|Vail Resorts Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Adam Aron announced
the appointment of Edward Mace as Rockresorts¹ new President. Mace
will be based in Denver. For the past several years, he was the President
and CEO of Fairmont Hotels. Prior to joining Fairmont, he also served as
President and CEO of Lincoln Hotels. Mace is a graduate of the Cornell
School of Hotel Administration.
Olivier Masson will be the General Manager of the newest Four Seasons
Hotel to come on board in December, the current Park Hyatt Buenos Aires.
Masson will also oversee the Four Seasons Resort Carmelo in Uruguay, just
30 minutes by plane from Buenos Aires. Masson has been the General Manager
of the Regent of Jakarta since early 1999 and before that was at the Regent
of Hong Kong. Masson’s successor in Jakarta is Fazal Samad, until now the
Hotel Manager at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.
Emily Snyder, formerly Director of Sales at the St. Regis New York,
has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the soon-to-open Ritz-Carlton
New York on Central Park South.
Philippe Berry has been named General Manager for the Shelter Island
Inns, made of the Chequit Inn and the Ram¹s Head Inn. He previously
re-opened the Greenporter Hotel and Spa in Greenport, also on Long Island.
With Four Seasons in California, Jeff Doane has already left as Director
of Marketing at the spanking new Four Seasons San Francisco. He had joined
last year, coming from the Fairmont San Jose.
Paul Kazyak, Financial Controller from the Four Seasons Beverly Hills,
moves south to the same position at the Four Seasons Newport Beach.
In San Diego at Bertrand Huc¹s Bertrand at Mr. A¹s, opening
chef Todd Davis is returning to San Francisco. His position was taken over
by Fabrice Poigin, formerly the chef owner of Vignola also in San Diego.
Six Continents Hotels announced that Stevan Porter has been named Chief
Operating Officer for the Americas Region. He will report directly to John
Sweetwood, President, Six Continents Hotels/Americas. Prior to joining
Six Continents, Porter was Senior Vice President, Hilton Hotels Corporation
and Executive Vice President of Hotel Operations. Porter¹s predecessor,
Richard Solomons, has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer, replacing
Andrew McFarlane, who left at the end of May.
Six Continents Vice Chairman Craig Hunt will retire at the end of the
year after thirty years with the company. Hunt came from the Holiday Inn
side, and was once President of Holiday Inns.
Tom Arasi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lodgian, resigned
less than a year after taking the job and will be succeeded by David Hawthorne
as President and CEO.
At the 237-room Sofitel Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, slated for
a February 2002 opening, Sébastien Carré has been named Director
of Operations, coming from a similar position at the La Plantation Resort
in Mauritius. Carré joins General Manager Francis Cossutta, formerly
an Area Manager for the Lucien Barriere Hotel Group.
At Bacara, Ray Minias has left his position of Restaurant Manager at
Miro to join the Ahwahnee in Yosemite as Food and Beverage Director.
Marcello Pigozzo has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Elegant
Hotels, a smallish group of resorts in Barbados and Antigua. He was previously
an Area Managing Director for Sol Melia. Pigozzo is however better known
in the hospitality field for his 20 years with Inter-Continental where
he held various regional positions in South America and Asia.
Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts have appointed Linda Berardi Director
of Corporate Sales, meetings, incentives, conventions and expositions.
Before joining Radisson SAS, Berardi was International Sales Director for
Manhattan East Suite Hotels.
New Director of Sales at Shutters on the Beach and Casa Del Mar is Brian
Jago. He was previously at the St. Regis Los Angeles, and replaces Wendy
At the Shore Club Miami, Managing Director Charly Assaly is out, as
well as Philips Hotel Group Executive Vice President Robert Colombo. Christy
Turlington who was due to operate the spa is out too and Nobu is said to
be giving thoughts to severing its association with the hotel¹s developers.
Hotel sales veteran, Betsy Grey, leaves a ten-year career with Loews
Hotels National Sales to take the Northeast Regional Sales Director position
for the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Bruno Jamais, the affable Maître d¹Hôtel at Daniel
in New York, has made a move after seven years. He is now in the same capacity
at Alain Ducasse New York, a few blocks south of Daniel.
Australian Carl Emberson has been appointed Resident Manager of the
soon-to-be-opened Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo. Emberson had joined Hyatt
International almost three years ago as Executive Assistant Manager in
charge of Food and Beverage at the Hyatt Regency Acapulco.
Sean Worker has joined MeriStar as Vice President of Sales. He was previously
the Chief Operating Officer of Maxxim Hotels & Resorts. At Meristar
he will report to Hoyt Bacon, Chief Marketing Officer. Before joining Maxxim
Hotels & Resorts, Worker served as Vice President of National Sales
for Bristol Hotels & Resorts.
L¹Auberge Collection has a new Executive Chef at its exclusive
Cordevalle Golf Resort near San Jose. He is Patrick Haymann, and was previously
the Executive Sous Chef at KSL¹s La Quinta.
Fernando Gibaja has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage
Operations at the Ritz-Carlton Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands. With
over seven years of Ritz-Carlton, he was most recently the Assistant Food
and Beverage Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Arts Barcelona in Spain. He is
replaced in Barcelona by Pep Lozano, who was previously the Food and Beverage
Director at the Ritz-Carlton Washington DC, and had previously logged six
years at the Arts Barcelona in various food and beverage positions.
Wayne Neyens is the new Director of Human Resources at the St. Regis
Monarch Beach Resort and Spa. He moved up one notch from his previous position
as Personnel Manager at the St. Regis Los Angeles. At Monarch Beach he
succeeds Cathy Becker, who has left the company.
Chef George Morrone has left the Fifth Floor at the Palomar in San
Francisco to re-join his former employee Michael Mina as opening chef of
Redwood Park, the group’s upcoming restaurant in the Transamerica Building.
Mina was Morrone¹s Pastry Chef at Aqua when the restaurant opened
in 1990. The 40-year old Morrone apprenticed for two years at Brooklyn¹s
River Café upon graduating from the CIA in 1983. His replacement
at the Fifth Floor is no less than Laurent Gras. Gras, a former Chef de
Cuisine for Alain Ducasse, was the chef of Peacock Alley at the Waldorf-Astoria,
which was permanently (never say never) shut down in the aftermath of the
September 11 tragedy.
At Pivotal-owned St Regis LA/Century Plaza, Director of Finance Joanne
Belmonte has resigned after a few months on the job.
At Mandarin-Oriental, major cuts in the North America corporate office
with the elimination of the jobs of John Strozdas, VP Operations, Debbie
Croce, Vice President Human Resources and Jo Anne Hill, Vice President
Marketing (the latter was based in San Francisco).
Michael Pace was named General Manager of the Clarion Bedford Hotel
at Union Square in San Francisco. Most recently, he was General Manager
of the Monticello Inn. Prior to that, he was the Assistant General Manager
at the hip Hotel Triton, also in San Francisco.
Peter Finamore is out as General Manager of the splendid new Peninsula
Chicago. A thirteen-year veteran of the company, Finamore was the General
Manager of Peninsula¹s Palace in Bejing and Kowloon Hotel in Hong
Kong. His replacement in Chicago has yet to be announced.
George M. Kaufman died. He was 69 and the founder of Guest Quarters.
The first of Kaufman's Guest Quarters hotels opened in Atlanta in 1972,
and his company developed several others in such cities as Washington,
Charlotte, Houston and Tampa. In 1987, Kaufman sold the management rights
and Guest Quarters name to a Boston concern that owned and managed hotels.