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Welcome Aboard: New Hires and Promotions for March 25, 2016

People | Barry Kaufman | March 25, 2016

Welcome Aboard: New Hires and Promotions for March 25, 2016

Rocco Forte Hotels Appoints New General Manager At Hotel Savoy

Rocco Forte Hotels announces the appointment of Giancarlo Rizzi as general manager of Hotel Savoy, located in the heart of Florence. Mr. Rizzi takes over from Edward Leenders, who was with the hotel for more than four years and has relocated to Hotel Amigo, the Rocco Forte Hotel in Brussels.

His experience spans a career in luxury hotels across Italy and Europe. Previous positions include roles at Four Seasons George V, The Ritz and Le Royal Monceau in Paris, to mention only a few. Most recently he was hotel manager at Villa La Massa in Florence and Resident Manager at Villa D’Este in Lake Como and at The Bauer’s in Venice.

Quail Lodge & Golf Club Makes Three Management Appointments

Max Schroeder has been named general manager and Craig Barkdull, director of sales and marketing of Quail Lodge & Golf Club. Kai Lermen joins as assistant general manager/clubhouse manager at Carmel Valley’s iconic hotel and golf destination.

All three appointments will reinforce Quail Lodge’s commitment to providing excellent customer service and the best value on the Monterey Peninsula.

Schroeder helped to spearhead the re-opening of Quail Lodge in 2013 following a $28 million renovation and more recently, the re-opening of the 18-hole Robert Muir Graves-designed golf course last summer. He brings more than 20 years of experience to Quail Lodge, having worked for notable brands worldwide, including The Peninsula Hotels, Trump International Hotel & Tower, Le Meridien Chicago and Jumierah Hotels & Resorts.

Barkdull joined Quail Lodge & Golf Club as the marketing manager in December 2012. With more than seven years of experience in marketing and branding small businesses, Barkdull’s role was to oversee the re-branding of the property while enhancing the marketing efforts of the existing departments

Lermen comes to Quail Lodge from The Peninsula Hotels team, most recently working at The Peninsula Chicago, where he served as director of food and beverage. Lermen was a part of the team that re-opened Quail Lodge in 2013 during the resort renovation and has played an integral part in The Peninsula Signature Events for The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.

Terranea Resort Appoints Kevin Mckee As Vice President Of Finance

Terranea Resort, A Destination Hotel, has announced the appointment of Kevin McKee as vice president of finance. McKee comes to Terranea with over 25 years of finance and accounting experience in the hospitality industry.

Most recently, McKee served as the vice president of finance for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation in Colorado where he directed financial growth of the 3,000-acre ski resort with 26 F&B venues, 13 retail & rental shops, condo hotel, and other resort amenities. Previous hospitality experience includes serving as chief financial officer at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach and as the financial leader of several Ritz-Carlton and Marriott properties in The United States, Caribbean, and Australia.

Stanford Court Appoints Brian Aker As Hotel Manager

Stanford Court, San Francisco’s modern 393-room hotel poised atop famed Nob Hill, has 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.  In his new role, Aker will focus on enhancing the visitor experience, in part by training employees to provide the best customer service.

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.

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