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Welcome Aboard: New Hires and Promotions for March 11, 2016

People | Barry Kaufman | March 11, 2016

Welcome Aboard: New Hires and Promotions for March 11, 2016

Davis Appointed General Manager Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach

 Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has announced the appointment of Tiffany S. Davis as general manager of the iconic retreat along the Intracoastal Waterway with an expansive marina.  Most recently, Davis served as general manager of Hilton Key Largo in the upper Florida Keys. 

Prior to her post in Key Largo, Davis was director of operations at the 231-room GALLERYone, a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton located on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a position she held since 2014.

New Chief Operating Officer For Canyon Ranch

Canyon Ranch has announced the appointment of Thomas Klein as the new chief operating officer, replacing retiring Peter Smith. Klein comes to Canyon Ranch from Fairmont Hotels and Resorts in San Francisco, where he directed all aspects of hotel operations for seven Fairmont properties in California as regional vice president /general manager. Born in Germany and fluent in German, he brings a wealth of international experience including previous top positions with Swissötel Hotels and Resorts (Chicago) and a variety of high-end hotels & resorts in the U.S., South Africa and Australia, including Ritz Carlton.

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa At Montelucia Announces Three Key Personnel Additions

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is pleased to announce the appointments of Chloe Dake as public relations & communications manager, Eddie Zrimsek as spa & retail manager, and the promotion of Cathy Dupree to digital marketing manager.

As public relations & communications manager, Dake will be managing all aspects of the luxury resort’s communications, including social media, review and partner sites, media requests and visits, agency facilitation, and content creation. Dake brings several years of broadcast expertise to her new position, having worked on many notable sporting events throughout her career, including the Pro Bowl, the College Football National Championship in Phoenix and the U.S. Open in New York. A proud Arizona native, Dake attended high school in Scottsdale before enrolling in the University of Missouri, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and yoga.

Rejoining the resort, Zrimsek brings a passion for guest service, retail, and spa to his new role overseeing the property’s spa and retail operations as spa & retail manager. Zrimsek originally joined the resort in early 2009 as spa journey coordinator, followed by being promoted to spa and salon supervisor, and then assistant spa director. In 2014, Zrimsek returned to his hometown of Milwaukee to work as a senior team leader with Target Corporation. While not at work, Zrimsek likes to exercise, watch live music, and explore Scottsdale’s vast culinary scene.

Transitioning to the marketing department, Dupree will be managing the resort’s online efforts, including email marketing, website updates and optimization, and digital and creative coordination in her new position as digital marketing manager. Dupree began her career with the resort in September 2013 as a reservation agent and was later promoted to experience planner and business travel coordinator. Prior to joining the resort, Dupree was an owner, partner, and lead web and graphic designer at a digital marketing firm focusing on web design, email, and social media marketing campaigns. Dupree enjoys hiking with her dog and volunteering for various organizations, including Sedona P.E.O. organization and Sedona Miracle Foundation.

Grand Hyatt San Francisco Welcomes Anita Rahman as New Director of Sales and Marketing

Grand Hyatt San Francisco announces the appointment of Anita Rahman as the hotel’s new director of sales and marketing. Rahman was most recently director of sales and marketing at Andaz Maui at Wailea, where she led the efforts in opening the brand’s first resort destination. Having previously held roles at Hyatts in San Francisco, Seattle, and San Diego, Rahman brings with her 16 years of experience with Hyatt, a keen understanding of marketing and sales goals, and a strong familiarity with the city’s hospitality industry.

Stanford Court Appoints Brian Aker As Hotel Manager

Stanford Court, San Francisco’s modern 393-room hotel poised atop famed Nob Hill, today announced the appointment of Brian Aker as hotel manager.  With a distinguished history working for notable hotels throughout the country and more than 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Aker has proven his ability to successfully coordinate and administer hotel services, while increasing guest satisfaction. 

Throughout his career, Aker has demonstrated pronounced leadership capabilities and established a proven track record of improving guest satisfaction.  Before joining the team at Stanford Court, Aker served as the director of rooms at Pacific Beach Hotel in Honolulu where he had a direct impact on guest experience ratings, improving the hotel’s online reputation by engaging with guests both during and after their stay.  Prior to moving to Hawaii, Aker worked at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas as hotel manager where he managed all front office operations and assisted with owner relations, guest relations, the bellhop desk, and valet services.  His career also includes senior management positions at the W New York Times Square in New York City and The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, among others.

Belmond Appoints Emanuele Manfroi As General Manager At Belmond Villa San Michele, Florence

Belmond has appointed Emanuele Manfroi as general manager of Belmond Villa San Michele in Florence, Italy effective immediately.

Italian born Manfroi graduated with a BA in Business Administration followed by a Masters in International Tourism Management. Prior to joining Belmond in 2012 Manfroi built his career in hospitality within luxury hotels around the world including the Park Hyatt Milano, Park Hyatt Sydney, and Four Seasons Milan as well as pursuing his passion for culinary excellence. Previously Hotel Manager at sister hotel, Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Manfroi takes up the new role ahead of the season opening on April 8, 2016.

Evason Ana Mandara Appoints Andrea Muegge as General Manager

 Evason Ana Mandara, Vietnam’s renowned five-star resort located along the picturesque beach of Nha Trang, has appointed Andrea Muegge as general manager.

A German native, Muegge has expansive hospitality experience. She started with Kempinski Hotels in 1998 as rooms division manager at Kempinski Gravenbruch, in Frankfurt, Germany and enjoyed such success that she journeyed within the company for the next 17 years to hotels in Dubai, Amman, Istanbul and Bangkok. Of her illustrious tenure, she says that Ciragan Palace in Istanbul remains close to her heart. Muegge’s new role at Evason Ana Mandara marks her first post with Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.

Hervé Mazella Appointed General Manager Of Park Hyatt Tokyo

Park Hyatt Tokyo is pleased to announce the appointment of Hervé Mazella as general manager, effective March 14, 2016.  In his new role, Mazella will oversee operations of the intimate 177-room hotel located in Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Mazella was born in Provence and studied at a hotel academy in France before furthering his studies in hotel management in both France and Germany. He then received a Masters in Hospitality. Mazella has a strong passion for culinary and the “Arts de la table”. He was awarded the Vice Champion prize at the 1998 “Desserts of France” competition and worked in Michelin-starred Relais & Chateaux properties in Provence and the UK, including the Waterside Inn under the famous three Michelin star Chef Michel Roux.  In 2012, he joined Hyatt International in Hong Kong and was first appointed as executive assistant manager – food and beverage before being further promoted to hotel manager of Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.

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