OTO Development names leaders for new Residence Inn

Residence Inn by Marriott Long Island Garden City in New York will be pet friendly and is slated to open in late May. Photo credit: Marriott International

Hotel development and management company OTO Development announced the leadership team for its new Residence Inn by Marriott Long Island Garden City in New York. Allison Mitchell is the new general manager and Samira Clarke the director of sales.

“We always strive to build strong teams at our hotels, and I am confident with their experience and market knowledge, Allison and Samira will be tremendous leaders in Garden City,” said Corry Oakes, president/CEO of OTO Development.

The Spartanburg, S.C.-based hotelier is partnering with Simon Properties on the development of the hotel, adding 163 new studio and one-bedroom suites to the Roosevelt Field retail complex.

Mitchell comes to the property from the SpringHill Suites LaGuardia in New York City, where she served as general manager.

With nearly 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Mitchell has worked her way up the ladder in the industry, starting as a front-desk associate before spending time as a reservation agent, conference services associate, sales manager and director of sales.

Clarke brings her nearly 15 years of experience in the New York hotel industry, including most recently at OTO Development’s AC Hotel New York Times Square, to the new Residence Inn as the director of sales.

Before her time with OTO Development’s properties, Clarke built experience in the New York hotel industry with stints at the Courtyard Times Square West, Allegria Hotel and the Hilton Garden Inn Times Square Central, among others. She has served in a variety of roles, including front-office coordinator, sales manager and catering sales manager.

The all-new Residence Inn features complimentary hot breakfast daily, the Residence Inn Mix evening mixer, an on-site laundry and dry-cleaning service, a business center, a fitness center, an indoor pool and free grocery delivery. The hotel will be pet friendly and is slated to open in late May.