Graduate Hotels Hires VP of Hospitality

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



Executive Vice President of Hospitality
Certified hotels
July 6, 2022
New rental
Experience: Most recently, Evans served as Vice President of Food and Beverage for the Auberge Resorts collection of luxury hotels and resorts. In this role, 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.


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Vice President of Asset Performance-East
KSL Resorts
July 6, 2022
New rental
Experience: Pappas was most recently the manager of Orlando-based Richmond Street Hospitality. He was also Vice President of Hotel Management for Tavistock Development Company and spent 11 years at Capella Hotel Group, where he culminated his tenure as Chief Operating Officer.


Vice President of Global Sales
the ranch
June 29, 2022
New rental
Experience: Reed has worked with some of the most prestigious hotels and brands in hospitality, including recently helping to launch Equinox Hotels’ flagship location at Hudson Yards and prior to that he spent nearly a decade with the Langham Hospitality Group.


Lisa Marchese

Commercial director
Northview Hotel Group
June 14, 2022
New rental
Experience: Prior to Northview Hotel Group, Marchese served as Commercial Director at Fora, a London-based premium flexible workspace provider that emphasizes the role of hospitality, well-being and service in the office sector.



Senih Geray

General director
Waldorf Astoria Washington D.C.
washington d.c.
July 7, 2022
New rental
Experience: Most recently, Geray served as General Manager of The St. Regis New York and Residences. For the past two decades, he served as General Manager of Sheraton Voyager Antalya Hotel, Resort & Spa in Turkey, St. Regis Aspen Resort and Residence, and St. Regis Atlanta and Residences before returning to New York.


General director
Ptarmigan Inn
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
July 5, 2022
New rental
Experience: Career highlights include stints as Director of Sales and Marketing at the historic Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis and Vice President of Lewis Hotels, Golden, Colorado, where he supported the Golden Hotel boutique.


General director
Hotel Galleria Park
San Francisco, California
July 5, 2022
New rental
Experience: Most recently, Gazey was the Hotel Manager of Hotel Yountville in Yountville, CA since 2018. Gazey has also held leadership positions at Carefree Resort and Conference Center in Carefree, Arizona, Copperwynd Resort and Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, and One Ocean Resort and Spa in Atlantic Beach, Florida.


General director
Radisson-Corning
Corning, New York
June 29, 2022
New rental
Experience: Thomas is a hospitality industry veteran who previously served as General Manager of Canopy by Hilton in Ithaca, New York.


General director
Hilton San Antonio Hill Country
San Antonio, TX
June 28, 2022
New rental
Experience: Benavides previously held leadership positions in San Antonio with the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel, the Hilton Palacio del Rio on the famous RiverWalk and the Hilton San Antonio Airport.


Antoine Zamora

General director
The Langham Chicago
Chicago, Ill.
June 27, 2022
Return Rental
Experience: Zamora was a key member of the Langham Hotel opening team in 2013. In 2019, he joined the management team of the Langham Huntington Hotel, Pasadena, Los Angeles.


Joel Babe

hotel manager
Windsor Court Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana
June 23, 2022
Promotion
Experience: Most recently, Babe held the position of Room Manager at the Windsor Court Hotel. Prior to joining Windsor Court, Babe held numerous management positions at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach and various Ritz-Carlton hotels.



Director of Sales and Marketing
Hilton San Antonio Hill Country
San Antonio, TX
June 28, 2022
New rental
Experience: Most recently, she was Director of Sales and Marketing at Homewood Suites by Hilton Lackland AFB/SeaWorld in San Antonio, where she oversaw the property’s business and leisure sales strategy. Previously, she was also Director of Sales and Marketing at Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Airport.


Betsy Goldfeder

Director of catering sales
Hotel Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland
June 23, 2022
New rental
Experience: Goldfeder has had a career that includes leadership roles including Director of Catering for Landover’s Susan Gage Caterers Kosher Division; executive director of Carmel Caterers in Rockville, Md.; director of catering and conference services for the Intercontinental Hotel/Royal Sonesta Harbor Court; and Business Manager and Events Director for Town Dock Restaurant in St. Michael’s, Maryland.



Kevin Hee

Executive Chef
Assembly Valley of the Deer
Park City, UT
July 7, 2022
New rental
Experience: Prior to joining Montage Deer Valley, Hee 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 stands with James Beard. and other award-winning household chefs.


Walleska Cianfanelli

Executive Pastry Chef
The Langham Chicago
Chicago, Ill.
July 6, 2022
New rental
Experience: Most recently, Cianfanelli has held positions at the University Club of Chicago, Palmer House Hotel and Sofitel Hotel Magnificent Mile. Cianfanelli
owned several restaurants, pastry shops and even appeared on a morning news show for six years.


Sarah Mankie

Executive Chef
Max Beach Resort
Daytona Beach Shores, Florida
July 6, 2022
New rental
Experience: Mankie was most recently Executive Chef at Corkscrew Bar and Grille in historic downtown New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she coordinated all culinary operations for the locals’ favorite restaurant.


catering manager
Ko’a Kea Resort on Po’ipu Beach
Kauai, Hawaii
June 30, 2022
New rental
Experience: Most recently, Sweiss held general operations roles at Gotham Hospitality in New York, whose portfolio includes the famed Gotham West Market in Hell’s Kitchen and Gotham Market in The Ashland.


Executive Chef
Turtle Bay Complex
Kahuku, Hawaii
June 27, 2022
New rental
Experience: With over 20 years of experience in a number of acclaimed restaurants in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Maui, Kaku describes his cooking as inspired and simple yet elegant and always with a local twist using the freshest ingredients.


Troy Szczotka

Head Chef and F&B Manager
Il Posto Rosso in Radcliffe Moab
Moab, UT
June 27, 2022
New rental
Experience: Szczotka joins the team at il Posto Rosso after spending the past four years as a sous chef at the upscale resort Amangiri, located just outside of Lake Powell, Utah.



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


regional finance manager
CoralTree Hospitality Group
July 5, 2022
New rental
Experience: Garcia has over 20 years of experience in hospitality finance, working with branded and independent hotels. He most recently served as Director of Finance for Embassy Suites San Diego Bay and later worked for Springboard Hospitality where we helped open a new resort.


Finance Working Group Director
CoralTree Hospitality Group
July 5, 2022
New rental
Experience: Most recently, Hermon was Director of Finance at the Sheraton Denver Tech Center, and he also held that position at Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs. His work in the hospitality industry ranges from on-site support to regional finance manager managing multiple properties in a portfolio.


Director of Design and Technical Services
CoralTree Hospitality Group
July 5, 2022
New rental
Experience: Spivey joins CoralTree from Tryba Architects in Denver, where she was a senior interior designer. In his role, Spivey led efforts to oversee all areas of design, specification and procurement, as well as oversight of furniture, fixtures and equipment and artwork for projects. foster and multi-family.


Chief Investment Officer
HEI Hotels and Resorts
June 28, 2022
New rental
Experience: Most recently, Lariño was a partner at Rockwood Capital, where he led the company’s hotel investments and managed value-added real estate funds with over $2 billion in 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 the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, where he served as Director of Revenue Management.

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