A roundup of US hires, promotions
 
A roundup of US hires, promotions
11 MAY 2017 7:13 AM

In this roundup: LBA Hospitality promotes executive to COO; new GMs in San Diego and Roanoke, West Virginia; 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


Farrah Adams, COO, LBA Hospitality
9 May 2017
Promotion
Adams has spent nearly 18 years with LBA Hospitality and was promoted from the position of SVP of hospitality.

 
Executives

Sebastien Silvestri, SVP of food and beverage, hotel division, SBE
8 May 2017
New hire
Silvestri previously worked as VP of food and beverage at The Venetian and The Palazzo Casino Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas.

Timothy Smith, VP of operations and development, Broughton Hotels
4 May 2017
Promotion
Smith was promoted from VP of operations at Broughton Hotels. Before joining the company in 2015, Smith worked as regional director of operations at Premier Hospitality.

Andrea Mue, EVP and CFO, Kokua Hospitality
2 May 2017
New hire
Mue spent the previous 10 years with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, and most recently she held the position of CFO.

Leslie Lerude, SVP of people and culture, Kokua Hospitality
2 May 2017
New hire
Lerude’s most recent position was VP of people at Revolution Foods. She started her career with Kimpton in F&B before transitioning into human resources.

David Hammarley, CFO, SBE
2 May 2017
New hire
Hammarley worked as SVP of corporate finance at Marriott International following the company’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Andréa Sorensen, VP of sales and marketing, Crescent Hotels & Resorts
27 April 2017
New hire
Sorensen last worked as associate director of sales for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

GMs

Amy Isbell-Williams, GM of Ironworks Hotel Indy, Indianapolis
10 May 2017
New hire
Before joining Ironworks Hotel Indy, Isbell-Williams worked as a GM for White Lodging Services, Dora Hotel Company and General Hotels Corporation.

Shane Nicolopoulos, GM of Andaz San Diego; San Diego
9 May 2017
New hire
Nicolopoulos most recently worked as director of rooms at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale.

Tobias Arff, GM of The Darcy Washington D.C.; Washington, D.C.
8 May 2017
New hire
Arff’s previous position was GM of Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, Virginia.

Ed Riley, GM of Stonewall Resort; Roanoke, West Virginia
3 May 2017
New hire
Riley’s most recent position was GM of Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa in Vero Beach, Florida.

Mia Bell, GM of Grand Canyon, South Rim; Arizona
27 April 2017
New hire
Bell joins the property after working as assistant GM at Yellowstone National Park. Bell is a 35-year veteran of Xanterra Parks and Resorts.

Jason Schlosser, GM of Chebeague Island Inn; Chebeague Island, Maine
27 April 2017
New hire
Schlosser previously worked for TurnKey Vacation Rentals and managed properties in several Maine markets.

Christine Wechter, GM of Hotel EMC2; Chicago
26 April 2017
New hire
Wechter is a 20-year veteran of the hospitality industry and has held prior management positions at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide properties.

     
Sales and Marketing

Gayla Guyse, director of sales and marketing, Omni Frisco Hotel; Frisco, Texas
8 May 2017
New hire
Guyse has worked with the Omni Hotels & Resorts brand for a total of 19 years.

Kelly McCourt, director of sales and marketing, The Darcy Washington D.C.; Washington, D.C.
8 May 2017
New hire
McCourt’s most recent position was director of sales and marketing at The New York Edition hotel.

Ivan Tamayo, director of sales and marketing, The Adelphi Hotel; Saratoga Springs, New York
5 May 2017
New hire
Tamayo previously worked as regional director of leisure and entertainment sales at the Gansevoort Hotel Group.

Kate Nawracaj, director of group sales for Midwest corporations and associations, Preferred Hotels & Resorts
4 May 2017
New hire
Nawracaj’s most recent position was account director for global group sales at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Juan Vicioso, director of sales and marketing, The Heldrich; New Brunswick, New Jersey
4 May 2017
New hire
Vicioso previously worked as director of catering and convention services at the W New York and associate director of catering at the Westin Times Square.
Nina De Paz Rivera, director of sales and marketing, The Kimpton Everly; Los Angeles
2 May 2017
New hire
Rivera has held past sales positions at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and The Redbury Hollywood & Vine.
Efren Aponte, director of sales and marketing, Ames Boston Hotel; Boston
27 April 2017
New hire
Before joining the Ames Boston Hotel, Aponte worked as director of sales and marketing at Battery Wharf Hotel in Boston.
Jan Smith, director of sales and marketing, The Westin Jackson; Jackson, Mississippi
27 April 2017
New hire
Smith has held prior sales positions at the Hilton Garden Inn King Edward Hotel and Embassy Suites Ridgeland.
Stefanie Rowe, director of sales and marketing, Hotel EMC2; Chicago
26 April 2017
New hire
Rowe’s most recent position was director of sales and marketing at Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile.
    
F&B

James Morin, executive chef, Hyatt Regency Savannah; Savannah, Georgia
1 May 2017
New hire
Morin will lead the hotel’s restaurant, Moss + Oak Savannah Eatery. His most recent position was executive sous chef at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay and Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach.

Jillian Stevens, director of catering and events; Waldorf Astoria Chicago; Chicago
1 May 2017
New hire
Stevens previously worked as a wedding specialist at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

Whitney Dixon, senior catering sales manager; Waldorf Astoria Chicago; Chicago
1 May 2017
New hire
Dixon has held past hospitality positions at First Hospitality Group and Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Brandon Brumback, executive chef, Hotel EMC2; Chicago
26 April 2017
New hire
Brumback has cultivated culinary experience at restaurants in Napa Valley and Chicago.

Rebecca Royster, director of food and beverage, Hotel EMC2; Chicago
26 April 2017
New hire
Royster previously worked in F&B for Hogsalt Hospitality and managed several Chicago bars and restaurants.

Lynn Pollock, director of catering and conference services, The Chattanoogan; Chattanooga, Tennessee
26 April 2017
New hire
Pollock’s most recent position was assistant director of catering and conference services at the Grand Wailea Resort in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii.
    
Human Resources
Dave Ricci, director for human resources, Omni Frisco Hotel; Frisco, Texas
8 May 2017
New hire
Ricci’s most recent position was director of human resources at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown.
Yesenia Salas, human resources manager, Hotel EMC2; Chicago
26 April 2017
New hire
Salas previously worked at TheWit Chicago.
Miscellaneous
Ana Lanzas, director of communications and social media, Virgin Hotels
9 May 2017
New hire
Lanzas’ most recent position was director of public relations and social media at Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
Taylor Jacobs, director of acquisitions and development, NewcrestImage
9 May 2017
New hire
Jacobs worked in hotel acquisitions and portfolio analysis with RLJ Lodging Trust before joining NewcrestImage.
Lexy Coley, director of operations, Omni Frisco Hotel; Frisco, Texas
8 May 2017
New hire
Coley held several leadership positions at the Omni Dallas Hotel before joining the Omni Frisco Hotel.
Ken Woods, director of finance, Omni Frisco Hotel; Frisco, Texas
8 May 2017
New hire
Woods previously worked as director of finance at Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas.
Justin McNeely, director of engineering, Omni Frisco Hotel; Frisco, Texas
8 May 2017
New hire
McNeely spent three years as director of engineering at Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West before accepting his new position with Omni Frisco Hotel.
Michael Salerno, GM of neighborhood services, Omni Frisco Hotel; Frisco, Texas
8 May 2017
New hire
Salerno’s most recent position was GM of neighborhood services in Addison, Texas.
Brandon Bradford, development project manager, McKibbon Hospitality
2 May 2017
New hire
Before joining McKibbon, Bradford worked as a project manager at John Hardy Group.
Ruben Sabater, Marenas Beach Resort; Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
2 May 2017
New hire
Sabater previously worked as GM of The Sherry Frontenac Resort in Miami Beach, Florida.
Dyal Sandhu, director of operations, Stonewall Resort; Roanoke, West Virginia
28 April 2017
New hire
Sandhu’s most recent position was director of food and beverage at Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa on the island of Anguilla.
Alexander Foster, director of rooms, Hotel EMC2; Chicago
26 April 2017
New hire
Foster has prior management experience with several Starwood brands including Westin, W Hotels and Sheraton.
 
 

-Compiled by Dan Kubacki.

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