4 hotels appoint new GMs

Benchmark name Bill Lee general manager of the 248-room Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville. Photo credit: Hilton

Hotels and resorts in Arizona, Illinois, Florida and Washington have appointed new general managers in recent weeks. Here’s the latest.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., appointed Derek Ellis GM. In his new role, Ellis will oversee operations for the property as it continues to undergo a redesign of its 732 guestrooms and corridors. Ellis’ most recent positions include resort manager of the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, GM of the JW Marriott Houston by The Galleria, and GM of the Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District.

Hostmark Hospitality Group named Tonya Scott GM of the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., where she now oversees the daily operations and sales and marketing of the 293-room resort. Scott, who has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, has held a range of GM roles over her career, including at the Hotel Burnham in Chicago, which was reflagged the Alise Chicago during her time at the property. She also has held leadership roles at properties in Florida, Colorado, Virginia and Utah.

Benchmark appointed Bill Lee GM of the 248-room Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville. Before joining the hotel, Lee served as GM of Benchmark’s The Grove Resort Orlando, where he led the property from its preopening phase onward. Before that, Lee held leadership roles for companies like Scottford Enterprises, Christophe Harbour Development Co. and RockResorts International.

Soul Community Planet named Tobias Colvin GM of the newly renovated, 49-room SCP Redmond (Wash.). Colvin brings 19 years of hospitality management experience to his new role, most recently at Black Butte Ranch in Sisters, Ore.