On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced Allison Reid as chief development officer for the Americas. With 30 years in the hospitality industry, Reid will manage real estate development and contracts for her region. Before joining Kimpton, Reid oversaw development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

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

AHLA announced the appointment of Amanda Franks as vice president of campaign communications. Franks will spearhead campaign strategies on key policy priorities that impact the hotel industry. She joins AHLA from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s Administration, where she served as his deputy chief of staff.

Mark Purcell has been appointed vice president, development, North America for AccorHotels. Purcell most recently worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts and led a development team that managed more than 100 projects, together valued at over $10 billion. Purcell has 25 years of experience in the industry, specifically in development, finance, and operations.


Michael MacDonald has been named director of food and beverage for The Raleigh, a historic boutique hotel in South Beach, Fla. In his new role, MacDonald will create a new cocktail menu for the speakeasy-style bar. Other tasks include overseeing the restaurant and poolside services.

John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts has announced Matthew Lahiff as general manager and Annebeth Black as the director of sales for the Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville SE – Mufreesboro. Black is returning to JQH where she worked for 9 years, while Lahiff previously worked as general manager of a Tribute Portfolio hotel.

Hotel Equities has appointed Tucker Stallings business development coordinator. Stallings will work on owner relations, marketing, and transitions in his new role. Prior to Hotel Equities, Stallings worked at the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta.

Larry Spelts has been named president and chief development officer of Expotel Hospitality. Spelts comes to Expotel from Charlestowne Hotels, where he cultivated relationships with owners and development groups. With 30 years of hospitality experience, Spelts added 34 properties to the Charlestowne portfolio.

Two Roads Hospitality has announced Shel Bourdon as the national director of bars. Bourdon’s portfolio has some of the country’s most popular bars, including The Tar Pit and Playa in Los Angeles. Bourdon will be responsible for creating concepts and programs for the Two Roads bars, lounges, and rooftop venues.

Jim Curtis has been appointed vice president of group sales for the Atlantis Paradise Island resort. Curtis will work with other Atlantis executives and will lead the group sales team to establish revenue targets. Curtis previously worked at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood as director of sales and marketing.

Great Wolf Resorts Inc. has named Edward Malinowski chief information officer for the family of indoor waterparks. Malinowski will oversee the IT information for Great Wolf Resorts’ 14 locations. Before Great Wolf, Malinowski oversaw IT operations from Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in Hong Kong.


Betty the Goat is the newest addition to the ground crew at the Sunset at the Palms in Negril, Jamaica. The adults-only resort brought Betty on staff to manage the grass and leaves on property. Betty was acquired through an exchange with local pig farmers where the property shares its food waste.

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