HVMG Hires SVP of Acquisitions and Development

Read the latest roundup of U.S.-based hires and promotions in the hotel industry.



Christopher Amato

Director of culture
The Indigo Road Hospitality Group
Oct. 13, 2022
Promotion
Experience: Most recently, Amato returned to his roots, rejoining The Indigo Road Hospitality Group’s O-Ku Atlanta team as general manager in early April 2020, assisting the restaurant in reopening its doors and welcoming patrons back to their beloved West Midtown sushi spot.


Executive vice president, North America franchise operations
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Oct. 13, 2022
Promotion
Experience: Patel has held various finance, operations and franchise service leadership positions throughout his nearly 20 years at Wyndham, most recently responsible for leading its contract administration and relicensing efforts while driving industry-leading economy retention rates across its brands.


Regional director of business development – Western region
Hotel Equities
Oct. 12, 2022
Promotion
Experience: Prior to his promotion, Corbin worked on HE’s Business Development Team in the U.S. and Canada assisting with client communications and growth of the company’s hotel portfolio.


Sameer Nair

Senior vice president of acquisitions and development
Hospitality Ventures Management Group
Oct. 11, 2022
New hire
Experience: In his previous role as vice president of hotel investments for Banyan Investment Group, Nair led or assisted in more than $125 million of closed transaction volume.


Natalie Robinson

Vice president of people and culture
Peachtree Group
Oct. 5, 2022
New hire
Experience: Before joining Peachtree, Robinson was the human resource director of OS National, directing strategic human resources management and guiding all levels of the organization regarding effective people management, employee life cycle matters and compensation principles.


AJ Brow

Chief human resources officer
White Lodging
Oct. 3, 2022
New hire
Experience: Brow joins White Lodging from NiSource, one of the largest fully regulated gas and electric utility companies in the country. Most recently, he oversaw all human resource business partners and labor relations as vice president.


Joe Pagone

Regional vice president
White Lodging
Oct. 3, 2022
New hire
Experience: Pagone joins White Lodging from Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, where he spent the last 14 years refining his hospitality leadership skills at Hotel Allegro and Hotel Palomar in Chicago, Hotel Monaco in Baltimore, and the Hotel Van Zandt in Austin.



Laurent Ebzant

General manager
Park Hyatt New York
New York City
Oct. 12, 2022
New hire
Experience: Ebzant joins the award-winning property from Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro in Brazil and brings more than 20 years of Hyatt experience to his new role.


David Stanton

General manager
The West Hollywood EDITION
Los Angeles, California
Oct. 10, 2022
New hire
Experience: Stanton comes to the only West Coast location of the luxury hotel brand from The London EDITION where he most recently served as general manager at the Fitzrovia-based property.


Todd Gagnon

General manager
Omni Tempe Hotel at Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
Oct. 6, 2022
New hire
Experience: Gagnon has 10 years of previous experience with Omni Hotels & Resorts, most recently serving as general manager of the Omni Severin Hotel in Indianapolis.


Adam Duffey

General manager
Fenway Hotel
Dunedin, Florida
Oct. 5, 2022
New hire
Experience: As former General Manager of The Karol Hotel, Duffey helped open the property in 2020 and was recognized as Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice and AAA Four Diamond.


Jason Perkins

General manager
The Karol Hotel
Pinellas County, Florida
Oct. 5, 2022
New hire
Experience: Before becoming general manager at The Karol Hotel, Perkins was dual director of operations at the Lexington Marriott City Center & Residence Inn in Kentucky, where he guided the successful openings of two hotels and a rooftop restaurant.


General manager
SpringHill Suites Paso Robles
Atascadero, California
Oct. 4, 2022
New hire
Experience: Prior to his new role, Heyn was general manager at Creek Lodge in San Luis Obispo, California. He has spent nearly two decades working in the hospitality world with experience in front desk, operations, and management positions.


Area general manager
Cambria Collection
Oct. 4, 2022
New hire
Experience: Stout has more than 10 years of experience working as an innovative and results-driven leader in the hospitality industry. Most recently, he was director of operations at Hyatt Carmel Highlands.



Mirian Ortega-Calle

Director of sales and marketing
NoMo SoHo
New York City
Oct. 12, 2022
New hire
Experience: Ortega-Calle arrives to NoMo SoHo from Le Méridien New York, Central Park where she served as the director of sales and marketing, helping to rebrand the property from the Viceroy Central Park.


William Stratton

Market director of sales and marketing
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
Phoenix, Arizona
Oct. 12, 2022
Promotion
Experience: Previously, Stratton served as the director of sales and marketing at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel before joining Sheraton Phoenix Downtown as the director of group sales in 2021.


Matt Drusch

Director of sales and marketing
Omni Tempe Hotel at Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
Oct. 6, 2022
New hire
Experience: Prior to joining Omni Hotels & Resorts, Matt built a dynamic career at both branded and independent hotels through his work as director of sales and marketing throughout the Midwest.


Emily Rauber

Senior sales manager
The Trade Hotel Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Oct. 5, 2022
New hire
Experience: Most recently, Rauber served as the director of sales for The Brewhouse Inn & Suites in Milwaukee.


Samantha Sullivan

Director of sales
The Trade Hotel Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Oct. 5, 2022
New hire
Experience: Sullivan moved to Milwaukee in 2019 and previously worked with East Coast Association Companies for the Marcus Hotel & Resorts Area Sales Team, selling luxury and convention hotels in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Director of sales
Residence Inn Yorba Linda Anaheim Hills
Anaheim, California
Oct. 4, 2022
New hire
Experience: Prior to her new position, Geria was a sales director at The Hotel Fullerton Anaheim. She has also served in various roles at Hotel Chandler, Amsterdam Hospitality, Sanctuary Hotel, Library Hotel, and The Bryant Park Hotel.



Pablo Aguirre

Executive chef
Marriott Marquis Houston
Houston, Texas
Oct. 6, 2022
New hire
Experience: Most recently, Aguirre served as an executive chef at the Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental since 2018.


Jessica Carreira

Resort sous chef
Alila Marea Beach Resort
Encinitas, California
Oct. 6, 2022
Promotion
Experience: Carreira joined the property’s culinary team for its opening in March 2021, working in the pastry kitchen until recently being promoted to resort sous chef where she is currently managing the property’s poolside surf-inspired bar and lounge, The Pocket, which recently opened to the public.


Juan Sanchez

Beverage director
Alila Marea Beach Resort
Encinitas, California
Oct. 6, 2022
New hire
Experience: Previous to his new role, Sanchez has worked at Manchester Grand Hyatt, JRDN-Tower 23, the Trust Restaurant Group, and was most recently the beverage director for Belmont Park Entertainment.


Chris Simmons

Director of restaurants, bars, and events
Alila Marea Beach Resort
Encinitas, California
Oct. 6, 2022
Promotion
Experience: Previously, Simmons held roles at a number of iconic San Diego hotels and restaurants serving as outlets manager at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa and the director of food & beverage for celebrity chef Brian Malarkey’s esteemed restaurant group.


Vanessa Tewilliager

Assistant director of food and beverage
Alila Marea Beach Resort
Encinitas, California
Oct. 6, 2022
New hire
Experience: Most recently, Tewilliager served as the general manager and director of training and development for the Villagio Hospitality group in Northern Virginia where she aided in the opening and managing of various concepts.


Executive chef
Perry Lane Hotel
Savannah, Georgia
Oct. 5, 2022
New hire
Experience: Herget comes to Perry Lane Hotel from The Standard Spa Miami Beach, among other renowned hotels and restaurants throughout Nashville and Florida.


Amanda Bilbro

Director of food and beverage
Kona Kai Resort & Spa
San Diego, California
Oct. 3, 2022
Returning hire
Experience: Bilbro has held managerial roles at properties including San Francisco Marriott Marquis and Noble House Hotels & Resorts’ Hotel Zoe in addition to working in Michael Mina’s acclaimed Arcadia Steakhouse at the San Jose Marriott.


Kevin Davidson

Banquet chef
Kona Kai Resort & Spa
San Diego, California
Oct. 3, 2022
New hire
Experience: Davidson most recently served as the executive production chef for REEF Technology in San Diego.


Joe Manganelli

Executive chef
Kona Kai Resort & Spa
San Diego, California
Oct. 3, 2022
New hire
Experience: Upon relocating to San Diego, Magnanelli spent a decade with Urban Kitchen Group and most recently played a key role in the opening of Downtown San Diego’s Animae.


Christopher Goluszka

Pastry chef
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston
Boston, Massachusetts
Sept. 20, 2022
New hire
Experience: Goluszka joins The Ritz-Carlton, Boston most recently from The South End Buttery where he was head baker and pastry chef producing pastries and desserts for the cafe, catering, take-out and acclaimed restaurant.

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