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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) recently announced the appointment of Mauro Marrocu as its new CEO. Marrocu will lead the organization through its next phase of growth and extended global partnerships, which includes its official relocation within the offices of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Madrid. Marrocu is an experienced executive and entrepreneur in the travel industry. He has worked on various continents in developed and developing markets. His passion for travel will lead the organization in encouraging public and private sector partnerships necessary to build sustainable travel systems, strategies and policies for future growth and prosperity. Marrocu brings a rich and diversified C-level background to the role, having held various leadership roles in the travel and transportation industry.
IRVING, TEXAS—Cheryl Forberg, R.D., one of the nation’s leading authorities on nutrition, a James Beard award-winning chef, and nutritionist for NBC’s The Biggest Loser, has joined Omni Hotels & Resorts culinary team as the luxury hotel brand’s in-house nutritionist. From Omni’s award winning restaurants to in-room dining, Forberg will work closely with Omni chefs to create both delicious and nutritious menu choices. This year Omni will embark on several unique and captivating food and beverage campaigns, drawing on Forberg’s expert guidance. She will play an instrumental role in each of Omni’s culinary initiatives, expanding healthy dining options with cuisine that boasts delicious robust flavors, while also being prepared in healthier and more socially responsible ways.
HIGHLANDS RANCH, COLO.—Continuing their mission to make green travel possible in locations spanning the country, Adoba Hotel Brand announces the hiring of its new VP of Development, Michael Lapporte. “As Adoba Hotel Brand expands into its third location, it is time to address the company’s rapid growth and need for an organizational chart that reflects these new developments,” says Adrienne Pumphrey, Global Head, Adoba Eco Hotel & Suites.” Lapporte is no stranger to the hotel industry, bringing with him 13 years of experience as a senior real estate broker specializing in retail, hotels, mixed-use, land, and investment sales. “His strong track record of success in sourcing, negotiating, developing and closing transactions aligns well with the Adoba Hotels brand’s own business goals,” Pumphrey adds. Lapporte will spearhead the acquisition of new sustainable LEED development properties throughout the country.
MADISON, WIS.—Growing up in Wisconsin with a father who was an outdoor enthusiast and a “bird nerd,” Stephanie Klett was introduced early on to the wonders of nature. “You can’t be from Wisconsin without caring for the environment,” she says. Today, as Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Klett gets to travel inside and outside of The Badger State, promoting it as the Midwest’s leading travel destination. Part of Klett’s responsibilities is highlighting Wisconsin’s green destinations and businesses, many of which are part of Travel Green Wisconsin. Travel Green Wisconsin is the state’s voluntary certification program that reviews, certifies, and recognizes tourism businesses that have made a commitment to continuously improve their operations in order to reduce their environmental impact.
DENVER—Xanterra Parks & Resorts has appointed Catherine Greener as vice president of sustainability. In this position, Greener is responsible for continuing and strengthening the company’s sustainability initiatives in the areas of energy, water and waste management; pollution prevention; sustainable cuisine; sustainable design and more. “We are pleased that Catherine is bringing her wide-ranging expertise to our company,” said Andrew N. Todd, president and CEO of Xanterra. “The diversity of our operations requires someone who can provide leadership in many sustainability disciplines.” Xanterra operates lodges, restaurants, gift stores and other concessions in state and national parks as well as Kingsmill Resort, Windstar Cruises and Grand Canyon Railway. The opportunities to minimize impact of the company’s operations and of its guests are boundless.
ATLANTA—Like many executives in the lodging industry, Paul Snyder got his start as a line level employee—in his case as a bartender at a Holiday Inn in 1994. Nineteen years later, he is leading the global sustainability efforts of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), an industry giant with more than 4,500 hotels in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. Snyder says he has no “typical” day but about 20 percent to 30 percent of the time he travels to help institutionalize IHG’s corporate responsibility practices with the goal of minimizing environmental impact and maximizing positive community impact. “An important part of my job is to create platforms, policies and initiatives that allow our franchisees to be more sustainable,” Snyder says. Snyder plays a lead role in getting as many IHG properties as possible to participate in Green Engage, the company’s online sustainability system.
SEATTLE—The Pan Pacific Seattle, known for its PanEarth Sustainability Program, has named Sam Johnson general manager. Prior to joining Pan Pacific, Johnson was the general manager of the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle. Johnson brings more than 30 years of hospitality industry expertise to the property. He previously led asset management of a portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts for a private real estate investment firm, and held general manager positions at many of Seattle’s top boutique hotels, such as Salish Lodge & Spa, the Alexis Hotel, and Hotel Vintage Park. He brings leadership, marketing expertise, decades-long ties to the local community and a strong customer-centered management style well suited for the Pan Pacific. Situated in the heart of Seattle’s burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood, yet still within walking distance downtown, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle features 153 guestrooms with 22 suites; each with views of the city, Lake Union or the Space Needle.
MAUI, HAWAII—Lumeria Maui, a member of Healing Hotels Of The World and a leading Hawaiian wellness retreat located in Upcountry Maui between Paia and Makawao, announces the appointment of Gary Sterman as the property’s general manager. Sterman brings extensive tactical and strategic leadership in operations, sales and marketing to the position, with more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Sterman comes to Lumeria from his role as general manager and consultant for the Carpe Diem Guesthouse and Namaste Spa, the leading guest house and spa in the resort town of Provincetown, Mass. Other important general manager positions included his extensive work with Joie De Vivre at The Mill Valley Inn and Hotel del Sol in San Francisco. Sterman acquired recognition for leading these properties in luxury hospitality as he increased guest loyalty and customer satisfaction, achieved certification in green business, and oversaw capital improvements.
BOSTON—Since 1989, longer than almost every other hotel company on the planet, the Saunders Hotel Group (SHG) has been taking serious steps to minimize its environmental impact. What first began with office paper recycling has evolved to a long list of actions the company takes each day. For its efforts the company has received international recognition and saved millions of dollars. Helping to lead SHG’s green efforts the last two years has been Scot Hopps, environmental program manager. Along with Tedd Saunders, SHG’s chief sustainability officer, and one other staff person, Hopps makes sure that everything possible is being done to save energy, water and reduce waste at the six managed hotels in which SHG has an equity stake. Hopps says not two of his days are the same. “While my office is in The Lenox Hotel, every day I am on site at one of our properties.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.—National Restaurant Association (NRA) president and CEO Dawn Sweeney has been recognized by the Campaign to End Obesity for her work in helping inspire and guide the foodservice industry’s nutrition initiatives. Sweeney, in recognition for her efforts, received the award at a December 6 awards gala at Discovery Channel Worldwide headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. “Dawn has been an enthusiastic and engaged leader in the fight to reverse America’s obesity epidemic,” said Stephanie Silverman, a founding director and senior advisor to the Campaign to End Obesity. “We applaud Dawn’s work encouraging and supporting restaurants’ innovative efforts to provide nutritious options for their customers.” After joining the NRA in 2007, Sweeney established a healthy-living platform that allows restaurant operators to contribute to a more healthful America while fostering a healthy and thriving restaurant industry.
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