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On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings

On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings

It was a week of significant career shake-ups in the lodging industry. La Quinta announced that Wayne Goldberg has stepped down from his leadership positions within the company, with Keith Cline, chief financial officer, taking the reins as interim president ...

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How Commune CEO Niki Leondakis Got to the Top

How Commune CEO Niki Leondakis Got to the Top

As the granddaughter of a Greek diner owner in western Massachusetts, Niki Leondakis has very fond memories of growing up in the hospitality business. “I watched my grandmother’s unique version of hospitality and how she balanced and juggled all the ...

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Marriott’s Cornhusker Names Executive Chef

Marriott’s Cornhusker Names Executive Chef

LINCOLN, Neb.—The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel, majority owned and operated by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, has announced the addition of Brandon Ganus as executive chef. Ganus will oversee all culinary operations of the hotel in Downtown Lincoln, including banquets, special ...

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How M.K. Guertin Defined Best Western’s Mission

How M.K. Guertin Defined Best Western’s Mission

Long before the inception of TripAdvisor and GPS, travelers relied on word-of-mouth recommendations, print directories, and guidebooks to find the right place to lay their heads. As early as the 1920s, motel owners began organizing referral systems through which they ...

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Family-Run Business Has a Voice with Vantage

Family-Run Business Has a Voice with Vantage

Naman Patel grew up in the hospitality business. From helping with the day-to-day minutiae of running a property as a child to running the family business as an adult, Patel has always enjoyed the customer service aspect of the business. ...

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Canary Santa Barbara Names Catering Director

Canary Santa Barbara Names Catering Director

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—Kimpton’s Canary Santa Barbara has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Duffy as director of catering. In her new role, Duffy will be responsible for leading the catering team, event planning, and new business development. Prior to joining the ...

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