Graduate Hotels Hires Vice President of Hospitality

Read the latest roundup of US-based new hires and promotions in the hotel industry.



Executive Vice President of Hospitality
Graduate Hotels
July 6, 2022
New hire
Experience: Most recently, Evans served as vice president of food and beverage for the luxury hotel and resort collection Auberge Resorts. In this position she oversaw concept development, operations and food and beverage brand strategy for the portfolio’s 28 food and beverage programs across 22 hotels and resorts.


Kit Pappas

Vice president of asset performance-east
KSL Resorts
July 6, 2022
New hire
Experience: Pappas was most recently the principal of Orlando-based Richmond Street Hospitality. He was also vice president of hotel management for Tavistock Development Company and spent 11 years with Capella Hotel Group, culminating his tenure there as chief operating officer.


Vice president of global sales
The Ranch
June 29, 2022
New hire
Experience: Reed has worked with some of the most prestigious hotels and brands in the hospitality space including most recently helping to launch Equinox Hotels’ flagship location in Hudson Yards and prior to that spending nearly a decade with the Langham Hospitality Group.


Lisa Marchese

Chief commercial officer
Northview Hotel Group
June 14, 2022
New hire
Experience: Before Northview Hotel Group, Marchese served as chief commercial officer at Fora, a London-based premium, flexible workspace provider that emphasizes the role of hospitality, wellness and service in the office sector.



Senih Geray

general manager
Waldorf Astoria Washington DC
Washington, D.C
July 7, 2022
New hire
Experience: Most recently, Geray served as the general manager of The St. Regis New York and Residences. Over the past two decades, he has held the position of general manager at Sheraton Voyager Antalya Hotel, Resort & Spa in Turkey, The St. Regis Aspen Resort and Residence and The St. Regis Atlanta and Residences before returning to New York City.


general manager
Ptarmigan Inn
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
July 5, 2022
New hire
Experience: Career highlights include stints as the director of sales and marketing at the historic Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis and vice president of Lewis Hotels, in Golden, Colorado, where he supported the boutique Golden Hotel.


general manager
Galleria Park Hotel
San Francisco, California
July 5, 2022
New hire
Experience: Most recently, Gazey was the hotel manager of Hotel Yountville in Yountville, California, since 2018. Gazey also served in leadership positions at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center in Carefree, Arizona, the Copperwynd Resort and Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the One Ocean Resort and Spa in Atlantic Beach, Florida.


general manager
Radisson Corning
Corning, New York
June 29, 2022
New hire
Experience: Thomas is a veteran of the hospitality industry who previously served as general manager of Canopy by Hilton in Ithaca, New York.


general manager
Hilton San Antonio Hill Country
San Antonio, Texas
June 28, 2022
New hire
Experience: Benavides previously served in leadership positions in San Antonio with the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Hilton Palacio del Rio on the famous RiverWalk and Hilton San Antonio Airport.


Anthony Zamora

general manager
The Langham Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
June 27, 2022
Returning hire
Experience: Zamora was a key member of the opening team of The Langham Hotel in 2013. In 2019, he joined the executive leadership team at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles.


Joel Babe

Hotel manager
Windsor Court Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana
June 23, 2022
Promotion
Experience: Most recently, Babe served as the director of rooms at the Windsor Court Hotel. Previous to joining the Windsor Court, Babe served in numerous management positions at Faena Hotel Miami Beach and various Ritz-Carlton hotels.



Director of sales and marketing
Hilton San Antonio Hill Country
San Antonio, Texas
June 28, 2022
New hire
Experience: Most recently, she was the director of sales and marketing at Homewood Suites by Hilton Lackland AFB/SeaWorld in San Antonio, where she oversaw the property’s corporate and leisure sales strategy. Prior to that, she was also the director of sales and marketing at Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Airport.


Betsy Goldfeder

Director of catering sales
Lord Baltimore Hotel
Baltimore, Maryland
June 23, 2022
New hire
Experience: Goldfeder has led a career that includes leadership roles including director of catering for Landover’s Susan Gage Caterers Kosher division; executive director for Carmel Caterers in Rockville, Maryland.; director of catering and conference services for the Intercontinental/Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel; and business manager and director of events for Town Dock Restaurant in St. Michael’s, Maryland.



Kevin Hee

executive chef
Montage Deer Valley
Park City, Utah
July 7, 2022
New hire
Experience: Prior to joining Montage Deer Valley, He served as executive chef at Famous Foods Street Eats at Resorts World Las Vegas, where he opened and oversaw 15 restaurant concepts in the first-ever food hall combining Michelin-rated Asian Hawker stalls with James Beard and other award-winning domestic chefs.


Walleska Cianfanelli

Executive pastry chef
The Langham Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
July 6, 2022
New hire
Experience: Most recently, Cianfanelli held roles at the University Club of Chicago, Palmer House Hotel and the Sofitel Hotel Magnificent Mile. Cianfanelli
has owned several restaurants, pastry shops and even had a segment on a morning news show for six years.


Sarah Mankie

executive chef
Max Beach Resort
Daytona Beach Shores, Florida
July 6, 2022
New hire
Experience: Mankie was most recently chef de cuisine at the Corkscrew Bar and Grille in historic downtown New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she coordinated all culinary operations for the local-favorite restaurant.


Director of restaurants
Ko’a Kea Resort on Po’ipu Beach
Kauai, Hawaii
June 30, 2022
New hire
Experience: Most recently, Sweiss served as general operations at New York City’s Gotham Hospitality – whose portfolio includes the famed Gotham West Market in Hell’s Kitchen and Gotham Market at The Ashland.


executive chef
Turtle Bay Resort
Kahuku, Hawaii
June 27, 2022
New hire
Experience: With more than 20 years of experience in a number of acclaimed restaurants in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Maui, Kaku describes his cuisine as inspired and simple yet elegant and always with a local flare using the freshest ingredients.


Troy Szczotka

Chef de cuisine and director of F&B
Il Posto Rosso at Radcliffe Moab
Moab, Utah
June 27, 2022
New hire
Experience: Szczotka joins the il Posto Rosso team after spending the last four years as sous chef at the high-end boutique resort, Amangiri, located just outside of Lake Powell, Utah.



Payroll systems analyst
CoralTree Hospitality Group
July 5, 2022
Returning hire
Experience: Bargioni has an extensive background working at several independent hotels ranging from the East Coast to Arizona. Most recently, he was the payroll manager at Cliff House in Maine.


Regional director of finance
CoralTree Hospitality Group
July 5, 2022
New hire
Experience: Garcia has more than 20 years of experience in hospitality finance working with both branded and independent hotels. Most recently I was director of finance for Embassy Suites San Diego Bay and subsequently worked for Springboard Hospitality where we helped to open a new resort property.


Task force director of finance
CoralTree Hospitality Group
July 5, 2022
New hire
Experience: Most recently, Hermon was the director of finance for the Sheraton Denver Tech Center, and he also previously held that role at Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs. His work in hospitality ranges from on-property support to being an area finance director managing several properties in a portfolio.


Design and technical services director
CoralTree Hospitality Group
July 5, 2022
New hire
Experience: Spivey joins CoralTree from Tryba Architects in Denver where she was a senior interior architect. In her role, Spivey led efforts to oversee all realms relating to design, specification and procurement as well as oversight for furniture, fixtures and equipment and artwork for hospitality and multi-family projects.


Managing director of investments
HEI Hotels & Resorts
June 28, 2022
New hire
Experience: Most recently, Lariño was a partner with Rockwood Capital, where he led the firm’s hospitality investments and managed value-add real estate funds with over $2 billion of assets.


Sean Kim

Director of commercial services
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Indian Wells, California
June 23, 2022
Promotion
Experience: Kim brings nearly two decades of hospitality experience, including the past four years at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells where he has served as director of revenue management.

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