MANCHESTER, VT (September 17, 2015) – Taconic, a Kimpton Hotel set to open in Vermont in late 2015, today announced the appointment of John Burnham as General Manager and Jami Poe as Director of Sales & Marketing. This talented duo brings over 40 years of hospitality experience to the 87-room boutique hotel located in the year-round vacation destination of Manchester, Vermont.
As General Manager, Burnham will develop and supervise all operating departments of Taconic. Burnham’s 20 years of hospitality leadership experience will aid him in leading the team, ensuring the highest quality of guest service, and establishing the hotel as a luxurious yet authentic four-season destination.
Burnham hails from Middlebury, Vermont and is a veteran of the New England hospitality market, having held leadership roles as General Manager and Director of Human Resources at notable Boston hotels including Four Seasons, Taj Boston, Battery Wharf Hotel, The Back Bay Hotel, and Copley Square Hotel.
As Director of Sales & Marketing, Poe will lead all efforts to achieve Taconic’s room revenue goals. Poe, who has previously worked with Kimpton, will leverage her 20 years of hospitality sales and marketing experience to stay atop regional trends and build strategic partnerships with like-minded local companies to generate further awareness of the hotel.
Poe’s background includes the opening of prominent properties in leadership roles including Solage Calistoga Resort and Rosewood Sand Hill, in California. Most recently, Poe served as Director of Sales with TravelClick based in Woodstock, Vermont; deployed against the Northern New England territory. In this position, she consulted with partner hotels to support revenue growth through strategic marketing. Poe has extensive history working with Virtuoso, Signature Travel Network, and American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts. Her history of working with the luxury leisure segment, coupled with her personal experience as a Vermont resident, are vital assets to contributing to the long and short term success of Taconic.
“As we open Kimpton’s first hotel in Vermont and continue the brand’s push into the leisure market, we’re thrilled to have John Burnham and Jami Poe at the Taconic’s helm,” said Joe Capalbo, Regional Director of Operations at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. “Their experience in the luxury leisure sector, and knowledge of the region and its target guest, is invaluable to the successful launch of this hotel.”