Carlson Appoints New VP of Development

Carlson has appointed James Baldassari vice president of development for its full service hotels in the Northeast and Midwest United States.

Baldassari, who brings more than 30 years of industry experience to Carlson, will be responsible for the development of franchised and managed Radisson and Park Inn by Radisson hotels. He will report to Phil Silberstein, executive vice president, Full Service Development, Carlson Hotels, Americas.

Most recently, Baldassari was director of franchise development, New England, for Wyndham Worldwide. He has served as vice president of franchise development for Prime Hospitality Corporation in the Northeast, as director of franchise development for the Milwaukee-based Marcus Corporation; and has held senior franchise development positions with Hilton Hotels, Holiday Inn Worldwide, Choice Hotels and Boston-based International Management Services.

Baldassari holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University and will be based in the Boston area.

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