Biggar Named President of Boutique Brand SIXTY Hotels
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One of the original boutique hotel companies is back and it’s growing big time, so much so that it’s staffing up its top executive team. SIXTY Collective, which owns a five-hotel boutique chain, has named Jim Biggar as president of the SIXTY Hotels brand, which has three hotels in New York, one in Los Angeles, one set to debut in Miami this summer, and another planned for Montreal in 2016.
Jason Pomeranc, Michael Pomeranc and Lawrence Pomeranc, as well as long-time collaborator Stephen Brandman, formed SIXTY Collective in 2013. They were behind the original development of Thompson Hotels, one of the first boutique brands in the 1990s. They merged it with Joie de Vivre Hotels in 2011 to form Commune Hotels & Resorts, before leaving to restart their own brand, with many of their original properties, as SIXTY Hotels.
SIXTY Hotels currently has three properties in New York City—SIXTY SoHo, SIXTY LES (Lower East Side) and 6 Columbus, a SIXTY Hotel. SIXTY SoHo, the company’s flagship property, was completely renovated late last year with new room décor, a new “living room” lobby and bar, and an extensive collection of artwork. Still to come are a new coastal Italian restaurant, Sessanta, set to debut in April, and a new rooftop bar, which will open this summer.
SIXTY also owns and operates SIXTY Beverly Hills and will launch Nautilus-A SIXTY Hotel, this summer, and another SIXTY property in Montreal in 2017. The company is planning to expand further in New York City, Los Angeles and London, among other major cities.
Biggar will oversee SIXTY Hotels’ day-to day operations, as well as the revenue and financial growth of brand. He also will lead the company into the next phase of its expansion as it opens Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel in Miami this July and the development of SIXTY Montreal in late 2016.
Biggar has more than 30 years of experience in the hotel industry, working with more than 20 brands, including Marriott, Starwood, Hilton, Hard Rock International and IHG, as well as 25 independently branded hotels. Most recently, he served as executive vice president-North America for Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel management company operating nearly 440 hotels around the world.
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