On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings

on the move: comings and goings

Leslie Fisher Red RoofWith a decade of Red Roof experience, Leslie Fisher (left) has been promoted to senior vice president, human resources and training. The former director of training moved to vice president, human resources and training prior to her position. Fisher will now take more responsibility for talent refinement and human resources leadership.

Below are more of this week’s notable hospitality comings and goings.

Marriott International appointed Paul Loehr to the newly created role of regional vice president of Canada development. Loehr will lead the new unit’s growth across the country through long-term management contracts and franchise agreements for all Marriott brands. For the past decade, Loehr has focused on expanding Marriott’s full-service hotel portfolio in the United States.

As chief operations officer of The Kessler Collection, John Luckett will lead the general management team in addition to overseeing the brand’s operations. Luckett has more than 20 years of hospitality experience, half of which has been spent with The Kessler Collection.


Jane McCaul will drive internal communications and grow Chesapeake Hospitality’s internal culture as director of corporate culture and communication, a newly developed position. McCaul has been with Chesapeake since 2011, holding positions including area general manager and director of charitable efforts.

Scott Gingerich will collaborate with executive chefs to create food and beverage concepts in his promotion to senior vice president of restaurants and bars in the U.S. West for Kimpton Hotels & Resorts. Gingerich previously was responsible for overseeing restaurant operations in the western United States.

As executive chef of The St. Regis New York, Mark Arnao will be responsible for all culinary operations of the flagship property, including Astor Court restaurant and King Cole Bar. Arnao served in the same position for The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park and the Westchester Country Club.

To reposition Liaison Capital Hill’s internal revenue strategies, Joy Kosmela has been hired as director of sales and marketing. Kosmela worked as regional director of sales and marking for Pyramid Hotel Group prior to Liaison Capital Hill, and has held leadership positions with both Hilton and Kimpton.

Kattie Maldonado will develop advertising campaigns and strategies at both international and local levels as marketing director for Driftwood Acquisitions and Development. Maldonado was recently communications director for IGS World where she managed social media and public relations efforts.

With 15 years of revenue management experience, Angela Lockyer will enhance sales experiences and internal marketing operations as director of sales and marketing for Viceroy Santa Monica. Lockyer represented 11 resorts and three brands for Kerzner prior to joining Viceroy.

Natasha Casillo, a London native, began her career as a front desk intern at the Boston Marriott Cambridge. Twenty years later, Casillo has worked her way to general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott Boston Downtown/North Station, which opened in March of this year.

When the Crowne Plaza Riverside Village in North Augusta, S.C., opens in late 2018, Jeffrey Brower will be responsible for sales and operations as general manager. Brower served as senior general manager of Westfield Montgomery regional mall in Bethesda, Md., before moving to the hotel.

Opening in fall 2018, Texican Court welcomes John Thomas as general manager, where he will develop systems and a process for opening. Thomas began his career in 2000 as a banquet set-up attendant and worked his way to multiple leadership roles.

Starting May 1, Steve Mannik will return to the Grand Summit Hotel in Attitash, N.H., where he will oversee operations as general manager. Mannik held the same position for the Grand Summit from 2007 to 2012, and served as general manager of Eastern Inn & Suites in North Conway in between.

Denielle Goodwin returns to Benchmark Resorts & Hotels as director of sales and marketing for Snow King Hotel in Jackson, Wyo. In her career, Goodwin served as director of sales and marketing for Benchmark’s Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa in Vero Beach, Fla., and as regional director of sales and marketing for TMI Hospitality.

Another hiring for Benchmark Hotels & Resorts is Eric Bates, new general manager for Eaglewood Resort & Spa near Chicago. During his career, Bates has served in different leadership positions for large hotel brands, and was most recently general manager of the Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort.

RAR Hospitality has made six appointments to the management firm’s executive team: Vikram Sood is senior vice president of operations; Frank Bewley is director of revenue optimization and marketing; Dieter Hissin is general manager of The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club and Bungalows; Andrew Ladd is director of sales and marketing for The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club and Bungalows; Colin Ross is general manager of Carlsbad by the Sea; and Michael Flickinger is general manager of Radisson Rancho Bernardo.


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