A roundup of US hires, promotions
 
A roundup of US hires, promotions
25 AUGUST 2016 7:20 AM

In this roundup: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront announces five new hires; new GMs in San Francisco and Kapolei, Hawaii; 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


Wade Gesteuyala, GM of Hampton Inn & Suites Oahu/Kapolei; Kapolei, Hawaii
17 August 2016
New hire
Gesteuyala previously worked as GM of the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and in his new position will prepare the property to open in the fall.

Executives

Vijay Dandapani, president and CEO, Hotel Association of New York City
16 August 2016
New hire
Dandapani is the president of Apple Core Hotels and will succeed Joseph E. Spinnato.

GMs

Amy Arbuckle, GM of the Courtyard San Francisco Downtown; San Francisco
22 August 2016
New hire
Arbuckle’s most recent position was GM at the San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf.

Michael Salyers, GM of Hotel Saranac; Saranac Lake, New York
18 August 2016
New hire
Salyers served in several leadership positions at High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, including director of front office operations, director of revenue and director of food and beverage.

Michael Watson, GM of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Leavenworth; Leavenworth, Kansas
17 August 2016
New hire
Watson has several accolades and recognitions, which he has received from the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce in Virginia, Marriott International and True North Hotel Group.

Michael Hickerson, GM of the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown; Asheville, North Carolina
15 August 2016
Promotion
Hickerson has worked in various GM positions at McKibbon Hospitality properties since 2001.

Ashley Mahon, GM of Hyatt House New York/Chelsea; New York City
10 August 2016
New hire
Mahon’s prior position was director of rooms at Hyatt Herald Square. The Hyatt House New York/Chelsea will open in fall 2016.

Elizabeth Link, GM of WaterWalk Hotel Apartments Wichita; Wichita, Kansas
10 August 2016
New hire
Link’s previous position was GM of a SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Sales and Marketing

Sara Rolon, meeting connections sales manager, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront; Jacksonville, Florida
22 August 2016
New hire
Rolon previously worked as lead event planner at Nicole Squared Events in Orlando.


Yvonne Gu, online sales and marketing manager, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel; Maui, Hawaii
19 August 2016
New hire
Gu previously worked as a sales and marketing manager at the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai.


Leslie Cho, director of sales, Hampton Inn & Suites Oahu/Kapolei; Kapolei, Hawaii
17 August 2016
New hire
Cho’s previously worked as manager at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu.


Marie Dalis, market director of sales, McKibbon Hospitality
15 August 2016
New hire
In her new position, Dalis will oversee sales and marketing for McKibbon’s Aloft Asheville Downtown and AC Hotel Asheville Downtown properties.


Adam Smith, executive meetings manager of sales, The Westin Nashville; Nashville
11 August 2016
New hire
Smith’s previous position was catering sales and short term sales manager at the Music City Center, and also held a position at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown.


Michael Pisano, conference service manager, The Westin Nashville; Nashville
11 August 2016
New hire
Pisano spent eight years working in various positions at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville.


F&B

Kathryn Wicus, assistant food and beverage manager, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront; Jacksonville, Florida
22 August 2016
New hire
Wicus worked in several management positions at the Hyatt Regency Denver starting in 2010.


Leisa Recabo, social catering manager, The Westin Nashville; Nashville
11 August 2016
New hire
Recabo previously worked at the Marriott Vanderbilt and Sheraton Music City Hotel.

Andrew Cooper, executive chef, La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort; La Quinta, California
11 August 2016
New hire
Cooper previously worked at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe and Four Seasons Hotel Hualalai.


Miscellaneous

Ryan Reynolds, assistant rooms executive, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront; Jacksonville, Florida
22 August 2016
New hire
Reynolds previously worked at the Hyatt Regency Denver and has 10 years of experience in the industry.


Kyle Johnson, front desk supervisor, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront; Jacksonville, Florida
22 August 2016
New hire
Johnson’s prior position was loyalty program ambassador at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.
Eryn Ware, staff accountant, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront; Jacksonville, Florida
22 August 2016
New hire
Ware previously worked as director of lifestyle activities at the 5 Star Group.
Don Holowiecki, director of finance, The Westin Nashville; Nashville
11 August 2016
New hire
Holowiecki has held prior positions with Disney, Wyndham and Marriott International.
Lilian Tolliver, assistant chief engineer, The Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel; San Francisco
10 August 2016
Promotion
Tolliver started at the Palace as an engineer apprentice in 2005 and was promoted from journeyman engineer.


Daniel Zink, director of operations, Fairmont San Jose; San Jose, California
10 August 2016
New hire
Zink previously worked as an assistant GM with AC Hotels. In his new position, Zink will focus on daily hotel and food and beverage operations.
Patrick Bauer, construction manager, WaterWalk Hotel Apartments
10 August 2016
New hire
Bauer recently worked as project manager at Value Place/WoodSpring Suites in Wichita, Kansas. In his new position, he’ll oversee the construction of WaterWalk’s Denver location.


Compiled by Dan Kubacki.

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