A roundup of US hires, promotions
 
A roundup of US hires, promotions
20 JULY 2017 7:14 AM

In this roundup: Hilton hires two VPs of focused-service brands; new GMs in Portland, Oregon, and National Harbor, Maryland; 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


Amy Martin Ziegenfuss, VP of marketing for focused-service brands, Hilton
17 July 2017
Martin Ziegenfuss previously worked at Choice Hotels International and led advertising and creative and social media strategy efforts.

Shruti Gandhi Buckley, VP of strategic initiatives focused-service brands, Hilton
17 July 2017
New hire
Gandhi Buckley joins Hilton from Marriott International, where she was global brand leader for Fairfield and Protea Hotels brands.

 
Executives

Maria Uy, VP and treasurer, Choice Hotels International
18 July 2017
New hire
Uy joins Choice from Under Armour, where she worked as senior director, global treasury. She also has prior career experience with Marriott International.

Sherri Gilligan, chief marketing officer, Two Roads Hospitality
10 July 2017
New hire
Gilligan recently worked as SVP of marketing for Capital One. Prior to that position, she was a key executive with MGM Resorts International’s marketing team.

Dawn McGowan, VP of channel sales and market sales, WoodSpring Hotels
6 June 2017
Promotion
McGowan was promoted from WoodSpring’s director of channel sales position.

 
GMs

Obed Morales, GM of Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Fort Worth North; Dallas
17 July 2017
New hire
Morales previously worked as GM of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Hotel & Spa.

David Vialli, GM of Dossier; Portland, Oregon
17 July 2017
New hire
Vialli’s most recent position was West Coast managing director for The Standard. He also previously worked as area GM of The Standard Downtown LA and The Standard Hollywood.

Edward Dennis Pearse, GM of The Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel; New Orleans
17 July 2017
New hire
Pearse previously worked as GM of the Omni Royal Orleans in New Orleans.

Arthur Holman, GM of the Residence Inn by Marriott Miami Beach/Surfside; Miami
14 July 2017
New hire
Holman’s most recent position was VP of operations at Lodging Dynamics Hospitality Group.

Erin Adams, GM of the AC Hotel National Harbor Washington, D.C. Area; National Harbor, Maryland
13 July 2017
New hire
Adams previously worked as director of hotel operations at the Marriott Bethesda Suites.

Nicholas Cooper, GM of Holiday Inn New Orleans Airport North; New Orleans
12 July 2017
New hire
Cooper recently worked as GM and acting GM of four hotel brands while working for Kana Hotel Group.

Nancy White, GM of Cliff House Maine; Cape Neddick, Maine
11 July 2017
Promotion
White previously worked as the interim GM and director of sales and marketing at the resort.

John Power, GM of Loews Hotel 1000; Seattle
6 July 2017
New hire

Power previously worked as managing director of the Loews Minneapolis Hotel. He joined Loews Hotels in 2010 and also has worked at the company’s properties in Atlanta and Orlando.

Richard Verruni, GM of Allegretto Vineyard Resort; Paso Robles, California
29 June 2017
New hire
Verruni’s most recent position was managing director of Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Robert Hannigan, GM of the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel; Charlotte, North Carolina
13 June 2017
New hire
Hannigan joined Kimpton in 2007 and most recently worked as GM of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland.
     
Sales and Marketing

Bruce Gudenberg, executive director of industry relations, Hilton
18 July 2017
New hire
Gudenberg recently worked as executive director and VP of marketing for Visit National Harbor. He also has prior experience with Destination D.C. and Choice Hotels International.

Michelle Navarro, director of sales, Dossier; Portland, Oregon
17 July 2017
New hire
Navarro’s most recent position was director of business travel for Provenance Hotels’ Hotel Lucia, Hotel deLuxe, Sentinel and Hotel Murano.

Kimberly Britton, director of sales, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions; Round Rock, Texas
17 July 2017
New hire
Britton recently worked as director of sales and marketing at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas.

Jared Mintz, director of group sales, Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito; Montecito, California
13 July 2017
New hire
Mintz spent nearly six years at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas as associate director of sales and senior sales manager for group, entertainment and corporate bookings.

Joe Serna, director of sales and marketing, Grande Lakes Orlando; Orlando, Florida
29 June 2017
Returning hire
Serna recently worked as director of sales and marketing at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Early in his career, Serna spent five years at Grande Lakes.

    
F&B

Xavier Camacho, executive sous chef, The Westin St. Francis; San Francisco
12 July 2017
New hire
Camacho previously worked as executive chef at the Hyatt Place San Jose-Downtown.

Brooke Kravetz, chef de cuisine, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort; Naples, Florida
6 July 2017
New hire
Kravetz has held culinary positions in Naples and Boston. At LaPlaya, she’ll work in the resort’s Baleen Restaurant.

Joseph Bidwell, executive chef, Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch; St. Louis
29 June 2017
New hire
Bidwell has worked at several Hyatt properties, including Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, Hyatt Regency Boston and Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

    
Miscellaneous
Karlee Ferris, business development manager, Kimpton Goodland; Goleta, California
18 July 2017
New hire
Ferris’ most recent position was group lead coordinator at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego.
Anna Richardson, rooms director, Hotel Saranac, Curio Collection by Hilton; Wilton, New Hampshire
18 July 2017
New hire
Richardson previously worked as assistant GM of the Hampton Inn and Suites-Hilton Worldwide in Lake Placid, New York.
Shakir Najib, director of VIP experiences, Dossier; Portland, Oregon
17 July 2017
New hire
Najib’s most recent position was producer and brand ambassador for Converse in Los Angeles.
Zach Miller, hotel manager, Dossier; Portland, Oregon
17 July 2017
New hire
Miller previously worked as GM of The Society Hotel in Portland.
Jim Struna, regional director of revenue management, Eastern U.S. and Caribbean, Rosewood Hotel Group
17 July 2017
New hire
Struna previously worked as corporate director of revenue management at Auberge Resorts Collection.
Kevin Corprew, regional director of operations, GF Management
12 July 2017
New hire
Corprew’s most recent position as regional director of operations at Gateway Hospitality Group.
Brett Neller, director of finance, W San Francisco; San Francisco
11 July 2017
New hire
Neller’s most recent position was director of finance at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester.
Kurt Hanson, hotel manager, The Westin St. Francis; San Francisco
28 June 2017
New hire
Hanson previously worked as director of operations at The Westin Los Angeles Airport.
 
 

-Compiled by Dan Kubacki.

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