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Park Hotels & Resorts Appoints Christopher Akoury as General Manager of Hilton Short Hills

Hilton Hotels & Resorts | May 13, 2019

SHORT HILLS, NJ - Hilton Short Hills, owned by Park Hotels & Resorts and managed by Hilton Management Services, today appointed Christopher Akoury as the hotel's new general manager. Most recently, Akoury served as general manager of Embassy Suites by Hilton Parsippany. In his new role, Akoury will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the newly redesigned property, including guest services, hotel administration and marketing efforts. Akoury began his career in food and beverage, working a variety of positions, such as director of food and beverage, banquet manager and fine dining restaurant manager at a number ...

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, Names Orlando Ramos Director of Food and Beverage for The Ridge

May 9, 2019

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, May 2019 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Orlando Ramos director of food and beverage for The Ridge, a Benchmark Conference Center® located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Mike Taylor, Benchmark's general manager at the property, made the announcement. "I am thrilled to welcome Orlando to The Ridge," said Mr. Taylor. "He is immensely talented and credentialed as is evident through his previous success in food and beverage operations with celebrity chefs and large hotel brands. Orlando is a welcome addition to our executive leadership team." Orlando Ramos comes to The Ridg...

Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, BVI Appoints Chloe St-Cyr as New Executive Chef

Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, BVI | May 9, 2019

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (May 9, 2019) – Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, BVI recently appointed Chloe St-Cyr as the new executive chef of the luxury, private island resort. As executive chef, St-Cyr will be responsible for managing the kitchen staff in the procurement, production, preparation and presentation of all food service outlets and front of house operations. St-Cyr brings more than 10 years of hospitality experience from six different countries. "We're so pleased to welcome Chef Chloe to Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, where she will draw on her years of experience and award-winning creativity to lead the resort's ta...

The Garden Court Hotel Palo Alto Appoints Connie Villeta as New Director of Sales and Marketing

Garden Court Hotel | May 8, 2019

Palo Alto, Calif. (May 9, 2019) –The Garden Court Hotel in downtown Palo Alto introduces Connie Villeta, an established sales and management professional, as the new Director of Sales and Marketing. Villeta, a 15 year veteran of California's hospitality industry, will use her experience to raise the hotel's awareness regionally and nationally. In her new role, Villeta will guide the property's day-to-day and long term sales and marketing goals along with overseeing the public relations and social media efforts. "We know Connie Villeta will be a key player in achieving strong sales and marketing growth at the Garden Court," said Ja...

Choice Hotels Welcomes Michelle Masters as Regional Vice President of Franchise Services, Northeast Region

Choice Hotels International, Inc. | May 8, 2019

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 8, 2019 -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel franchisors, announced Michelle Masters has joined the company as regional vice president of franchise services, Northeast region. In the role, Masters will lead the company's area directors, a field-based team of franchise operations business consultants, to help drive system-wide hotel performance and owner satisfaction throughout the Northeast United States. "Franchisee success and profitability is the cornerstone of our proven business model, and as one of the few hotel companies to still provide on-the-ground ...

BENCHMARK® Names Ron Droegmyer General Manager for The Essex Resort and Spa

May 8, 2019

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, May 2019 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Ron Droegmyer general manager for The Essex - Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, a Gemstone Collection property located in Essex, Vermont. Greg Champion, BENCHMARK's president and COO, made the announcement. "I am very pleased to welcome Ron to The Essex and to Benchmark," said Mr.Champion. "He comes to us with broad experience in leading hotels and resorts in multiple markets, and in enhancing sales revenue generation, guest service delivery and employee motivation. He is a terrific choice to lead this resort to new levels of...

Concord Hospitality Taps Thom Stewart as Director of Sales and Marketing at The Ben, Opening in West Palm Beach

The Ben | May 8, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla. - May 2019 – Hospitality hotshot Thom Stewart will join the executive team at The Ben as Director of Sales and Marketing. This highly anticipated 208-room design forward hotel is all the buzz at the corner of North Narcissus Avenue and Banyan Street and the centerpiece of the new Flagler Banyan Square, a stone's throw from downtown West Palm Beach and Clematis Street, and will debut in December 2019. With nearly 15 years of experience with Concord Hospitality, the management company of The Ben, Stewart is no stranger to the tricks of the trade. After making his mark in several positions in just about every ar...

Park James Hotel Appoints Marigene Mabalot as Director of Food & Beverage and Simona Oliveri as Executive Chef

Park James Hotel | May 7, 2019

MENLO PARK, CA (May 7, 2019) — Park James Hotel, managed by broughtonHOTELS, announces the appointments of Marigene Mabalot as Director of Food & Beverage and Simona Oliveri as Executive Chef. Both bring extensive hospitality and culinary expertise to Park James Hotel and Oak + Violet restaurant. As the new Director of Food & Beverage Marigene Mabalot oversees all day-to-day food and beverage operations for Park James Hotel including the management of Oak + Violet, O+V Courtyard, and the cocktail curation at the Park James lobby bar. As Executive Chef Simona Oliveri handles all culinary operations for the property including me...

Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead Welcomes Executive Chef Christophe Truchet

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts | May 6, 2019

ATLANTA, May 6, 2019 - Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead is pleased to formally welcome Executive Chef Christophe Truchet as the leader of the hotel's culinary team. Chef Christophe is responsible for the property's culinary and banquet operations, menu development, concept and programming for the hotel's signature restaurant, Café & Bar, and oversees in-room dining. "We are delighted to have Chef Christophe at the heart of Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead's culinary operation," said Kerry Hing, general manager of Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead. "Chef Christophe brings extensive experience to his role from our sister propert...

Radisson Hotel Group Appoints Efrem Berman as Vice President of Global Loyalty

May 6, 2019

May 6, 2019 (Minneapolis) - Radisson Hotel Group today announced the appointment of Efrem Berman as Vice President, Global Loyalty. Berman previously served as Head of Global Loyalty and Engagement at Radisson Hotel Group. In this new role, Berman develops and oversees the global loyalty strategy while ensuring the current business is operating effectively. His success comes from a collaborative mindset that is geared to cross-functional solutions and generating global alignment. Berman joined Radisson Hotel Group in 2017. During this time, he has rebranded the loyalty program to Radisson Rewards and repositioned the program as a strate...

St. Regis Aspen Resort’s General Manager Promoted to Area General Manager, Marriott’s Luxury Mountain Resorts Collection

May 6, 2019

Aspen, CO – May 6, 2019 – Heather Steenge-Hart has been promoted by Marriott International to Area General Manager, Luxury Mountain Resorts – Western region. Following significant success in her role as General Manager at The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Heather will now manage The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, The St. Regis Deer Valley, the soon-to-open W Aspen, in addition to her present hotel. Heather's industry tenure spans over 20 years, beginning in her native homeland of Canada, at The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto. A promotion to Director of Rooms soon followed, bringing her to the U.S.,...

Maybourne Hotel Group Appoints Alper Toydemir as Director of East Coast Sales

Maybourne Hotel Group | May 3, 2019

May 2019 – Maybourne Hotel Group, which owns and manages three of the most renowned hotels in London – Claridge's, The Connaught & The Berkeley – is delighted to announce the appointment of Alper Toydemir as the Director of East Coast Sales. Alper brings extensive knowledge to his new role, with over a decade of experience in working with internationally celebrated hotels and resorts. As Director of East Coast Sales, Alper is responsible for strengthening and supporting Maybourne Hotel Group's East Coast sales initiatives, covering all markets. A seasoned veteran in the luxury hospitality industry, Alper joins Dire...

Deutsche Hospitality Appoints Daniela Lindner as Vice President of Group Sales

Deutsche Hospitality | May 3, 2019

Julian Girndt appointed new Director Commercial for IntercityHotel / predecessor Daniela Lindner has taken over as Head of Group Sales at Deutsche Hospitality with effect from the start of 2019 Frankfurt am Main, 3 May 2019 Daniela Lindner took up her new position as Vice President Group Sales for Deutsche Hospitality at the beginning of the year. Ms. Lindner's previous role as Director Commercial for IntercityHotel is now being filled by Julian Girndt as of 2 May. Daniela Lindner has been part of the Deutsche Hospitality corporate family since 2016, but can already look back on more than 20 years of experience in the hotel sector. Her ...

Mainsail Lodging & Development Names Taylor Gray as Vice President of Business Development & Projects

Mainsail Lodging & Development LLC | May 2, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. (May 2, 2019) – Mainsail Lodging & Development announced today the appointment of Taylor Gray as vice president of business development and projects. In the newly created role, Gray will contribute to growing Mainsail's hotel portfolio through new developments, acquisitions and third-party management opportunities. He will also oversee the underwriting, feasibility and project coordination of all future hotels in Mainsail Lodging & Development's pipeline. "Taylor's strong background, energy and commitment make him the perfect addition to our leadership team in this exciting new position," said Joe Collier, president o...

The Winnetu Oceanside Resort Appoints Matthew Moore as New General Manager to Lead the Iconic Newly Renovated Resort

The Winnetu Oceanside Resort | May 2, 2019

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (May 2, 2019) – Winnetu Oceanside Resort, Martha's Vineyard's premier seasonal getaway, announces today the appointment of Matthew Moore as General Manager for the property's 2019 season reopening. "We are thrilled for Matt to join our team and are confident that his leadership abilities come at the perfect moment as the resort has undergone a multi-year refresh and renovation," said Winnetu Oceanside Resort co-owner, Gwenn Snider. "Matt's enthusiasm for hospitality and management capabilities are sure to add to the cherished Winnetu guest experience." With more than 25 years of diversified experience in hotel and...

SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute Appoints Debbie Misajon as Vice President of International Sales and Marketing

SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute | May 2, 2019

SUZHOU, CHINA – May 2, 2019 – SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute has announced a key addition to its executive team, welcoming Debbie Misajon as Vice President of International Sales and Marketing to spearhead the international communications and brand task force. Located west of Shanghai in Suzhou (a UNESCO World Heritage site), SANGHA Retreat is a transformative, holistic health and wellness retreat providing an immersive experience in nature, healing and harmony. Embracing ancient Chinese wisdom backed by Western science, SANGHA Retreat supports guests on their path to self-clarity and wellbeing, making lasting lifestyle ...

Loews Hotels & Co and Universal Orlando Appoint Executive Leadership Team for Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites

Loews Hotels & Co | May 2, 2019

ORLANDO, FL (May 2, 2019) – Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando has named the executive leadership team for Universal's Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites, opening June 27. As the destination's first Value property, guests will enjoy extra affordability at this surf and beach-themed hotel offering two-bedroom suites that sleep up to six guests, along with standard rooms. When its sister hotel, Dockside Inn and Suites, opens in 2020, Loews Hotels & Co will co-own and operate eight hotels with a total of 9,000 rooms, in partnership with Universal Orlando. At completion, Universal's Endless Summer Resort will add more than ...

The Westin Nashville Names Jeff Crabiel as General Manager

The Westin Nashville | May 1, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 1, 2019 – The Westin Nashville is excited to announce that Jeff Crabiel has been named as the property's General Manager. While Crabiel is new to the position, he's a familiar face at the downtown Nashville hotel. Crabiel served as Director of Rooms and Executive Assistant Manager, recently spearheading the hotel's migration into the Marriott portfolio. In this new role, admired by many colleagues and armed with a unique blend of hospitality management experience and endearing leadership, Jeff will oversee The Westin Nashville's continued operational successes, while maintaining the Westin brand's luxu...

CIM Group Appoints Kevin Barnes Hotel Manager at The Redbury New York

The Redbury New York | May 1, 2019

NEW YORK, NY (May 1, 2019) – The Redbury New York, located in the vibrant NoMad neighborhood in Manhattan, announces the appointment of Kevin Barnes as Hotel Manager. In this position, Barnes will manage and lead the operational and strategic performance of the hotel's growth and brand development. Barnes has garnered more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining The Redbury New York, he spent more than a year as General Manager of the nearby The Evelyn Hotel where his efforts resulted in a dramatic increase to profits and ADR, and a significant boost to the hotel's TripAdvisor ranking. His success...

CHMWarnick Names Diane Tanner Fox (CHAM) Senior Vice-President

CHMWarnick | May 1, 2019

CHICAGO/BOSTON/PHOENIX (May 1, 2019) – CHMWarnick, hotel asset manager and business advisor to the hospitality investment community, announced today Diane Tanner Fox, CHAM (Certified Hotel Asset Manager), has been named senior vice-president. In her new role, Fox will be responsible for maintaining and strengthening CHMWarnick's Midwestern presence through the establishment of a Chicago office. "Diane is a highly-respected industry executive whose vast experience, capabilities and impressive track record of maximizing all aspects of hospitality real estate makes her a valuable addition to our team," said Chad Crandell, CEO and man...

Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Charleston Historic District Appoint Albert Kunco as Executive Chef

Hyatt Place | May 1, 2019

CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 1, 2019) – Today, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Charleston Historic District announced the appointment of Executive Chef Albert Kunco. Kunco has over 20 years' experience in the hospitality industry focused on honing his culinary skills. "We're pleased to welcome Chef Albert and are fortunate to have a chef of his caliber leading the development of our new culinary program," said Gary Levine, general manager of the dual properties. "His passion for food and diverse culinary expertise will shine through in our catering and restaurant presentations." Most recently, Kunco served as the executive chef at Atlanta Ma...

TRAVELNET Solutions Introduces New Vice President of Engineering & Product

TravelNet Solutions | May 1, 2019

(Minneapolis, Minn.) May 2, 2019 -- TRAVELNET Solutions (TNS), the integrated solutions provider for the hospitality industry, today announced the addition of Sean Hughes to its leadership team as Vice President of Engineering and Product. Sean's addition to the TNS team further solidifies the company's position as a leading provider of SaaS and digital marketing solutions for the hospitality industry. With 20 years of expertise and experience in Executive level Product and Engineering management, Sean will help to increase the speed and quality of delivery of an ever evolving and diverse product portfolio. "We are truly honored and exc...

David Friederich Appointed President of North Georgia’s Barnsley Resort

Barnsley Resort | May 1, 2019

ADAIRSVILLE, GA – May 2019 – David Friederich has been appointed president of North Georgia's award-winning Barnsley Resort. The Saul family, owners of the 3,000 acre estate, have selected Friederich to manage and oversee all aspects of the resort's operations, including meetings, weddings, outdoor activities, events, restaurants and catering, 150 guest rooms and suites at the cottages and new Inn, and overall guest satisfaction. A seasoned leader and innovator in the hospitality field, Friederich joins the Barnsley Resort team from The Whitley in Buckhead, formerly The Ritz-Carlton, where he served as managing director. Pri...

Sietse Nabben Named General Manager at Hotel Hendricks

April 30, 2019

With over twenty years in the hospitality industry, Sietse Nabben brings his unique experiences and accomplishments to Midtown's newest hotspot, Hotel Hendricks. As a native of the Netherlands, Nabben spent time in Amsterdam, Boston, Munich, Chicago, and San Francisco before bringing his talents to New York City. A graduate from the Hotel and Catering College at Heerlen, The Netherlands, Nabben began his career in college where he founded a catering staffing agency before moving to Boston to work at the Marriott Copley Hotel. He then began to secure a series of managerial roles including Restaurant and Bar Manager at the Marriott Munich...

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