A roundup of US hires, promotions
 
A roundup of US hires, promotions
15 MARCH 2018 7:24 AM

In this roundup: Highgate names new VP of operations; new GMs in Miami and College Station, Texas; 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


Kelly Sanders, VP of operations, Highgate
23 February 2018
New hire
Sanders previously worked as area GM of five Hawaiian properties: Sheraton Waikiki, The Royal Hawaiian, The Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and Sheraton Maui.

Executives

Kym Barter, SVP of food and beverage, Wynn Las Vegas; Las Vegas
26 February 2018
New hire
Barter most recently held an F&B management position at Wynn Palace. Before that, he was VP of food and beverage at Nobu Hotel Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

Bill Gomez, COO, Prestige Hospitality Group
22 February 2018
Promotion
Gomez joined Prestige eight years ago and his most recent position with the company was VP of organizational development.

Jerry Gibson, VP and managing director, Turtle Bay Resort; Oahu, Hawaii
22 February 2018
New hire
Gibson previously held the position of area VP for Hilton Hawaii, where he managed operations of all Hilton-managed properties on the Hawaiian Islands.

 

John Chan, SVP of development, Denihan Hospitality
14 February 2018
New hire
Chan most recently worked as SVP of development at SBE Entertainment Group.

Garine Ferejian-Mayo, SVP of market strategy and revenue management, Denihan Hospitality
14 February 2018
New hire
Ferejian-Mayo previously worked sales with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. She began her career at Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

Erik Rowen, president of development and renovation services, McKibbon Hospitality
13 February 2018
Promotion
Rowen joined McKibbon in 2003 as a project manager, and his most recent position with the company was VP of development.

Philip Yi, VP of digital commerce and corporate strategy, Omni Hotels & Resorts
13 February 2018
New hire
Yi previously worked as head of omnichannel strategy, business development and analytics for JCPenney.

Chad Bustos, SVP of sales and marketing, Noble House Hotels & Resorts
8 February 2018
New hire
Bustos joins Noble House from Irvine Company, where he was also SVP of sales and marketing.

George Tanzman, VP of finance, Americas and Europe, Rosewood Hotel Group
8 February 2018
New hire
Tanzman’s most recent position was as CFO for Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.

Kathleen Shea, VP of sales and marketing, Chatham Bars Inn (Cape Cod, Massachusetts) and Inn at Perry Cabin (St. Michaels, Maryland)
7 February 2018
New hire
Shea has worked for Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Taj Hotels and Canyon Ranch during her hospitality career.

 
GMs

Mohan Koka, GM of Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel; Miami Beach, Florida
26 February 2018
New hire
Koka most recently worked as GM of the Loews New Orleans Hotel.

Awet Sium, GM of Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa; Vero Beach, Florida
26 February 2018
Returning hire
Sium’s most recent position was as GM of the Kimpton Donovan Hotel in Washington, D.C., but he was also GM of the Kimpton Vero Beach from 2011-2012.

Greg Stafford, GM of Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center; College Station, Texas
23 February 2018
New hire
Stafford joins the property from Logan Hotel and Spa in Philadelphia, where he was GM.

Dant Hirsch, GM of The Dominick Hotel; New York City
20 February 2018
New hire
Hirsch previously worked at COMO Hotels & Resorts in Florida and Turks and Caicos.

Sofia Vandaele, GM of the InterContinental New York Barclay; New York City
15 February 2018
New hire
Vandaele’s most recent position was as GM of Hilton Paris Opera.

 

Ricardo Mendes, GM of Hyatt Centric Brickell Miami; Miami
14 February 2018
New hire
Mendes previously worked as GM of the Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami.


Hector Jeyakaran, GM of Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston; Charleston, West Virginia
13 February 2018
New hire
Jeyakaran spent the last year as GM of the Residence Inn by Marriott Raleigh Downtown.
Stephen Borecki, GM of the Fairfield Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown French Quarter Area; New Orleans
12 February 2018
New hire
Borecki has held hotel management positions with New Orleans Downtown Courtyard and Metairie Courtyard and Residence Inn.
Dori Familiant, GM of Hilton McLean Tysons Corner; McLean, Virginia
9 February 2018
New hire
Familiant previously worked as GM of the DoubleTree by Hilton Washington D.C.-Crystal City.
Christopher Flanders, GM of the Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Buckhead; Atlanta
8 February 2018
New hire
Flanders’ most recent position was as GM of the Residence Inn by Marriott Tallahassee North/I-10 Capital Circle.
Luis Aloma, GM of Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront; Jacksonville, Florida
8 February 2018
New hire
Aloma previously worked as VP of corporate operations for Hyatt Place and Hyatt House. He also has GM experience with Hyatt properties in Miami, New Brunswick, Rochester and Knoxville.
Diego Fabian Heredia, GM of Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills; Beverly Hills, California
8 February 2018
New hire
Heredia has held management positions with L’Horizon Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, California; Viceroy Santa Monica; Viceroy Palm Springs; and Avalon Beverly Hills.
Devin Mahoney, GM of the Kimpton Solamar Hotel; San Diego
8 February 2018
New hire
Mahoney spent the last two years as GM of the Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa in Phoenix.
Nigel Cossey, GM of the Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Allen; Allen, Texas
7 February 2018
New hire
Cossey joins the Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Allen after his time as interim GM at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in San Marcos, Texas.
     
Sales and Marketing

Ty Brassie, director of sales and marketing, Hammock Beach Resort; Palm Coast, Florida
22 February 2018
New hire
Brassie’s most recent position was as director of sales and marketing at Carneros Resort and Spa and Warner Center Marriott Hotel.

Laura Burke, national sales director, Chatham Bars Inn and Inn at Perry Cabin
21 February 2018
New hire
Burke previously worked as director of sales, worldwide accounts, at Waldorf Astoria and Conrad by Hilton.


Erica Hoelscher, senior marketing communication manager, Hotel Crescent Court; Dallas
20 February 2018
New hire
Hoelscher has held past marketing positions with Global Hotel Alliance, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada Hotel.


Erin Lovely, director of sales and marketing, Hotel Republic; San Diego
19 February 2018
New hire
Lovely previously worked as director of sales at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, San Diego Bay Downtown.


Chanelle Despins, marketing coordinator, Hyatt Regency Austin; Austin, Texas
16 February 2018
Promotion
Despins joined the Hyatt Regency Austin as a front-desk agent in 2015 and has worked in several different departments at the property.

Alex Alvarez, director of sales and marketing, Hyatt Centric Brickell Miami; Miami
14 February 2018
New hire
Alvarez previously worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Hilton Miami Downtown, Hyatt Regency Miami and White Lodging.

Jacob Brenchley, executive chef, Suncadia Resort, a Destination Hotel; Cle Elum, Washington
11 February 2018
New hire
Brenchley’s most recent position was as executive chef at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida.

Jennifer Milliron, director of sales, Southwest region, Teneo Hospitality Group
7 February 2018
New hire
Milliron previously worked as global account director of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

    
F&B
Brent Stone, director of food and beverage, Snow King Resort; Jackson, Wyoming
20 February 2018
Promotion
Stone was promoted from his previous position as the resort’s banquet manager.
JC Colón, executive chef, Hotel Republic; San Diego
19 February 2018
New hire
Colón has held culinary positions in New York and San Diego before joining Hotel Republic.
Sarah Jordan, food and beverage director, Bedderman Lodging
13 February 2018
New hire
Jordan will curate unique F&B in-room amenities in her new role with Bedderman, which was previously known as Urban Holiday Management.
Nicolas Bour, executive chef, The Gates Hotel South Beach; Miami Beach, Florida
12 February 2018
New hire
Bour previously worked as executive chef of Ocean House Management, a boutique luxury hotel in Rhode Island.
Miscellaneous

Becky Aleman, regional director of operations, Hotel Equities
16 February 2018
New hire
Aleman previously worked as GM of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Lynchburg.

Troy Longwith, regional director of operations, Staypineapple
15 February 2018
New hire
Longwith’s most recent position was as GM of the Heathman Hotel in Kirkland, Washington.

Reggie Kumar, director of operations, Hotel Zephyr; San Francisco
8 February 2018
New hire
Kumar previously worked as GM of Sanctuary Beach Resort in Monterey, California.

 

-Compiled by Dan Kubacki.

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