A roundup of US hires, promotions
 
A roundup of US hires, promotions
12 JANUARY 2017 8:19 AM

In this roundup: Dream Hotel Group welcomes new EVP and general counsel; new GMs in Salt Lake City and San Antonio; and more.

Hotel News Now twice a month features a roundup of new hires and promotions for the U.S. hotel industry. To be included in the next roundup, email HNN’s Dan Kubacki. 

In the Spotlight


Laura Mutterperl, EVP and general counsel, Dream Hotel Group
9 January 2017
New hire
Mutterperl’s most recent position was VP and associate general counsel at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Executives

Leland Pillsbury, managing director, Thayer Ventures
11 January 2017
Promotion
Pillsbury is co-founder and co-chairman of Thayer Lodging Group and chairman of the board of Interstate Hotels. He has served as a senior advisor to Thayer Ventures since its beginning.

Kathryn Bryant, VP of sales transitions, Crescent Hotels & Resorts
9 January 2017
New hire
Bryant previously worked as associate director of sales in Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide’s franchise division.

GMs

Travis Williams, GM of the Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City; Salt Lake City
10 January 2017
New hire
Williams previously worked as assistant GM at Hotel Monaco and Alexis Hotel, which are both located in Seattle and part of the Kimpton portfolio.

Fred Findlen, GM of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa; Lahaina, Hawaii
9 January 2017
New hire
Findlen’s most recent position was GM of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino.

Trent Freeman, GM of the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk; San Antonio
9 January 2017
Returning hire
Freeman has held several positions with Valencia Group, including director of corporate projects and director of operations at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk.

Sandy Burkett, GM of the Kimpton Monaco Hotel Denver; Denver
9 January 2017
New hire
Burkett previously worked as GM at Hotel Vintage Portland and has worked with Kimpton for 15 years.

Revell Newton, GM of the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort; Honolulu
6 January 2017
New hire
Newton’s most recent position was hotel manager at the Sheraton Kona Resort. He also has held past sales positions with other Sheraton and Hyatt properties in Hawaii.

Peter Simoncelli, GM of The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago; Chicago
5 January 2017
New hire
Simoncelli recently worked as GM of the Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago and Westin Chicago River North. He also has 14 years of experience with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Justin Simpson, GM of the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel; Huntington Beach, California
22 December 2016
New hire
Simpson previously worked as director of operations at the Westin San Diego before assuming his new position.

Sales and Marketing

Joe Gaeta, director of sales and marketing, Grand Hyatt New York; New York City
6 January 2017
New hire
Gaeta’s most recent position was director of sales and marketing at the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel.

Mary Loy, director of sales and marketing, Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort; Honolulu
6 January 2017
Promotion
Loy has been promoted to lead sales and marketing efforts at both properties after joining the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort in 2014 as director of sales and marketing.

John Labsan, associate director of group sales, InterContinental Hotels of San Francisco; San Francisco
6 January 2017
New hire
Labsan’s most recent position was corporate sales manager at the Crowne Plaza San Jose – Silicon Valley.

Kini Sanborn, director of sales and marketing, The Vintage Estate; Yountville, California
5 January 2017
New hire
Sanborn will oversee the sales and marketing teams of The Vintage Inn and Villagio Inn & Spa. Her most recent position was director of sales and marketing at Bardessono Hotel & Spa.

Anthony DiGiovanni, senior business and leisure sales manager, Hotel Crescent Court; Dallas
3 January 2017
Promotion
DiGiovanni was promoted from sales manager at the property, which was just bought and renamed from Rosewood Crescent.

F&B

Bruce Nguyen, executive sous chef, Terranea Resort; Rancho Palos Verdes, California
9 January 2017
Promotion
Nguyen has worked at Terranea Resort for more than seven years.

DJ Eusebio, chef de cuisine, Terranea Resort; Rancho Palos Verdes, California
9 January 2017
Promotion
Eusebio joined Terranea Resort in 2012 and has held multiple positions at the property.

Jaap Boelens, F&B operations manager, InterContinental Mark Hopkins; San Francisco
6 January 2017
Promotion
Boelens’ previous position was assistant director of food and beverage at the InterContinental San Francisco, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins’ sister property.

Dineshkumar Chokkalingam, banquet chef, Westin Atlanta Perimeter North; Atlanta
5 January 2017
New hire
Chokkalingam’s most recent position was as banquet chef at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa.

Revenue Management

Stephanie Hartmann, director of revenue management, Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown; Minneapolis
29 December 2016
Promotion
Hartmann has prior revenue management experience with Hilton Worldwide Holdings in the Minneapolis area.
Deanne Chang, director of revenue management, Fairmont San Jose; San Jose, California
27 December 2016
New hire
Chang first joined Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in 2012. Her most recent position was director of revenue management at Fairmont Newport Beach in Newport Beach, California.

-Compiled by Dan Kubacki.

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