5 new GM appointments

Kristin Duncan has been appointed general manager of the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. Photo credit: Marriott International

The Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel; Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Rockville, Md.; Dream Hollywood in Los Angeles; Woodlark in Portland, Ore.; and The Nautical Beachfront Resort in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; have named new general managers.

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel’s new GM Kristin Duncan has more than three decades of experience within hospitality. She has worked as GM of the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook, the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort and the Lincolnshire (Ill.) Marriott Resort. Duncan also has directorial experience with sales and marketing.

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

David Child, a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry, now leads the 455-room Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center as GM. Before joining the Rockville, Md., hotel, he spent nearly three years as GM of the Renaissance Washington D.C., Dupont Circle Hotel. Before that he worked as hotel manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., director of food and beverage at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown Hotel and director of operations at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in New York.

Dream Hollywood

Hotel brand and management company Dream Hotel Group appointed Vaughn Davis GM of the 178-room Dream Hollywood in Los Angeles. Davis worked with the brand before, from 2011 to 2015 as manager-in-training, guest services manager and director of guest services. Since then, he has served as director of front office, director of rooms and hotel manager at Hotel 50 Bowery in New York City.


Provenance Hotels picked Sean Castady as GM for its Portland, Ore., boutique hotel Woodlark, which opened this past December. In his most recent position as regional director of hotel operations for Aparium Hotel Group, Castady oversaw strategic planning and overall performance for The Iron Horse Hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton La Crosse and The Charmant Hotel, all in Wisconsin. His more than 13-year career in hotel management also includes positions as front-office manager and assistant GM.

The Nautical Beachfront Resort

Benchmark named Frank Casarez Jr. GM at The Nautical Beachfront Resort in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Before joining the 139-room hotel, Casarez served as GM and managing director of sales at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix, area manager and GM at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Ore., and GM at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Wash.