Global Update: Who's Where and Doing What - June 2021
By The Boutique Search Firm
Monday, 14th June 2021

Global update of who is moving where and from where - keep track of old colleagues and friends or find lost ones, brought to you by The Boutique Search Firm.

Featuring: June 2021

  • Alexander Van Meijeren has been named Director of Food & Beverage of the Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara. Previously he Ventana Big Sur after a long career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
  • Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown has hand-selected Maria Tampakis for the role of Executive Chef. A lifelong culinarian, she brings a wealth of global experience to the role, reinforcing Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown as a lifestyle destination.
  • Euan Taylor has been appointed to VP of Hospitality Operations for The Little Nell Hotel Group, a division of the Aspen Ski Company. Euan joins from Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and previously held a senior operating role with Robertson Lodges, New Zealand.
  • Mandarin Oriental Boston has appointed David M. Quinn to the position of Director of Finance. He originally joined back in 2008 at the Las Vegas location.
  • Luxury Hotel Advisors, a new boutique luxury hotel advisory and acquisitions firm – has added luxury real estate and hospitality industry expert Charles L. Black III as a principal, and announces a new Beverly Hills office.
  • Sven Wiedenhaupt has been named General Manager of the Indian Wells Golf Resort in Palm Springs. He most recently served as the general manager at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Hotel Esencia appoints Sean Murphy as General Manager. He brings eight years of experience in the hospitality industry to Hotel Esencia, having previously served as the Front Office Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.
  • Fairmont Winnipeg appoints Jacco van Teeffelen as General Manager. Most recently van Teeffelen served as Hotel Manager at Fairmont San Francisco.
  • Mary Rogers is appointed General Manager of Montage Laguna Beach. Rogers joins Montage Laguna Beach from Fontainebleau Miami Beach, where she was the first female general manager since the hotel’s opening in 1954.
  • Marc Bromley returns to Nation’s Capital as Senior General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC. A fourteen-year veteran of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Marc Bromley has worked his way up in the company, leading with his good humored, caring nature and dedication to service excellence.
  • Lone Star Court appoints James Wilson as Executive Chef. Wilson comes to Lone Star Court from the University of Texas Southwestern where he served as executive chef.
  • Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort appoints New Executive Chef and Spa Director.
  • Dant Hirsch joined Ocean House Collection as president and managing director. Hirsch comes to the brand from Six Senses Resorts and Spas where he was general manager of its New York City property.
  • Kimpton Pittman Hotel in Dallas appointed Andrea Ambroze director of sales and marketing. Ambroze was previously with Denihan Hospitality Group and Hyatt Hotels
  • The Opus, Westchester, an Autograph Collection Hotel in White Plains, New York, appointed Elizabeth Andrews general manager. Andrews served as general manager for several boutique luxury properties in New York City before accepting the role of vice president at The Jade Hotel.
  • Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, California, appointed Richard Archuleta executive chef of 1 Pico. Archuleta most recently was executive chef at Openaire restaurant, and has also worked at Michelin-starred restaurants in Southern California, including Spago in Beverly Hills and The Water Grill in Los Angeles.
  • L+R Hotels appointed Elisa Barral director of asset management, Mediterranean. She joined L+R Hotels from Le Méridien Barcelona, Spain, where she was general manager.
  • Mint House named Jess Berkin head of brand where he most recently was chief marketing officer for travel e-commerce startup Porter & Sail.
  • Mint House named Paul Sacco chief development officer. He previously served as chief investment officer at Driftwood Capital, president of global development at RLH Corporation, president and chief development officer of TPG Hotels & Resorts and head of development North America for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
  • Mint House named Jim Mrha chief financial officer. He has more than three decades of experience in finance, business development and operations within the hospitality sector, and recently served as interim chief executive officer and chief financial officer at Domio.
  • The International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education named Fran Brasseux executive director, effective June 16. Brasseux spent the first part of her career working in conference planning and hotel sales before moving serving as executive vice president and then president of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International.
  • Hotel Lulu in Anaheim, California, appointed John Chan hotel manager. Prior to joining Hotel Lulu, Chan was manager of project management for ICO Group Companies, a real estate development and management company in Los Angeles.
  • PebbleBrook Hotel Trust appointed Laurayne Croke complex director of sales and marketing for the Southernmost Beach Resort and The Marker Key West Harbor Resort, both in Key West, Florida. Before this role, he was complex director of sales and marketing for SBE Group in Miami
  • Edgar Escalante is executive chef at Dirty Habit DC at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco in Washington, D.C. He recently worked for Katsuya South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida. Prior to that, he launched a catering business in Mexico City.
  • Kimpton Boutique Hotels & Restaurants Washington, D.C. properties named Bill Hanley area director of sales and marketing. Hanley has more than 25 years of experience directing and leading local, national and global sales and marketing initiatives for luxury brands and most recently served as director of sales and marketing at Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles.
  • Kimpton Boutique Hotels & Restaurants Washington, D.C. properties named James Eason area director of revenue management. Before his recent appointment, Eason spent six years as regional director of revenue management North America for Langham Hospitality Group in Bowie, Maryland, and earlier, worked as regional director for revenue management with Hersha Hospitality Management in Philadelphia.
  • Laurent Hollaender is executive chef of Le Sel and Lady Bird at The Banneker, a Kimpton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the team, he was executive chef at properties including the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, Florida; Embassy Suites by Hilton D.C.; Hotel Lombardy D.C.; and the National Democratic Club.
  • Ting Yueh Hu is director of food and beverage at Meliá Koh Samui, Thailand. Before joining the property, Hu was executive assistant manager of Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Mexico’s Velas Resorts promoted Cynthia Kunz to lead its MICE group sales as senior global sales director, meetings and incentives, based in the company’s Los Angeles sales office. Prior to joining, Kunz was sales vice-president and partner of Incentive Travel Solutions.
  • Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado, named Melisa Lesperance vice president of human resources. She has 20 years of hospitality industry experience, including as benefits manager and then assistant director of human resources at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Everwood Hospitality Partners (EHP) named Sean Liu manager of investments and underwriting. Prior to joining EHP, Liu was senior financial analyst with Urban Commons where he oversaw the development and implementation of the budgets for the asset management company’s 18-hotel portfolio.
  • Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, California, named David Lockard general manager. Lockard joined the property from Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine in San Diego.
  • Edward Thomas Company (ETC) Hotels, owners of Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, California, announced the retirement of Vice President and Managing Director Klaus Mennekes at the end of this month. Mennekes will step into an advisory role with the company after working with ETC Hotels for 28 years.
  • The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, named Marya Moore director of food and beverage. Moore spent 23 years with Marriott International, most recently as executive chef and director of restaurants at Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.
  • Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square and the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, named Josh Nowak general manager. Nowak has served as director of sales and marketing at the hotel and convention center since 2007 and helped shepherd the property through a largescale expansive and the addition of two restaurants in 2019.
  • Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, Canada, named Amy Pecorelli event manager, supporting the property in its efforts to offer a carbon-neutral package for planners and events featuring community partners.
  • Urgo Hotels Canada named Serge Primeau managing partner and president to support the company’s growth in the hotel management sector across Canada. Primeau has more than 25 years of experience with the group.
  • The Curtis, a Doubletree by Hilton property in Denver, promoted Lizzie Raudenbush to general manager and Megan Pierce to director of sales and marketing. Raudenbush most recently was the property’s director of sales and marketing.
  • Remington Hotels appointed Jason Reader senior vice president of operations. Reader brings more than two decades of hospitality experience to the role, previously serving as chief operating officer at Magna Hospitality. Prior to that, he spent 15 years with Pyramid Hotel Group.
  • CitizenM appointed Jaap Tonckens, former group chief financial officer of Unibail-Rrodamco-Westfield (URW), as an advisor to the board. He has extensive experience in commercial real estate financial leadership, capital markets, transactions, financing and corporate financing.
  • Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California, named Thiphakhoun Vyrasith director of food & beverage.

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Edited by Susana Parks, Benoit Gateau-Cumin & Lisa Leroy

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