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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
October 2003
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Todd Harris has been appointed Senior Vice President of Exclusive Resorts Club based in Denver. A Cornell Hotel School graduate, Harris spent the past fifteen years with Ritz-Carlton. This included stints as General Manager of Ritz-Carlton hotels in Seoul, Korea and Bachelor Gulch, Colorado.

If the motto of Exclusive Resorts Club is "Travel Whenever, Wherever ", it echoes that of competitor The Odyssey Club, which is "the Luxury of Choice, the Choice of Luxury". John Arnett has been named President of the Odyssey Club, which was launched by John Pritzker. Like Harris, Arnett is a former Ritz-Carlton General Manager. Most recently he was the CEO of the Kor Group.

At Starwood, Steve Hankin was promoted from the position of President, Starwood Technology and Revenue Systems, to Chief Marketing Officer.

Also at Starwood, Geoff Ballotti, a fourteen-year veteran of the company, Executive Vice President, North America Hotel Operations, has been named President, North America.

Bill Doak has joined JRK Asset Management, owners of Oceana in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara. The company recently acquired the Roger Williams and the Franklin in New York City. Doak joins as Senior Vice President Hospitality and Vice President JRK Asset Management. He spent the past six years with Four Seasons at the Regent Beverly Wilshire, first as Director of Sales and Marketing, most recently as Hotel Manager.

J.T. Kuhlman has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of One&Only Resorts. Most recently he was the President of Inter-Continental/Crowne Plaza. Kuhlman spent 24 years at Inter-Continental.

Paul Jones, a long-time associate of One&Only Chairman Sol Kerzner, has been named Chief Operating Officer. He has been with Kerzner for over 30 years, and was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of Kerzner¹s International Division.

Also at One&Only, Helen McCabe-Young has been appointed Senior Vice-President, Marketing. She joined One&Only in August after four years at Silversea Cruises.

Ellen Miller has left her position of General Manager at the Oceana of Santa Monica to take the helm of the Beverly Crescent Hotel. She had returned to the Oceana Santa Monica from the Oceana Santa Barbara a mere few months ago. Miller had previously been the General Manager of Avalon in Beverly Hills.

Christian Clerc, 36, a Lausanne graduate, will be the new General Manager at the Four Seasons Punta Mita. He joined the company in August 2000 as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Washington DC. Since May 2001, he was that property¹s Hotel Manager.  At Punta  Mita, Clerc replaces Ricardo Acevedo, who transfers to the Regent of Singapore as General Manager.

Thomas Meding has left his position of Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont Copley Plaza to become the Executive Assistant Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Tyson¹s Corner. Meding, who was at the Copley Plaza for almost four years, was previously the Food and Beverage Director at the Pierre, in New York.  In Tyson¹s Corner, he takes over from David Rothwell who left to join the upcoming Mandarin-Oriental Washington as Resident Manager.

Luis Barrios has been appointed General Manager of the 436-room Wyndham San Diego at Emerald Plaza. Most recently, he worked for San Diego-based Evans Hotels, where he held the position of General Manager at the Bahia Resort Hotel and at the Catamaran Resort Hotel.

General Manager John Volponi has been transferred by Orient-Express from La Samanna in St. Martin to the Inn at Perry Cabin in St Michaels, Maryland. Taking over from Volponi at La Samanna is Bernard Sarme, who transfers from the same position at the company¹s Bora Bora Lagoon Resort.

Samuel Schorr, who holds a Master of Professional Studies from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, is the General Manager of the River Terrance Inn in Napa. Schorr, who was the pre-opening General Manager at the Sam Houston Hotel, was subsequently the General Manager of the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, New Jersey. Joining Schorr as Rooms Division Manager at the River Terrance is Mark Cowan, formerly the Front Office Director at the Sam Houston Hotel.

Charlie Robles is the General Manager at the Parker Méridien Palm Springs formerly known as the Givenchy Resort and Spa, formerly known as the Gene Autry Hotel. Robles was previously a partner at Palm Springs¹ Caliente Lodge. Before that, he was in San Francisco with Kimpton Hotels.

Mara Bouvier has been named General Manager of Hotels for the Hotels of Baltimore International College. Included are the Hopkins Inn, the Mount Vernon Hotel and the Bay Atlantic Club. Bouvier will also be responsible for the Park Hotel, located in Ireland. Until September of this year, Bouvier was the General Manager of Island Outpost¹s Strawberry Hill, in Jamaica.

Pamela and Jacques Brouchier are General Managers of Coral Sands on Harbour Island, Bahamas. The couple is known in the area where they used to run Pink Sands for Island Outpost owner Chris Blackwell. The Brouchiers also managed the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort and the Pointe.

Steven Cenicola is the new General Manager of Brad Korzen¹s Estrella Resort & Spa in Palm Springs. He joins from the Renaissance Esmeralda & Spa where he was the Resident Manager

John F. "Jack" Kennedy has been named General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort and Spa. His previous positions included those of Executive Vice President for Winthrop Hotels & Resorts in Boston and Crescent Hotels in Phoenix and Executive Director of Hotel Operations for Cunard Hotels and Resorts.

Louis Sailer has been appointed General Manager of Raffles Resort at Canouan Island. The property, which had previously been briefly an independent Leading Hotel of the World, and was later operated by Rosewood, became part of the Raffles portfolio this month.  Sailer was until now the General Manager of the Swissôtel Dalian in China. He originally joined the Raffles/Swissôtel Group as Executive Assistant Manager at Raffles Singapore.

Nicolas Pesty has been promoted from Assistant General Manager to General Manager at the Sofitel Philadelphia. He previously held the position of General Manager at the Novotel Meadowlands.

Andreas Kappenhagen is the new Director of Food and Beverage at Miramonte, replacing Vince Robinson. Kappenhagen moves up the street from La Quinta where he assumed the position of Assistant Director of Food and Beverage since January 2000. Prior to that, he spent over three years at the Four Seasons Chicago as Director of Restaurants and Bars.

Mark Somen will be the Director of Food and Beverage at the soon-to-open Hotel Gansevoort in lower Manhattan. Somen works for China Grill Management, the food and beverage operator at the Gansevoort. Somen originally joined China Grill from the St. Regis New York as Food and Beverage Director at Hudson. For the past year, he has been the General Manager of Tuscan in Manhattan.

Replacing Somen at Tuscan is Frank Kawecki. He is also an internal transfer within China Grill and comes from the acclaimed Mix, in Manhattan, a joint venture between China Grill and Alain Ducasse.

At Mix, Melissa Trumbull takes over from Frank Kawecki. A Cornell hotel graduate, Trumbull originally joined China Grill Management in November 2001 as Restaurant Director at Royalton. She previously was a  Restaurant Director at Windows on the World, where she spent six years.

Garrett Ronan is the new Director of Food and Beverage at the Boston Harbor Hotel. He joins following five and half years at the Waldorf=Astoria where he was the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. Ronans¹s successor at the Waldorf is Julian Griffiths, who has been with the hotel for four years.

Michael Fernandez has joined the Four Seasons Scottsdale as Resort Manager following a three-year stint as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills.

Frederick Sawyers, a Stanford graduate, was named Hotel Manager of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and the Hilton New Orleans Airport.  He previously served as the Hotel Manager of the Doubletree Hotel Columbia River/Jantzen Beach and Hilton Portland & Executive Tower.

Paula Fenner is the new Director of Catering at the Adolphus in Dallas. She previously held the same position at the Westin Stonebriar and the Inter-Continental Dallas.

Rosewood¹s Las Ventanas al Paraiso has named Rebecca Huetter Director of Sales and Marketing. Most recently, she was a Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Ian Schrager Hotels West Coast with responsibility for the Clift and the Mondrian. Previously, she was a Director of Incentive Sales for Four Seasons.

Brad Beaty has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for Raffles Resort at Canouan Island. Beaty's resume includes Orient-Express' La Samanna in St. Martin, Four Seasons Resort Nevis and corporate sales management positions at The Mark in New York. Raffles Canouan Resort is due to re-open in 2004.

Dori Familiant is the new General Manager at Noble House's Sunburst Resort in Scottsdale. He takes over from Darren Smith, who left the property after six years to become the General Manager of Daufuskie Island Resort. Familiant previously spent nineteen years with Hyatt, including a position of General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Houston Airport.

Tori McLaughlin has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sunburst Resort. Prior to this appointment, McLaughlin was Director of Sales and Marketing at the Millennium Resort Scottsdale.

Win Person has been promoted to Vice President of Food and Beverage at Bellagio.  Prior to the promotion, he held the title of Director of Food and Beverage at Bellagio since April 2002. A Lausanne Hotel School graduate, Person joined Bellagio from Four Seasons.

Daniel Espino, formerly the Director of Human Resources at Delano, has been transferred by Ian Schrager Hotels to the same post at Mondrian.

Derek Flint has been promoted to the position of Corporate Director of Rooms at Ritz-Carlton. Flint had held positions of Director of Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco and the Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park South, which he opened.

Alistair McAlpine is the new Director of  Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Washington DC. He transferred from the Four Seasons Tokyo and previously worked at the Four Seasons Maldives. In DC, he fills the position left vacant when Christina Clifton joined the Mirage in Las Vegas.

James Wroblewski was recently named Director of Operations at the Westin Pasadena. Most recently, he served as Director of Six Sigma at the Century Plaza Hotel and Spa.

Teresa Holden has left her position of Director of Sales and Marketing at the St. Regis Los Angeles after one year. She had joined the hotel in October 2002, following stints at the Kor Group, Ian Schrager¹s Mondrian and the W Westwood. Her successor at the St. Regis is Mark Peterson.

At the Sofitel New York, Ana-Lissa Sison has joined as Director of Housekeeping. She came from the Stanhope Park Hyatt.

Also at the Sofitel New York, Ianic Ménard has been promoted to Director of Sales, Corporate Travel, Accor North America. Prior to the new position, Ménard was the Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sofitel New York. Ana Suarez has been promoted to Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing at Sofitel New York, replacing Ianic Ménard.

Karen Webster has been appointed Central Controller for Sofitel and Novotel in New York City. She has been with Accor since 1987.

Hervé Béal will be the new Restaurant Manager at the Sofitel New York. With Accor since 1990, he was the Assistant Food & Beverage Manager at the Sofitel Paris La Défense Grande Arche.

Dianna Balabon has been appointed Regional Director of Sales (America/Europe) for Peninsula Hotels, while maintaining her position as Director of Marketing for the Peninsula New York, which she joined in 1998.  Prior to Peninsula, Balabon was the Director of Sales, North America at The Leading Hotels of the World.

Paul Sherlock has been named Director of Operations at the La Playa Beach and Golf Resort. He was previously La Playa¹s Director of Food & Beverage. Sherlock was also the Director of Food and Beverage at the Lodge at Pebble Beach.

Ellen Adelman has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for Shutters On the Beach and Hotel Casa Del Mar.  She most recently served as National Director of Sales for Rosewood. Previously, she was Rosewood's Regional Director of Marketing & Sales, Caribbean Resorts. Adelman also worked at New York¹s Plaza and for Fairmont Hotels.

Andrew Naudin became the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Magnolia Houston. He replaced LaDonna Pettit who accepted a General Manager position with the PGI.

Libby Cook joined Xanterra Park and Resorts in their corporate office in Colorado and is in charge of quality assurance. She had already held a position in quality assurance at the Kingsmill Resort in Virginia. In her most recent position, she was the General Manager at the Willcox in South Carolina. Cook also worked for Ritz-Carlton in Naples.

Sue Binder has become the Director of Training and Internal Development for the Oneida Indian Nation. She previously held a similar position with Rosewood.

Carlos Sanchez Caballero has been named Director of Sales for the Presidente InterContinental Cancun.  He previously was the Director of International Sales for InterContinental Barcelona.

Matt Lourick has been appointed General Manager of Morimoto in Philadelphia. Matt was previously with Chicago-based Lettuce Entertain You as General Manager of Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda. He was with the company for five years.

At Le Rêve in Las Vegas, Shana Wiley, a Cornell Hotel graduate, joins as Employment Manager, from a comparable position at the corporate office of Harrah¹s Entertainment.

Ryan Crabbe will be the opening Spa Director at the Ritz-Carlton Miami South Beach. Crabbe, 25, joined Ritz-Carlton in August 2002 as Spa Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Tyson¹s Corner. He was later promoted to Regional Spa Manager, also covering the spa at the Ritz-Carlton Washington. Prior to joining Ritz-Carlton, he was the Spa Manager at the Boar¹s Head Inn.

Vernon Rivers has been appointed Director of Housekeeping at the New York Palace. He has most recently been the Director of Housekeeping for the 4,000-suite Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Rivers also held Director of Housekeeping positions in New York at the Plaza, the UN Plaza-Park-Hyatt, and the Omni Berkshire.

Jeffrey Everts has joined the Kor Group as Corporate Chef. He was previously the Executive Chef at Boston¹s Hotel Nine Zero. As such he worked with Kor¹s Avalon General Manager Janne Clare, who used to be Nine Zero¹s General Manager

Roger Ruch, who has been the Corporate Chef for Island Outpost as well as the Executive Chef for The Tides, will be the Executive Chef for the soon-to-open Hotel Conrad Miami. Prior to joining The Tides, Ruch had been the Executive Sous Chef at the Grand Bay.

Andrew Chadwick is the new Executive Chef at Meadowood, replacing Didier Lenders, who left the company several months ago. Chadwick, who relocated to Northern California for family reasons, was the opening Executive Sous Chef at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, and worked for Joachim Splichal¹s Patina Group.

John Johnston is the new Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Naples, following a more-than-three-year stint in a similar position at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix. Johnston originally joined Ritz-Carlton from Tavern on the Green in New York. In Naples, he takes over from Lawrence McFadden who was made Corporate Executive Chef for the company.

Lamberto Valdez has rejoined Ritz-Carlton as Executive Chef of the Ritz-Carlton Jupiter Golf and Spa, a private club residence. Valdez, who had been the Senior Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach, briefly left the company to be the Executive Chef at the Sofitel Miami.

John Beardsley is the new Executive Chef at San Francisco¹s Azie, following a six-month stint as the Executive Chef at Le Colonial. Beardsley also was the Executive Chef at Kimpton¹s Ponzu.

Jamie West is the new Executive Chef at the award-winning Mayflower Inn, a Relais & Chateau in Washington, Connecticut. West joins from another famed Relais & Chateau, San Ysidro Ranch, where he was the Executive Chef since 1999.

Mark Payne has been appointed Executive Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. He transferred from the Pierre in New York where he had been a Restaurant Chef for two years.

Roland Gibert has left the Jonathan Beach Club after four years to be the Executive Chef at the California Club. Gibert had previously been the Chef-Partner of Tony Bill and Dudley Moore¹s 72 Market in Venice.

Executive Pastry Chef Marco Ropke has transferred from the Four Seasons Vancouver to the Four Seasons Toronto. Prior to joining Four Seasons, Ropke directed pastry operations at six Hilton International properties in China, Japan and Taiwan.

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Also See:
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ September 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / August 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / July 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / June 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / May 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / April 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / March 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Feb 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Jan 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Dec 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Nov 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Oct 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What - the Americas / June 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / May 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / April 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Feb 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / December 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / November 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / June 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / May 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / April 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What  / February 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What  / Nov 2000
 
 

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