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Aqua Kaua‘i Beach Resort names Mark Burson Resort Manager
Aqua Hotels and Resorts have announced that Mark Burson has been named Resort Manager for the 350-room Aqua Kaua‘i Beach Resort.
In his role, Burson has overall responsibility for the direction and growth of the hotel's food and beverage operation, as well as assisting the operational departments, including Housekeeping, Front Office, Security and Maintenance.
Burson returns to Hawai‘i (Kaua‘i) from the Embassy Suites in Montgomery, Alabama, where he was Assistant General Manager. Prior to that, he held various senior management positions at the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk and Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort. No stranger to the kitchen, he was Executive Chef at Hanalei Bay Resort and held chef positions at Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa and the Westin St. John. He has also worked abroad at locations including Malaysia, Guam and Germany.
Jim Guttau Named Director of Public Relations at Four Seasons Hotel Denver
Four Seasons Hotel Denver has announced that Jim Guttau has been named its Director of Public Relations, replacing Dana Berry, who was recently appointed Director of Public Relations at the new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.
Guttau returns to Four Seasons, as he was previously Director of Public Relations for Four Seasons Resort Vail. He was instrumental in the rebranding of its signature restaurant, Flame, and increasing the property's involvement in the Vail community, such as the Vail Valley Foundation.
Prior to Four Seasons, he owned and operated Guttau PR, a boutique firm specializing in nonprofits, hospitality, and lifestyle clients. During the eight years of his firm, Guttau received several awards, including ones from the National School Public Relations Association and the National Kidney Foundation.
An active member of the community, Guttau is a past president of Denver Art Museum's CultureHaus and has volunteered for numerous local nonprofit organizations - from Volunteers of America to SafeHouse and Human Rights Campaign.
A graduate of Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, Guttau first embarked on a career in elementary special education in but eventually followed his passion for restaurants and hospitality.
Khaled Al-Idrissi Director of Sales & Marketing of Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has appointed Khaled Al-Idrissi to Director of Sales & Marketing of Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, British Columbia. In this role, Khaled will be responsible for developing and executing sales and marketing strategies for the historic hotel.
Khaled joins Rosewood Hotel Georgia with more than 17 years of experience in luxury hotel sales, and more than seven years with the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts brand. A seasoned Rosewood employee, Khaled began his career with Rosewood in 2007 as Director of Sales for Al Faisaliah Hotel and Hotel Al Khozama, Rosewood Hotels in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia before being promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing for both hotels in 2009. Most recently, he held the position of Regional Director of Sales for the Middle East and North Africa, overseeing the development of the region's annual sales plan and execution.
Prior to joining Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Khaled spent one year with Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, serving as director of sales & marketing. During his tenure with Kempinski, he played an integral role in the opening of the 393-room alpine retreat in the heart of one of the biggest malls in the world. Previously, Khaled was part of the opening team for the Millennium Hotel in Abu Dhabi, the first M&C Hotel in the Middle East.
Khaled began his career in the luxury hospitality industry in 1999 with Hilton Hotels & Resorts, where he served as front office manager of the Hilton Trinidad & Conference Center in the Port of Spain. Continuing to establish his reputation with some of the industry's most recognized brands, Khaled joined Hyatt Regency Riyadh in 2000, where he remained for two years as assistant director of sales, coordinating all sales department activities for the 365-room property.
Khaled holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Hotel and Food Administration from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
Jon Burckin new Director of Business Development for HRI Lodging
Jon Burckin has been named Director of Business Development for HRI Lodging. He will be responsible for identifying new management opportunities as the company continues to expand across the country.
Before joining HRI Lodging, Burckin was the managing director of business development for Access Point Financial, a direct hospitality lending and advisory platform based in Atlanta. In that role, he managed relationships with major hospitality brands, hotel operators and owners. He also originated and structured lending opportunities on new construction, redevelopment and repositioning of hotel assets across the United States.
Dorchester Collection appoints Philip Morris as director of revenue
Philip Morris has been appointed director of revenue at Dorchester Collection, London with a responsibility for aligning brand revenue and online strategy.
Having worked in revenue management for over 15 years, Morris joins Dorchester Collection from his previous position at the Waldorf Astoria & Towers, New York where he worked as director of revenue management since 2011. His past positions include regional director of revenue management at Hilton Worldwide and progressive revenue management roles in the UK and Europe with Rocco Forte Hotels and Marriott Hotels.
Vivek Badrinath is appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Accor
Vivek Badrinath joins Accor as Deputy Chief Executive Officer. He will be responsible for marketing, digital solutions, distribution, and information systems. Vivek Badrinath will be a member of the Group's Executive Committee. This appointment will be effective as of March 1, 2014.
He is a graduate of École Polytechnique and École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST).Vivek Badrinath started his career in 1992 at the French Ministry of Industry. In 1996, he joined Orange, working in various technical positions with the Long Distance Networks Department before moving to be CEO of Thomson India in 2000. He returned to Orange in 2004 as Technical Director in charge of mobile activities and then joined the group's Executive Committee in 2009, heading up the Networks and Operators Division. He was then named Executive Director of Orange Business Services from April 2010 to April 2012before being appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Innovation, Marketing and Technologies on May 1, 2013.
Marcus Hotels & Resorts announces General Manager appointments at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Hotel Phillips and Skirvin Hilton
Marcus Hotels & Resorts has announced that Tom Mason has been appointed managing director of the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis., Gerald Rappaport has been appointed general manager of the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Mo. and Brett Sundstrom has been appointed general manager of the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Mason joins Marcus Hotels & Resorts with over 30 years of hospitality experience. He began his career with Hyatt Hotels Corporation in 1981. His career includes serving as general manager of the Hyatt Regency Knoxville in Knoxville, Tenn., and the Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Whitney and Radisson Plaza Hotel, all located in Minneapolis, Minn. He also served as asset manager of the Turnstone Group and most recently served as vice president of operations for The Service Company, a national provider of comprehensive hotel and casino cleaning services. Mason has been recognized as General Manager of the Year by Radisson Hotels. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in business.
Rappaport returned to Marcus Hotels & Resorts in March of 2013 to serve as general manager of the company's Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark in Lake Geneva, Wis., and most recently served as interim general manager of the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. The Hotel Phillips will mark the fifth hotel he has managed for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. Rappaport previously served as general manager of the Hilton Milwaukee and the InterContinental Milwaukee. Prior to returning to Marcus Hotels, he was general manager of the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee.
Sundstrom began his career with Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 2008 as a project manager in the corporate office. While at Marcus Hotels, he served as general manager of Xona Resort & Suites in Scottsdale, Ariz. and managing director of the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. Originally from the Oklahoma area, he most recently served as interim general manager of the Skirvin Hilton prior to his promotion. Sundstrom is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in hotel and management and a minor in business.
Red Roof Inn names new Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales and Development
Red Roof Inn has named Matthew Hostetler, Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales and Development. He will be responsible for leading the Franchise Development Directors in growing the brand and will report directly to Phil Hugh, Chief Development Officer. Previously Hostetler served as Senior Vice President of Franchise Development, Engel & Völkers USA in New York, NY.
Hostetler graduated from California University of Pennsylvania and has had a series of notable industry leadership roles throughout his career. Prior to his role as Senior Vice President of Franchise Development, with Engel & Völkers USA, Hostetler led franchise development for Coldwell Banker & Coldwell Banker Commercial where he was responsible for growth in strategically planned markets as well as mergers and acquisitions throughout the United States and Canada.
Hostetler also held the roles of Managing Director Franchise Development and Franchise Development Director with Wyndham Worldwide.
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