3 Texas hotels appoint new GMs

Valencia Hotel Group named William Barba general manager of the 123-room Lone Star Court hotel in Austin. Photo credit: Valencia Hotel Group
Jeff Donahoe. Photo credit: Hyatt Regency Austin

Two hotels in Austin, Texas, and one in Dallas have appointed new general managers recently. 


Valencia Hotel Group named William Barba GM of its 123-room retro-inspired Lone Star Court hotel in Austin. Barba brings nearly 25 years of experience to his new role. He has worked at two other Valencia Hotel Group properties before this: Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, Calif., and Hotel Sorella in Houston. Lone Star Court features a restaurant and bar, an outdoor pool, a fitness center and live music.

Elsewhere in the city, the 448-guestroom Hyatt Regency Austin named Jeff Donahoe as its new GM. Since participating in Hyatt Hotels Corp.’s corporate management training program after graduating college, he has worked in sales and marketing roles around the country. Most recently, he served as Hyatt’s regional VP of sales and marketing for Americas – West.


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Two hundred miles north, Aimbridge Hospitality appointed Mike Haddad GM of the 150-room Canopy by Hilton Dallas Uptown. Haddad, with nearly two decades of hospitality experience, has spent more than 16 years working with Aimbridge. He previously served as GM at the DoubleTree by Hilton Detroit Novi, the Marriott Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the Marriott Chicago Southwest at Burr Ridge and, most recently, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Brookfield.