Smart Moves: Summer Power Players

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Mark Everton

SSRTA CEO Mark Everton. Photo by Alabastro Photography.

Everton is president and CEO of Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority. Most recently, Everton worked as president and CEO of Visit Oakland in California; before this, he was chairman of the board of directors for Oakland Chamber of Commerce and worked as area managing director for Commune Hotels & Resorts for its Silicon Valley properties. He’s also worked as general manager for Waterfront Hotel in Oakland.

David Lockard

Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, California, named Lockard general manager. Lockard previously worked as general manager for Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine in San Diego. Since starting as stewarding supervisor at Hyatt Regency Beaver Creek in Colorado, he’s held numerous leadership positions, including director of F&B at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in California.

Mary Rogers

Rogers is general manager for Montage Laguna Beach in California. Most recently, she worked with Fontainebleau Miami Beach as general manager. She also worked with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, including The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada, as executive assistant manager, rooms division; and The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort in Rose Hall, Jamaica, as director of meetings and special events.

Andrea Ambroze

Ambroze is director of sales and marketing for Kimpton Pittman in Dallas. She was director of luxury sales and partnerships for The Denihan Hospitality Group. Ambroze’s career began with Four Seasons Resort and Club Ballas at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. She was also sales manager for The Pierre Hotel in New York City before working as director of entertainment and corporate sales for The St. Regis New York.

Elizabeth Andrews

The Opus Westchester, Eleven Six PR, New York, www.elevensixpr.com, Nathaniel Johnston, www.njohnstonphotography.com

Andrews is general manager for The Opus, Westchester, an Autograph Collection Hotel in White Plains, New York. Andrews’ hospitality career began at 60 Thompson (now Sixty SoHo) as a front desk agent, later becoming its general manager. Andrews also worked as general manager for Thompson LES (now Sixty LES Hotel); Smyth, a Thompson Hotel (now AKA Tribeca); Paramount Hotel and Gramercy Park Hotel, all in New York City.

John Chan

Chan is hotel manager for Hotel Lulu in Anaheim, California. Chan started out as a PBX operator for a Japanese hotel brand in downtown Los Angeles. After this, he worked in management roles for Los Angeles-based properties, including Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites; DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown; Embassy Suites by Hilton Los Angeles, Glendale; and The Westin South Coast Plaza.

Lizzie Raudenbush

Raudenbush is general manager for The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton, in Denver. Before joining The Curtis, Raudenbush worked as director of sales and marketing for The Kimpton Shorebreak Resort in Huntington Beach, California; prior to that, she was associate director of sales for The Kimpton Palomar San Diego, during which time she was awarded Manager of the Year.

Patrick Cheah

Cheah is director of experience planning and reservations for Hotel del Coronado in California. Cheah’s experience includes director of Asia Pacific operations at Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ reservations and customer care department, assistant director of revenue at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando, director of reservations at Grand Wailea and director of reservations for Hilton Chicago.

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