A roundup of US hires, promotions
 
A roundup of US hires, promotions
27 APRIL 2017 7:10 AM

In this roundup: SBE has a new CIO; new GMs in Chicago and Santa Barbara, California; and more.

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

In the Spotlight


Thomas Agar, VP of operations, LBA Hospitality
11 April 2017
New hire
Agar has 24 years of experience with Marriott International brands and before joining LBA led his own hospitality consulting firm.

 
Executives

Bianca Porto Barga, VP of account management, L.E. Hotels
25 April 2017
New hire
Barga’s most recent position was director of sales and revenue management at Paligroup Management.

Peter Chambers, chief information officer, SBE
24 April 2017
New hire
Chambers previously worked as VP of technology at Viceroy Hotel Group. He also has past experience with Vail Resorts and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Joe Luck, regional VP of business development, Hotel Equities
10 April 2017
New hire
Luck spent the past 14 years as VP of franchise development at Wyndham Hotel Group.

GMs

Denis Volic, GM of the Spanish Garden Inn; Santa Barbara, California
25 April 2017
New hire
Volic’s most recent position was GM of La Bellasera Hotel & Suites and Enoteca Restaurant & Lounge in Paso Robles, California.

Stefanie Hrejsa, GM of Hotel Versey; Chicago
18 April 2017
New hire
Hrejsa has past experience as director of sales and marketing and GM of Days Inn Chicago.

Tom Tabler, GM of the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa; Palm Desert, California
18 April 2017
New hire
Tabler previously worked as GM of the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California.

Christopher Hartzell, GM of Yotel Boston; Boston
18 April 2017
New hire
Hartzell previously worked at the Aloft and Element Boston Seaport properties and has prior experience at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide properties in New England and New Orleans.

Dave Jacobs, GM of Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa; Austin, Texas
18 April 2017
New hire
Jacobs spent 10 years as GM of the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago and has 32 years of career experience with Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Rudy Tauscher, GM of Sofitel New York; New York City
12 April 2017
New hire
Tauscher has prior career experience with Equinox Hotels and has held managerial positions with Trump International Hotel & Tower New York and Mandarin Oriental New York.

Ernesto Luna, GM of ME Miami; Miami
12 April 2017
New hire
Luna has spent the past 10 years with the ME by Meliá brand by holding management positions with the ME Cancun and the ME Cabo.

Suzie Mills, area managing director for Trump Hotels in New York
11 April 2017
Promotion
Mills was promoted from GM of Trump Central Park. She joined the property in 1997 and has held the GM position for nearly 10 years.
Prince Sanders, GM of Trump International Hotel & Tower New York; New York City
11 April 2017
New hire
Sanders worked for the past three years as hotel manager at Trump Central Park. He also has prior hospitality experience with Starwood’s W Hotels brand.
Tijs Klerx, GM of the Viceroy Chicago; Chicago
11 April 2017
New hire
Klerx most recently worked as director of sales and marketing at the W Miami Hotel, but he has held prior positions with Viceroy Hotel Group, including hotel manager of Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills and Viceroy Miami Hotel & Residences.
     
Sales and Marketing

Jim Holliday, regional director of sales, Hotel Equities
24 April 2017
New hire
Holliday’s most recent position was director of markets at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

William Pfenning, group sales manager, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver; Denver
24 April 2017
New hire
Pfenning has held past positions at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport and Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

Regina Ortiz, director of sales and marketing, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi; Santa Fe, New Mexico
24 April 2017
New hire
Ortiz previously worked as director of sales and marketing at the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe.

Felicia Rahm, director of sales, The Copley Square Hotel; Boston
19 April 2017
New hire
Rahm’s most recent position was director of sales and marketing at the Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

Bob Arrivillaga, director of sales and marketing, Island Hotel Newport Beach; Newport Beach, California
18 April 2017
New hire
Arrivillaga’s most recent position was associate director of group sales at Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.
Kim Richard, director of sales, Yotel Boston; Boston
18 April 2017
New hire
Richard has prior hotel sales experience with the Copley Square Hotel and InterContinental Boston.
Andrew Neubauer, director of sales and marketing, Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa; Marco Island, Florida
12 April 2017
New hire
Neubauer’s most recent position was director of national accounts at Naples Grande Beach Resort.
    
F&B

Marc Quiñones, executive chef, Hotel Andaluz; Albuquerque, New Mexico
20 April 2017
New hire
Quiñones has held various culinary positions including chef de cuisine at Bien Shur in Sandia Resort and Casino and executive chef at the Inn and Spa at Loretto.

Michael Bellacini, director of food and beverage, Yotel Boston; Boston
18 April 2017
New hire
Bellacini has worked in the hospitality industry for 17 years and his most recent position was GM of the Café at Nordstrom.

Landy Labadie, SVP of restaurants, bars, nightlife and events, Two Roads Hospitality
10 April 2017
New hire
Labadie previously held culinary management positions with Compass Group and Crafted Hospitality.

Vanessa Davis, executive chef, Kimpton Taconic Hotel; Manchester, Vermont
10 April 2017
New hire
Davis previously worked at The Essex Resort and Spa and Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club.

    
Miscellaneous
Jon Mathews, hotel manager, Marriott Syracuse Downtown; Syracuse, New York
25 April 2017
New hire
Mathews previously worked as director of operations at the Fairmont Olympic in Seattle.
Scott Ray, operations manager, Hotel Versey; Chicago
18 April 2017
New hire
Ray has worked as a hotel operations manager since 1997 and previously worked for Days Inn Chicago.
Stephanie McHale, director of finance, Yotel Boston; Boston
18 April 2017
New hire
Before joining Yotel Boston, McHale spent 15 years working with Starwood properties.
Tim Kennedy, director of revenue management, Yotel Boston; Boston
18 April 2017
New hire
Kennedy spent the previous 10 years in hotel management with Hilton.
Garry Fiore, director of rooms, Yotel Boston; Boston
18 April 2017
New hire
Fiore led the rooms division at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore before joining Yotel Boston.
Thomas Kopaczynski, director of crew resources, Yotel Boston; Boston
18 April 2017
New hire
Kopaczynski’s previous position was director of crew resources at The Inn at Longwood Medical and Shell TechWorks.
Susan Benshoff, regional director of revenue management, Benchmark
12 April 2017
New hire
Before joining Benchmark, Benshoff worked for InterContinental Hotels Group in global revenue management and distribution.
 
 

-Compiled by Dan Kubacki.

2 Comments

  • Champ May 9, 2017 8:46 AM Reply

    I'm relaly into it, thanks for this great stuff!

  • Champ May 9, 2017 8:46 AM Reply

    I'm relaly into it, thanks for this great stuff!

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