A roundup of US hires, promotions
 
A roundup of US hires, promotions
28 SEPTEMBER 2017 7:00 AM

In this roundup: Crescent promotes EVP to C-suite; new GMs in Santa Monica, California, and Carmel, 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


Dawn Gallagher, chief sales and marketing officer, Crescent Hotels & Resorts
14 September 2017
Promotion
Gallagher was promoted from Crescent Hotels & Resorts’ EVP of sales and marketing.

Executives

Paul Sacco, chief development officer, RLH Corporation
19 September 2017
New hire
Sacco’s most recent position was president and chief development officer at TPG Hotels & Resorts, a position he held for four years. He’s also worked at Pyramid Hotel Group and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Ghee Alexander, VP of operations Southwest, Prism Hotels and Resorts
18 September 2017
Promotion
Alexander joined Prism Hotels and Resorts six years ago as GM of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Memphis Downtown.

Luisa Marciano, VP of human resources, Dream Hotel Group
18 September 2017
New hire
Marciano previously worked as a consultant with LJS Human Resources Services. Earlier in her career, she held positions with Dolce Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International.

Shruti Gandhi Buckley, Hampton by Hilton global head, Hilton
15 September 2017
Promotion
Buckley was promoted from Hilton’s VP of strategic initiatives and focused-service brands. She joined the company in early 2017.

Thomas Bardenett, EVP of asset management, RLJ Lodging Trust
15 September 2017
New hire
Bardenett’s most recent position was COO at Extended Stay America. He also has prior hospitality experience with Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ Crossroads Hospitality.

 
GMs

Charlie Lopez-Quintana, GM of Hotel Casa Del Mar; Santa Monica, California
21 September 2017
New hire
Lopez-Quintana spent the last four years as executive director of resort operations at Terranea Resort.

Jill Clark, director of operations, Canyon Ranch; Tucson, Arizona
20 September 2017
New hire
Clark’s most recent position was GM of Mii amo, a Destination Spa at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona.

Victor Woo, GM of La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort; La Quinta, California
20 September 2017
New hire
Woo’s most recent position was EVP of The Bay Club Company. He also has prior hotel management experience at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa and Hotel del Coronado.

Kai Lermen, GM of Quail Lodge & Golf Club; Carmel, California
13 September 2017
Promotion
Lermen was promoted from the property’s assistant GM/clubhouse manager. Before joining Quail Lodge, Lermen worked as director of F&B at The Peninsula Chicago.

     
Sales and Marketing

Sharee Hines, director of sales and marketing, Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel; Miami
26 September 2017
New hire
Hines joins the property from Kimpton Ink48 Hotel in New York City, where she worked as director of sales.

Ashley Sarpong, assistant director of group sales, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown; Washington, D.C.
25 September 2017
New hire
Sarpong previously worked as sales manager and senior sales manager at Swissôtel Chicago.

Jim Pedone, director of sales and marketing, The St. Regis Princeville Resort; Kaua’I, Hawaii
25 September 2017
New hire
Pedone’s most recent position as director of sales and marketing at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California.

Jenay Peters, director of sales, AC Hotel San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point Waterfront; San Francisco
20 September 2017
New hire
Peters previously worked as senior sales manager and interim director of sales and marketing at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway in San Francisco.

Ed Asvaraksh, corporate director of sales, Roedel Companies
19 September 2017
New hire
Asvaraksh’s most recent position was director of group and leisure sales at Hilton’s regional sales center in Boston.

Karen Smith, director of sales and marketing, Colony Palms Hotel; Palm Springs, California
19 September 2017
New hire
Smith worked as an independent sales consultant and worked with hotels in New York, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

Sheryl Paulino, corporate marketing manager, RAR Hospitality
19 September 2017
New hire
Paulino previously worked at Sycuan Golf & Tennis Resort and Destination Hotels’ Town & Country Resort in San Diego.

    
F&B

Josh Thomsen, executive chef, The Omni Grove Park Inn; Asheville, North Carolina
27 September 2017
New hire
Thomsen’s prior position was executive chef at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan, Florida.

John Cook, executive pastry chef, The Omni Grove Park Inn; Asheville, North Carolina
27 September 2017
New hire
Cook previously worked as executive pastry chef at Norman Love Confections in Fort Myers, Florida.

Andres Rizo, culinary concierge, Hotel Emma; San Antonio
26 September 2017
New hire
Rizo’s culinary experience includes past positions at the Boom Boom Room, The Darby and The Double Seven in New York City.

Nicolas Blouin, executive pastry chef, Destination Kohler; Kohler, Wisconsin
21 September 2017
New hire
Blouin’s most recent position was executive pastry chef at the Rosewood Mansion Hotel in Dallas.

Matthew Bauer, executive chef, Destination Kohler; Kohler, Wisconsin
21 September 2017
Promotion
Bauer previously worked as food-and-beverage manager at The American Club resort-hotel.

Ryan Beebe, Forbes rated multiunit restaurant manager, Destination Kohler; Kohler, Wisconsin
21 September 2017
Beebe will oversee F&B operations at the property’s Immigrant Restaurant, Winery Bar and Wisconsin Room restaurants, as well as in-room dining.

Nicolas Kurban, VP of restaurants and bars, East; Kimpton
18 September 2017
New hire
Kurban previously led food-and-beverage operations at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Scott Gingerich, VP of restaurant and bars, West; Kimpton
18 September 2017
Promotion
Gingerich was promoted from Kimpton’s regional VP of restaurants and bars. He joined Kimpton in 2015.

John Gapasin, executive sous chef, InterContinental San Francisco; San Francisco
15 September 2017
New hire
Gapasin has previous hotel culinary experience with St. Regis and the Taj Campton Place Hotel.

Milos Ljubomirovic, executive sous chef, InterContinental Mark Hopkins; San Francisco
15 September 2017
New hire
Ljubomirovic most recently worked as banquet sous chef at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn.

Carlo Bigi, executive chef, The Bowery Hotel; New York City
14 September 2017
New hire
Bigi has held prior culinary positions at restaurants in New York City, Italy and France.
  
Miscellaneous
Craig Johnson, regional operations manager, RAR Hospitality
19 September 2017
New hire
Johnson brings more than 30 years of hospitality industry experience to his new position, including past positions in hotel management and commercial real estate finance.
Doug Ficke, director of accounting, RAR Hospitality
19 September 2017
Promotion
Ficke was promoted from his role as corporate accounting manager at RAR.
Daniel Zomerfeld, director of outlets, InterContinental San Francisco; San Francisco
15 September 2017
New hire
Zomerfeld spent the previous eight years at the Taj Campton Place Hotel in San Francisco.
Elizabeth Pavisha, director of design, Two Roads Hospitality
13 September 2017
Promotion
Pavisha was promoted from her position as project manager of Destination Hotels at Two Roads Hospitality.
Jan Verweij, resort manager, Quail Lodge & Golf Club; Carmel, California
13 September 2017
Returning hire
Verweij previously worked as director of front office at The Peninsula Chicago. He also helped reopen Quail Lodge in 2012 and 2013.
Maggie Wagner, director of spa and retail, Sunrise Springs Spa Resort; Santa Fe, New Mexico
15 August 2017
New hire
Wagner’s most recent position was spa director at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah.
 
 

-Compiled by Dan Kubacki.

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