Benchmark named Colin Ankersen general manager for The Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Prior to joining Benchmark, Ankersen was vice president of Boast Management and general manager at the Westminster Hotel, located in Livingston, New Jersey. He is a native of Denmark and graduated from Oklahoma State University Hospitality Program.
Hilton New Orleans Riverside appointed Sebastian Stutz hotel manager. As an industry veteran possessing more than 19 years of hotel leadership experience, Sebastian will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the 1,622-room hotel and all aspects of the guest experience. Stutz has been a member of the Hilton family for the last six years, most recently serving as hotel manager for The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village appointed Michael Tighe general manager. Tighe brings more than 27 years of experience and will oversee day-to-day operations of the resort. Most recently, Tighe served as resident manager at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort where he played a role in rebranding the Marriott resort to a JW property and launched the first Spa by JW. Tighe was the recipient of Marriott’s EDGE Award and nominated for the Emerging Leader Program. As an active philanthropist and community advocate, Tighe is a member of organizations including the Children’s Miracle Network, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society and Harry Chapin Food Bank.