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Who's Going Where and Doing What: March 2014

March 11, 2014 at 5:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Here's our (supposedly) monthly feature of recent management announcements at notable hotels* which we put out the second Tuesday of every month. We know many of you dear readers work in the industry and are curious to see who's gone where and when. But due to the overwhelming amount of submissions, we've had to scale back some of our commentary. We'll try to spice it up where we can. As always, we appreciate your feedback so let us know how we can make this more useful for you.

CORPORATE

· KIMPTON HOTELS: Kimpton has promoted two company veterans--Barry Pollard to senior vice president of hotel operations and James Lin to senior vice president of restaurants and bars. In their new roles, Pollard and Lin will oversee operations at Kimpton’s more than 60 hotels and nearly 70 restaurants, bars and lounges. In the past 12 years, Pollard has held a number of senior positions, including general manager at multiple hotels, director of operations for all San Francisco hotels and director of operations for the Mid-Atlantic region. Meanwhile, Lin first joined Kimpton in 2004 and held a number of financial roles including director of corporate finance and development before leaving in 2010 to handle operations for a nightlife and restaurant company in San Fran. Lin returned to Kimpton in 2012, as a senior vice president and treasurer, working closely with the restaurant division.

· FOUR SEASONS HOTELS: Jane Burnell has been appointed Vice President Sales, Americas for the luxury brand. Currently, Burnell, a 14-year veteran of Four Seasons, is the Vice President of Sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa where she leads Four Seasons sales activities throughout the region. In April, Burnell will move from Dubai to Toronto, where she will begin her new job overseeing sales efforts and client relationships across the Americas.

· COMMUNE HOTELS: Scott Williams has been named Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer of Commune. He comes to the hotel group (which is the parent company of Thompson Hotels, JDV Hotels and the upcoming tommie hotels) from the brand development agency Hitchcock Partners, where he served as Founder and Chief Executive Officer since 2010. His clients at Hitchcock Partners included AOL, Univision, The Algonquin Hotel, Renaissance Hotels and David Barton Gyms. Before that, Williams was Chief Creative Officer for Starwood Hotels & Resorts and the Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President for Morgans Hotel Group.

· PREFERRED HOTEL GROUP: Lindsey Ueberroth has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of the Preferred Hotel Group. She takes over from her father, John Ueberroth, who will continue to serve as Chairman. Since joining the family business in 2004, Lindsey has served in different roles over the past ten years including president from 2010 to the present. She is also responsible for launching the company’s new points-based iPrefer loyalty program as well as introducing Sterling Design and Summit Serviced Residences brand.

GENERAL MANAGERS

· W WESTWOOD LOS ANGELES: Mark Eberwein is now the new general manager of W Hotel in Westwood. He comes to the property from the W San Francisco where he was the Director of Operations. he's also held the title of Director of Food and Beverage, and Certified Sommelier at The St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. A sommelier and a general manager? Impressive.

· UNION STATION HOTEL, NASHVILLE: Raymond Minias is now the general manager of the Untion Station Hotel, an Autograph Collection Hotel, bringing with him 25 years of hospitality experience. He most recently served as hotel manager of The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. Prior to that, he held director of food & beverage positions at The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park, Calif.; Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Calif.; Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas, Texas; San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif.; and The Palace of The Lost City in South Africa.

· THE BENJAMIN HOTEL: The popular NYC hotel has appointed Steve Sasso as general manger. He will oversee all operations, finance, sales and marketing efforts for the 209-room property which recently showed off a $10 million renovation. Sasso joined Denihan Hospitality, which runs The Benjamin, three years ago as hotel manager of Affinia Manhattan, followed by general manager assignments at Eastgate Tower, Affinia Gardens and Affinia Dumont.

· DORSETT SHEPHERDS BUSH : Dorsett Hospitality has appointed Hilary Cross as general manager for Dorsett Shepherds Bush, the group's first hotel venture in Europe, opening in May. Cross will be responsible for the pre-opening activities, strategic business planning and the post opening hotel operations and performance. Previously, Cross was the General Manager for K West Hotel & Spa, London and had worked at St Martins Lane Hotel and Kensington Close prior.

· STANFORD COURT: The San Fran property in Nob Hill is under new independent management and now has a new general manager as well. (It was previously a Renaissance Hotel.) Michael Baier will oversee the relaunch of the hotel brand which will be rolled out throughout the year. A Bay Area native, he's worked in management positions at the Wyndham Parc 55 San Francisco-Union Square, hotel manager at the W San Francisco and director of operations at the W Dallas-Victory.

· ROSEWOOD GEORGIA : The Vancouver luxury hotel has named Glenn Eleiter as hotel manager. He will now "oversee guest experiences at the historic hotel and maintain the superior luxury standards synonymous with the Rosewood brand." He comes to Rosewood from the L’Hermitage Hotel in Vancouver, where he was general manager. He began his hotel career with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in 1991, remaining with the brand for 11 years.

SALES & MARKETING

· THE CARLYLE: The iconic luxury hotel in NYC, a Rosewood Hotel, has appointed Ernesto Floro to director of sales and marketing. He is now responsible for developing and implementing new sales and marketing strategies for the property. Previously, he held the same position at The Mark, another top luxury hotel on the Upper East Side. Before that, he was the director of corporate and entertainment sales for the St. Regis New York and the regional sales director for The Peninsula New York.

· ROSEWOOD LITTLE DIX BAY: All these announcements are coming up roses! Another Rosewood hotel also has a new director of sales and marketing. The Rosewood Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda has appointed Angus Pitkethley to the position. Previously, he held the same position at several international hotels including, the Marriott Hotels of Brussels, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill and Sydney Harbour Marriott.

· THE WESTIN LA PALOMA RESORT & SPA: Matt Brody is the Tucson resort's new director of sales and marketing. He will be responsible for the formulation of all sales, marketing, and public relations activities for the 487 room resort and country club. Previously, Brody was with Marriott International as the director of sales and marketing at the 575-room J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa and the 1100-room Renaissance Grand. He also spent almost a decade with the famed Walt Disney Company in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

· STANFORD COURT: In addition to a new general manager, the Stanford Court has named Austin Philips as their new director of sales and marketing. He joins the hotel from the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, where he served as associate director of sales. Previously, he was director of business travel and leisure sales at Wyndham Parc 55 San Francisco-Union Square.

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