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NEWPORT, R.I. (April 23, 2019) – The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection, the historic mansion situated in the charming coastal town of Newport, Rhode Island, announced today that Massimiliano Puglisi has joined as General Manager.

In his new role, Puglisi will oversee the daily operations of the elegant hotel, which was originally built in 1909 by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, a scion of the wealthy Vanderbilt family.

A seasoned hotelier, Puglisi brings nearly 20 years of experience to the position and has been lauded as an esteemed leader in the luxury hospitality industry. Most recently, Puglisi served as Hotel Manager at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, a landmark property on New York City’s Upper East Side. Previously, he was Interim Managing Director at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, an enchanting Tuscan estate in Montalcino, Italy.

“We are excited to welcome Massimiliano to the Auberge family as he brings a high-energy attitude and dedication to creating unforgettable guest experiences,” said Craig Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “With his solid international luxury travel experience Massimiliano is a valuable addition to our team and the Newport community.”

“I am delighted to join the award-winning team at The Vanderbilt, a property that boasts a rich history and an unmatched level of contemporary spirit in New England,” said Puglisi. “I look forward to embracing the wonderful community and culture of Newport and continuing The Vanderbilt’s legacy as one of the most celebrated properties in the region.”

Previously, he began his career in London and spent more than six years in leadership roles with InterContinental Hotels in Spain, New York, Scottsdale, Baltimore and Dallas.

Puglisi is a native of Sicily, Italy and is fluent in Italian and Spanish. He enjoys snowboarding and riding his cherished motorcycle whilst taking in the fresh seaside air and views around Newport in his free time.

The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection is a 33-room historic hotel just minutes from the delightful waterfront of Newport, with a rooftop deck boasting incredible views of the harbor. Touted as one of the town’s best kept secrets, the property offers the perfect holiday retreat amid the classical splendor of a Newport mansion, boasting a sumptuous spa and fitness center with indoor and outdoor pools and two restaurants that offer a delectable menu of seasonal dishes made from the freshest local ingredients. For more information or reservations, please visit, or call 1-888-849-5396.

About Auberge Resorts Collection

Auberge Resorts Collection is a portfolio of extraordinary hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs. While each property is unique, all share a crafted approach to luxury and bring the soul of the locale to life through captivating design, exceptional cuisine and spas, and gracious yet unobtrusive service. With 19 hotels and resorts across three continents, Auberge invites guests to create unforgettable stories in some of the world’s most desirable destinations. For more information about Auberge Resorts Collection, please visit Follow Auberge Resorts Collection on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram at @AubergeResorts and #AlwaysAuberge.

About The Friedkin Group

The Friedkin Group encompasses a consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies. These organizations include: Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, GSM, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group, Auberge Resorts Collection, Imperative Entertainment, 30WEST, NEON, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary Adventures. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin. For more information, visit



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