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Jonas Chorum Continues Growth With Hiring of Ted Warring & Promotion of Jake Lewis

Jonas Chorum | August 29, 2019

Jonas Chorum, a suite of streamlined, intuitive and flexible property management solutions, is pleased to announce their continued growth as a company with the hiring of Ted Warring as vice president of technology and chief scientist, along with the promotion of Jake Lewis to vice president of products and services. With over thirty years of experience developing software and architecting innovative solutions, Ted brings a wealth of knowledge to Jonas Chorum. As the vice president of technology and chief scientist, Ted will oversee Jonas Chorum’s technology roadmap, the quality of systems and software, and preside over a team of developm...

The Whitley, a Luxury Collection Hotel®, Appoints Shah Adil as Managing Director

The Whitley | August 28, 2019

ATLANTA, GA (Aug. 28, 2019) -- The Whitley, a Luxury Collection Hotel® in the coveted Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead, is proud to announce the appointment of Shah Adil as Managing Director. In this role, Shah will channel twenty-five years of hospitality experience to oversee daily operations at the 507-room property and maintain the superb employee and customer service standards. “We are very excited that Shah will be joining The Whitley team. His extensive experience in the hospitality industry and his passion for upholding brand standards all while leading a strong and cohesive team, make him a wonderful asset to The Whitley,” s...

Conrad New York Downtown Appoints Juan Gonzalez Izquierdo as Hotel Manager

Conrad New York Downtown | August 28, 2019

New York (August 28, 2019) – Conrad New York Downtown has announced the appointment of Juan Gonzalez Izquierdo as the new hotel manager for the property. In his position, Gonzalez Izquierdo leads hotel operations, focusing on enhancing the 463 all-suite property’s luxury standards of hospitality, and further elevating the international guest experience. “Juan’s expertise in managing many aspects of hotel operations at opulent properties all around the globe, coupled with his dedication and passion, brings an exciting new perspective to our team,” says Marlene Poynder, general manager of Conrad New York Downtown. “Our commi...

The St. Regis Aspen Resort Appoints Michael McDonald as Director of Spa

The St. Regis Aspen Resort | August 28, 2019

Aspen, CO – August 28, 2019 – The St. Regis Aspen Resort is thrilled to announce its most recent hire and new Director of Spa, Michael McDonald, who will oversee daily operations, programming, events and initiatives at the resort’s Remède Spa – Aspen’s only full-service spa. Possessing a strong passion for wellness and hospitality, Michael will play an integral role in expanding the spa’s programmatic offerings and facilitating new ways to benefit guests and the Aspen community’s health and wellness. “Our spa has long been regarded as one of the finest in world, and we attribute this success to the incredible team and cult...

Sage Hospitality Appoints Sean McNamara as Director of Sales & Marketing at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek

JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek | August 28, 2019

Denver, Colo. (Aug. 28, 2019)  - Sage Hospitality, a leading hotel management and investment company, is pleased to announce thatSean McNamara is now serving as the Director of Sales & Marketing at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek. McNamara joins the hotel from the Sheraton Denver Downtown, where he has served as the Director of Group Sales since 2016. He started his career at Hawaii’s Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay, where he rose from the position of Food & Beverage Manager to serve Director of Sales & Marketing. A graduate of the University of Colorado Leeds College of Business, McNamara has earned many ...

McKibbon Hospitality Appoints Tony Marco as General Manager for Hyatt House Chicago/West Loop-Fulton Market

The Hyatt House | August 27, 2019

Fifteen-year hospitality veteran Tony Marco has been appointed General Manager of Hyatt House Chicago/West Loop-Fulton Market. In his new role, Marco will be responsible for overseeing all operations and functions of the 14-story, 200-room property and a 50-person staff. Owned by Wheelock Street Capital, headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut and managed by Tampa-based McKibbon Hospitality, Hyatt House Chicago/West Loop-Fulton Market opened its doors in June 2019 in one of the Windy City’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods. Catering primarily to business travelers with a focus on extended stays, the hotel offers a wide array of amenitie...

Phil Banfield Joins INTELITY as Vice President of Product Partnerships

INTELITY | August 27, 2019

The company adds to executive leadership team as part of ongoing growth strategy and development of new initiatives Los Angeles, CA (August 27, 2019) - INTELITY®, the provider of the travel industry's broadest enterprise guest engagement and staff management platform, announced today that Phil Banfield has joined the company full-time as Vice President of Product Partnerships. The addition of Banfield is pivotal to INTELITY’s plans to scale and expand the INTELITY platform both horizontally and vertically in new market segments. “Phil brings his experience in business development, growth strategy, and monetization strategy to INTE...

Dominica’s Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort Appoints José Abreu as General Manager

Fort Young Hotel | August 27, 2019

Roseau, Dominica  (August 27, 2019) — Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort, Dominica’s prized landmark hotel, is pleased to announce the appointment of José Abreu as General Manager. He will oversee the complete operation of the property, including the hotel’s final phase of renovations. “I’m excited to join Fort Young Hotel and lead this landmark resort into its next phase,” said Abreu. “It’s an iconic Caribbean property that has garnered so much respect and appreciation, by both locals and visitors. My passion is to serve, to help people around me to become better human beings and to add value to their lives. I never lose t...

The Harbor Club Appoints Lester Scott as Managing Director

The Harbor Club | August 27, 2019

NEW YORK – Aug. 27, 2019 – The Harbor Club, a Hilton Curio Collection hotel, has brought on Lester Scott as Managing Director of the property located on the beautiful Rodney Bay in St. Lucia. Lester brings over 25 years of experience within the luxury hospitality space across three continents and eight different countries. “Bringing someone with the experience and vision to establish The Harbor Club as a top Caribbean destination for travelers to St. Lucia is of the utmost importance, and Lester is the perfect person to do this,” said Wes Hall, investor and owner of The Harbor Club. “The Harbor Club is a 4-star hotel with 5-star ...

The Kessler Collection’s Plant Riverside District in Savannah Appoints Kyle Lipetzky as Executive Chef

Plant Riverside District | August 26, 2019

SAVANNAH, GA. – The Kessler Collection’s Plant Riverside District – the largest development in the history of Savannah’s Historic District – is proud to announce Kyle Lipetzky as executive chef of the highly anticipated JW Marriott Savannah affiliate, leading into the Q4 2019 opening. Chef Lipetzky will be responsible for overseeing the largest culinary operation in Savannah. With 23-years of experience and a passion for fresh ingredients, he aims to work closely with the local community and further the growth of Savannah’s booming food scene. Plant Riverside District is set to feature 12 food and beverage outlets, which includ...

Graduate Hotels Appoints David Rochefort as President and Saxton Sharad as Chief Operating Officer

AJ Capital Partners | August 26, 2019

Chicago, Ill.– Graduate Hotels announced today the expansion of their executive team, including the promotion of David Rochefort to Graduate Hotels® President and the addition of Saxton Sharad as Chief Operating Officer of Graduate Hotels. Rochefort and Sharad join Graduate Hotels leadership including Julie Saunders, Chief Marketing Officer at Graduate Hotels; and Martin Hanson, President of Graduate Hotels Management. Created for travelers who seek memory-making journeys, Graduate Hotels, owned by AJ Capital Partners, is a thoughtfully crafted collection of hotels that reside in dynamic university-anchored cities across the country. Ea...

Philippe Cavory Appointed General Manager for The Anam in Cam Ranh, Vietnam

The Anam Cam Ranh | August 23, 2019

CAM RANH, Vietnam -- August 23, 2019 -- A seasoned professional with almost four decades of experience in the luxury hospitality industry across four continents has been appointed to the helm of the award-winning Anam. French national Philippe Cavory comes to the 12-hectare resort on Vietnam's pristine Cam Ranh peninsula after four years with YTL Hotels, during which he oversaw a collection of five-star resorts in Malaysia as area general manager. Cavory brings a stellar background in luxury hospitality to the independently owned and operated Anam, having worked in senior management roles for some of the industry’s most prestigious names ...

White Lodging Appoints Mindi Marshall as Dual General Manager of Aloft and Element Austin Downtown

White Lodging | August 23, 2019

AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Aug. 23, 2019 -- White Lodging is pleased to announce Mindi Marshall as the dual general manager of the Aloft and Element Austin Downtown. In her new role, Marshall will oversee all operations at the dual-branded property, which is located in the heart of downtown Austin and opened in the summer of 2017. Marshall was promoted from her role as assistant general manager of the same hotels, a position she has held since joining White Lodging in August 2018. During her time, she focused on building upon the legacy of service excellence and experience at the property. Mindi replaces David Meisner in this role. Meisner was recentl...

Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel, Waikiki Beach Appoints Jak Hu as General Manager

Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel, Waikiki Beach | August 23, 2019

(WAIKIKI BEACH, HI; August 23, 2019) — Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel, Waikiki Beach announces the appointment of Jak Hu as general manager. With several decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Hu brings extensive hotel operations and management experience, as well as a deep understanding of the Hawaiian market. Working closely with the ownership team and Kokua Hospitality, in his new role, Hu will oversee all operations, sales and marketing initiatives, food and beverage programming, and accounting. Hu joins Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel following its $35 million reimagining in late 2018, which included renovation of the hotel’s 315 g...

Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate Appoints Jen Isham as New Senior Sales Manager

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate | August 22, 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. -- August 22, 2019 -- Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate announces the appointment of Jen Isham to Senior Sales Manager. Isham brings over 13 years of experience as an award winning sales professional and has a proven record of accomplishment in group business in various markets including corporate, association, pharmaceutical and social. “We’re thrilled to welcome Jen Isham to the Omni family,” said Robert Stanfield, area managing director of Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. “We know she will help drive the continued success of our property and the meetings experience for all of our valued guests.” Most rece...

Avison Young Announces Recent Hires

Avison Young | August 21, 2019

ATLANTA – August 21, 2019 – Avison Young Hospitality Group announced today that Chris Kilcullen and Bill Shiver have joined the Avison Young Hospitality Group. Chris Kilcullen will operate from the Avison Young Denver office and Bill Shiver has joined in Atlanta. Chris Kilcullen - Christopher Kilcullen is an industry veteran with 25+ years of experience in the hospitality business. Most recently as SVP of Acquisitions for a non-traded REIT, where he completed over $160 million in transactions for it’s shareholders. Chris has led a distinguished career as VP of Development for one of the major hospitality franchise companies where he ...

Teneo Hospitality Group Appoints Jon Clark Director of Sales

Teneo Hospitality Group | August 21, 2019

Eden Prairie (Minneapolis), MN, August 2019 … Teneo Hospitality Group, the premier Global Group Sales Organization, has expanded its presence in two key West Coast markets with the appointment of Jon Clark as Director of Sales. Mr. Clark joins Teneo’s Western regional team and will be primarily responsible for clients in the Seattle and San Francisco markets. He will be based in Snoqualmie, Washington, near Seattle. “We are delighted to welcome Jon to the Teneo family, and to have a hospitality professional with his skills and industry standing represent us in the thriving Pacific Northwest and Northern California markets,” says Te...

Hyatt Regency Austin Appoints Jeff Donahoe as General Manager

Hyatt Regency Austin | August 21, 2019

Austin, Texas (August 21, 2019) – Hyatt Regency Austin, located on the shores of Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, has named Jeff Donahoe as general manager. “I am thrilled to join the incredible team at Hyatt Regency Austin,” said Jeff Donahoe, general manager. “First and foremost, my goals are built on the foundation of Hyatt’s purpose of caring for people so they can be their best. This property is iconic to the downtown Austin skyline and has a history of performing very well. My goal is to ensure that the operation continues to perform at a high level while also addressing the changes in the city’s competitive environment...

Christian Ruge Appointed New General Manager of Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko, Bulgaria

Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko | August 21, 2019

Bansko, 21 August 2019 – Kempinski Hotels has appointed Christian Ruge as the new General Manager at Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko, Bulgaria. Having worked in Germany, New York, Poland, Egypt, China, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Christian Ruge brings more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to his new position. Christian Ruge started his career at Hotel InterContinental Frankfurt in Germany, where he held various leadership positions in Front Office. In 2001 he moved to Hotel InterContinental in New York as Assistant Manager returning in 2003 back to Germany to take on the role of Assistant Front Of...

BENCHMARK® Names Jamie Costa Spa Director for The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa

The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa | August 20, 2019

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas -- August, 20 2019 -- BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Jamie Costa spa director for The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa and a Gemstone Collection property, located in Essex, Vermont. Ron Droegmyer, general manager, made the announcement. “I am so pleased to welcome Jamie to Benchmark and to The Essex,” said Mr.Droegmyer. “She comes to us with exemplary qualifications and superb experience in spa management, current spa treatments and health trends, and with a keen understanding of the resort market. She is a terrific addition to our team.” Jamie Costa was previously...

BENCHMARK® Promotes Shaun Griffin to Regional Director of Finance

Benchmark | August 20, 2019

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, August 2019 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has promoted Shaun Griffin to the position of regional director of finance. Mr. Griffin’s responsibilities will include overseeing the financial operations of several of Benchmark’s Florida properties, including Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa, Cardozo South Beach, Beachwalk Elite Hotel and Resort, and Marenas Beach Resort. Kirk Jones, chief financial officer, made the announcement. “It is an honor to congratulate Shaun on his promotion and his new position within our company,” said Mr. Jones. “He has proven to be exceptional...

Playa Hotels & Resorts Appoints Dean Sullivan, New Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations

Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. | August 20, 2019

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (August 20, 2019) – Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. (NASDAQ: PLYA, “Playa” or “the company”), the owner, operator and developer of all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean has named Dean Sullivan, Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations. Sullivan will report to Kevin Froemming, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Playa Hotels & Resorts and will be based out of the company’s Ft. Lauderdale office. In his new role, Sullivan will lead all marketing initiatives that support the strategic and creative direction of Playa’s portfolio of all-inclusive resorts that includ...

Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya Appoints Sylvia Smith as Director of Sales and Marketing

Andaz Mayakoba Resort Rivera Maya | August 20, 2019

RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO (August 20, 2019) – Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, a luxury resort located along the sparkling Caribbean beachfront of Riviera Maya, Mexico, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sylvia Smith as its Director of Sales and Marketing. In her new role, Smith will lead Andaz Mayakoba’s sales and marketing initiatives as well as generate revenue for the resort through room bookings, meetings, weddings and events. “We are excited to have someone of Sylvia’s caliber and expertise join us here at Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya,” said General Manager Pascal Dupuis. “With her Hyatt roots, excellent manage...

IHG® Appoints Julienne Smith as Senior Vice President, Development in the Americas

IHG | August 19, 2019

Smith to lead development for Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo® and EVEN® Hotels brands in IHG’s largest region IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has appointed Julienne Smith as Senior Vice President, Development in the Americas region. In this role, Smith will lead a team responsible for increasing IHG’s presence in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean for new-builds and conversions to the Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo® and EVEN® Hotels brands. She will also lead the Transactions & Asset Management team, which is focused on growing and enhancing IHG’s relationship with owners...

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