My Place Hotels of America named former EVP Matthew Campbell as COO/chief legal officer and former associate general counsel Adam Altman as the company’s general counsel. Meanwhile, hospitality management company Davidson Hotels & Resorts has appointed Laura Presnol VP of talent & culture and Vicki Maldonado director of talent acquisition.
Legal Leaders at My Place
The appointments of Campbell and Altman follow the recent launch of Trend Hotels & Suites on June 3. The parent company is positioning its most valuable resources to scale its support structure for two growing brands, said Ryan Rivett, My Place Hotels of America co-founder, president and CEO.
“Both Matt and Adam have been effective leaders within our organization, and I am grateful for their desire to continue their leadership and elevate their input,” Rivett said. “With the launch of Trend Hotels & Suites in recent weeks, and our continued momentum with My Place Hotels, I fully expect expansion and elevation of our internal resources and structure to be a reoccurring theme.”
Campbell joined My Place as EVP/general counsel in 2015. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with an MBA and the University of South Dakota School of Law with a J.D. He has since practiced law in South Dakota while playing an instrumental role in the ongoing growth of the My Place Hotels of America parent company, its respective hotel brands and franchise family. As second in command, Campbell combines his business and legal acumen to oversee the company’s daily operations.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity to not only lead the My Place Hotels of America team as chief operating officer and chief legal officer but also provide intrinsic value through the guidance and support for franchise owners and operators,” Campbell said. “These last several months have served as a testament to the talent and skill our team possesses. In this new role I hope to further highlight and apportion these many strengths to carry us further than ever before.”
Altman joined My Place Hotels of America as associate general counsel in 2017. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School with a J.D. He has practiced law for over 20 years with an emphasis in local government, serving as city attorney for the communities of Rapid City, S.D., and Aberdeen, S.D.
Talent at Davidson
In her new role, Presnol oversees all talent acquisition, training and development across branded hotels, Pivot Hotels & Resorts and Davidson Restaurant Group verticals. Most recently, Presnol served as market director of human resources at Marriott International, where she was responsible for talent acquisition, succession/workforce planning, performance management and development for property team members and executives for both Renaissance Hotels and W Hotels brands.
Before that, she held several leadership positions at White Lodging spanning 17 years. Her career started in operations, where she rose to the role of general manager. During her tenure as senior director of talent acquisition & development at the company, she partnered with senior executives to build a proactive, full-cycle talent acquisition infrastructure. Her tenure at White Lodging was preceded by several years overseeing regional operations for Starbucks Coffee Company, where she was consistently recognized as a top performer in the Florida region and Eastern division. Laura holds a bachelor's degree in hospitality management & business administration from Washington State University.
Maldonado, meanwhile, is responsible for talent acquisition by researching new source solutions, cultivating relationships with industry professionals and networking to recruit and recommend for all levels of talent. Most recently, she served as senior talent acquisition manager at While Lodging. During her tenure, she collaborated with hiring managers and HR business partners at more than 15 tier-one college campuses and reduced recruiting spending while creating new processes, expanding digital efforts and improving workflow.
She also held talent acquisition positions at Marriott International for five years, supporting Midwest and Southeast division leadership by sourcing talent for critical operational openings utilizing 100 percent virtual and digital solutions. She holds a B.S. in hotel, motel and restaurant management from University of Wisconsin.