HVMG Appoints Five New Executives

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



Emerging markets director
Choice Hotels International
May 2, 2022
New hire
Experience: Peterson previously held sales manager positions at Marriott International, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels Corp. and Hilton Hotels & Resorts.


Emerging markets director
Choice Hotels International
May 2, 2022
New hire
Experience: Thomas brings more than 10 years of sales and business consulting experience in the hospitality, technology and real estate industries to the position, most recently serving as a senior consultant for Konica Minolta, a Tokyo-based multinational technology company.


Michael Palmeri

Chief investment officer
KSL Resorts
May 3, 2022
Promotion
Experience: Most recently, Palmeri served as the company’s senior vice president of investments and business development. Prior to joining KSL Resorts, Palmeri was a senior vice president, head of acquisitions and development for Loews Hotels.


Ron Mader

Senior vice president of operations
Hospitality Ventures Management Group
Atlanta, Georgia
May 9, 2022
Promotion
Experience: Most recently, Mader served as the regional vice president of operations for HVMG. Prior to joining HVMG, Mader worked with Lodgian and Interstate Hotels & Resorts as a general manager as well as in leadership roles in F&B management, rooms division management and sales & marketing.


Senior vice president of operations and transitions
Hospitality Ventures Management Group
Atlanta, Georgia
May 9, 2022
Promotion
Experience: A 30-plus-year hospitality veteran, Vito joined HVMG in 2006 and most recently led the company’s select-service portfolio while developing a team of general managers, regional directors and area general managers.


Androse Bell

General manager and regional director of operations
Hospitality Ventures Management Group
Atlanta, Georgia
May 9, 2022
Promotion
Experience: Since 2021, Bell has served as the lead general manager for the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach and the Delta Hotel by Marriott Daytona Beach Oceanfront. During his tenure, the Hard Rock Hotel earned the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond Status, as well as numerous industry accolades.


Bob Kisker

General manager and regional director of operations
Hospitality Ventures Management Group
Atlanta, Georgia
May 9, 2022
Promotion
Experience: Kisker joined the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Center as general manager in 2018 upon HVMG’s acquisition of the hotel. Within the first year of his leadership and prior to a major renovation, Bob assembled and led a new team of leaders that grew RevPAR Index and passed the Hilton Quality Assurance Audit for the first time in six years.


Robert Babst

Director of operations for select brands
Hospitality Ventures Management Group
Atlanta, Georgia
May 9, 2022
New hire
Experience: A nearly 20-year hospitality operations expert, Babst most recently oversaw a portfolio of Marriott and Hilton hotels as regional director of operations for InterMountain Management. Prior to that, he held property-level leadership positions with TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Renaissance Hotels, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts and InterContinental Hotel Group.


Alexandra Gaffan

Senior vice president of people and culture
Pacifica Hotels
May 11, 2022
Promotion
Experience: Gaffan has more than 25 years of hands-on experience in the hospitality industry and has been with Pacifica Hotels since 1995. She spent the first part of her career in operations and worked her way up to general manager of multiple Pacifica properties. She then joined the home office team as an area manager and continued on a path to director of sales and training, director of training and development, and most recently, vice president of people and culture.


Erin Smith

Vice president of sales
Pacifica Hotels
May 11, 2022
Promotion
Experience: Smith brings more than 20 years of extensive experience working in the hospitality business before joining Pacifica Hotels in July 2020 as corporate director of sales. Prior to joining the team, Smith worked as the regional vice president of sales and marketing at Dimension Development, Atrium Hospitality, and Sage Hospitality.



Octavia Marginean-Tahiroglu

General manager
The St. Regis New York
New York City
April 28, 2022
Promotion
Experience: With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Marginean-Tahiroglu brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role at The St. Regis New York. Marginean-Tahiroglu is a longstanding member of The St. Regis New York family, having served as the hotel manager since 2015.


Colton Call

General manager
Radcliffe Moab
Moab, Utah
May 2, 2022
New hire
Experience: Prior to joining the Radcliffe, Call served as the general manager at one of America’s premier glamping companies, Under Canvas Moab. During his five-year run as general manager, the property was awarded ‘Top 15 Resort Hotels in the West’ by Travel + Leisure in 2020 as well as two ‘Top 20 Resorts in the U.S. – Pacific Northwest and West’ by Conde Naste Traveler.


General manager
Arlo Wynwood
Miami, Florida
May 4, 2022
New hire
Experience: Hiblum has held general manager positions at New York City hospitality brands including Viceroy Hotels & Resorts and Sixty Hotels. After moving to Miami in 2019, Hiblum took on the role of general manager for residences by Armani Casa, where she led all back-of-house and resident-facing operations for the leading luxury brand.


Elizabeth Connor

General manager
Champlin’s Marina & Resort
Block Island, Rhode Island
May 12, 2022
New hire
Experience: Prior to this, Connor spent 31 years at Block Island Resorts, starting at an entry-level position and working her way up to general manager, where she was responsible for the operational and financial aspects for the property.



David G. Rosenbaum

Director of sales and marketing
The Hermosa Inn
Paradise Valley, Arizona
April 20, 2022
New hire
Experience: Rosenbaum has more than 35 years of experience in the resort hotel and conference center sales arena, all in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, including positions in operations and sales leadership at the wellness resort and spa CIVANA, and the Carefree Resort & Conference Center.


Brittany Doyle

Regional marketing manager
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront and Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
Jacksonville, Florida and Clearwater Beach, Florida
May 11, 2022
Returning hire
Experience: Doyle returns to Hyatt after working as a paid digital media strategist for IMG Academy and marketing manager for Davidson Hospitality Beach, where she managed marketing efforts for The Don CeSar and Beach House Suites in St. Pete Beach, Florida.



Jon Boggs

General manager
LON’s at The Hermosa Inn
Paradise Valley, Arizona
April 20, 2022
Promotion
Experience: With a distinguished 30-year career of food and beverage leadership, Boggs was LON’s Assistant General Manager since 2019, where he oversaw daily operations which exceeded $10 million annually, lead a team of sommeliers, managed the Wine spectator award-winning wine list, and guided the bar team in the creation and development of a seasonal craft cocktail menu.


Maria Arenas

Pastry chef
ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho Restaurant
Scottsdale, Arizona
April 27, 2022
Promotion
Experience: At Hotel Valley Ho, Arenas oversees dessert development for ZuZu, as well as for banquets and weddings. Arenas has been a member of the ZuZu team since she moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2018.


Andres Farias

Executive chef
Omni La Mansión del Rio and Mokara Hotel & Spa
San Antonio, Texas
May 9, 2022
New hire
Experience: With nearly two decades of progressive experience, Chef Farias has worked in the hospitality industry at many highly acclaimed hotels and restaurants including Trump Hotels, Starwood Hotels, Marriott International, InterContinental Hotels, and luxury restaurants in Caracas-Venezuela.

To be included in an upcoming Hotel News Now U.S. Hires and Promotions List, email Associate Editor Trevor Simpson here.

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