On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings

Red Roof has announced that Ted Hutchins will join the brand as chief information officer. Hutchins will be responsible for establishing overall IT strategy and directing daily IT operations. He will oversee a broad range of technological advancements for the brand, with a major focus on self-service development.

Here’s a look at other notable comings and goings that took place this week.

Salamander Hotels & Resorts welcomes John Speers to lead the operational of the southeastern-centralized portfolio as vice president of operations. Speers most recently served as senior vice president of Capital Properties and in his tenure was general manager of Faena Hotels in Miami Beach.

Michael Goldrich will develop brand positioning and digital strategies as vice president of marketing for Denihan Hospitality. Goldrich’s background is in digital marketing and ecommerce and he will oversee public relations, advertising, and social media efforts.


Real estate investment and management company Oxygen Hospitality Group has named Yaron Ashkenazi CEO. Ashkenazi joins Oxygen from GCH Hotel Group in Berlin, Germany, where he served as CEO. Ashkenazi there repositioned the GCH portfolio of 120 hotels in Germany, Belgium, and Austria.

Robert Mickey, as senior director of regional operations and general manager of The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Mass., will lead operations for the property, as well as support regional administration for Main Street Hospitality. With 20 years of hospitality experience, Mickey most recently worked with Old Edwards Hospitaltiy Group.

Michael Stephens will find new business ventures and deliver optimal guest services following the renovation of Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego, Calif., as managing director. Stephens held multiple management positions with Hyatt Hotels prior to Paradise Point.

The Mayfair Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles will debut renovations in June with Peter Kolla leading the team as general manager. Kolla will oversee budgets, marketing plans, and operations prior to the launch. Before The Mayfair, Kolla served as general manager for multiple Crescent Hotels & Resorts properties.

Kevin Kruse will lead operational teams as general manager for The Bristol Hotel, the first boutique property in Bristol, Va. Kruse is a United States Marine Corps and luxury hotel veteran and brings over 30 years of international hospitality experience to the community.

Joanna McCreary is returning to W Austin as general manager. She had previously served the property as director of rooms. McCreary has 16 years of hospitality management experience with W Hotels, and in her tenure, has opened many properties for the brand, including re-opening W New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

The Estate Yountville culinary team welcomes Katie Cotton as director of catering and conferencing services, where she will work in meeting and event planning, as well as helping to implement new catering menus. Cotton has coordinated many high-profile events, such as celebrity weddings and professional sports events, thorughout her career.

As head of ecommerce for Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Mike Wylie will lead digital marketing, electronic efforts, and third-party online travel agents.  Wylie previously led ecommerce efforts for both Hilton and Wyndham, and launched a digital marketing agency named Standing Dog Interactive.

Benchmark announced that Jake Davis has been promoted area director of revenue for Houston property The Woodlands. Davis has worked for Benchmark since 2016 as a revenue analyst.

Christina Hassan has joined Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, hospitality group as partner. Hassan primarily works in global commercial real estate with an emphasis on hospitality and lodging.

Gene Smallwood will become general manager of The Landing Lake Tahoe Resort & Spa. In addition, Warren Martineau will serve as director of sales for the property.

Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii is welcoming a leisure travel sales team. Joseph Bell will serve as travel industry sales manager, and Kristy Daley and Ashlea Varca will both be senior travel industry sales managers. All will oversee sales for the currently under-renovation property.

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