New Orleans, La. (June 12, 2019) – Glamorous and grand, the reimagined Le Pavillon Hotel proudly announces a new signature restaurant, Bijoux, and lobby bar, Cachette 1907 while welcoming Derek McKenna as executive chef. Under the leadership of award-winning Chef McKenna, Bijoux, centered around a majestic, Czechoslovakian chandelier, presents French cuisine with a New Orleans twist at breakfast and lunch, as well as an a la carte brunch on the weekends, while dinner is served in Cachette 1907. Coining its name from the French word Cachette, which means hideout, and 1907 as the year that the hotel originally opened its doors, Cachette...

Camila Frederico Appointed Hotel Manager of The Westin St. Francis

The Westin St. Francis | June 11, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 11, 2019 - Camila Frederico has been named Hotel Manager of The Westin St. Francis where she will be responsible for assisting the area general manager with staffing, directing, and supervising this historic 1,195-room hotel on San Francisco’s Union Square. In her new position, she will lead all operational departments including rooms, food & beverage, events, and engineering. “We are thrilled to announce the appointment of our new Hotel Manager, Camila Frederico,” says Jon Kimball, Area General Manager. “Her prolific career with Marriott International demonstrates her passion and extensive knowledge ...

BENCHMARK® Names Donna Esparza Director of Sales & Marketing for Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa

Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa | June 11, 2019

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, June 2019 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Donna Esparza director of sales & marketing for Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property located in Lake Arrowhead, California. Geoff Young, Benchmark’s managing director for the resort, made the announcement. “I am extremely pleased to welcome Donna to our resort and to Benchmark,” said Mr. Young. “She comes to us with an outstanding record of sales success and with strong leadership skills, as well as vast experience within the California market.” Donna Esparza was previously the remarkably s...

The Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia Welcomes New Executive Chef Amy Culverwell

The Bellevue Hotel and XIX (Nineteen) Restaurant | June 11, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (June 11, 2019) – The Bellevue Hotel is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Culverwell as Executive Chef. In her new role, Culverwell will oversee culinary operations at XIX (Nineteen) Restaurant, which includes the Cameo Room, Pearl Room, XIX To Go, and Lounge; as well as the banquet and event experience. Chef Amy will be responsible for all menu design and food and beverage concepts, creatively using her insight, vision, and guidance to enhance the culinary philosophy at The Bellevue Hotel. “We are thrilled to welcome Chef Amy to our team,” said Kristi Cotten-Morris, the general manager of The Bellevue Hotel. ...

Radisson Hotel Group Appoints Hannes Bos as VicePresident, Commercial, Asia Pacific

Radisson Hotel Group | June 10, 2019

Radisson Hotel Group™ has appointed Hannes Bos as its Vice President, Commercial, Asia Pacific. An experienced hotel professional and revenue leader, Hannes was educated in the Netherlands and Sweden before embarking on his hospitality career with AMS Hotel Group in Amsterdam. Specializing in revenue management, he also held senior management positions with Concorde Hotels in Paris and Millennium & Copthorne in London and Singapore. Hannes joined InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) in 2008, initially as Director of Revenue Management for the Middle East & Africa based in Dubai, and later as Senior Director of Revenue Strategy ...

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, Names Olivier C. Gaupin Director of Culinary Operations

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company | June 9, 2019

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, June 2019 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Olivier C. Gaupin director of culinary operations, a newly created position to further enhance Benchmark’s food and beverage positioning and expanding recognition. Patrick Berwald, vice president food and beverage, made the announcement. “It is with great pleasure that I announce Olivier’s appointment and welcome him to our growing F&B team,” said Mr. Berwald. “He brings an extraordinary depth of culinary knowledge and global experience to his new role, gained both in Europe and across the United States. Olivier has also led mul...

Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort, Appoints Keith Potter as Executive Chef

Ventana Big Sur | June 7, 2019

Big Sur, Calif. (June 7, 2019) – Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort, has appointed Keith Potter as executive chef of the celebrated luxury resort tucked between towering redwood trees and the California coastline in Big Sur. Potter, who brings over 15 years of culinary experience at acclaimed restaurants in Chicago, will oversee all food and beverage operations for the 59-room resort including its signature indoor-outdoor restaurant, The Sur House. “I could not be more thrilled to join the team at Ventana Big Sur, a premier culinary destination in California,” said Potter. “California’s abundance of fresh, high-quality ingredients ...

Nashville’s Hutton Hotel Welcomes Executive Chef Sean Petitt

Hutton Hotel | June 6, 2019

Hutton Hotel is excited to welcome Executive Chef Seth Petitt to their culinary team. Petitt, who joined in February 2019, oversees all culinary operations of the hotel including catering, in-room dining, and the hotel's restaurant. Petitt joins Hutton Hotel from Sage Restaurant Group as Urban Farmer's Executive Chef which he lead the developed the restaurant's culinary program through its openings in Denver, Cleveland and Philadelphia. In addition to overseeing Hutton Hotel's culinary team, Petitt will be developing a new concept for the hotel's restaurant slated to open in Summer 2019. "I'm excited to join Hutton Hotel's team and elevate...

Philadelphia’s New Notary Hotel Welcomes Jim McSwigan as General Manager

The Notary Hotel | June 5, 2019

(Philadelphia, PA) – Opening July 2019, The Notary Hotel, Autograph Collection, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim McSwigan as the property's General Manager. An energetic, talented and driven international hotel brand General Manager with more than three decades of professional experience, Jim has a passion for delivering first rate service. Previously serving as General Manager at Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown and Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center, he maintains excellent relationships with guests, with a strong emphasis on encouraging repeat business. Throughout his career, McSwigan has a proven record of running su...

Radisson Hotel Group Appoints Jennifer Schneider as Vice President of Revenue Optimization for the Americas

Radisson Hotel Group | June 5, 2019

Minneapolis (June 5, 2019) - Radisson Hotel Group today announced the appointment of Jennifer Schneider as Vice President of Revenue Optimization in the Americas. In this role, Schneider will drive the overall Revenue Optimization vision and strategy in the Americas to increase top-line revenue for the organization. She will also play a pivotal role in continuing to optimize the performance of IDeaS G3 across the company's portfolio of hotels in the Americas. Schneider will be responsible for leading the Americas Revenue Optimization teams, which include Revenue Optimization Strategy, Revenue Optimization Services, and Revenue Optimizat...

Hotel Viking Appoints Monique Michaud as Spa Director

Hotel Viking | June 5, 2019

NEWPORT, RI (June 5, 2019 ) – Spa Fjor at the historic Hotel Viking, proudly welcomes new Spa Director, Monique Michaud, who will oversee operations of the popular Newport wellness destination. Michaud brings over 30 years of industry experience, working with a variety of luxury brands. A New England native, Monique Michaud initially studied restaurant management at Johnson & Wales University. After hearing a jingle on the radio for The Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics, "your face is the first thing the world ever sees," she was inspired to enroll and immediately excelled. Shortly after finishing at the Elizabeth Grady Scho...

The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte Appoints Ivo Sandrea as New Executive Chef

The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte | June 4, 2019

Ballantyne, North Carolina (June 4, 2019) – The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte announces Chef Ivo Sandrea as its new Executive Chef. Sandrea will lead the resort's food and beverage team in culinary excellence, providing its discerning clientele with the finest dining options at signature restaurant Gallery, private dining, in-room dining and banquets. "We are thrilled to welcome Chef Ivo Sandrea to helm The Ballantyne's culinary team and efforts" stated Raj Radke, general manager of The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte. "With his wealth of experience in the industry, we are confident in his abili...

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Appoints Frank Majowicz as Executive Chef

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines | June 4, 2019

Austin, Texas (June 4, 2019) – Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, one of Texas' leading resorts located right outside of Austin, announces Frank Majowicz as Executive Chef. Majowicz joins the property from Hyatt Regency Houston. "We are very excited to welcome Chef Majowicz to the Lost Pines team," said Dave Jacobs, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa. "Not only does Chef have unmatched experience in the culinary industry, he is very passionate about food and bringing the best dining experience possible to our guests. We look forward to seeing Chef's passion and inspiration come to life at our reso...

Krissi Grubka Named Director of Sales for Dual-Brand Courtyard by Marriott/Residence Inn Syracuse Downtown at Armory Square

New Castle Hotels & Resorts | June 3, 2019

SHELTON, Conn. -- June 3, 2019—Julie Martin Barfield, general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott/Residence Inn Syracuse Downtown at Armory Square announced today that Krissi Grubka, has been named director of sales for the180-room, dual-brand hotel. Most recently, Grubka was the sales and marketing manager for the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center where she was responsible for group and business transient sales. She began her hospitality career at the Best Western Plus in East Syracuse where she was the director of sales and marketing. "Krissi brings tremendous market knowledge to this job, and an early backgr...

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