On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings

Sixty Hotels welcomes hotel industry veteran Dianna Balabon to the team as senior vice president of sales and marketing. Balabon most recently worked at Rosewood Hotels and Resort, where she played an integral role in relaunching the Rosewood brand. She joins Gary Hawkins, vice president of revenue management, and Nina Libby, director of e-commerce, to fully complete the sales, marketing, and revenue team. The Sixty Hotel Group features four boutique luxury hotels in New York City and Los Angeles, with Miami opening this fall and Montreal in 2016.

Take a look at more notable job moves that took place this week:

Noble House Hotels & Resorts has promoted Sean Mullen to president of acquisitions, a role created to provide ongoing support and continuation for the brand’s growth. Mullen, who has more than 20 years of hospitality industry experience, was previously chief sales and marketing officer at Noble House.


At CBRE Group,
 Daniel Queenan will assume new leadership responsibilities as chief operating officer of CBRE Global Investors, the company’s investment management subsidiary. Steven Swerdlow, a 25-year veteran of CBRE, will assume Queenan’s prior role as CEO of the Asia Pacific region.

Auction.com appointed former eBay executive Kristine Chin as vice president of customer engagement. In this newly-created role, Chin will be responsible for spearheading a company-wide effort to gain a deeper understanding of its customers and raise awareness of their needs.

Hospitality Management Corporation has named Patrick Bajdek as vice president of development. Bajdek’s past industry positions include VP of development for the Americas at Carlson Hotels, VP/managing director of HREC Investment Advisors, managing director of PKF Capital Markets Group, president/founder of InterNet Hospitality Group, and executive VP of development of Metro Hotels.

The St. Regis Washington, D.C., has appointed Manuel Martinez Garcimartin as general manager. Martinez Garcimartin arrives in Washington from The St. Regis New York, where he served as hotel manager at the flagship for the brand.

Triumph Hotels has appointed Breandan Gallagher as general manager of The Iroquois New York in Midtown Manhattan. Gallagher join The Iroquois from W Hoboken, where he served as director of operations and interim general manager.

The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort and Spa, has appointed Nicholas Barger as general manager. Barger’s hospitality experience includes leadership roles at other Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, such as the Zermatt Resort and Homestead Resort in Midway, Utah, and director of rooms at The Modern Honolulu in Hawaii.

DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction in Colorado welcomes General Manager Doug Russo to the team. Russo began his career with Stonebridge Companies in 2013 as the general manager for the Courtyard by Marriott Glenwood Springs, Colo.

Grand Hyatt San Francisco has appointed Heather Ochoa as director of outlets. Ochoa was most recently food and beverage manager at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa.

Madeline Hotel and Residences in Telluride, Colo., has appointed Flynt Payne as director of food and beverage and George Morris as executive chef. Payne joins the Madeline Hotel and Residences following a culinary redesign and rebranding of Montage Kapalua Bay in Maui, Hawaii. Morris arrived at Madeline Hotel and Residences following tenures as executive chef at Beaumont’s Eatery in San Diego and The Truffle Pig in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Solage Hotels & Resorts, a California-based resort management company, has appointed Troy Smith as director of sales to the brand’s flagship property, Solage Calistoga. Smith, who brings 25 years of sales experience in the luxury hospitality industry, most recently with InterContinental San Francisco, joins the company’s leadership team.