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Welcome Aboard: New Hires and Promotions for June 16, 2015

People | Barry Kaufman | June 16, 2015

Welcome Aboard: New Hires and Promotions for June 16, 2015

Lindsey Struck Appointed General Manager of New Hotel On North

Main Street Hospitality Group announces the appointment of Lindsey Struck as general manager of Hotel on North, the new boutique hotel in Pittsfield, MA, the heart of the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Struck brings 20 years of New England hospitality experience, serving most recently as the director of rooms at the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster, MA. Previously, she held leadership roles at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI and Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT.

St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino Welcomes New Leadership

St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino is pleased to announce the recent appointment of directors in the human resources, finance, food & beverage, and engineering departments.

Sharon Bathory, director of human resources: Seasoned hospitality industry leader joins St. Kitts Marriott’s management team as director of human resources. Bringing 20 years of hospitality experience to the full-service resort, Bathory will oversee all aspects of the property’s human resources operations. Bathory joins St. Kitts Marriott Resort from Starwood Hotels & Resorts where she served as director of human resources for 16 years.

Benjamin Kim, director of finance: Before joining the St. Kitts Marriott team as the new director of finance, Benjamin Kim has accumulated 14 years of experience most recently as the director of finance & accounting at The Ritz Carlton Club and Residences in Kapalua, Hawaii and at Guam Marriott Resort & Spa.

Sebastian Mena, assistant director of food & beverage: Having earned a BTS hospitality management degree in France and professional hospitality degree in Chile, Mena started his career as chief steward, working his way to F&B Manager at Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. Mena brings eight years of Marriott experience to St. Kitts Marriott Resort’s food & beverage division, including his participation in the hotel brand’s Global Food Safety Council from 2010 through 2012.

Mark Whetton, director of engineering: Born and raised outside of Toronto, Canada, Mark Whetton was part of the construction team during the building of St. Kitts Marriott, serving as the project manager. Upon opening the resort in 2003, Whetton was the mechanical plant supervisor for Marriott and was then promoted to assistant chief engineer. He most recently held a position as construction manager at the Royal Beach Development Group in St. Kitts.

Patrick Staib Appointed As General Manager of Bethany Beach Ocean Suites  

Real Hospitality Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Staib as general manager of the new Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, set to open July 2015. A Delaware native, he will be returning back home to oversee all aspects of the hotel’s pre-opening stages of development, the hiring and training of all personnel, and day-to-day operations following the property’s opening.  

With over 25 years of experience in both full service and select service hotels, Staib is a veteran in the hospitality industry. Starting from the ground up, he has immersed himself in all aspects of hospitality throughout his career. Having served in the housekeeping, food & beverage, concierge and sales & marketing departments, Staib advanced to operations and management roles. Prior to joining Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, Staib served as a general manager with Hilton Hotels Hampton Inn brand for 12 years.

Quirk Hotel, A Destination Hotel Announces New General Manager And Director Of Sales And Marketing

Quirk Hotel, A Destination Hotel, has hired dynamic hospitality experts Sherry Abedi and Kate McDonald Brown as its new general manager and area director of sales and marketing.  Sherry comes to Quirk Hotel with more than 16 years of hotel and restaurant management experience, of which four of those years were with Destination Hotels.  Likewise, Kate comes to Richmond’s first ever design-driven boutique hotel with more than 15 years of hotel sales experience and has worked with Destination Hotels for the past year.

The Alpina Gstaad Names Pierre Keller Art Advisor

The Alpina Gstaad, the newest luxury hotel to debut in the Swiss Alpine resort in 100 years, has named Pierre Keller as the art advisor for its growing collection of contemporary works.  Keller has had a long and illustrious career as an artist in both the graphic and plastic arts.  He has also worked as a publisher, teacher, art consultant, curator and exhibition organizer.  He has represented Switzerland in many prestigious events such as the International Poster Biennal in Warsaw, the 9th Biennale des jeunes in Paris and the 17th International Biennal of São Paolo.  Currently, promoting Swiss Design under the "Ingenuous Switzerland" platform, Keller is also president of the Vaudois Wine Office, a post he has held since 2011.

Michael Frits Appointed General Manager Springmaid Beach Resort

Hilton Worldwide announced the appointment of Michael Frits as the general manager of the Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Results-oriented and a team player, Michael has contributed to the success of many hotel operations since joining Hilton in 1993. Most recently, he handled the operations of the 1,242-room Hilton Atlanta as resident manager, a position he has held since 2009.

Prior to his time in Atlanta, Mike held leadership positions in some of Hilton’s most iconic hotels including Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Capital Hilton in Washington, DC, Hilton San Francisco and Hilton Anchorage.

New Appointments at Conrad London St. James

Conrad London St. James is looking forward to an impressive second half of 2015 with a strong investment in the executive team. Angela Cento has been appointed director of business development and brings with her an impressive track record of creativity and key experience in the luxury sector. Simon Drake has been appointed hotel manager and joins to support and motivate the team with an extensive background in international luxury hotels.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts Bolsters Leadership Structure with Four Executive Appointments

Preferred Hotels & Resorts has announced four executive appointments from within the organization: Casey Ueberroth has been named chief marketing officer; Ken Mastrandrea has been named chief operating officer; Hiren Chandiramani has been named chief financial officer; and Michelle Woodley has been named executive vice president. Coming less than 100 days after a major rebranding, the promotions represent a pivotal expansion in the leadership structure of the family- owned and –operated company, helping better position Preferred Hotels & Resorts to achieve its goals of strategic growth globally.

Carrie Stremsterfer Joins Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch as Associate Director Of Sales

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch is pleased to announce the appointment of its new associate director of sales, Carrie Stremsterfer, who will be responsible for large convention business coming to St. Louis. Prior to joining the property, Stremsterfer was a member of the Hilton family for over 10 years, where she most recently opened the brand new Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Georgetown Area and exceeded revenue at the property by 113 percent.

Stremsterfer started her career in the hospitality business in 2005 as a sales manager leader in training at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner in Virginia, and within eight months was promoted to business travel sales manager where she surpassed 2007 sales goals by 128 percent. Her passion, resolve and commitment to customer-focused solutions led to various successful ventures within Hilton including outside sales manager, group sales manager, senior sales manager and most recently, the director of sales & marketing at the Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Georgetown Area.

John Luke Appointed General Manager Hilton Orlando

John Luke has been appointed general manager at the 1,400-room Hilton Orlando connected to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. 

Luke began his 33-year career with Hilton Worldwide in high school when a new hotel opened near his home in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. He worked there through college and after graduation was recruited by Hilton and hired into the Hilton Management Development Program.

He completed his Management Training at Hilton Chicago and Palmer House Hilton and went on to develop a vast understanding of hospitality with a focus on Front Office and Revenue Management. While rising through the ranks of Hilton, Luke has held positions across the United States including director of front office operations for Hiltons in New York, San Francisco, Georgia and Los Angeles.

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