Hotels name new GMs, executive chefs

Devin Walline will oversee McGavock’s Coffee Bar & Provisions at the Harpeth Hotel in Tennessee. Photo credit: Harpeth Hotel (McGavock’s Coffee Bar & Provisions)

Even in a pandemic, hotels are still appointing new leaders. Here are updates from three properties across the country.

Canopy Scottsdale

Devin Mahoney
Devin Mahoney

The upcoming Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale (Ariz.) Old Town will be headed by Arizona native Devin Mahoney as the new chief enthusiast/general manager. Mahoney is a veteran of the hospitality industry with more than 16 years of experience opening and managing new hotels in major markets along the West Coast.

He has held a number of general manager and leadership positions within the Kimpton Hotels & Resorts portfolio including Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix, Kimpton Hotel Solamar in San Diego and the former Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona, Ariz. Mahoney has also worked in other Arizona hotels including the former James Hotel in Scottsdale, The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Carefree and the Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown, where he most recently served as general manager.

The Canopy Scottsdale is set to open in September in the city's historic arts district in Old Town.

Harpeth Hotel

In Franklin, Tenn., the Harpeth Hotel, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, and Valor Hospitality Partners have appointed Devin Walline as executive chef to lead the property’s dining concepts and culinary team. In this role, Walline will spearhead all culinary operations at the 119-room property, overseeing 1799 Kitchen & Cocktails and McGavock’s Coffee Bar & Provisions, as well as the boutique luxury hotel’s catering program.

Walline brings over a decade of experience in the food and beverage industry to The Harpeth team. Most recently, he served as executive sous chef at QED Hospitality, where he oversaw creative menu development, as well as all kitchen staff, helping drive over $14 million in total sales. Before his time with QED Hospitality, Walline served as executive chef and general manager at Nashville eatery, Edgehill Café.

Mar Monte Hotel

Ingrid Braun
Ingrid Braun

At the Mar Monte Hotel in Santa Barbara, Calif., Ingrid F. Braun has been named general manager and Nathan Lingle is the new executive chef. 

Braun has spent the majority of her 17-year hospitality career in luxury lifestyle hotels in Southern California, overseeing several hotel renovations and openings. Most recently, she was the opening hotel manager of the Santa Monica Proper Hotel, where she oversaw all hotel operations and guest relations for the 271-room property. 

Nathan Lingle

After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America and serving in several positions at The Ritz-Carlton Resort in Naples, Fla., Lingle was named executive chef and food & beverage director at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia. He also was chef de cuisine at the Sagamore Resort and Spa and the VP of Food and Beverage at L’Auberge Del Mar Resort in Del Mar, Cali. 

Slated to open late summer, the 200-room beachfront hotel will be part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt.