A roundup of US hires, promotions
 
A roundup of US hires, promotions
22 SEPTEMBER 2016 7:51 AM

In this roundup: Hilton hires new global brand marketing executive; new GMs in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Cleveland, Ohio; 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


Stuart Foster, VP of global brand marketing; Hilton Worldwide Holdings
13 September 2016
Promotion
Foster will oversee marketing for Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton and Curio, A Collection by Hilton brands. Previously, he led global brand marketing for Hilton’s luxury and lifestyle brands.

Executives

Greg Doman, SVP of development in North and Central America, luxury hotels Americas and residential; AccorHotels
14 September 2016
Promotion
Doman spent 13 years with FRHI Hotels & Resorts before his latest appointment.

Don Urbahn, VP of sales and revenue management; New Castle Hotels & Resorts
6 September 2016
Promotion
Urbahn first joined the company in 1999 as a GM and was promoted to corporate director in 2007. He was promoted to VP of revenue management in 2011, a position he held until his newest promotion.

Jillean Justice, president of The Greenbrier; White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
1 September 2016
New hire
Justice earned her Doctor of Osteopathy in 2012 and has worked as a physician at Greenbrier Care, a family-care provider located on The Greenbrier’s property.
Thom Geshay, co-chief operating officer, Davidson Hotels & Resorts
30 August 2016
Promotion
Geshay will become Davidson’s COO at the end of the year when current EVP and COO Patrick Lupsha retires. Geshay has held prior management positions at the company since 1987.
GMs

Adam Winning, GM of the Residence Inn Little Rock Downtown; Little Rock, Arkansas
13 September 2016
Promotion
Winning has worked for McKibbon Hospitality since 2009. His most recent position was hotel manager at Courtyard Little Rock Downtown.

Jake Honegger, GM of Courtyard Little Rock Downtown; Little Rock, Arkansas
13 September 2016
Promotion
Honegger has held several prior GM positions including the SpringHill Suites in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and a Fairfield Inn and Suites in Conway, Arkansas.

Mark Jeffery, GM of the Sheraton Needham Hotel; Needham, Massachusetts
12 September 2016
New hire
Jeffery worked for the last five years as GM of the Boston Newton Marriott in Boston.

Emilio Fabico, GM of Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark; Tannersville, Pennsylvania
8 September 2016
New hire
Fabico previously spent six years as GM at Disney’s Epcot resort in Orlando, Florida.

Donald Woodin, GM of The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Breckenridge; Breckenridge, Colorado
7 September 2016
New hire
Woodin has held previous leadership positions with Xanterra Parks & Resorts and John Q. Hammons Hotels and Resorts.

Yael Ron, GM of The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland; Cleveland, Ohio
1 September 2016
New hire
Ron previously worked as GM of The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya in Herzliya, Israel. She has also held prior positions with Hilton Worldwide Holdings.

Akshay Bahl, GM of The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; Los Angeles
1 September 2016
New hire
Bahl’s previous position was GM of openings and transitions at Thompson Playa Del Carmen, Thompson Beach House and Monterey Tides with Commune Hotels and Resorts.

Lisa Timbo, GM of JW Marriott Chicago; Chicago
31 August 2016
New hire
Timbo previously worked as GM of the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Andrew Stegen, GM of Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa; Tucson, Arizona
31 August 2016
New hire
Stegen’s most recent position was GM of the Stockton Seaview Golf Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Rod Lapasin, GM of SLS Seattle; Seattle
30 August 2016
New hire
Lapasin previously worked as GM of the Salish Lodge & Spa in Snoqualmie, Washington. The SLS Seattle is scheduled to open in summer 2017.
Charles Young, GM of Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach; Honolulu
30 August 2016
New hire
Young has spent more than 20 years in hotel management and has held leadership positions with properties in Hawaii, Australia and Florida.
Randy Kuiken, GM of the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Westshore; Tampa
29 August 2016
New hire
Kuiken has held previous GM positions in Florida and Georgia at TownePlace Suites, Homewood Suites and Residence Inn brands.
Tom O’Neil, GM of Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Westshore; Tampa
29 August 2016
New hire
O’Neil previously worked as GM at SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Knoxville, Tennessee, a position he held for 16 years.
Michael Pace, area GM, West Coast, Morgans Hotel Group
23 August 2016
Promotion
Pace is GM of the CLIFT San Francisco and with his promotion will also manage Mondrian Los Angeles.
Sales and Marketing

Anne Stingle, director of sales and marketing, The London NYC; New York City
14 September 2016
New hire
Stingle’s most recent position was area director of sales for SH Group’s Baccarat Hotel & Residences and 1 Hotel Central Park. This is Stingle’s second tenure with the property.

Virginia Moulton, market director of sales; McKibbon Hospitality
13 September 2016
New hire
Moulton will oversee sales-and-marketing efforts at McKibbon’s properties in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her most recent position was with Embassy Suites by Hilton.

Ryan Galvin, director of sales and marketing, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa; Austin, Texas
12 September 2016
New hire
Galvin spent his previous three years as director of sales and marketing at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

Codie Blue, sales manager, Canary Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, California
7 September 2016
New hire
Blue’s previous position was specialty sales manager at Sheraton Nashville Downtown.

Alex Gregory, director of sales & marketing; The Omni Homestead Resort; Hot Springs, Virginia
7 September 2016
New hire
Gregory spent 12 years with Destination Hotels and held director of sales and marketing positions at Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix and at Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms in Charleston, South Carolina.
Chris Long, director of sales, The Omni Homestead Resort; Hot Springs, Virginia
7 September 2016
New hire
Long’s most recent position was director of Midwest sales at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Charleston, South Carolina.
Maritza Gabriel, senior sales manager, The Omni Homestead Resort; Hot Springs, Virginia
7 September 2016
Promotion
Gabriel was promoted to her new position from wedding and catering sales manager at The Omni Homestead. She was recognized as Omni’s 2015 Sales Rookie of the Year.
Rachel Withrow, wedding and catering sales manager, The Omni Homestead Resort; Hot Springs, Virginia
7 September 2016
Promotion
Withrow was promoted from catering sales manager at the property.
Alina Lopez, event sales manager, Andaz Wall Street; New York City
1 September 2016
New hire
Lopez’s most recent position was sales coordinator at the Westin Times Square.
Snezana Zaric, director of diplomatic sales, Lotte New York Palace
30 August 2016
Promotion
Zaric joined the Lotte New York Palace in 2014 as manager of diplomatic services.
Denise Kauble, market director of sales, McKibbon Hospitality
29 August 2016
New hire
Kauble will oversee sales and marketing for McKibbon’s two Tampa Westshore properties. She previously worked as area general manager for Homewood Suites and Residence Inn properties with Interstate Hotels and Resorts.
Rafael Vazquez Pico, senior director of sales, Wyndham Hotel Group
25 August 2016
New hire
Vazquez Pico’s position will focus on the Latin America and Caribbean regions. His most recent position was director of sales for the Ritz-Carlton hotels of South Florida.
Felipe Novais, regional sales director, Wyndham Hotel Group
25 August 2016
New hire
Novais has held previous positions with InterContinental Hotels Group, Meliá Hotels International and Bluepoint Hotels.
F&B

Kecia Kelly, director of catering; Canary Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, California
7 September 2016
New hire
Kelly has held catering and sales positions at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort San Diego and L’Auberge Del Mar.

Rick Starr, executive chef, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago; Chicago
22 July 2016
New hire
Starr will lead the property’s restaurant, Filini Bar & Restaurant. He also owns Ad-Lib Geocafe in Lindenhurst, Illinois.

Miscellaneous

Timo Weiland, style director of Crowne Plaza, Americas; InterContinental Hotels Group
12 September 2016
New hire
Weiland will design employee uniforms for IHG’s Crowne Plaza brand in the Americas. Weiland operates a New York-based womens and mens clothing brand company.

-Compiled by Dan Kubacki.

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