A roundup of US hires, promotions
 
A roundup of US hires, promotions
02 NOVEMBER 2017 7:34 AM

In this roundup: Rosewood Hotel Group names new chief development officer; new GMs in Portland, Oregon, and Brooklyn, New York; 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


Karl Bieberach-Dielman, chief development officer, Rosewood Hotel Group
31 October 2017
New hire
Bieberach-Dielman previously worked in several executive-level positions at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, including VP and head of European development.

Executives

Jenna Villalobos, VP of revenue management, Outrigger Enterprises Group
31 October 2017
New hire
Villalobos previously worked as corporate director of revenue optimization at KSL Resorts.

Michael Palmeri, SVP and head of investments and business development, KSL Resorts
31 October 2017
New hire
Palmeri’s most recent position was as SVP, head of acquisitions and development at Loews Hotels.

Amy Weinberg, SVP of World of Hyatt, Hyatt Hotels Corporation loyalty program
31 October 2017
New hire
Weinberg will lead Hyatt’s loyalty program after her most recent position as GM for Groupdigital.com Corporation. She also has past hospitality consumer loyalty experience with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Kevin Jackson, CFO, Heavlin Management Company
30 October 2017
New hire
Jackson has past senior leadership experience with Landry’s and Wyndham Worldwide, where he worked in the company’s hotel management and franchising division.

Jeremy Bratcher, VP of operations, Heavlin Management Company
30 October 2017
New hire
Bratcher joins Heavlin Management Company after his previous position as regional VP at Island Hospitality Management.

Mike Cowell, VP of acquisitions and development, Trump Hotel Group
27 October 2017
New hire
Cowell previously worked as VP of business development at Dream Hotel Group, and he spent a total of 25 years as an employee of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

Tom Waithe, regional VP of Pacific Northwest and Mountain regions; Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
25 October 2017
Promotion
Waithe spent the last eight years as Kimpton’s director of operations of the Pacific Northwest and GM of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle.

Douglas Wilkins, SVP of operations, B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group
24 October 2017
New hire
Wilkins’ most recent position was area managing director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Barbara Kenney, SVP and chief human resources officer, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment
19 October 2017
New hire
For the past 11 years, Kenney worked as VP of human resources, commercial markets at Hartford Financial Services Group.

Janet Fioriti, VP of operations, Twenty Four Seven Hotels
17 October 2017
New hire
Fioriti has prior hospitality experience with ABA Development, where she was VP of asset management. She also has held executive positions with Huntington Hotel Group, Excel Hotel Group and Sage Hospitality.

Kent Crandall, CFO, Pacific Hospitality Group
3 October 2017
New hire
Crandall previously worked as EVP and CFO at MBK Real Estate.

Paul McCormick, SVP of operations, Pacific Hospitality Group
3 October 2017
New hire
McCormick has previous executive-level hospitality experience with Miraval Resorts and Sage Hospitality.

 
GMs

Lindsay Cagley, GM of Limelight Hotel Snowmass; Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
31 October 2017
Promotion
Cagley previously worked as director of sales and marketing for Limelight Hotels. The hotel is scheduled to open in November 2018.

Christopher Coleman, GM of Omni Nashville Hotel; Nashville, Tennessee
30 October 2017
New hire
Coleman’s most recent position was GM of the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown.

Ryan Kunzer, GM of Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland; Portland, Oregon
25 October 2017
Returning hire
Kunzer previously worked as GM of the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel, but began his hospitality career as a front-desk agent at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland.

Whitney Brown, GM of Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel; Portland, Oregon
25 October 2017
New hire
Brown’s most recent position was hotel manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle.

Robert Rechtermann, GM of The London NYC; New York City
25 October 2017
New hire
Rechtermann spent the past six years as GM of the Conrad New York. He also led The Peninsula New York as GM from 2007 to 2011.

Nicole McLean, GM of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn; Brooklyn, New York
16 October 2017
New hire
McLean previously worked as GM at Hotel le Bleu, a boutique property also located in Brooklyn.

Jim Harvey, GM of the Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill; Natick, Massachusetts
16 October 2017
New hire
Harvey previously led the Hotel Indigo Boston-Newton Riverside as GM, a position he began in 2013.

Charles Head, GM of the Claremont Club & Spa, a Fairmont Hotel; Berkeley, California
13 October 2017
New hire
Head’s most recent position was GM of the Fairmont Kea Lani, where he worked since 2010.

Joe Leinacker, GM of Paséa Hotel & Spa; Huntington Beach, California
3 October 2017
Leinacker’s most recent position was GM at Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove in Garden Grove, California.

     
Sales and Marketing

Alexis Amato, transient sales manager, Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel; Huntington Beach, California
31 October 2017
New hire
Amato’s most recent position was senior sales manager of the Hotel Maya, a DoubleTree resort in Long Beach, California.

Don Barnett, director of sales and marketing, LondonHouse Chicago; Chicago
31 October 2017
New hire
Barnett previously worked as complex assistant director of sales at Embassy Suites and DoubleTree by Hilton in Rosemont, Illinois.

Bailey Singletary, marketing manager, Omni Nashville Hotel; Nashville, Tennessee
30 October 2017
New hire
Singletary’s most recent position was marketing and communications manager for a Nashville-based public relations firm.

Sandy Lam, director of sales and marketing, The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando; Orlando, Florida
25 October 2017
New hire
Lam previously worked as area director of sales and marketing at BVHG Hospitality.

Timothee Semelin, corporate director of digital marketing and transformation, Rosewood Hotel Group
25 October 2017
New hire
Semelin’s most recent position was regional account director for marketing solutions in China, Hong Kong and South Korea at LinkedIn.

Bob Korin, director of sales, Teneo Hospitality Group
24 October 2017
New hire
Korin previously worked as director of national accounts for Hilton Hawaii, but he also spent much of his career as a part of Marriott International’s sales team.

Meghan Kelleher, director of sales Northeast, Teneo Hospitality Group
16 October 2017
New hire
Kelleher has a decade of hotel sales experience with Northeast resort properties, including Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Massachusetts.

    
F&B

Christopher Damskey, executive chef, Montage Kapalua Bay; Kapalua Bay, Hawaii
27 October 2017
New hire
Damskey previously worked as chef de cuisine at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai’s ‘Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge.

Adam Holt, executive chef, Omni Fort Worth Hotel; Fort Worth, Texas
26 October 2017
Promotion
Holt will lead the property’s steakhouse, Bob’s Steak & Chop House. He previously worked as sous chef at the restaurant.

Jordan Dickey, restaurant GM, Omni Fort Worth Hotel; Fort Worth, Texas
26 October 2017
Dickey will lead restaurant operations at the property’s steakhouse, Bob’s Steak & Chop House. He began his career as a manager at two of the Omni Fort Worth Hotel’s other restaurants, Cast Iron and Whiskey & Rye.

Jeramie Robison, executive chef, The Adolphus; Dallas
19 October 2017
New hire
Robison will lead the culinary team at The Adolphus’ City Hall Bistro restaurant.

Larry Eells, executive chef, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa; Indian Wells, California
17 October 2017
New hire
Eells worked in F&B with Hyatt Hotels Corporation for nearly 35 years, and he most recently worked with Hyatt Regency Orlando.

Human Resources  
Lajuana Bradley, area human resources director, Cape Rey Carlsbad and Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach; Carlsbad, California
30 October 2017
New hire
Bradley has held past hospitality HR positions with Hilton San Diego Gaslamp, Hilton San Diego and Holiday Inn San Diego, Zoo Area.
Miscellaneous
Mary Ann Kenmotsu, convention center GM, Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Naperville; Naperville, Illinois
26 October 2017
New hire
Kenmotsu’s most recent position was as director of catering and conference services at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center.
Jenne Oxford, director of operations, Kimpton Seattle; Seattle
25 October 2017
New hire
Oxford previously worked as GM of the Alexis Hotel, and she has spent 15 years as a Kimpton employee.
Paul Kessinger, director of operations, Hotel Yountville; Yountville, California
25 October 2017
New hire
Kessinger has held management positions with both the Omni San Francisco Hotel and the Stanford Court San Francisco Hotel.
Lynne Sandoval, director of group experiences, Telluride Ski Resort; Telluride, Colorado
24 October 2017
New hire
Sandoval previously worked as director of sales for Resorts Mountains Cities.
 
 

-Compiled by Dan Kubacki.

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