4 hotels name new leaders

The 170-key resort hotel was sold to Dallas based real estate investment trust Braemar Hotels & Resorts.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe named Christopher Southwick hotel manager. Photo credit: Marriott International
Chris Southwick. Photo credit: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co.

Hotels in Georgia, California, Florida and Illinois have appointed four seasoned hospitality veterans to leadership roles. Here’s the latest.

The Whitley, a Luxury Collection Hotel

In Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, The Whitley, a Luxury Collection Hotel named 25-year hospitality veteran Shah Adil managing director. Before joining the 507-room property, Adil served as GM of the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North. Before that, he held senior leadership positions at Hyatt Hotels Corp. properties across the country, including in Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Washington, D.C.

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

In California, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe appointed Christopher Southwick hotel manager. Southwick joined the 170-guestroom property after more than 20 years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. Beginning as a chef tournant at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, he worked his worked his way up into executive chef roles at locations around the world. Most recently, Southwick worked at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, first as director of food and beverage and then as director of operations.

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Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention Center

The 360-key Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa (Fla.) Downtown Convention Center appointed Scott Ward GM. Ward began his more than 25-year career in hospitality with Interstate Hotels & Resorts working as rooms’ manager, director of housekeeping, director of front office and eventually GM. In the past 10 years, he has served as resident manager of the Hilton Waikoloa Village, resident manager of the Hilton Riverside and, most recently, GM of the 376-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans.

Hyatt House Chicago/West Loop-Fulton Market

McKibbon Hospitality named Tony Marco GM of Wheelock Street Capital’s new Hyatt House Chicago/West Loop-Fulton Market. Marco’s new role at the 14-story, 200-room hotel marks his fifth GM position in the Chicago area. Most recently, he led 50 associates at the 178-room Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston. 

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