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Brad Carroll new GM for The Residence Inn Depot Minneapolis Hotel
CSM Lodging has named Brad Carroll general manager for The Residence Inn Depot Minneapolis Hotel. A native of Minnesota, Carroll's new appointment returns him to his home state.
Brad Carroll previously held dual roles as general manager for both The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel and The Residence Inn Dallas Central Expressway, located in Dallas, Texas. He invested a number of years within his hospitality career working for the Marriott Hotels organization, serving in senior leadership positions, including as general manager and assistant general manager for hotels in a variety of markets.
Carroll has received numerous honors throughout his career, inlcuding the Marriott Leadership Excellence Award for 2012, the Marriott Silver Award in Guest Satisfaction for 2011, the Brand Superstar Award for 2011, the Courtyard Refreshing Award in 2010, and the Spirit to Serve Awards for 2010 and 2006, saluting his work helping New Orleans recover following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Mr. Carroll is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Southwest State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Hotel Restaurant Administration.
Claudia Passamonti Complex Director of Sales & Marketing for ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa and Marenas Beach Resort
Benchmark Hospitality International has named Claudia Passamonti complex director of sales & marketing for ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa and Marenas Beach Resort. Both properties are a Personal Luxury Resort located on the beach in North Miami, Florida.
Claudia Passamonti was most recently director of sales & marketing for the Nautilus South Beach, a property slated to open in 2014. Previous to this appointment, Passamonti served as task force director of sales & marketing for a leading hospitality management company, supporting 139 hotels across multiple brands within the Northeast region. She has also held the position of director of sales & marketing for the now James Royal Palm Hotel in South Beach.
Earlier in her hospitality career, Passamonti served in executive-level positions within sales & marketing for major-brand hotels and resorts. These included properties within the InterContinental Hotel Group, Starwood and Wyndham.
Passamonti is a graduate of Stanford University and Broward Community College. She is active within MPI, HSMAI, the Miami Beach & Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Miami & Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau. She also finds time to give back to her community though her involvement with the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and Breast Cancer Society.
Patrick Morey appointed Director of Restaurants & Bars at Boca Raton Resort & Club
Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, has named Patrick Morey its Director of Restaurants & Bars. Located in South Florida, Boca Resort offers diversity among its cuisines, from American bistro and sushi to seafood and Mediterranean. Morey will ensure all are standalone successes as the director of restaurants & bars, a newly created position which reflects the resort's commitment to offering modern culinary experiences for its guests. In the position, Morey is responsible for maintaining high standards of food and beverage quality and service in the resort's restaurants, bars and in-room dining offerings while delivering True Waldorf Service to each guest.
Morey's career in the restaurant industry spans 30 years. Before joining the team at Boca Raton Resort & Club, he worked as Director of Operations at Weston Restaurant Group, overseeing a diverse portfolio of eateries, and Rare Las Olas before joining a privately held national restaurant company as a regional manager. An oenophile by nature, Morey holds an Advanced Diplomas (Level III) from The Court of Master Sommeliers and has spent time as Cellarmaster to a private wine collector. There he directed the design and construction of a 4,500 sq. ft. partially subterranean wine storage and entertainment facility totaling nearly 50,000 bottles.
Morey graduated with a business degree from Georgetown University in just two and a half years while working in Washington D.C. restaurants
Scott Wysockyj joins Wakatipu Grill at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Chef Scott Wysockyj is the newest member of Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa's signature fine-dining restaurant, Wakatipu Grill. The seasoned local recently joined Wakatipu Grill's culinary team as a sous chef, bringing with him 17 years of cooking experience. His cooking experience has covered all aspects of the industry, from working in cafes and catering, to boutique wineries and restaurants. He most recently worked as a sous chef for Simon Gault at Shed 5, one of Wellington's top seafood restaurants.
One reason Wysockyj was attracted to Wakatipu Grill is its strong connection to the region. The restaurant's food philosophy places importance on buying local through working directly with farmers when they can, like a pork producer in nearby Oamuru and a salmon farm in Akaroa. The menu also reflects the home-grown focus with a selection of excellent cuts of meat and seafood, including merino lamb and Fiordland crayfish.
Since joining the team Wysockyj has added a signature dish to the menu that reflects the restaurant's attitude: a pan fried New Zealand grouper, with pumpkin miso puree, steamed brocolini, white anchovy beurre noisette, olive oil powder and pea shoots. When it comes to the produce selection, the grill uses a garden-to-plate programme for sourcing many of their vegetables.
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