A roundup of US hires, promotions
 
A roundup of US hires, promotions
25 JANUARY 2018 9:19 AM

In this roundup: SBE president lands at SH Group; new GMs in New Orleans and San Francisco; 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


Arash Azarbarzin, president, SH Group
3 January 2018
New hire
For the last 12 years, Azarbarzin worked as president at SBE Hotel Group.

Executives

Matt Alexander, president, Blackberry Farm; Walland, Tennessee
16 January 2018
Promotion
Alexander was promoted from Blackberry Farm’s EVP position, which he has held for seven years. He first joined the property 19 years ago.

Deepesh Kholwadwala, chairman of Global Board of Directors, IHG Owners Association
9 January 2018
New hire
Kholwadwala is president and CEO of Dreamcatcher Hotel Group and Sun Capital Hotels.

 

Paul Burke, area VP of Florida and GM of Naples Grande Beach Resort; Naples, Florida
8 January 2018
New hire
Burke previously worked as president and COO at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort.

 

Elizabeth Norberg, chief human resources officer and EVP, Loews Hotels
3 January 2018
New hire
Norberg joins Loews Hotels from RLH Corporation, where she was EVP and chief human resources officer.

 
GMs

David Piscola, GM of Hilton New Orleans Riverside; New Orleans
12 January 2018
New hire
Piscola previously worked as GM of Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.


Terry Hanley, GM of Tanque Verde Ranch; Tucson, Arizona
10 January 2018
Promotion
Hanley joined Tanque Verde Ranch as assistant GM in June 2017.

Brian Fahey, GM of the Iron Horse Hotel; Milwaukee
9 January 2018
New hire
Fahey has earned most of his hospitality experience in New York City, where he held positions with Four Seasons, The Langham, The Crosby Street Hotel and the Made Hotel New York.

 

Jacqueline Volkart, GM of The St. Regis San Francisco; San Francisco
8 January 2018
New hire
Volkart joins The St. Regis San Francisco from The Ritz-Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she was also GM.

Douglas Hustad, GM of Omni Charlotte Hotel; Charlotte, North Carolina

8 January 2018
New hire
Hustad’s career includes positions with Turnberry Isle Miami, Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, and most recently The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa in Destin, Florida.

 

Brent McNally, GM of The Gates Hotel South Beach; Miami Beach, Florida
4 January 2018
New hire
McNally previously worked as GM of Monterey Tides Hotel in Monterey, California.

 

Gregory Polino, GM of W Miami; Miami
3 January 2018
New hire
Polino’s most recent position was as hotel manager at the W South Beach.

 


Anthony Beach, GM of Sophy Hyde Park; Chicago
3 January 2018
New hire
Beach previously worked as GM of Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center.
     
Sales and Marketing


Rene McCoy, director of sales Mid-Atlantic, Teneo Hospitality Group
15 January 2018
New hire
McCoy has held several sales positions with Starwood properties in Washington, D.C., including The Westin Tyson’s Corner and The Westin Alexandria. She then became an account director of global sales with the company.

Todd Ryan, regional director of sales and marketing, Mid-Atlantic region, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
12 January 2018
New hire
Ryan’s most recent position was as area director of sales and marketing in eastern Canada for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.


Connie Cook-Slocum, director of event sales, The Adelphi Hotel; Saratoga Springs, New York
11 January 2018
New hire
Cook-Slocum previously worked as director of catering sales at The Desmond Hotel.


Julie Barajas, director of event sales, Hotel Zelos; San Francisco
9 January 2018
New hire
Barajas’ most recent position was as catering sales manager at The St. Regis San Francisco.


Chaya Donne, director of sales and marketing, Hotel Nia; Menlo Park, California
9 January 2018
New hire
Donne previously worked as director of sales and events at the Stanford Park Hotel.

Kressa Olguin, marketing manager, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino; Incline Village, Nevada
9 January 2018
New hire
Olguin has worked for Hyatt since 2007. Her most recent position was as marketing manager with Hyatt Regency Austin.

Linda Menshon, director of sales and marketing, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort; Naples, Florida
8 January 2018
New hire
Menshon previously worked as director of sales and marketing at Naples Bay Resort.


Mike Sabev, destination sales executive, JW Marriott Chicago; Chicago
3 January 2018
New hire
Sabev’s most recent position was as group sales manager with the Hiltons of Chicago.

Stuart McColl, regional director of sales and marketing, Fairmont Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.
3 January 2018
New hire
McColl previously worked as director of sales and marketing at the Fairmont Mayakoba.

    
F&B
Roque Medina, food and beverage director, Hotel Nia; Menlo Park, California
9 January 2018
New hire
Medina’s most recent position was as food and beverage director at the Solage Calistoga and The Resort at Marina Village.

Jordan Siverson, director of food and beverage, Omni Charlotte Hotel; Charlotte, North Carolina
8 January 2018
New hire
Siverson previously worked as director of food and beverage for two years at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel.

Matthew Cooper, executive chef, Omni Charlotte Hotel; Charlotte, North Carolina
8 January 2018
New hire
Cooper’s most recent position was as executive sous chef at Omni Houston Hotel.

David Goette, executive chef, Pelican Grand Beach Resort; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
3 January 2018
New hire
Goette’s most recent position was as group executive chef and operations officer at Old Town Italy, an Italian restaurant chain in South Africa.
Miscellaneous

Sam Woodworth, director of acquisitions and business development, Hospitality Ventures Management Group
16 January 2018
Returning hire
Woodworth joins HVMG from Trump Hotels, where he was a manager of acquisitions and development. While a master’s student, he interned at HVMG.

J.B. McKibbon IV, asset manager, McKibbon Hospitality
8 January 2018
New hire
McKibbon’s most recent position was as senior asset manager for Apple Hospitality REIT.

 

-Compiled by Dan Kubacki.

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