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YOUNTVILLE, CALIF.—Bardessono Hotel & Spa, the LEED Platinum Certified wine country retreat in the heart of Napa Valley, announces the appointment of Nate Lindsay as the new Executive Chef. Lindsay will oversee all aspects of the culinary experience at Bardessono and for Lucy Restaurant & Bar, the hotel’s award-winning, signature restaurant presenting innovative, garden-inspired cuisine that embodies the property’s “exceptional by nature” modern aesthetic and eco-spirit. “We are delighted to welcome Chef Lindsay to Bardessono and excited to watch Lucy thrive from his fresh culinary vantage, talent and enthusiasm,” said Sileshi Mengiste, Divisional Vice President, Luxury Division Remington Hotels. “Chef Lindsay brings a balanced approach to food thanks to his successful background of intuitive leadership and creative talent—all critical traits to help ensure continued growth and success at Lucy and Bardessono.” Most recently, Lindsay was the Executive Chef at the farm-to-fork restaurant, Jardenea, at Melrose Georgetown Hotel in Washington D.C. Lindsay embraces the philosophy of serving inventive dishes.
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF.—As Director of NEWH’s Sustainable Hospitality Committee, Lorraine Francis leads monthly committee meetings in preparation for educational discussions at key industry events. She works with various subcommittees within the Sustainable Hospitality Committee and has been instrumental in pushing the discussion around sustainability to a higher level. Francis has been on the Sustainable Hospitality Committee for several years and took over as Director in June 2015. One of the Committee’s challenges is “how you make sustainability fun,” Francis says. “Additionally, how can we create more events around sustainability at the local chapter level? Recruiting new people into our committees is also a goal.” The Committee is also responsible for contributing one article each quarter to the NEWH magazine. At this May’s HD Design Expo, the NEWH Sustainable Hospitality Committee will be organizing four educational sessions as part of its Green Voice series. The sessions will take place on May 4 and 5. The NEWH Student Green Scholarship Awards will be presented on May 4.
STAMFORD, CONN.—As Director of Sustainability and now as Vice President Sustainability, Global Citizenship, Andrea Pinabell has pushed and led Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide toward one of the lodging industry’s most ambitious goals—a reduction of energy consumption and carbon emissions by 30 percent and water consumption by 20 percent by 2020 (baseline 2008). According to Starwood’s 2014 Global Citizenship Report, the company has reduced energy use by 12 percent, carbon emissions by 16 percent, and water use by 17 percent per built hotel room across all owned, managed, and franchised properties. Starwood now has more than 1,270 properties in some 100 countries. Pinabell, who is part of a group of four sustainability-focused associates at Starwood headquarters, is backed by dedicated sustainability teams in each of Starwood’s four divisions. “The way we are structured, we also have sustainability champions at each of our hotels,” Pinabell says.
NAPA VALLEY, CALIF.—Mark Harmon, Founder and Managing Partner of the Auberge Resorts Collection, was honored by the Napa County Historical Society and inducted into its Lodging Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 12. Named for the company’s Napa Valley flagship hotel, the five-star Auberge du Soleil, Auberge Resorts Collection has played a pivotal role in putting Napa Valley on the map as a destination that is world-renowned for hospitality and culinary excellence. Harmon, who formed the company in 1998, has led Auberge’s growth in Napa Valley and beyond, to destinations as far-flung as Fiji and Costa Rica. The group’s resorts have garnered the highest accolades, and Auberge was recently recognized in Travel + Leisure as one of the top 10 hospitality brands in the entire world. Auberge Resorts’ Planet Auberge program ensures that the company’s resorts minimize their property footprints.
OAK BROOK, ILL.—The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center has announced the appointment of Erica Tomei as Pastry Chef. In her new role, Tomei will head dessert and bakery operations for the resort’s catering functions, restaurant outlets and retail shops. The winner of the American Culinary Federation’s 2014 wedding cake competition makes Oak Brook Hills a one-stop-shop for house-made wedding cakes, pastries and other baked specialties, something few hotel kitchens can offer. “For me, Erica completes the equation,” said Executive Chef Sean Patrick Curry, who recruited Tomei from her post at the Chicago Marriott Naperville, where the two previously worked together. “Whether it’s a business luncheon or a dinner banquet, I want our guests to have a full restaurant experience. The pastry chef rounds out that vision. It’s no longer me telling perspective clients, ‘Let me see if I can [outsource] something.’ It’s ‘yes, tell me what you want’!”
MCLEAN, VA.—As Vice President, Sustainability & ADA Compliance for Hilton Worldwide, Maxime Verstraete is responsible for ensuring the company’s more than 4,400 properties meet the highest standards in the industry. He oversees key initiatives to help reduce carbon and waste, limit water and energy usage and ensure sustainable sourcing practices. Based in Hilton Worldwide’s headquarters in McLean, Va., Verstraete is part of a nine-person corporate responsibility team that overseas sustainability efforts around the globe. With Hilton almost 11 years, Verstraete says he has been involved in sustainability in one shape or form since 2005. Today, he oversees LightStay, Hilton’s proprietary system developed to calculate and analyze environmental impact. Hilton officially launched LightStay in 2010 after two years of testing. “It is a brand standard globally,” Verstraete says.
LONDON—ITP (the International Tourism Partnership) announced that, following an extensive search and interview process (including with Wolfgang M. Neumann, Chairman of ITP’s Governing Council), Fran Hughes has been appointed ITP Director, effective October 1, 2015. Confirming the appointment, Business in the Community’s Director of Environment and Market Solutions Stephen Farrant said, “Fran is a long-standing champion for responsible tourism. Her passion for ITP’s unique role, her knowledge of the industry and the key issues, coupled with her irrepressible enthusiasm and determination make her a natural for this appointment.” Before joining ITP as Head of Programmes in early 2012, Fran worked for CTS Horizons, Explore Worldwide, The Travel Foundation and as an independent sustainable tourism consultant. She holds an MSc in Environmental Strategy. “I am delighted and excited to take on the role of Director,” Hughes says. Hughes will report to Stephen Farrant.
PORTLAND, ORE.—The Heathman Hotel in Portland, a property with a long history of environmental commitments, announces the appointment of Steven Hurst as General Manager. As General Manager, Hurst will oversee all property operations, sales and executive functions as well as focus on a post-sale re-imaging for the hotel, which is one of the oldest and most respected luxury hotels in the city. Hurst started his career in the hotel business at Pebble Beach Resorts. There, he enjoyed seven years of career advancement, starting as Clubhouse Manager, at The Beach and Tennis Club, Monterey Peninsula’s premier private social and recreational club with a rich history spanning more than 90 years (much like The Heathman). After four years in this position, he took on the role of Assistant General Manager of Casa Palmero, Pebble Beach Resort’s most exclusive hotel.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors announced that USGBC’s Chief Operating Officer Mahesh Ramanujam has been named incoming Chief Executive Officer, and will move into the role after Rick Fedrizzi, the co-founder of USGBC and current CEO, steps down at the end of 2016. “Mahesh has a highly impressive track record of success in both his role as USGBC’s COO and as President of Green Business Certification Inc.,” said USGBC Board Chair Marge Anderson. “He is a proven leader who has exhaustive knowledge of the organization, respect from its volunteer leadership and strong support from its team. He has extensive global experience and broad business acumen. He is the perfect choice to lead the organization into the future.” “As a founder, I could not be happier, and as a CEO, I could not be more satisfied that I’ll be able to leave USGBC in the best hands possible,” said Fedrizzi.
NEW YORK—Rebecca Marshall, Energy and Sustainability Manager at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, says there was a time when the Center was the No. 1 bird killer in New York City. Birds failed to see the windows of the Center as a barrier and collided with the glass. Thanks to the addition of a new glass façade and a 6.75-acre green roof, however, the Center has become an urban sanctuary for wildlife—an amazing turnaround for any building, Marshall says. Bird collisions have declined by 90 percent. As Energy and Sustainability Manager for the Javits Center, Marshall oversees the progress of the green roof—the second largest of its kind in the United States and the largest in the Northeast. She also oversees other aspects of the Center’s sustainability program. “Our sustainability program helps the Javits Center improve the quality of life for our employees, our customers and the community around us,” Marshall says.
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