6 hotels, resorts appoint new leaders

Highgate Hotels chose Barbara Christoph to lead the Arthouse Hotel New York City as GM. Photo credit: Highgate Hotels
Barbara Christoph. Photo credit: Highgate Hotels

Hotels and resorts in Arizona, New York, Florida, Connecticut and Pennsylvania have appointed new leaders recently. Here’s who’s on the move.

Canyon Ranch Tucson (Ariz.) appointed Grant Dipman, a hospitality veteran with more than 25 years of experience managing luxury hotels, managing director. Dipman has spent much of his career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., serving as a director of catering and conference services, and then director of meetings and special events, hotel manager and GM. Most recently, he led The St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, as GM.

Highgate Hotels named Barbara Christoph GM of the 291-room Arthouse Hotel New York City. Christoph has spent more than a decade working across Manhattan at properties such as The Roger New York, the SoHo Grand Hotel and Highgate’s Paramount Hotel. Most recently, she served as GM for The Quin Central Park by Hilton Club.

McKibbon Hospitality appointed John Loute GM of the upcoming SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lakeland (Fla.). Loute brings more than 20 years of hospitality management experience to his new position, including most recently as GM for a La Quinta Inn & Suites, also in Lakeland. Owned by Lakeland Hospitality Group, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lakeland is slated to open spring 2020 and will include 126 guestrooms, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, a bar and an outdoor pool.

In Washington, Conn., the 30-room Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection named Israël Benyaïr GM. Benyaïr, who has experience serving in luxury hotels in the United States and Europe, will play a key role in leading the property through its upcoming renovation in 2020. Before joining the Mayflower Inn, he oversaw a team of 550 employees as hotel manager for the Mandarin Oriental, New York.

The Gabriel Miami, Curio Collection by Hilton, a 129-room, newly renovated hotel in downtown Miami, appointed Neal Spivack GM. Spivack, who has worked in housekeeping, front office and food and beverage, brings more than 15 years of experience to his new role. Most recently, he worked at Costa Hollywood (Fla.) Beach Resort, first as hotel manager and then as general manager.

First Hospitality appointed Meghan Mongelluzzo GM of the 140-room Hampton Inn Pittsburgh/Monroeville (Penn.). Before taking on her most recent role, she opened the Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh-Technology Center as GM. Before that, she served as GM for the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Altoona (Penn.).