9 New Power Players in May

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Mark Purcell

Purcell is senior vice president of development for North and Central America for Accor. Before joining the team in 2017 as vice president of development, Purcell worked with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, also as vice president of development, during which he helped the company add more than 30,000 rooms to its portfolio.

Abby Murtagh

Murtagh is general manager for Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. Before joining Arizona Biltmore, Murtagh was general manager for Hilton Salt Lake City Center. She’s held leadership roles with other Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties, as well as The New York Palace, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and Hershey Entertainment Resorts.

Ron Bailey

Bailey is vice president and general manager for Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Before Valley Forge, Bailey worked as vice president and general manager for Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino in Shreveport, Louisiana. He also worked at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as assistant general manager.

Shawn Dortman

Dortman is general manager for Lodge Kohler in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In a career with Kohler Co. that spans 23 years, she most recently worked with Kohler Hospitality and was also resident manager for The American Club and Inn on Woodlake in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Greg Durrer

Durrer has been promoted to hotel manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes, in Orlando. Durrer most recently worked with W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen in Colorado, serving as general manager. He’s also held roles with Delta Hotels and worked as senior director of global operations design and development for the JW Marriott brand.

Ty Accornero

Accornero is general manager for Alila Napa Valley in St. Helena, California. For nearly a decade, Accornero served as general manager for North Block Hotel, formerly Hotel Luca, in nearly Yountville. Other experience includes working with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, W Hotels and Hilton Hotels.

Donna Horii

Horii is national group sales manager for The Charter at Beaver Creek in Vail Valley, Colorado. Horii recently worked as business development manager for Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association. She’s also worked as director of sales for Breckenridge Tourism Office and has held sales positions for Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau, Visit Denver and Keystone Resort & Conference Center, all in Colorado.

Anthony Berkau

Willows Lodge in Woodinville, Washington, promoted Berkau to general manager; he previously worked as lodge manager. Before that, he was in the property’s F&B department, serving as director of F&B and wine director.

Jean Francois Vary

Vary is general manager for Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver, British Columbia, following his recent role as general manager of Fairmont Winnipeg, in Manitoba, Canada. In his 25 years with Fairmont, Vary has held roles throughout its North American hotels, including Fairmont Chateau Whistler in British Columbia, Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, and Fairmont Tremblant and Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec.

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