HOSPITALITY PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
The Extended Say Lodging Council of AH&LA recently announced winners of its first annual scholarship program. Those students receiving $2,000 awards are Brenda Hook, Widener University; Julie Ruffing, Mercyhurst College; Ashley Loyd, Washington State; Joline Zack, Johnson & Wales; Christine Mindrum, Purdue; Daniel Grove, University of Central Florida; and Weonhee Anne Lee, Boston University.
Daniel Head joined Choice Hotels as vice president, corporate and business strategy. He had been a managing director of BearingPoint. Other changes at Choice: John Schwieters was elected to the board of directors. Schwieters, who replaces the retiring Jerry Robertson, is vice president of merchant bank Perseus LLC. David Bayes was named managing director of Choice Hotel Australia. He replaces Brent Russell.
Former Carlson, Starwood and Wyndham President Eric Danziger is back in the business: He joined the board of directors of Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group Holdings. He is CEO of California-based ZipRealty. Also at Kimpton, Dina Koss joined the company as director of acquisitions and development. She had been a financial analyst at Bear Stearns.
Edward Rohling was named CEO of Lodgian, Inc. and was elected to the company's board of directors. He replaces Tom Parrington, who has left the company. Rohling joined Lodgian in July as president.
Marco Roca joined Cendant Hotel Group as senior vice president, development. Most recently, he held a similar post with Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
Benchmark Hospitality International promoted Esther Rodriguez to vice president, controller. She had been corporate controller for the Texas-based management company.
Rick Adlington and Jeff Palla were promoted to vice presidents of franchise services at La Quinta Franchising. Adlington oversees services for La Quinta franchised properties in the eastern U.S., while Palla covers the West.
New vice presidents of asset management at FelCor Lodging Trust are Colleen Quinn and Frank Solano. Quinn had been divisional vice president of sales and marketing for Wyndham International, while Solano was GM of the Wyndham Hotel in Arlington, TX.
Andrew Gajary was named hotel manager of the InterContinental Hotel Cleveland. He had been manager of InterContinental's other properties on the Cleveland Clinic Campus, the InterContinental Suite Hotel and The Cleve- land Clinic Guesthouse.
Four Seasons Hotels named John Davison as chief financial officer. He replaces Douglas Ludwig, who took early retirement.
Small Luxury Hotels of the World added two sales executives: Laura Bioardi-Tsoumas to regional director of sales, the Americas; and Monica Chandra as regional manager of sales, the Americas.
Nancy Wexler was named director of sales and marketing for Singh Hotels & Resorts in the Florida Keys. Her career has included posts with a variety of independent and chain hotel companies, including Sonesta, Marriott and Grand Heritage.
New general manager of the Holiday Inn Beach Resort in Ventura, CA is Douglas Woods. Most recently, he was GM of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Jose, CA.
Appointments at New York City operator Affinia: Beverly Ramsook to director of revenue management and distribution, Jim Zito to director of interactive marketing and development and George Drepaul to general manager of the Eastgate Tower.
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