A roundup of US hires, promotions
 
A roundup of US hires, promotions
14 DECEMBER 2017 8:20 AM

In this roundup: Omni promotes GM to VP of F&B; new GMs in Sarasota, Florida, and Park City, Utah; 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


Devin Burns, VP of food and beverage, Omni Hotels & Resorts
28 November 2017
Promotion
Burns joined Omni in 2012, and his most recent position was GM of Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West.

Executives

Jim Cosgrove, board chairman, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
7 December 2017
Promotion
Cosgrove joined Best Western’s Board of Directors in 2011. He and his family own and operate the Best Western Plus Revere Inn & Suites in Paradise, Pennsylvania.

Melonie Johnson, president and COO, MGM National Harbor; National Harbor, Maryland
30 November 2017
New hire
Johnson joined MGM Resorts in 2015, and her most recent position with the company was president and COO of Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Mississippi.

Yvonne Choi, chief brand officer, RLH Corporation
28 November 2017
New hire
Choi spent the past four years as chief marketing officer at Cachet Hospitality Group.

Anna Scozzafava, VP of strategy and planning, Choice Hotels International
28 November 2017
Promotion
Scozzafava has worked on Choice’s corporate strategy team since 2011 and her most recent position was as senior director of corporate strategy and planning.

 
GMs

Gabriel Perez, GM of Washington Park Hotel; Miami
8 December 2017
New hire
Perez previously worked as GM of the Tryp Maritime Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Chris Bryant, GM of the Courtyard Sarasota Bradenton Airport; Sarasota, Florida
New hire
1 December 2017
Bryant most recently worked as GM of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Clearwater.

David Stutz, GM, The Source Hotel; Denver
30 November 2017
New hire
Stutz spent the last six years as director of banquets at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, Colorado.

Tony Phillips, GM of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort; Tucson, Arizona
29 November 2017
New hire
Phillips’ most recent position was GM of Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mathew Pargament, GM of the ME Miami; Miami
29 November 2017
New hire
Pargament joins the ME Miami from the Edition Hotel, Miami Beach, where he led the property as GM since opening it November 2014.

Grant Dipman, GM of The St. Regis Deer Valley; Park City, Utah
28 November 2017
New hire
Dipman’s most recent position was as GM of The Ritz-Carlton, Denver.

Robert Rivers, GM of Loews Boston Hotel; Boston
28 November 2017
New hire
Rivers previously worked as the GM of The Bostonian Hotel.

Hans Ritten, GM of Loews Chicago Hotel O’Hare; Rosemont, Illinois
28 November 2017
New hire
Ritten’s most recent position was as GM of the Omni Hotel Chicago.
Richard Graham, GM of The Fontaine; Kansas City, Missouri
27 November 2017
New hire
Graham previously worked as director of hotel operations at the Ameristar Hotel & Casino in Kansas City.
Mike Waddill, GM of Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa; Paradise Valley, Arizona
27 November 2017
New hire
Waddill’s most recent position was as VP of sales EMEA for Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
Klara Crocco, director of marketing and communications, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa; Lahaina, Hawaii
21 November 2017
New hire
Crocco’s most recent position was as complex director of public relations at The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas and The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas.
Neil Bierwagen, GM of SLS Brickell; Miami
21 November 2017
New hire
Bierwagen has previous career experience in finance, human resources and operations, and he has held past positions with Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
Stacy Martin, managing director of Delta Hotels – Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center; Allen, Texas
21 November 2017
New hire
Martin’s most recent position was as GM of The Heldrich, a Benchmark hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Colin Ankersen, GM of The Heldrich; New Brunswick, New Jersey
17 November 2017
New hire
Ankersen previously worked as VP of Boast Management and GM of the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey.
Jeffrey Harvey, GM of Viceroy Central Park; New York City
16 November 2017
New hire
Harvey previously worked as SVP and director of operations with Ark Partners and Willow Hotels.
Anne-Marie Houston, resort manager, Montage Laguna Beach; Laguna Beach, California
16 November 2017
New hire
Houston’s most recent position was corporate director of operations at Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas.
Tom Garcia, VP and GM, High Hampton Inn & Country Club; Cashiers, North Carolina
15 November 2017
New hire
Garcia previously worked as VP and GM of Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Chicago.
     
Sales and Marketing

Louis Escoto, director of sales and marketing, Washington Park Hotel; Miami
8 December 2017
New hire
Escoto’s most recent position was as director of sales and marketing at InterContinental Hotels Group’s Z Ocean Hotel in Miami Beach.

Julie Davis-Petit, director of sales and marketing, Stonewall Resort; Roanoke, West Virginia
5 December 2017
Davis-Petit previously worked as a task force director of events, sales and marketing for Benchmark.

Ileana Acosta, director of sales and marketing, Kimpton Ink48 Hotel; New York City
4 December 2017
New hire
Since 2015, Acosta has worked as director of sales and marketing at Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel, also located in NYC.

Sam Tucker, director of sales and marketing, The Adolphus; Dallas
4 December 2017
New hire
Tucker previously worked as director of sales and marketing at Le Méridien Dallas.

Shouma Moniz, director of sales and marketing, Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach; Honolulu
30 November 2017
New hire
Moniz most recently worked as director of sales and marketing at the Homewood Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North.

Dawn Neils, director of marketing, SLS Brickell; Miami
21 November 2017
New hire
Neils has held past positions with Atlantis Resort and Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos.

Laurayne Croke, director of sales, SLS Brickell; Miami
21 November 2017
New hire
Croke has held past sales positions with Ironstate Development Company, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and W Hotels New York.

Lauren Petersen, business development manager, Kimpton Hotel Solamar; San Diego
20 November 2017
Promotion
Petersen joined the property in 2014 as catering sales manager. She previously worked in sales and e-commerce at the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown.

Bill Pierce, director of sales and marketing, Trump SoHo New York; New York City
9 November 2017
New hire
Pierce’s most recent position was as director of sales and marketing at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Times Square.

Denise Fernandez, director of leisure sales, Trump SoHo New York; New York City
9 November 2017
New hire
Fernandez previously worked as senior sales manager at Pineapple Luxury Hotel Specialists.

Lauren Marshall, Director of Membership & Marketing, International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC)
27 October 2017
Promotion
Marshall was promoted from her prior role of senior manager of ISHC. Prior to joining ISHC in 2015, she was a marketing manager for IHG.

    
F&B

Joseph Stamile, director of food and beverage, The Heldrich; New Brunswick, New Jersey
7 December 2017
New hire
Stamile previously worked as director of F&B at the DoubleTree by Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

Kevin Nicholls, executive chef of The Fontaine; Kansas City, Missouri
27 November 2017
New hire
Nicholls has earned his culinary experience from past restaurant positions in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; San Francisco; and Kansas City.

Dan Elinan, executive chef, The Cavalier Hotel; Virginia Beach, Virginia
17 November 2017
New hire
Elinan’s most recent position was as executive chef at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Emiliano Andres Di Franca, food and beverage operations manager, Rosewood Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.
15 November 2017
New hire
Di Franca previously worked as GM of SLS Brickell’s Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz restaurant in Miami.

 
Miscellaneous
Brian C.P. Connors, area director of finance, Ames Boston Hotel and Copley Square Hotel; Boston
20 November 2017
New hire
Connors’ most recent position was centralized controller at Crestline Hotels and Resorts.
Sebastian Stutz, hotel manager, Hilton New Orleans Riverside; New Orleans
16 November 2017
New hire
Stutz has spent six years with Hilton, and his most recent position was as hotel manager of The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans.
Erik DeBeukelaer, director of finance, hotel portfolio, Olshan Properties
15 November 2017
New hire
DeBeukelaer most recently worked as director of finance at Sage Hospitality.
Afsi Bird, resort manager, Montage Deer Valley; Park City, Utah
14 November 2017
Promotion
Bird joined Montage Deer Valley in 2015 as the property’s director of rooms.
 
 

-Compiled by Dan Kubacki.

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