NATIONAL REPORT—Hotel Business has been tracking executives on the move. Here’s a look at the industry’s most recent appointments and leadership changes:
Noble House Appoints SVP of Sales & Marketing
Noble House Hotels & Resorts Ltd. named Chad Bustos as SVP of sales and marketing. Bringing more than two decades of hospitality expertise to this role, Bustos will oversee all marketing strategies and sales efforts for the brand.
Before joining Noble House, Bustos’ most recent role as SVP of sales and marketing with the Irvine Company focused on the strategic positioning and rebranding initiatives across marketing, public relations, advertising, sales and revenue management. He began with the company in 2006 as senior director of marketing and was promoted to VP of marketing in 2011 before rising to the role of SVP of sales and marketing in July 2016.
Previously, Bustos worked with KSL Resorts as corporate director of interactive marketing for five years, after two years as assistant VP of marketing for Hoover Management. He began his career with Alaska Air Group as director of electronic marketing strategies.
Rosewood Taps VP of Finance
George Tanzman has been appointed VP of finance, Americas and Europe, for Rosewood Hotel Group. In this role, Tanzman will be responsible for providing analysis and direction on Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ operating performance and for managing all aspects of corporate and property finance for all existing and upcoming hotel properties.
Tanzman joins Rosewood with nearly three decades of experience in the financial services sector of the luxury hospitality industry. Most recently, Tanzman served as the CFO for Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas where he was responsible for matters related to corporate and operations accounting, insurance and risk management, development and implementation of information systems, tax planning and treasury functions. During his four-and-a-half-year tenure, Tanzman was involved with the openings of three resorts, six spas and a residential project. Prior to his time with Six Senses, Tanzman spent 22 years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts where he held several senior managerial positions around the world, including director of financial analysis for Four Seasons Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong.
Carlson Rezidor Expands Development Team
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group appointed nine field directors within its development team.
This new geographical structure allows the team to work more effectively with franchise owners and operators in addition to other business areas across the organization, according to the company.
“The diverse backgrounds of the newly appointed directors will be an enormous asset to our Americas development team as we execute our new five-year plan,” said Terry Sanders, chief development officer, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “This new team and refreshed structure sets a firm foundation for our future growth as we work to not only meet, but exceed, our goals and expand our brands footprint in key markets across the Americas.”
Mark Williams, VP, regional development, will continue to lead development in the East regions, and Dinesh Chandiramani, VP, regional development, will continue to lead the West regions. The new development field team includes the following:
Supporting regions in the West will be Ryan Foley, Charles Isola, Amit Patel, Jamie Pomeroy, and Chris Stanley.
Supporting regions in the East will be Bill Balletto, Ray Bodnar, Greg Burgett, and Joe Stokes.
Benchmark Names Director of Revenue
Benchmark has named Nour Asfari area director of revenue. She will be based in the company’s Orlando office.
“With her extensive and successful on-property experience, she has a clear understanding and passion for serving customers with dedication, creativity and attentiveness. We look forward to her important contributions to our revenue management team,” said Kim Nugent, VP revenue management, Benchmark.
Asfari brings more than a decade of experience within hospitality to her new role. Most recently, she served as revenue management consultant, overseeing a group of 10 hotels, resorts and vacation rentals, providing revenue management and business consulting solutions within central reservation systems, business intelligence solutions, website marketing, voice reservation solutions and more.
Two Resorts, One VP of Sales & Marketing
Kathleen Shea has been appointed VP of sales and marketing at Chatham Bars Inn in Cape Cod, MA, and the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, MD.
In this newly created role, Shea will be responsible for driving awareness, market share and sales for the resorts. She will also debut the Pete Dye-designed Links at Perry Cabin in the spring, and later oversee the opening of the Lodge at Perry Cabin. Shea is based in New York City.
“With her depth of expertise in building top luxury hotel brands, Kathleen Shea is the perfect addition to our team,” said John Speers, SVP and GM of Chatham Bars Inn. “Kathleen is uniquely qualified to raise awareness and grow the two resorts’ profiles, having had spectacular success throughout her career at preeminent luxury and lifestyle hospitality brands—Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Taj Hotels and Canyon Ranch.”