5 hotels name new GMs

The Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza appointed Dan Briks GM. Photo credit: Hilton
Dan Briks. Photo credit: Hilton

Hotels in New York, Florida, Utah, Illinois and Indiana named new general managers recently. Here’s everything you need to know.

The 439-room Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza appointed Dan Briks GM. Briks, who brings more than a decade of experience working at New York City hotels, most recently served as hotel manager for The Lexington Hotel, Autograph Collection. Before that he worked as hotel manager for the 1,780-room Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel and before that he spent eight years at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Briks’ new home features more than 7,500 square feet of meeting space, a restaurant, an indoor tennis court and a fitness center.

In downtown Sarasota, Fla., the 162-room Art Ovation Hotel, Autograph Collection welcomed Okan Karadağ as GM. Karadağ has spent the past 19 years holding GM and director of sales and marketing roles at hotels in the United States and Turkey. Most recently, he served as GM of the Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport, where he oversaw a $12 million renovation. The Art Ovation Hotel, Autograph Collection includes approximately 30,000 square feet of meeting space, a restaurant, a lobby bar, a fitness center and a rooftop pool and bar.

Effective Dec. 2, Richard Wales will join The St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, as GM. Wales brings more than 17 years of hospitality experience to his new role, including most recently as hotel manager for 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. Earlier in his career, he spent more than five years at The St. Regis Aspen (Colo.) Resort and more than nine years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. The St. Regis Deer Valley features 174 guestrooms, multiple dining venues and a 14,000-square-foot spa.

First Hospitality named Marcus Wilson GM of the 81-room Homewood Suites by Hilton Orland Park (Ill.). The role marks a continuation of Wilson’s more than 13-year career with First Hospitality. Most recently, he held the role of assistant GM at the Hampton Inn Majestic Chicago Theatre District.

The 164-room Embassy Suites by Hilton South Bend (Ind.) at Notre Dame appointed Wesley Clark GM. Clark most recently served as director of operations at The Inn at Penn, a Hilton Hotel in Philadelphia. Before that, he held the titles of director of front office and director of housekeeping at the Washington (D.C.) Hilton.