|John Segreti, who had been the Chief Operating officer of the New York
Palace, died of a massive heart attack in February, at age 52. Prior to
coming home to New York to run the Palace, Segreti had a fast-track career
with Shangri-La in Asia, culminating with a position of Chief Operating
Officer, based at Shangri-La's Hong Kong Headquarters. A former football
player, Segreti started his hospitality career as Health Club Manager at
New York's United Nations Plaza.
Pete Sears has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Field Operations
for Hyatt Hotels Corporation based in Chicago. Most recently, Sears was
General Manager of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco and previously the General
Manager of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort & Spa.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has promoted James McBride to Regional
Vice President in addition to his current duties as Managing Director of
the Carlyle. McBride's region includes Little Dix Bay and Santa Fe's Inn
of the Anasazi. McBride came to New York from the Grosvenor House in London
where he was the General Manager, following a career with Ritz-Carlton
in Boston, San Francisco, Hawaii, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and
Jay Rosenthal Has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief
Operation Officer at Midamerica Development based in Chicago. Rosenthal
had been with Starwood since 1997 as General Manager of the W Lakeshore
in Chicago and the W San Francisco.
John Caparella, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Gaylord
Palms Resort and Convention Center, has been promoted to Chief Operating
Officer and Executive Vice President of Gaylord Hotels. Caparella joined
the company in 2000 in Orlando.
Laurent Fraticelli has been appointed Vice President Hospitality at
Avi Brosh's Santa Monica-based Palisades Development Group. He will be
responsible for launching the Lincoln, a 250-room lifestyle hotel in Los
Angeles, as well as four locations for Pali House, a mixed-use concept
featuring boutique extended-stay hotels and luxury turnkey condominiums.
Each Pali House will have its own restaurant and lounge. Fraticelli, a
Lausanne graduate, comes from the Standard Miami, a property he opened
as General Manager after serving in the same capacity at the Standard Hollywood
and the Standard Downtown LA.
Rich Maradik has joined Gaylord Hotels as Senior Vice President and
Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining the Company, he was a co-founder
and the Chief Executive Officer of SmartDM.
J. David Greydanus has been named Senior Vice President - Brand Management
for the Waldorf=Astoria Collection. Greydanus was most recently Senior
Vice President - Brand Management for Embassy Suites Hotels and has been
involved in the hospitality business for twenty five years, fifteen of
which with Hilton/Promus/Doubletree.
Barbara Lopez has been appointed General Manager of South Beach Miami's
Sagamore taking over from Fred de Roode who is retiring.
Alan Campey is rejoining Rosewood at the newly acquired Cordevalle as
General Manager. Campey was most recently the Chief Assets Officer for
EBR Holdings and has previously been with Keystone Advisors in Santa Barbara
and AGC Management in Dallas. He was Rosewood's Vice President Sales and
Marketing in the eighties. Until it was taken over by Rosewood, Cordevalle
was operated by Auberge Resorts.
Jean-Francois Gatti takes over from Campbell Black as the General Manager
of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco. Gatti hails from the
Intercontinental Montreal, where his successor is Gilles Hervieux. Hervieux
transfers from Chicago where he was the Manager of the Crowne Plaza Allerton.
He also served at the Hotel Inter-Continental Chicago.
Doug Housley has transferred to the Four Seasons San Francisco as General
Manager replacing the now retired Stan Bromley. He comes from the Four
Seasons Hotel Cairo where his successor is Randy Shimabuku. Housley has
been with Four Seasons since 1979.
Steven Parker is the General Manager of Baltimore's InterContinental
Harbor Court. A senior man with InterContinental, he comes from the Steven
F. Austin InterContinental and previously served the company in Shanghai,
Taipei, Turkey and Abidjan. Parker also worked for Shangri-La in Malaysia
Norm Theoret has been promoted to General Manager at the Wyndham Chicago.
Theoret was previously the Hotel Manager at the hotel.
Scott Dawson has been named General Manager of the Jumeirah Essex House.
Dawson has been with InterContinental since 1991 in Chicago, Uzbekistan
and most recently as General Manager in New Orleans.
Ken Dittrich has transferred to the Paradisus Puerto Rico as Managing
Director. Dittrich most recently ran the Paradisus Riviera Cancun.
Jacqueline Volkart has transferred to the Ritz-Carlton New York Battery
Park as General Manager. Volkart was most recently the Hotel Manager at
the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne following ten years in various positions
at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun.
Michael Hoe-Knudsen is the new General Manager of the 524 Holiday Inn
SunSpree All Inclusive Resort in Jamaica. Hoe-Knudsen, a Cornell graduate,
was most recently the Hotel Manager at the InterContinental Caracas and
previously worked for InterContinental Hotels in Rio, Miami, the Mark Hopkins
InterContinental San Francisco and the Barclay InterContinental in New
Patrick Finet has transferred to the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya
in Mexico as General Manager, taking over from Albert Mertz, who has left
the company. Finet was most recently the opening General Manager at the
Mandarin Oriental Chiang Mai. He also ran the Prince Maurice, the K-Club
Jan Goessing has transferred to the Mandarin Oriental Washington DC
as General Manager replacing Darrel Sheaffer. Goessing was most recently
the General Manager at the former Kahala Mandarin Oriental and has been
with the company since 1994.
Henny Schaeffer has been named General Manager of the Hotel Astor in
Miami Beach. Schaeffer was the Director of Residences at the Ritz-Carlton
Coconut Grove and previously ran the Sonesta Hotel & Suites also in
Reginald Archambault is the new Resident Manager at the Hotel Bel-Air.
Archambault was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the
Four Seasons Aviara.
Tracy Marks has been promoted from Hotel Manager to General Manager
at the Hilton Portland. Marks started his hospitality career with Hilton
as Beverage Manager at the Washington Hilton & Tower and has been with
the company for twenty three years at eight properties across the country.
Federico Echaiz has joined Las Ventanas al Paraiso as Resort Manager.
He was most recently the Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for PLH
Consulting in Cancun. Echaiz was previously the Executive Assistant Manager
Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Santiago, the Hyatt Regency
Santiago and the Park Hyatt Mendoza & Regency Casino Mendoza
Joe Faust has been appointed Vice President of Development for Los Angeles
based SBE Entertainment. Faust previously served many years in development
for Hyatt Hotels, based in Chicago.
Rancho Bernardo Inn has appointed Stanley Kaminski Assistant General
Manager. Kaminski moves into the new position from his role as Vice President
of Food and Beverage for J.C. Resorts, the parent company of Rancho Bernardo
Scott Hammons has joined the Ian Schrager Company as Project Manager.
Hammons was previously the Director of Housekeeping at the Park Hyatt Washington,
following several years in Rooms Operations and Project Management with
Robert Rechtermann has transferred from the Ritz-Carlton Boston to the
Ritz-Carlton Boston Common as Director of Operations. Rechtermann also
served as Executive Assistant Manager at the Hilton at Short Hills and
Director of Food and Beverage at the Regency in New York.
Philip Gay has been promoted with Grill Concepts to Chief Executive
Officer from Chief Financial Officer. Previously, Gay held CFO posts at
both Wolfgang Puck Food Co. and California Pizza Kitchen. He is a former
Managing Director of the advisory firm Triple Enterprises in Dallas.
Benchmark Hospitality has appointed Robert Zappatelli to the newly created
position of Vice President of Food and Beverage. Zappatelli previously
held the dual roles of General Manager for the Founders Inn in Virginia
Beach and Corporate Food and Beverage Director for Benchmark Hospitality.
Brooke Gardner is transferring to the Four Seasons Westlake Village
from the Four Seasons Beverly Hills as Director of Food and Beverage. Gardner
has been with Four Seasons for over sixteen years in Atlanta, Dallas and
Simon Fricker has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the
Peninsula New York taking over from another Lausanne grad, Gérald
Feurer. Fricker was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at
the Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich and previously held food and beverage management
positions at the Westin Boston Copley Place and the St. Regis New York.
As for Gérald Feurer, he is now the General Manager of Pier Sixty
Six for Abigail Kirsch Catering.
Garrett Ronan is the new Director of Food and Beverage at the Beverly
Hilton. Ronan was most recently in the same position at the Boston Harbor
Hotel and previously served as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage
at the Waldorf=Astoria.
Fredrik Nyborg has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the
Boca Raton Resort and Club. He was most recently the Director of Operations
at the Sol Melia Paradisus in Puerto Rico. Nyborg also served as Food and
Beverage Director at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower and the Adam's Mark
Ramon Arrau has been appointed Food and Beverage Director at the Grenada
Grand Beach Resort. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage
of the Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club in Curacao.
The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa has appointed Christopher Lee
Owens as Food and Beverage Director. Owens was previously the Director
of Restaurants at the Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa.
Mark Eberwein has been promoted to Food and Beverage Director at the
Rancho Bernardo Inn. Eberwein began his career at the Inn as a Maitre d'
at El Bizcocho and was most recently Director of Banquets.
The MGM Grand has assembled the management team that will oversee Food
and Beverage operations at The Signature at MGM, formerly known as The
Residences at MGM; Heinz Horvath promoted from the Beverage Department
to Director of Food and Beverage previously at the Westin Casuarina; Blayne
Yamamoto promoted from Room Service to General Manager of In-suite Dining
previously a Food and Beverage Manager at The Mirage; Kurt Umehara a former
Manager of Dining Services at Craftsteak, becomes the Director of Beverage
for the Signature.
Mauricio Manrique has been named Financial Controller at the Inn of
the Anasazi. Manrique has previously been with the Bristol, Little Dix
Bay and Acqualina, all sister properties of Rosewood's Inn of the Anasazi.
Vic Kungli has been named Controller for Cheyenne Mountain Resort in
Colorado Springs. He most recently held a similar same position at the
Garden of the Gods Club of Colorado Springs.
Millennium Hotels and Resorts North America has appointed Dennis Carew
Global Director of Group Sales based in Washington, DC. Carew joins Millennium
from InterContinental Hotels where he was a Key Account Director.
Millennium Hotels and Resorts North America has appointed David Johnson
to Director of Sales and Catering Information, North America based in New
York City. Johnson was most recently a client services business consultant
for Newmarket International.
Jeanine Korm Glendon has been named Director of Sales and Marketing
for the Churchill Hotel in Washington, DC. Glendon joins from the SAS Corporation
in Tysons Corner, where she served as the Executive Director for the real
estate holding company and export trading business. Prior to that, she
was the Associate Director of Sales at the Ritz-Carlton Tyson's Corner.
Dana Ortega has joined the Inn of the Anasazi as Director of Sales and
Marketing. Ortega was most recently at Team Plus Management Group where
she held the position of Regional Director of Sales and Marketing overseeing
both the Inn of the Governors and the Sage Inn both in Santa Fe.
Joshua Brown has been promoted from Director of Sales to Director of
Sales and Marketing at the Chattanoogan. Brown was previously in sales
at Lajitas, the Ultimate Hideout, Omni Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Four Seasons
Kevin Herbst has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the
Eldorado Hotel and Spa in Santa Fe replacing Ray Bustamante, interim Director
of Sales and Marketing, who will return to his regional role for Tishman
Hotels in Los Angeles. Herbst has held several positions for Westin and
Hyatt, most recently as the Associate Director of Sales at the Hyatt Regency
Jason Prost is transferring to the Four Seasons Westlake Village as
Sales Manager. Prost has been with the Four Seasons Beverly Hills for ten
years, most recently as Group Sales Manager.
Francis Purvey has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for
both the Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino and the Radisson St. Martin
Resort & Spa, slated to open December. Purvey was most recently the
Director of Sales and Marketing at the Bahia Mar Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale.
Kylie Hallinan has transferred to the Four Seasons Palm Beach as Director
of Human Resources. She was most recently the Assistant Director of Human
Resources at the Four Seasons Philadelphia. In Palm Beach, she replaces
Shelly Komitor who is now the Senior Vice President of Corporate Resources
for the Las Olas Company of Fort Lauderdale, following fifteen years with
Four Seasons in Palm Beach and New York.
Bruce Clifton has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the
Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center. Clifton was most recently the
Assistant Director of Human Resources at the Arizona Biltmore. He previously
held the position of Director of Human Resources at the Timberline Lodge.
Donna Romano has transferred to the Four Seasons Houston from the Four
Seasons Hualalai as Director of Human Resources. Romano was previously
the Assistant Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons Newport Beach.
She replaces Stacey Coppel who has transferred to the Four Seasons Washington
Lisa Marie Smith has been appointed Director of Human Resources at Le
Méridien Beverly Hills. Smith has been with Starwood since 1998
as the Director of Human Resources at the Westin Century Plaza, the W Los
Angeles, the W San Francisco and most recently at the St. Regis Monarch
Jadd Elkeshen has joined the Four Seasons Jackson Hole as Director of
Rooms. Elkeshen was previously at the Hotel del Coronado, the Claremont
Resort and Spa and the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco.
McCrady's Restaurant in Charleston has appointed Sean Brock as its new
Executive Chef. Brock was most recently the Executive Chef at the Hermitage
Hotel and its fine dining restaurant The Capitol Grille.
Eric Damidot has been named Executive Chef at Las Vegas' Paris Hotel
and Casino and Bally's Hotel and Casino. Damidot was most recently the
Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta. He also toiled in the kitchens
of the Palais de La Méditerranée in Nice, the Rio and Bellagio
in Las Vegas.
Christian Gradnitzer has been named Executive Chef at the Jumeirah Essex
House. Gradnitzer was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at the Burj
al Arab, Jumeirah's flagship property in Dubai.
Peter Rudolph has joined Campton Place as Executive Chef replacing Daniel
Humm. Rudolph was most recently Chef de Cuisine at Navio at the Ritz-Carlton
Half Moon Bay.
Joseph Oldham has transferred to the Four Seasons Houston as Executive
Chef replacing Paul Wade. A long-time Four Seasons employee, Oldham was
most recently the Executive Chef of the Regent Singapore.
Morgan Wilson is the new Executive Chef at the Toronto Marriott Eaton
Centre Downtown Hotel. Wilson was most recently at the Marriott Pinnacle
KC Fazel has accepted the Executive Chef position at Las Vegas' Luxor
Steakhouse. He had previously been at the MGM Grand where he opened Craftsteak
as the Executive Sous Chef and manned the grills at the Brown Derby.
Martin Rios has been named Executive Chef at the Inn of the Anasazi
where he will be responsible for the relaunch of its restaurant. For the
past eight years, Rios was the Executive Chef for The Old House at the
Eldorado Hotel, where his successor is Paul Wade.
Patrice Caillaud has been named Executive Pastry Chef at the Mandarin-Oriental
New York. He comes from the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas and previously
ran the pastry kitchens at Lespinasse, the Bellagio and Patisserie Payard
in New York.
Michael Owens has been named Head Pastry Chef at the Island Hotel in
Newport Beach joining his former colleague, Bill Bracken, the Executive
Chef. Owens was most recently the Pastry Chef at the Peninsula Beverly
Jason Etzkin has transferred to the Park Hyatt Philadelphia from the
Park Hyatt Los Angeles as Pastry Chef. Etzkin was previously at the Ritz-Carlton
Half Moon Bay.
Cornell graduate Marc Bromley has been promoted to Director of Restaurants
at the Peninsula Chicago where he was previously the Lobby Restaurant Manager.
Prior to Chicago, he spent four years at the Peninsula Beverly Hills where
he was most recently the Director of Restaurants.
Wine director Jason Alexander at Cyrus in Healdsburg will be leaving
to return to San Francisco as Wine Director of Gary Danko where he worked
for four years as an Assistant Sommelier. He will be replaced by Jim Rollston
who was Wine Director at the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville.
Jeffrey Stivers has been named General Manager of Yi Cuisine in Los
Angeles. Stivers comes from Cicada where he held various roles over the
years. He was previously with Drakes Venice, Moomba in West Hollywood and
Mélisse in Santa Monica.
Barbara Stirewalt has been named Spa Director at the Spa at Mohonk Mountain
House. Stirewalt, a Cornell graduate, most recently served as Spa Director
of the Wintergarden Spa and Fitness Center at the Wintergreen Resort in