OTO Development adds Denise Beers-Kiepper as VP of HR

Denise Beers-Kiepper, OTO Development's new VP of HR, will support more than 2,400 OTO employees, including those at the Hampton Inn & Suites Bellevue Downtown/Seattle. Photo credit: Hilton

OTO Development, part of The Johnson Group, appointed Denise Beers-Kiepper VP of human resources. She is tasked with leading and developing the Spartanburg, S.C.-based hotelier’s human resources team, which supports more than 2,400 employees across the country.

Denise Beers-Kiepper. Photo credit: OTO Development

OTO recruited Beers-Kiepper through a nationwide search. The HR veteran has a background in business, human capital strategy and organizational development at companies ranging from tech start-up to Fortune 500. 

“We are delighted to add Denise’s breadth and depth of experience to our leadership team,” Corry Oakes, president/CEO of OTO Development, said in a statement. “Her proven ability to foster high-performing teams is a definite asset as OTO moves forward with ambitious growth strategies.”


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An alumna of The Ohio State University, Beers-Kiepper has spent more than 20 years in human resources. She joins OTO from MadDog Technology, a start-up focused on cloud-based platforms designed to improve business revenue. Before that, she was SVP of regional human resources at Fifth Third Bank, one of the largest banks in the United States.  

“It’s a privilege to work with an organization whose principles match my own,” Beers-Kiepper said in a statement. “I look forward to building upon the strong OTO brand to recruit, grow and retain top talent while becoming the destination employer within the hospitality industry.”

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