Brinkman Takes Over as President, Chief Operating Officer at Stonebridge


Read the latest roundup of U.S.-based hires and promotions in the hotel industry.



Tom Brinkman

President and chief operating officer
Stonebridge Companies
Sept. 26, 2022
New hire
Experience: Most recently, Brinkman served as chief development officer for United States full-service brands at Marriott International.


Senior vice president, franchise sales and development
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Sept. 19, 2022
New hire
Experience: Prior to Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Nadolny was managing director and senior partner at appraisal firm HVS Consulting and Valuation.



General manager
The Elms Hotel and Spa
Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Sept. 27, 2022
New hire
Experience: Before joining The Elms Hotel and Spa team, Higginbotham was the director of operations at Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport, where was responsible for the operation of 811 guestrooms and 92,000 square feet of event space.


Joel Manion

General manager
Hotel ZOSO
Palm Springs, California
Sept. 26, 2022
New hire
Experience: He previously was area general manager at TPG Hotels & Resorts in Washington, D.C., overseeing daily operations for Marriott AC Hotel D.C. Convention Center, Moxy Hotel Downtown D.C. and the Courtyard Dupont Circle.


Diarmuid Dwyer

Area managing director
Hilton’s New York City portfolio
New York, New York
Sept. 21, 2022
Promotion
Experience: Previously, Dwyer was the general manager of the 1,878-room New York Hilton Midtown, home to New York City’s largest hotel meeting space footprint and ballroom.


General manager
Hampton Inn by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton Tucson Downtown
Tucson, Arizona
Sept. 21, 2022
Promoted
Experience: Manzanares was the hotel’s assistant general manager and influential in opening the property. Prior to that, she was front office manager at Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Tucson.


Paul Puzzanghero

General manager
The Morrow Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Sept. 20, 2022
New hire
Experience: Puzzanghero has experience in managing traditionally branded hotels as well as luxury lifestyle assets such as the Boston Long Wharf Marriott, The Boston Cambridge Marriott, Boston Marriott Newton, Boston Marriott Quincy and Ritz Carlton – Boston Common.


Babou Saine

Hotel manager
The Morrow Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Sept. 20, 2022
New hire
Experience: Previously, Saine was director of rooms at The Watergate Hotel for five years, The Madison for three years and with Ritz-Carlton Hotels for eight years.



Patrick Cheedie

Director of franchise development, assurance and marketing program, Western region
hihotels
Sept. 21, 2022
New hire
Experience: Cheedie has more than 30 years of sales and territory management experience, including nine years in the hospitality industry with Wyndham Hotel Group, Choice Hotels International, RLH Corporation and Red Roof Hotels International.


Vic Vescovo

Director of franchise development, assurance and marketing program, Midwest region
hihotels
Sept. 21, 2022
New hire
Experience: Vescovo helped develop the Americas Best Value Inn brand during his 11 years with Vantage Hospitality Group/RLH Corporation.


Dionne Dabney-Williams

Director of sales
The Morrow Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Sept. 20, 2022
New hire
Experience: Dabney-Williams has a diverse hospitality background, having led initiatives at properties including The Watergate Hotel and The Willard InterContinental Hotel.


Ashley Hunter-Perez

Marketing manager
The Morrow Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Sept. 20, 2022
New hire
Experience: Hunter-Perez has more than nine years of experience in the hospitality industry, starting her career as area public relations manager for The Ritz-Carlton brand.


Casper van Eldik Thieme

Director of sales and marketing
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
San Diego, California
Sept. 20, 2022
New hire
Experience: Most recently, van Eldik Thieme was the director of sales, marketing and events at Grand Hyatt at SFO.



Matthew Krueger

Executive chef
Hotel Effie
Miramar Beach, Florida
Sept. 28, 2022
New hire
Experience: Krueger has worked in kitchens at prestigious luxury resorts across the U.S., including J&G Grill at the St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, The Lodge at Sea Island Resort in Georgia and Homestead Resort in Utah.


Steven Marshall

Lead bartender
Dirty Habit at Hotel Zelos
San Francisco, California
Sept. 22, 2022
New hire
Experience: Marshall brings over seven years of experience as a cocktail craftsman.


Olivier Gaupin

Director of culinary
The Charleston Place
Charleston, South Carolina
Sept. 21, 2022
New hire
Experience: Gaupin’s experience includes director of culinary positions with Benchmark Global Hospitality and Loews Hotels & Co.


Executive chef
Omni Mount Washington Resort
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Sept. 20, 2022
New hire
Experience: DeFusco’s previous experience includes roles in food operations at Hershey Country Club and Callaway Resort & Gardens until 2019, and most recently at Marriott Meadow View Conference Resort & Convention Center.


Mark Florimonte

Executive chef
Kingsmill Resort
Williamsburg, Virginia
Sept. 20, 2022
New hire
Experience: Previously, Florimonte was the campus executive chef for the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.


Adrian Mishek

Director of food and beverage
The Morrow Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Sept. 20, 2022
New hire
Experience: Mishek’s previous experience includes F&B roles at Nemo Restaurant in Miami Beach, Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, NY, Barracks Row Entertainment in Washington DC, W Hotel in Washington DC, and The Watergate Hotel.



David Tortora

Director of operations
Conrad New York Midtown
New York, New York
Sept. 23, 2022
New hire
Experience: Prior to joining Conrad New York Midtown, Tortora was with Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel for over five years, most recently as director of rooms for the 701-room luxury resort.


Nathan Chapa

Vice president of hospitality
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Tampa, Florida
Sept. 22, 2022
New hire
Experience: Previously, Chapa was the assistant general manager of the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

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