A roundup of US hires, promotions
 
A roundup of US hires, promotions
09 MARCH 2017 9:18 AM

In this roundup: Sixty Hotels welcomes new president; new GMs in Dallas and Lexington, Kentucky; 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


Kevin Osterhaus, president, Sixty Hotels
27 February 2017
New hire
Osterhaus’ most recent position was EVP of operations at Standard International. He also has held past positions with Hyatt and Bunkhouse Hotels.

 
Executives

Todd Parmelee, VP of food and beverage, Benchmark
7 March 2017
New hire
Parmelee previously worked as COO of Entertainment Consultants International.

Ashleigh Mason, VP of development strategies, GF Management
7 March 2017
Promotion
Mason joined GF Management in 2009 and in her new position will direct the company’s business development division.

Dominic Dragisich, CFO, Choice Hotels International
3 March 2017
New hire
Dragisich joins Choice from XO Communications, where he was CFO. He has also held past leadership positions at Marriott International, NII Holdings and Deloitte Consulting.

Michael Flaskey, CEO, Diamond Resorts International
3 March 2017
Promotion
Flaskey was promoted from Diamond Resorts’ COO and previously held the positions of EVP and chief sales and marketing officer.

Ken Siegel, president and chief administrative officer, Diamond Resorts International
3 March 2017
New hire
Siegel previously worked as chief administrative officer and general counsel of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Douglas Ludwig, EVP, CFO and treasurer, Red Lion Hotels Corporation
1 March 2017
New hire
Ludwig spent the previous 10 years as CFO at Baha Mar Resorts Limited. Prior to that, Ludwig spent 13 years as CFO at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Christian Glauser-Benz, VP of development, Latin America and the Caribbean, Dream Hotel Group
27 February 2017
New hire
Glauser-Benz previously managed all West Coast and Hawaii hotel developments as a VP at Jones Lang LaSalle.

Hervé Houdré, chairman, Hotel Association of New York City
24 February 2017
Houdré is the GM of the InterContinental New York Barclay and a longtime board member of the Hotel Association of New York City.

GMs

J. Michael Williams, managing director, Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort; Tampa
7 March 2017
New hire
Williams spent the past four years as EVP of operations and sales with Crescent Hotels & Resorts.

Kevin Runner, GM of the Westin Jekyll Island; Jekyll Island, Georgia
1 March 2017
New hire
Among his career highlights, Runner opened the Jekyll Island Club in 1986, which is now the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

Jeff David, managing director, The Watergate Hotel; Washington, D.C.
28 February 2017
New hire
David’s previous position was managing partner at the Greydon House hotel in Nantucket. He also has prior GM experience at The Knickerbocker.

Alex Lugo, GM of Hilton Lexington Downtown; Lexington, Kentucky
27 February 2017
New hire
Lugo’s most recent position was GM of the Westin Jekyll Island in Jekyll Island, Georgia. He has spent the previous 12 years working at properties within Starwood’s brand family.

Ashley Gochnauer, GM of The Everly; Los Angeles
27 February 2017
New hire
Gochnauer previously worked as the GM of Kimpton Hotel Wilshire in Los Angeles.

Evan Danziger, GM of The Statler; Dallas
24 February 2017
New hire
Danziger’s most recent position was GM at the Embassy Suites Denver International Airport.

Vincent Bucci, managing director of Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa; Marco Island, Florida
24 February 2017
New hire
Bucci’s most recent position was GM of the Hyatt Regency Westlake Plaza in California.

Dennis Clark, GM of AC Hotel Madison Downtown; Madison, Wisconsin
23 February 2017
New hire
Clark has worked in the industry with Hilton, Marriott and Choice brands, and spent the past 10 years at the Courtyard Madison East.

Oscar Fontana, GM of Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa; Vero Beach, Florida
22 February 2017
New hire
Fontana’s most recent position was GM of The Kimpton Epic Hotel in Miami.

    
Sales and Marketing

Laurie Oliver, regional director of travel industry sales, M&R Hotel Management
7 March 2017
New hire
Oliver’s most recent position was key account director of leisure and airline sales with InterContinental Hotels Group.

Sandra Chambers, director of sales and marketing, The Westin Peachtree Plaza; Atlanta
1 March 2017
New hire
Chambers previously worked at Starwood properties in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Atlanta.

Brad Lyles, director of sales and marketing, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa and Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark; Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
27 February 2017
Returning hire
Lyles’ most recent position was corporate director of sales at Marcus Hotels & Resorts, but from 2012 to 2014 he worked as assistant director of sales at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa.

Jennifer Wasserman, director of sales and marketing, The Statler; Dallas
24 February 2017
New hire
Wasserman previously worked as director of sales and marketing at The Highland Dallas.

Carey Shindler, senior sales manager, Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort; Phoenix
22 February 2017
New hire
Shindler spent three years as national sales manager at Arizona Grand Resort & Spa.

Maggie Fromm, sales and marketing manager; The Perry Hotel Key West at Stock Island Marina, Key West, Florida
22 February 2017
New hire
Fromm previously worked as marketing director at Magnolia Bluffs Casino & Hotel in Natchez, Mississippi.

   
F&B

Adam Edelman, director of food and beverage, Hyatt Regency Austin; Austin, Texas
6 March 2017
New hire
Edelman previously worked as assistant director of operations at Hyatt Regency San Francisco.

Stacy Rosario, director of social catering, Kimpton Epic Hotel; Miami
24 February 2017
New hire
Rosario has held past catering management positions at Four Seasons Miami, Viceroy Miami and JW Marriott Miami.

   
Miscellaneous
Julian Buffam, director of business development, New Castle Hotels & Resorts
6 March 2017
New hire
Before joining New Castle, Buffam worked as an investment analyst at HEI Hotels and Resorts.
Ander Victorine, operations manager, AC Hotel Madison Downtown; Madison, Wisconsin
23 February 2017
New hire
Victorine started his hospitality career at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa in 2000. His recent experience includes position with Best Western, La Quinta and Hampton Inn.
Blake Smith, executive director of entertainment, Virgin Hotels
23 February 2017
Promotion
Smith was promoted from the position of director of entertainment at Virgin Hotels Chicago. In his new position he’ll oversee entertainment initiatives across the brand.
Nicole Garza, associate director of events, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa; Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico
22 February 2017
New hire
Garza previously worked for Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio as event sales manager.
Ryan Fitzgerald, resort manager, Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort; Phoenix
22 February 2017
New hire
Fitzgerald’s most recent position was hotel manager at the Loews Philadelphia.
 
 

-Compiled by Dan Kubacki.

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