Melora Hathaway joined Tempe Tourism Office as group sales manager. In her new role, Hathaway focuses on the central region for the group sales team. Most recently, she worked for the Desert Belle Tour Boat and Experient, a Maritz Travel Company. Hathaway has 10 years of experience working in hospitality and tourism. She holds a degree in business administration from University of Washington.
JW Marriott Houston Downtown welcomed Spencer Lane as director of food and beverage at the 328-room hotel. Lane has more than 15 years of food and beverage management experience. Previously, he was food and beverage director at Hotel ZaZa in Houston. He has a degree in hotel and restaurant management from Johnson & Wales University and is a certified sommelier.
“Spencer brings a wealth of international restaurant and hotel experience and a passion to deliver JW Marriott’s brand promise of quiet luxury, crafted experience and intuitive service, making JW Marriott Houston Downtown a premier culinary destination for visitors and Houstonians alike,” said Natalie Wiseman, director of sales and marketing at JW Marriott Houston Downtown.
The Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon made Steven Hurst general manager of the 150-room property. He has more than 20 years of experience and will oversee all property operations. Hurst began his hotel career at Pebble Beach Resorts and Casa Palmero, both located in Pebble Beach, California. In Oregon, he served as resort manager of Sunriver Resort and assistant general manager of The Allison Inn & Spa.
“I am excited to work with the team to further elevate the already extraordinary guest experience at the hotel and bring new offerings that are in line with today’s sophisticated traveler,” says Hurst. “The Heathman has a rich history of community involvement and deep roots with the local arts community, and that is something we will continue and grow in the coming months.”
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common announced Tim Terceira as general manager of the AAA Five Diamond property, which has 193 guest rooms. Terceira has been a hospitality leader for more than 26 years. Most recently, he was general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. During his tenure, the hotel achieved AAA Five Diamond status within six months of opening. He was also vice president of market operations for Marriott Hotels and Resorts of Canada. Terceira has a degree in hotel administration from Cornell University.
“This is such an exciting career and personal opportunity,” he says. “I look forward to making Boston my new home and am delighted to begin working with the dedicated ladies and gentlemen at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common who have made this hotel a leader in the luxury hotel segment in the city for local residents and visitors alike.”
Roseann Grippo was named general manager of Waterstone Resort & Marina Boca Raton—a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. Grippo comes to the AAA Four Diamond resort with more than 20 years of experience with a focus on management and food and beverage. Prior to her new position, she was senior director of beverage operations for Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. She has also served as general manager of The Villa Casa Casaurina in South Beach, Florida, The Kahala Hotel & Resort and Sheraton Waikiki Resort, both in Honolulu.
“I have a true passion for genuine hospitality and appreciate the opportunity to work with a group of outstanding associates,” she said. “I am very excited about what we are going to introduce and build upon at this beautiful resort.”