A roundup of US hires, promotions
 
A roundup of US hires, promotions
11 AUGUST 2016 7:13 AM

In this roundup: SBE names new chief brand officer; new GMs in Providence, Rhode Island, and Fort Worth, Texas; and more.

Hotel News Now twice a month features a roundup of new hires and promotions for the U.S. hotel industry. To be included in the next roundup, email HNN’s Dan Kubacki

In the Spotlight


Michele Caniato, chief brand officer, SBE
28 July 2016
New hire
Caniato will begin his new position with the company on 1 September and will be responsible for SBE’s brand and image development.

Executives

Hermann Elger, COO, Baccarat Hotels and Resorts
3 August 2016
New hire
Elger will also serve as managing director of the Baccarat Hotel New York. He has worked in previous hotel leadership positions with Ritz-Carlton.

Gustaf Burman, SVP of information technology, Montage Hotels & Resorts
2 August 2016
New hire
Burman’s previous position was chief technology officer with Morgans Hotel Group.

Robert Rauch, CEO, RAR Hospitality
1 August 2016
Promotion
Rauch founded the company and previously served as president of the company.

Marc Potash, COO and president, RAR Hospitality
1 August 2016
Promotion
Potash previously served as corporate vice president of the company.

Robert Moore, EVP of operations, RAR Hospitality
1 August 2016
Promotion
Moore’s prior position was VP of operations of the company.
Jessica Woolfrey, VP of human resources, RAR Hospitality
1 August 2016
Promotion
Woolfrey’s prior position in the company was corporate director of human resources.
Cameron Lamming, chief development officer, RAR Hospitality
1 August 2016
New hire
Lamming previously worked at Brixton Capital.
Jen Acerra, VP of global brand research and insights, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
28 July 2016
New hire
Acerra spent the previous nine years at Kraft Foods, and her most recent position was head of consumer insights and strategy for beverages.
Heather Geisler, VP of creative and field marketing, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
28 July 2016
New hire
Geisler’s previous position was VP of brand marketing for MSNBC. With Hyatt, Geisler will lead the company’s Americas full-service regional field marketing team.
GMs

Adam Sydenham, regional GM, Luxe Hotels
5 August 2016
Promotion
Sydenham will lead the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Los Angeles and the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. He was promoted from GM of the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel.

Adrienne Craig-Aziz, hotel manager, Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel; Beverly Hills, California
5 August 2016
New hire
Craig-Aziz has held previous positions with Marriott International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and DoubleTree by Hilton.

Konstantine Kabilafkas, hotel manager of the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel; Los Angeles
5 August 2016
New hire
Kabilafkas previously worked as director of food and beverage at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles, Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica and the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara.

Burnell Goldman, GM of the Omni Providence Hotel; Providence, Rhode Island
3 August 2016
New hire
Goldman has spent 10 years with Omni Hotels & Resorts, and his most recent position was GM of the Omni Jacksonville Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida.

Elaine Myers, area GM of Dothan, Alabama; LBA Hospitality
2 August 2016
Promotion
Myers will oversee five Dothan properties, including Hilton Garden Inn, Clarion Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn and Hampton Inn.

Ashley Mahon, GM of the Hyatt House New York/Chelsea; New York City
2 August 2016
New hire
Mahon previously worked as director of rooms at Hyatt Herald Square in New York City.

Terri Elorreaga, GM of Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth; Fort Worth, Texas
1 August 2016
New hire
Elorreaga has more than 10 years of hotel leadership experience in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Illa Joshi, GM of Hampton Inn Carlsbad; Carlsbad, California
1 August 2016
New hire
Joshi’s appointment was announced in a series of RAR Hospitality hires and promotions.
David Perry, GM of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Carlsbad Beach; Carlsbad, California
1 August 2016
New hire
Perry’s appointment was announced in a series of RAR Hospitality hires and promotions.
Josh Lujan, GM of the Holiday Inn Carlsbad/Staybridge Suites Carlsbad; Carlsbad, California
1 August 2016
Promotion
Lujan’s prior position was GM of The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows in San Diego.
Chris Wood, GM of The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows; San Diego
1 August 2016
Promotion
Wood was promoted from the assistant GM position at the property.
Nick Cunningham, GM of Best Western Plus San Pedro Hotel & Suites; San Pedro, California
1 August 2016
Promotion
Cunningham was promoted from the position of front office manager at El Cordova Hotel.
Brett Schoenfield, managing director, The Omni Homestead Resort; Hot Springs, Virginia
1 August 2016
New hire
Schoenfield spent the past two years as GM of the Omni Bedford Springs in Bedford, Pennsylvania.
Chris Jones, GM of The Scarlet Huntington; San Francisco
27 July 2016
New hire
Jones’ previous position was GM of the Marker Hotel in San Francisco.
Scott Robison, GM of The Embassy Row Hotel; Washington, D.C.
27 July 2016
New hire
Robison previously worked as assistant GM at Sheraton Tysons Hotel in Tysons, Virginia. He also has held past positions with Ritz-Carlton.
Mike McNeill, GM of Doral Arrowwood; Rye Brook, New York
27 July 2016
New hire
McNeill’s prior position was managing director for Dolce Norwalk in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Thomas J.W. Voss, managing director, Fairmont Austin; Austin, Texas
27 July 2016
New hire
Voss comes to the Fairmont Austin from The Manchester Hospitality Group, where he worked as president of resorts.
Nenad Praporski, hotel manager, Fairmont Austin; Austin, Texas
27 July 2016
New hire
Praporski worked as executive director of rooms at The Grand Del Mar, San Diego before joining the Wynn Palace in Macau as executive director of hotel operations.
Anthony Freda, resort manager, Montage Kapalua Bay; Kapalua Bay, Hawaii
22 July 2016
New hire
Freda’s previous position was director of rooms at The Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, Hawaii.
Sales and Marketing

Robert Schneider, regional director of revenue management; Benchmark Resorts & Hotels/Gemstone Hotels & Resorts
9 August 2016
New hire
Schneider will oversee pricing and selling strategy at several of the merged company’s Florida properties. His previous position was director of group strategy at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida.


Kressa Olguin, marketing manager, Hyatt Regency Austin; Austin, Texas
8 August 2016
New hire
Olguin’s previous position was group sales manager at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa in Monterey, California.


Scott Grigelevich, director of sales and marketing, Ames Boston Hotel; Boston
8 August 2016
New hire
Grigelevich’s previous position was director of sales and marketing at the Lenox Hotel in Boston.


Julia Moye, director of sales, Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth; Fort Worth, Texas
1 August 2016
New hire
Moye’s most recent position was director of sales at the Hampton Inn and Suites Ft. Worth-Burleson.

Mary Ahlstrom, director of sales and catering; four RAR Hospitality properties
1 August 2016
New hire
Formerly the director of sales at Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa, Ahlstrom was hired to oversee sales and catering at Holiday Inn Carlsbad, Staybridge Suites Carlsbad, Hampton Inn Carlsbad-North San Diego County and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Carlsbad Beach.



Steven Manners, corporate marketing manager, RAR Hospitality
1 August 2016
New hire
Manners previously worked as marketing manager at The Keating Hotel and El Cordova Hotel.


Melissa Ochoa, corporate revenue manager, RAR Hospitality
1 August 2016
New hire
Ochoa previously worked as front-office manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows.


Olga Tsetsotkina, director of sales, Hotel Covington; Covington, Kentucky
21 July 2016
New hire
Tsetsotkina has worked for 14 years in the hospitality industry and will oversee all sales efforts at the hotel, which opens in August.


Keshia Scott, destination sales executive, JW Marriott Chicago; Chicago
19 July 2016
New hire
Scott’s previous position was corporate group sales manager at Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center in Tysons, Virginia.


F&B

Chadwick Howard, director of restaurants and bars, The Palace Hotel; San Francisco
2 August 2016
Promotion
Howard joined the property in October 2014 as restaurant and bar manager.


Human Resources

Michele Farkas, regional director of human resources, The Grove Resort & Spa; Orlando, Florida
5 August 2016
Promotion
Farkas spent 20 years as director of human resources at Benchmark Resorts & Hotels’ Eaglewood Resort & Spa property.

Miscellaneous

Howard Esquirol, director of finance, Doral Arrowwood; Rye Brook, New York
3 August 2016
New hire
Esquirol previously worked as director of finance at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel.


Andrew Kalfayan, director of accounting, RAR Hospitality
1 August 2016
Promotion
Kalfayan was promoted from regional controller of the company.


Compiled by Dan Kubacki.

2 Comments

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  • Julz December 24, 2016 2:17 PM Reply

    When I feel helpless and dipndsoiatep, I would hide in my bed. Just like an ostrich to hide my head and not to open my eyes to face the problems. I can cry out loud and think myself as I am alone in my bed. As a result, bed is my best shelter to envade someting bad and make me feel better.

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