6 upper-upscale, luxury hotels name new GMs

The Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg in Tennessee named Richard Ebright GM. Photo credit: Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg

Five hotels in the upper-upscale and luxury segments have named new general managers. Here’s the latest.

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

The Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa in Coronado, Calif., has named Jonathan Litvack GM. The property, currently in the middle of a resortwide renovation, includes 300 guestrooms, 28 cottages, seven executive suites, 25,000 square feet of event space, two restaurants and a spa. Litvack previously served as a GM for the Sheraton Grand Los Angeles; The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz.; and The Westin Pasadena in California.

Six Senses New York

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has chosen Dant Hirsch to serve as GM for its first North American property, the Six Senses New York. The property is under development and scheduled to open in 2020. During his more than 16 years in hospitality, Hirsch has served as opening general manager of Faena Miami Beach; regional general manager, Americas for Como Hotels and Resorts; and, most recently, GM of The Dominick hotel in New York City.

Virtual Event


Survival in these times is highly dependent on a hotel's ability to quickly adapt and pivot their business to meet the current needs of travelers and the surrounding community. Join us for Optimization Part 2 – a FREE virtual event – as we bring together top players in the industry to discuss alternative uses when occupancy is down, ways to boost F&B revenue, how to help your staff adjust to new challenges and more, in a series of panels focused on how you can regain profitability during this crisis.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

The 190-room Park Hyatt Beaver Creek in Colorado has appointed Herb Rackliff GM. The chateau-style ski resort includes a 30,000-square-foot spa, three dining venues and an onsite ski rental shop. Rackliff will oversee all aspects of operations at the property, including an extensive lobby renovation which is expected to finish this fall. During his more than 30 years with Hyatt, Rackliff has served as a GM at Hyatt Regency properties in Albuquerque, N.M.; Alberta; Cincinnati; and Milwaukee.

Richard Ebright. Photo credit: Margaritaville
Resort Gatlinburg 

Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg

In Gatlinburg, Tenn., the 163-room Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg has appointed Richard Ebright GM. Located minutes from Great Smoky Mountain National Park and within walking distance of downtown Gatlinburg, the resort features multiple restaurants, a spa and 3,000 square feet of event space. Ebright, who has nearly 30 years of experience as a GM, most recently served in the role at the Doubletree by Hilton Atlanta Northlake.

21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati

21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati has named Shelley Meszoly GM. With more than 25 years of leadership experience, Meszoly has spent much of her career within the sales and marketing side of hospitality. Most recently, she worked as a regional director of sales and marketing with Fairmont.

Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

The 128-room Sagamore Pendry Baltimore has chosen Juan Webster as its next GM. During his more than 15 years in hospitality, Webster has served as GM at several Baltimore hotels, including the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor, the Radisson Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor and the Baltimore Harbor Hotel.

Suggested Articles

Teams working remotely or apart can use group video and real-time collaboration for mobile and desktop.

Travel needs to evolve with current e-commerce trends by moving forward with a stronger focus on the guest journey.

While occupancy, rate and revenue all improved from July, they were still significantly down year over year.