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 ba...

Sage Hospitality Appoints Trevor Bondarchuk as Director of Sales for Union Station Hotel Nashville

Sage Hospitality | June 3, 2019

Union Station Hotel Nashville, managed by Sage Hospitality, is proud to announce Trevor Bondarchuk as Director of Sales. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Bondarchuk recently moved to Nashville with a passion for hospitality, bringing more than a decade of experience in the industry. Most recently, Bondarchuk worked as the Director of Group Sales and Events for Sage Hospitality before joining the group's Union Station Hotel Nashville. Prior to that, he spent two years as the Director of Sales and Events for Viejas Casino & Resort and seven years as Hyatt Hotels & Resorts' Senior Sales Manager in California and Hawaii. Original...

The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills Appoints Greg Velasquez as Director of Sales and Marketing

The London West Hollywood | June 3, 2019

West Hollywood, CA (June 3, 2019) – The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Velasquez as Director of Sales and Marketing of the iconic Los Angeles hotel in the heart of West Hollywood. Velasquez joins The London West Hollywood as a seasoned hospitality professional with nearly twenty-five years in the industry across several luxury brands. As Director of Sales and Marketing, Velasquez brings invaluable leadership and a strong history of proven results to his new role. "We are delighted to welcome Greg to The London family," said Jeff Kulek, General Manager. "His hospitality experie...

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park Welcomes Dominik Trimborn as Director of Sales & Marketing

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park | May 31, 2019

NEW YORK, N.Y. – May 31, 2019 – The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park is delighted to announce the appointment of Dominik Trimborn as director of sales & marketing. Joining the hotel from St. Regis Bal Harbour and W Miami, Trimborn is poised to lead the sales and marketing efforts of this newly redesigned hotel. A dynamic sales & marketing professional, Trimborn is a seasoned expert with a global mindset and luxury focus. Throughout his career spanning several countries, he has held positions at both corporate and at the property level including global account executive – leisure sales and director of leisure sales at Starw...

Arlo Hotels Appoints Karan Kakar as General Manager of Nautilus by Arlo

Nautilus by Arlo | May 31, 2019

MIAMI (May 31, 2019) – Arlo Hotels, an independent four-star lifestyle hotel brand, today announced the appointment of Karan Kakar as the general manager of Nautilus by Arlo, the brand's first expansion outside New York City. Kakar will be playing an integral role in re-imagining the historic South Beach hotel, bringing Miami's global urban perspective to the beach. Kakar is a multifaceted hotelier who comes to Nautilus by Arlo with over 15 years of experience in managing diverse hotels including luxury, mid-large convention hotels, and resorts. In his past roles, Kakar has specialized in leading hotel renovations and brand conver...

Marriott Irvine Spectrum Appoints Leonel De Leon as Executive Chef

May 31, 2019

IRVINE, Calif. (May 31, 2019) –– Marriott Irvine Spectrum is pleased to announce the appointment of Leonel De Leon as Executive Chef. De Leon brings over 16 years of culinary experience to Marriott Irvine Spectrum, where he oversees all food and beverage for the 271-room hotel, curating menus of inventive, responsibly sourced California cuisine. The hotel's indoor-outdoor design sets the stage for De Leon's casually sophisticated menu inspired by the Orange County lifestyle. At the signature restaurant, Heirloom Farmhouse Kitchen, the stone fired oven is central to its harvest-to-hearth cuisine with innovative seasonal dishe...

The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa Names Justin Budyak as Complex Director of Sales & Marketing

May 31, 2019

DENVER – May 31, 2019 – The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, a legend among Downtown Denver hotels since 1892, proudly welcomes Justin Budyak as Complex Director of Sales & Marketing of the iconic landmark and the adjacent Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown, part of The Brown Palace hotel complex. In this role, Budyak will be responsible for generating maximum revenue through developing and executing marketing strategies that will drive sales for this multidimensional hotel. "The team is thrilled to welcome Justin aboard. We are confident that he will significantly contribute to the escalating growth of The Brown Palace hotel complex...

White Lodging Appoints David Meisner as General Manager for New Austin Marriott Downtown

White Lodging | May 30, 2019

AUSTIN, TEXAS (May 31, 2019) – White Lodging is excited to introduce David Meisner as the general manager for the Austin Marriott Downtown, which is slated to open its doors in summer 2020. David is currently the general manager of White Lodging's Aloft and Element hotels in downtown Austin and will begin his new role in August 2019. "During his time at Austin's Aloft and Element hotels, Meisner created a new model for the successful opening and operation of a dual hotel and restaurant operation," said Tim Sullivan, regional vice president at White Lodging. "Under his leadership, the hotels continue to set new performance milestones. We'...

The Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. Appoints IHG Alumnus Ernie Arias as Director of Sales and Marketing

May 30, 2019

Washington, D.C. – May 30, 2019 – The Willard InterContinental Hotel announced today that Ernie Arias will be the historic hotel's new Director of Sales and Marketing. Having begun his career with The InterContinental Hotels Group in 1998 as the Director of Sales and Marketing of The Crowne Plaza Houston-Brookhollow, Arias returns to IHG with more than 20 years of related global hospitality experience. In his new role, Arias will oversee the sales, marketing and public relations strategies to help increase the hotel's luxury brand positioning, amplify international sales and grow the domestic and foreign business. "...

Gregg Harper Joins The Woodlands® Resort as General Manager

The Woodlands Resort | May 30, 2019

The Woodlands, TX (May 30, 2019) – The Woodlands® Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Gregg Harper as General Manager. With more than 20 years of previous industry experience, Harper is eager to continue to elevate Texan retreat as an idyllic destination for friends, families, weddings, and corporate meetings and events. In his newly appointed role, Harper will provide overall vision of The Woodlands Resort and oversee sales and marketing initiatives, day-to-day management of rooms, food and beverage, operations, engineering, all while ensuring a memorable experience for guests. Harper assumed his current position...

Pyramid Hotel Group Appoints Warren Fields as CEO

Pyramid Hotel Group | May 30, 2019

BOSTON, MA (May 30, 2019) – Pyramid Hotel Group Principal and Co-Founder Richard M. Kelleher announced today he will transition his day-to-day responsibilities as CEO to fellow Co-Founding partner and Chief Investment Officer Warren Q. Fields, effective June 1, 2019. Kelleher will become Chairman of the Board. Additionally, Principal and Chief Operating Officer Jim Dina will move to Pyramid Hotel Group's Board of Directors. Kelleher and Dina will remain closely involved with the business. Incoming CEO Fields is one of Pyramid's founding partners, and has been Chief Investment Officer since 1999, having overseen the growth of the c...

The Beverly Hilton Appoints Simon Moulden as Executive Chef

The Beverly Hilton | May 30, 2019

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – May 30, 2019 – The Beverly Hilton is pleased to announce the appointment of Chef Simon Moulden as Executive Chef of CIRCA 55. Drawing upon three decades of culinary experience earned at luxury hotels and restaurants worldwide, Moulden will oversee the culinary development, menus and operations for the hotel's signature restaurant, CIRCA 55. "We are thrilled to welcome Chef Moulden to The Beverly Hilton family," said General Manager, Sandy Murphy. "Chef Moulden is incredibly talented, and we look forward to seeing how infuses his global perspective into fresh culinary creations." Moulden comes to The B...

L’Auberge Del Mar Appoints Robert Gregson as New General Manager

May 30, 2019

DEL MAR, Calif. – L'Auberge Del Mar, managed by Noble House Hotels & Resorts, has named Robert Gregson – a 25-year hotel industry veteran most recently with The Sydell Group – its new general manager. In his new role, Gregson will be responsible for the day-to-day operations for the 121-room oceanfront property. "We're pleased to have Bob join our talented team," says Robert Harter, director of sales and marketing for the resort. "We're looking forward to his leadership and vision, and are confident his extensive expertise will be invaluable as we continue to provide our guests with the best service and luxurious e...

Kimpton Aertson Hotel Appoints Lindsey Sullivan as New Director of Sales & Marketing

Kimpton Aertson Hotel | May 30, 2019

NASHVILLE, TN (May 30, 2019) – Kimpton Aertson Hotel, a boutique hotel in Nashville's Midtown neighborhood, is proud to announce Lindsey Sullivan as director of sales and marketing. In her new role, Sullivan is responsible for the daily sales efforts, development of customer experiences and brand communication for the Nashville hotel. An enthusiastic hospitality veteran, Sullivan brings a background in tourism management and nearly 13 years of experience in hotel sales with Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Fontanel Nashville, Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville and Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, IL. Prior to joining Kimpton Aert...

Knowland Appoints Robert Post as CEO

Knowland | May 29, 2019

ARLINGTON, Va., May 29, 2019 -- Knowland, a hospitality industry leader in meetings market data and analytics for hotels, convention and visitor bureaus (CVBs), convention centers and other meeting venues, is pleased to announce that our Executive Chairman, Robert (Bob) Post is joining Knowland as CEO, effective immediately, replacing Tim Hart, who, for personal reasons, is transitioning to an advisor role. This transition is a clear reflection of both the company's strong current position as well as its future prospects building on another year of growth and successful customer acquisition. "We're excited what Bob's un...

Ed Hoganson Returns to Crestline Hotels as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Investment Officer

Crestline Hotels & Resorts, LLC | May 29, 2019

FAIRFAX, VA – May 29, 2019 -- James Carroll, President & CEO of Crestline Hotels & Resorts, LLC, announces the appointment of Edward Hoganson as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Investment Officer for the Company. Ed rejoins Crestline from Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc. (HIT) where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. "Ed was an integral part of Crestline's growth and success from its early days through 2014, when he accepted the position with HIT," said Carroll. "We are excited to welcome Ed back at this very pivotal time in our growth. Ed will lead our team as we embark on an aggre...

Dream Hotel Group Appoints Jeff Lee to Vice President, Food and Beverage

Dream Hotel Group | May 29, 2019

NEW YORK, NY (May 29, 2019) – Renowned hotel brand and management company, Dream Hotel Group is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Lee to Vice President, Food & Beverage. As Vice President, Jeff joins the group's other Vice Presidents of Food & Beverage with co-responsibility for the overall direction of food and beverage programming for the company and its brands: Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, The Chatwal and Unscripted Hotels. "Jeff has consistently delivered operational success and raised the bar to the highest standard for Dream Hotel Group in the past two years," said Dream Hotel Group CEO Jay Stein. "He is a valu...

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, Names Mitch Garrett Vice President of Business Development

May 29, 2019

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, May 2019 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has appointed Mitch Garrett vice president of business development. Jarrad Evans, senior vice president, business development & strategy, made the announcement. "It is such a pleasure to welcome Mitch to our company," said Mr. Evans. "An exceptionally accomplished professional, Mitch comes to us with a broad background in hospitality and finance. He is the perfect professional to help expand Benchmark's remarkable growth trajectory domestically and internationally." Mitch Garrett brings a decade and a half of experience in capital markets...

Hotel Equities Promotes Drew Salapka to SVP of Operations and Cesar Wurm to SVP of Sales & Revenue Generation

Hotel Equities | May 28, 2019

ATLANTA, GA - May 28, 2019 – Today, hotel owner, operator and development firm, Hotel Equities (HE), announced they recently promoted Drew Salapka to senior vice president of operations and Cesar Wurm to senior vice president of sales and revenue generation. In his new role, Drew will lead the firm's growing portfolio of owned/managed hotels. Cesar will lead HE's companywide strategic sales and revenue generation efforts. Both Drew and Cesar will work closely with HE's executive team to drive performance and accountability. Both leaders report to Bryan DeCort, Hotel Equities' EVP. The announcement signifies the company's continued commitmen...

Karma Group Appoints Anton Tardif as Chief Operations Officer for Europe

May 28, 2019

Karma Group has announced the appointment of the exceptionally experienced Anton Tardif as Chief Operations Officer in Europe. He brings to Karma Group a wealth of knowledge having previously owned an extremely successful development and marketing company responsible for the development of a significant number of resorts, primarily in Europe, as well as sales and expansion of membership programs. "Anton is immensely respected in the industry and he and I have been personal friends for many years. We are about to embark on a number of exciting expansion projects in Europe and I know that Anton is the ideal person to guide them and to pro...

Atlanta’s Historic Candler Building Begins New Life as 265-Room Boutique Hotel in July Under Hilton’s Curio Collection

May 23, 2019

May 24-- May 24--It was once Atlanta's tallest building, a 17-story beaux-arts tribute to Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler. For 100 years it has been home to the city's "finest baths" (back when that was a selling point), the law offices of famed attorney Johnnie Cochran, and a bank vault rumored to have briefly held the formula for Coke. But in two months, the Candler Building, with its grand marble staircase, brass gargoyles, detailed friezes and Tiffany windows, will become Atlanta's newest boutique hotel. SEE MORE: CANDLER BUILDING Take a sneak peek inside the new Candler Hotel Atlanta AJC Flashback Photos: At...

The Peninsula Paris Appoints Mauro Governato as General Manager

May 23, 2019

The Peninsula Paris is pleased to announce Mr Mauro Governato has been appointed General Manager, effective 6 May 2019. With more than 34 years' experience in the hospitality industry, Governato's most recent position began in 2015 when he was named Senior General Manager for both the Four Seasons Hotel Milan and the Four Seasons Hotel Tunis – following a brief stint at Rocco Forte Hotels' Hotel de Russie in Rome, which began in early 2014. Prior to this appointment, Governato had spent seven years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, holding General Manager positions at the Four Seasons Ritz Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel George V P...

The Wigwam in Phoenix’s West Valley Appoints J. Green as Resort Vice President of Sales & Marketing

The Wigwam | May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019 (Litchfield, Arizona) – The Wigwam, a desert oasis resort celebrating 90 years of welcoming guests this year, has appointed J. Green as Resort Vice President of Sales & Marketing. With two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Green will oversee all sales and marketing efforts for the historic resort located in the West Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. In his new role, Green will lead a tenured team of 25 in the planning and implementation of inventive initiatives to boost revenues while boosting the AAA Four-Diamond services that await leisure guests and meetings and events clientele at the storied resort. "We a...

The Bowery Hotel Appoints Andrea Taormina as New Executive Chef

The Bowery Hotel | May 23, 2019

NEW YORK, NY (May 23, 2019) - The Bowery Hotel, a timeless New York destination located in the stylish and revitalized Bowery neighborhood, announced that Chef Andrea Taormina will lead the culinary charge at Gemma, the hotel's Italian Trattoria, as Executive Chef. A native of Palermo, Italy and New York, Taormina will create entirely new menus inspired by his innate passion and knowledge of Italian cuisine, using local and seasonal ingredients. With over 18 years of experience, the seasoned chef acquired his expertise of Italian fare through his familial roots and traditions, and further cultivated his skills and techniques by working ...

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