NEW YORK (Oct.  2, 2019) – The highly anticipated Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel has announced the appointments of Chris Rynkar as general manager and Yelithza Gonzales as director of sales & marketing. The hotel will officially open its doors this fall as one of the tallest properties in Manhattan’s Flower District, rising 430-feet-high. Located on the site of the former Antiques Garage, a beloved indoor flea market, the impeccably appointed hotel is set to become the Chelsea neighborhood’s prime address and will offer guests a hidden oasis in a decidedly industrial neighborhood.

“Chris and Yelithza bring extensive industry experience and a passion for hospitality,” said John Parker, COO of Real Hospitality Group. “We could not be more excited to have them lead the launch of this highly anticipated property and key opening for the Renaissance Hotels brand and Real Hospitality Group.”


Chris Rynkar, General Manager, Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel

As general manager, Chris Rynkar will oversee and lead all operations and management at the property.  With more than 15 years of hospitality experience in New York City, Detroit, Boston, and San Diego, Rynkar has held various managerial and operational positions at some of the world’s most recognized brands, such as Hyatt, Marriott, and Real Hospitality. He was awarded “General Manager of the Year” by Real Hospitality Group and was named “Manager of the Year” during his career at Hyatt. Along with a strong operational background, Rynkar also gained revenue management experience during his time as the director of revenue management at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge Hotel in Boston. His career versatility and experience have allowed him to build successful teams that focus on offering exceptional customer service, maximizing hotel profitability and engaging employees.


Yelithza Gonzales, Director of Sales & Marketing, Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel

Director of Sales & Marketing Yelithza Gonzales will supervise the overall sales efforts of the hotel, including developing new accounts, maintaining existing accounts, managing rate and inventory, managing TPI, supervising sales-related personnel, implementing sales and marketing strategies to maximize hotel profits while maintaining guest and associate satisfaction. With years of sales and marketing experience in New York City’s hospitality scene and a solid track record of outstanding performance, Gonzales has served as the Director of Sales at Hotel Indigo Brooklyn and most recently, opened the city’s first Hyatt House as Director of Sales & Marketing. In 2017, Real Hospitality Group named Hyatt House Chelsea their “Hotel of the Year” and Gonzales was awarded “Director of Sales of the Year” for her efforts.

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