Louisville, KY. October 31, 2016 – 21c Museum Hotels has named Philip Forte general manager and Ian Wilson director of sales and marketing of 21c Museum Hotel Nashville, opening in the spring of 2017. The property, a historic rehabilitation of downtown’s Gray & Dudley Building (221 Second Avenue North), will feature 10,500 square feet of contemporary art exhibition and event space, a restaurant and bar, and 124 hotel rooms, including rooftop-level suites with private terraces and sweeping views of the Cumberland River and downtown.
Forte has honed his skills in a number of leadership posts with both boutique and branded properties. Most recently, he served as general manager of 21c Louisville. During that time he led the property to achieve its highest revenue month, and was a key member of the opening task force for both 21c Lexington and 21c Oklahoma City. Forte was also an active board member of the Greater Louisville Hospitality Lodging Association.
“21c is more than a great hotel experience. With an ever-changing contemporary art museum open free to the public, locally driven arts programming and delicious food and drink, 21c will help travelers experience the best of Nashville and serve as a gathering place for locals. I’m thrilled that we can be part of the energy and excitement of the city,” said Forte.
Wilson brings strong sales and marketing experience to 21c Museum Hotels. He has held sales positions with Hilton, Marriott and Starwood properties. Wilson was nominated for a number of awards during his time with Marriott, including the J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence, which recognizes the “best of the best” at Marriott International.
Craig Greenberg, president of 21c Museum Hotels adds, “Nashville is a market that we have had our eye on for years. 21c will be a great compliment to the creative, entrepreneurial and energetic culture of the city. As 21c continues to expand into new markets, we are focused on creating strong leaders within the company. Phil and Ian bring a wealth of knowledge to the table while offering a forward-thinking approach that fits with the 21c philosophy. I look forward to watching their success in Nashville.”
21c Museum Hotels is currently recruiting for other positions including a Museum Manager and Sales Manager. For information on open positions visit: http://www.21cMuseumHotels.com/company/careers/.