The Harpeth Grows Leadership Team With New Sales, Food & Beverage Hires

/The Harpeth Grows Leadership Team With New Sales, Food & Beverage Hires

The Harpeth Grows Leadership Team With New Sales, Food & Beverage Hires

|2019-06-24T19:38:07-04:00June 24th, 2019|

FRANKLIN, Tenn., June 24, 2019 – The Harpeth, a Curio Collection by Hilton™ hotel, announced today the appointment of Kimberly Elder as Director of Sales and William Friedrichs as Director of Food & Beverage for the new 119-room boutique hotel. Elder and Friedrichs will spearhead sales and culinary teams, respectively, at the new luxury hotel, set to open in the heart of historic Franklin, Tenn. in August 2019.

As Director of Sales, Elder is responsible for driving sales and business growth strategies for Franklin’s first downtown hotel. A tenured hospitality industry sales professional, Elder brings nearly two decades of experience with sales and event management to The Harpeth. Prior to joining The Harpeth, Elder served as Director of Sales at Hyatt Place Nashville/Franklin, where she spent nearly five years leading and executing sales strategies and business growth for the property.

Elder previously held other management roles across catering and sales departments at The Hermitage Hotel, Grand Hyatt Atlanta and The Westin Peachtree. She earned her bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from Northern Arizona University.

As Director of Food & Beverage, Friedrichs leads the culinary concepts at The Harpeth’s 1799 Kitchen & Cocktails and McGavock’s Coffee Bar & Provisions, as well as spearheading the property’s extensive F&B programming. A results-driven food and beverage professional, Friedrichs brings more than 15 years of food and beverage experience at luxury hotels, an international cruise line and an iconic event room and cocktail lounge to his role.

Prior to joining The Harpeth, Friedrichs served as Director of Food and Beverage at Noelle, Nashville, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. Friedrichs also previously oversaw food and beverage programming for the Dewberry Hotel in Charleston, The Rainbow Room in New York City, The Knickerbocker Hotel and The Joule. Friederichs earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Sydney University. He also holds both Sommelier and Butler certifications.

“Kimberly and Will’s passion for the hospitality industry, strong leadership skills and exceptional experience make them great assets to the property as we prepare to open in historic Franklin this summer,” said Justin Foster, General Manager of The Harpeth. “We are thrilled to have them onboard and are confident they will make a positive impact on The Harpeth’s guest’s experience, as well as the Franklin Community.”

The Harpeth will be located at 130 2nd Avenue N in Franklin, Tenn., providing guests with easy access to explore the unique culture, local dining and shops, art galleries, entertainment venues, the acclaimed Historic Main Street, while journeying back into history at one of the civil war museums and battlefield.

For more information about The Harpeth, visit or connect on Instagram @theharpethhotel, Facebook @HarpethHotel and Twitter @HarpethHotel.

About The Harpeth

The Harpeth Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton™, is Historic Franklin’s first hotel, located in the heart of the charming historic downtown, just south of Nashville, Tenn. Offering 119 spacious and unmatched guestrooms and suites, The Harpeth is just steps away from the Franklin Square and Historic Main Street. Hotel guests and locals can dine at 1799 Kitchen & Cocktails, an upscale, chef-driven restaurant and bar, and McGavock’s, a European-style coffee bar, named after the McGavock family. The Harpeth offers more than 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and has a luxury salon and day spa on site. For more information visit Address: 130 2nd Avenue N, Franklin, TN 37064

Contact: Emily Torres /909-957-7646

About Valor Hospitality Partners

Valor Hospitality Partners is a full-service hotel acquisition, development, management and asset management company. With 48 hotels in its portfolio, Valor Hospitality Partners offers an array of services, including site selection, product selection, entitlements, financing solutions, conceptual design, construction and project management, procurement, technical services, pre-opening and operations management. Valor also provides consulting services on a wide range of project scenarios, including working with new or existing ownership groups on reviewing site selection, assessing feasibility studies and project budgets, compiling project budgets and underwriting. For more information, visit

Contact: Ashley LaBrune

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