Alex Pelayo appointed Food and Beverage Director of Hotel Granduca Austin

Hotel Granduca Austin has announced the appointment of Alex Pelayo as Food and Beverage Director of Hotel Granduca Austin. In his role, Pelayo will ensure the quality of guest dining experience and oversee all day-to-day food and beverage operations.

Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa appoints Jennifer Montgomery as Director of Sales and Marketing

Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Montgomery as Director of Sales and Marketing for the 107-room boutique hotel. With nearly 30 years of hospitality experience, Ms Montgomery will oversee the hotel’s dedicated sales and catering team, providing leadership and support for all sales and marketing activities.

Hyatt Regency Chicago appoints Matt Schalk as Hotel Manager

Hyatt Regency Chicago has announced the appointment of Matt Schalk as Hotel Manager, effective immediately. He’s held various roles within the Hyatt family and brings over 25 years of industry experience to the position. Mr Schalk was most recently with Hyatt Hotels Corporation serving as the Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the West Region.

Deutsche Hospitality names Tina Heide as General Manager of Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère Davos

Tina Heide will take up the reins at Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère in Davos with effect from July 1. She will succeed Thomas Kleber, who is leaving the company. Ms Heide has been employed at the hotel for over five years. During this period, she has already held several leadership positions, including that of Deputy Hotel Director. She is currently Hotel Manager.

Shanna Pacifico named Executive Chef at Graduate Madison Hotel

Graduate Madison has named Chef Shanna Pacifico as Executive Chef at the hotel, where she will oversee all food and beverage operations, including the hotel’s two restaurants, The Madison Blind and Portage Pi. Ms Pacifico was raised in Brazilian-American household and her palate is influenced by her cultural roots.

Hilton appoints Greg Hartmann Senior Vice President – Luxury, Lifestyle, Resort and Corporate Development

Hilton has named Greg Hartmann as Senior Vice President – Luxury, Lifestyle, Resort and Corporate Development. He previously led the Strategic Advisory and Asset Management Services Practice as Managing Director for the Hotels and Hospitality Group in North America for Jones Lang LaSalle for the past six years.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group appoints Mark Sutton as new Director

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, has announced Mark Sutton as Director of Midscale Development for the Northeast US Sutton is based in Philadelphia and will report to Fred Schwartz, Senior Vice President, Midscale Development, Americas.

Benchmark names new GM at The Mayfair Hotel, Los Angeles

Benchmark, a global hospitality company, has named Matina Lapanaitis General Manager for The Mayfair Hotel, a Benchmark Resorts and Hotels property located in Los Angeles, California. Greg Champion, Benchmark's President, made the announcement.

Lizabeth Kane-Hanan named Chair of Dean’s Advisory Council

Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has appointed Lizabeth Kane-Hanan ’87 MS ’04 as the Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council. Mrs Kane-Hanan is the Executive Vice President and Chief Growth and Inventory Officer, as well as Executive Officer for Marriott Vacations Worldwide.

Viceroy Santa Monica welcomes Nijad Fares and Jakub Skyvara

Viceroy Santa Monica is pleased to announce the appointment of two new colleagues: Nijad Fares as Hotel Manager, and Jakub Skyvara as Director of Restaurants and Banquets. “Our team is thrilled to welcome Nijad and Jakub into the Viceroy family," said Todd Yamaoka, General Manager at Viceroy Santa Monica.

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