On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings

AWH Partners has announced that Chris Russell will become CEO of Spire Hospitality, AWH’s hospitality management division. Russell previously held the positions of COO of Archon Hospitality (a Goldman Sachs company), and, subsequently, CEO of Pillar Hotels and Resorts. Russell succeeds Bill DeForrest, who is transitioning to the role of vice chairman of Spire Hospitality.

Here’s a look at other notable comings and going that took place this week:

Gavin Philipp has been named VP of operations at Charlestowne Hotels. He first joined the company in 2013 as a regional director of operations. Over the course of his career, Philipp has managed and operated properties across the country, including in Vail, Charleston, Boston, Miami, and Austin.

Red Roof has announced that Gregory Fox will join its Franchise Development team as vice president of development. Fox brings more than 30 years of experience in hospitality to the company, including a background in sales, marketing, operations and franchise development.


Effective June 30, Gerry Chase will retire as president and chief operating officer from New Castle Hotels & Resorts. After starting his hospitality career as a bellman, Chase joined New Castle in 1988, overseeing hotel operations and eventually development for over 80 hotels and resorts. Founder David Buffam’s sons Jeremy and Julian Buffam will lead New Castle’s future.

Aqua-Aston Hospitality welcomes Chris Port as chief development officer, where his responsibilities will include expanding the company’s portfolio, focusing on target growth markets. Prior to Aqua-Aston, Port was a development leader for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in Mexico, Canada, and the western United States.

The Waldorf Astoria Chicago and the Conrad Chicago have appointed Todd Temperly as General Manager of the two luxury Hilton properties. In his new position, Temperly will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the luxury 215-room and 289-room hotels, both owned by Geller Capital Partners.

Anthony Damiano will manage daily operations, food and beverage outlets, and staff development as general manager of The Time Nyack, and Dream Hotel Group property. Damiano has over 15 years of Tri-State hospitality experience, most recently serving in the same position for Hyatt House White Plains.

With over three decades in hospitality, Thomas List will serve as general manager of The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla. There, List will oversee staff recruitment, management, and development, as well as operations. As a third generation hotelier, List as managed and development upscale properties along the East Coast.

Kori Yoran will oversee engineering, development, revenue management, and front-of-house operations as general manager of Dream Midtown in Manhattan, N.Y. This position is a promotion from hotel manager, and before working as hotel manager, Yoran also served as director of front office.

Located in Uptown Dallas, Hotel Crescent Court has named Erwin Latief as general manager of the members-only Crescent Club. Latief will oversee the club’s operations and employees, and has 25 years of hotel industry experience in luxury properties across Dallas and Indonesia.

Sandy Narvaez will lead strategies for global sales and marketing initiatives as director of sales and marketing for the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach. Narvaez will also assist in opening the resort’s Diamond Head Tower later this year, which will include an additional 245 residences.

Mimi Patterson has peen promoted from market director of sales to regional director of sales and marketing for McKibbon Hospitality in Florida, Arkansas, and Georgia. Before working with McKibbon for a decade, Patterson spent the same amount of time with Marriott International.

As food and beverage director for Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, Kyle Erickson has integrated local wine into food and beverage programming and introduced a variety of cocktail offerings. Erickson began his career as a restaurant manager and over time transitioned to general manager and wine buyer.

The Hermitage Hotel in Tennessee appointed Tony Liartis as director of food and beverage for the American landmark property. Liartis was most recently Food and Beverage Director at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa. In his new role, Liartis will oversee the hotel’s catering, banquets, and special events.

The Estate Yountville is expanding its seasoned culinary team with the addition of Katie Cotton as director of catering and conference services. Cotten brings more than 13
years of experience to the role where she will oversee operations to assist meeting and event planners in producing unforgettable events in the stunning setting of Napa Valley, California.

Coral Hospitality appointed two new general managers—Georgia native Libby Cook joins Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge after serving as interim task force general manager for the property and Unicoi State Park & Lodge since earlier this year. Brian Berry brings 20 years of experience to his role at Unicoi State Park & Lodge. Both will oversee their respective property’s operations.

Broughton Hotels has added three new hires to the Park James Hotel and Oak+Violet restaurant executive team: Weston Spiegl will manage operations for both the hotel and restaurant as general manager; Steven Maybeno will build food and beverage concepts as executive chef for Oak+Violet; and Daniel Romero will oversee hotel operations and personalized service as assistant general manager.

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