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Jeffrey Fugit named Director of Operations at Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown
Jeffrey Fugit has been named director of Operations of the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel as the 495-room Starwood property prepares for a $40 million rejuvenation to include all guestrooms, meeting and public space, as well as the restaurant and lounge.
The high-rise hotel is located in the heart of the city's financial, sports and entertainment epicentre at 711 South Hope Street. The expansive renovation, which includes the hotel and the adjacent office tower and shopping center anchored by a flagship Macy's, will be renamed the Bloc. Upon completion, it will be the largest single asset mixed-use property in the City of Los Angeles
Fugit comes to the Sheraton after holding senior posts with other Starwood properties, including The Westin Orlando Universal Boulevard, where he served as director of Rooms, and The Westin Pasadena, where he served as director of Operations after being promoted from front office manager.
His other career highlights include serving in management posts with the Durango Mountain Resort in Durango, Colorado, The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, and with several properties in Colorado Springs, Colorado, including The Wyndham Hotel Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor Hotel and The Antler's Adams Mark Hotel.
Benchmark names David Friedberg Director of Sales & Marketing for Bonaventure Resort & Spa
Benchmark Hospitality International has appointed David Friedberg director of sales & marketing for Bonaventure Resort & Spa, a Benchmark Resort located in Fort Lauderdale.
David Friedberg was most recently director of sales for The Kalahari Resort of Sandusky, Ohio, a large resort and convention center in the Midwestern U.S. Previous to this, Friedberg held several sales & marketing leadership positions within Marriott Hotels and Resorts. These included serving as director of sales and marketing for the Saddlebrook Marriott in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, the Marriott East Side in New York City, and for both the Crystal Gateway and Crystal City Marriott hotels in Arlington, Virginia.
Additionally, Friedberg was director of sales strategy and support for Marriott International's Lodging Sales Division, in which he provided strategic direction for sales leaders throughout the organization's network. While at Marriott's corporate headquarters, he also led the sales training programming for the company's Senior Living Division.
He began his hospitality career working in hotel sales and marketing for the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Friedberg is a graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Management.
Cap Juluca names new National Sales Manager
Cap Juluca - a luxury resort in the British West Indies - has named John Hector as national sales manager.
In his new position, Hector will serve as the primary liaison to travel agents, as well as wholesale providers, interfacing with Virtuoso luxury travel network; American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts; and Signature Travel, a network of over 6,000 travel professionals. Additionally, he will work to help grow the destination weddings business for the luxury beachfront resort.
Hector's industry track record includes serving as a sales manager with the Beverly Hills Hotel and most recently, he served travel liaison for Real Madrid Football Club. He will be based out of Newport Beach, CA, working with Unique Hotels & Resorts' management team.
A native of Salem, Oregon, Hector earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Oregon University.
Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi appoints Aaishah Bohari as Director of Sales & Marketing
Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, a 5-star luxury hotel in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, has appointed Ms Aaishah Bohari as Director of Sales & Marketing.
A Malaysian national, Ms Bohari brings to Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi over 20 years of sales and marketing of luxury hotels in four different countries for international hotel chains.
With pre-opening experience at Park Hyatt Saigon, the first Hyatt property in Vietnam, and Angsana Laguna Phuket, Thailand, Ms Bohari's senior management experience, analytical skills and strong international network of contacts will be fully utilised to position Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi in both the local and international markets
She is a graduate of Hawaii Pacific University in Business Administration with an MBA in Marketing.
New directors for the Steigenberger Hotels in Berlin and Potsdam
There will be new management faces this year as the Steigenberger Hotel Group continues to expand its presence in Berlin. Torsten K. Schulze will be the new General Manager at the Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt, which opens its doors at the beginning of May. He will be replaced at the Steigenberger Hotel Berlin by Gondra Wettley, who moves from the Steigenberger Hotel Sanssouci in Potsdam to take up a new role in the capital. Her former position will be filled by Norman Mark, who takes over as the new General Manager.
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