San Diego, CA – February 17, 2022 – Evans Hotels, the family-owned hospitality company comprised of the Bahia Resort Hotel, Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, and The Lodge at Torrey Pines, is pleased to announce Matthew Adams as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Anthony Belef as its new Chief Human Resources Officer. Adams will supervise all operations for Evans’ resorts, as well as the Bahia Belle and William D. Evans sternwheelers, and Belmont Laundry, which provides laundry services for the properties. Belef will oversee the human resources function for the company.


“We are thrilled to welcome these experienced and well-respected hospitality industry professionals to our executive team,” said Robert Gleason, President and CEO of Evans Hotels. “They will build upon Evans Hotels’ legacy and help our team continue to deliver the high-quality travel products and exceptional, friendly service that has been our hallmark for nearly 70 years.”


Prior to joining Evans Hotels, Adams served as Chief Operating Officer for Windsor Hospitality, based in Santa Monica, and Executive Vice President of Operations for Omni Hotels. Before that, he built an impressive 30-year career in the hospitality industry managing iconic hotels in the United States and Europe, including the Grand Hyatt New York, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, and Park Hyatt Paris. During his long tenure at Hyatt, Adams rose to the level of Senior Vice President – Operations.

As an active traveler himself, Adams brings a curiosity about future trends in travel and hotels, a passion for improving the travel experience for guests, and the strategic management experience to address the changing environment of hotel operations.



Belef brings 25 years of hospitality experience in both operations and human resources. Prior to joining Evans Hotels, Belef worked for Omni Hotels and Resorts as a Director and Area Director of Human Resources. For the last six years, he led the Human Resources team at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, and also supported a portfolio of Omni properties, including locations in Texas and all of Omni’s California properties.

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