On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings

New Orleans-based real estate developer HRI Properties has made major changes to its executive leadership team. The company has changed the roles of its owners, appointing co-founder Pres Kabacoff chairman of the board and current president Tom Leonhard as both president and chief executive officer. Eddie Boettner continues to serve as chief administrative officer.

Here is a look at more notable comings and goings that have taken place this week:

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has appointed Patrick J. Grismer chief financial officer of the Chicago property. Grismer will oversee all aspects of the finance function while serving as a business partner in achieving the company’s strategic growth initiatives.

Marcus Hotels & Resorts has announced management changes at Heidel House Resort & Spa and Timber Ridge Lodge. Kevin Karau will assume the role of general manager at Heidel House in Green Lake, Wis., and Mark Fenton will assume the general manager role at Timber Ridge in Lake Geneva, Wis.


Sam Trotter has been selected as corporate brand strategist of Charlestowne Hotels. With an extensive knowledge of hotel operations, management, real estate, and e-commerce, Trotter will be responsible for brand strategy throughout Charlestowne’s portfolio of hotels.

Sbe Hotel Group has announced the appointment of Paul Sposare as area director of sales and marketing for The Redbury New York and SLS Park Avenue. With over 20 years of luxury hotel experience, Sposare will provide strategic leadership for Sbe Hotel Group’s hotels, overseeing all of the marketing and sales efforts for the two new hotel locations in 2016.

Andrew Tilley has been named general manager of Meliá Hotels International’s first New York property, Innside New York NoMad. Tilley has more than 30 years of experience as an international hotelier, working exclusively with Meliá Hotels International since 2010.

Hospitality veteran Barry Rodriguez has been appointed director of sales and marketing for Loews New Orleans Hotel. Rodriguez has 13 years of hotel sales experience with luxury destinations throughout New Orleans, and most recently served as director of sales at the Ritz Carlton New Orleans.

HHM announced the appointment of Joseph Klam as executive vice president of financial services and a member of the hotel management company’s executive leadership team. The 40-year hospitality veteran will support HHM’s finance and accounting platform during a period of rapid growth in the company’s management of full service, independent, and resort properties.

Chuck Moses has been selected as director of sales and marketing for Hotel Van Zandt in Austin, Texas. Moses will be responsible for planning and implementing sales, marketing and product development programs targeted towards existing and new markets.

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