NATIONAL REPORT—First Hospitality, BridgeStreet and Stonebridge are changing up their leadership teams. Here’s a look at the recent industry moves:
First Hospitality Names Chief HR Officer
First Hospitality has appointed Janice Parks to chief human resources officer and its executive leadership team. Parks brings 14 years of experience in human resources to her new position as well as a formal education in executive leadership.
In her new role, Parks is responsible for developing and executing all aspects of First Hospitality’s people strategy, including talent management, organizational development, culture transformation, thought leadership, executive coaching, and more. Prior to joining First Hospitality, Parks worked for the McDonald’s Corporation in Chicago where she held multiple leadership roles, including senior director of global diversity and inclusion, and most recently, global human resources officer where she led strategic human resources for the $27 billion restaurant business in 22 U.S regions across multiple functions.
Mathias Saleborn Joins BridgeStreet as Managing Director of EMEA & APAC
BridgeStreet, a leading provider of extended-stay business travel solutions, named Mathias Saleborn as managing director of EMEA & APAC to lead BridgeStreet’s operations in the region. Saleborn previously served as a director at Luxury Hotel Partners where he led the successful execution of sales, revenue, marketing, communications and brand strategy for the hotels within the managed portfolio. Saleborn also served as a director at The Leading Hotels of the World where he transformed revenue results through strategic leadership and team management.
Stonebridge Adds Two VPs
Stonebridge Companies has bolstered its corporate team with the addition of two industry leaders into VP roles. With its continued bi-coastal growth, the two additions to the firm’s leadership team will support the hospitality company’s growth trajectory.
With a rapidly expanding footprint, Stonebridge Companies features a team of more than 3,100 associates and a portfolio comprising 62 hotels with more than 10,500 guestrooms nationwide.
Rob Hazard joins Stonebridge Companies’ corporate team as VP of real estate. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the firm’s development portfolio. With more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, he has supported the development teams at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Westin Hotels & Resorts and Interstate Hotels & Resorts. His strong track record of success includes developing Westin Hotels & Resorts’ franchise program and opening the Phoenix office for hospitality, tourism and leisure consulting leader PKF. Most recently, Hazard served as SVP at Hersha Hospitality Trust, where he oversaw its acquisitions and development platform.
As VP of asset management, John Davis oversees asset management on a large portion of the Stonebridge Companies portfolio. In this capacity, he focuses on maximizing hotel operating performance and capital investments. Davis holds a strong background within the hospitality industry, previously serving as the vice president of asset management for Woodbine Development Corporation. He has also served in a finance and accounting leadership role with Marriott International.