Smart Moves in Norfolk, Tempe and Beyond

Ryan Kirby

The Westin Tempe in Arizona, opening June 2021, has named Kirby as director of sales and marketing. Previously, he was regional director of sales for Saguaro Hotels in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Palm Springs, California. No stranger to Marriott International, he’s worked in sales roles at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, W Los Angeles-West Beverly Hills and W Scottsdale.

Reggie Dominique

Dominique is managing director for Loews Hollywood Hotel in California. Dominique comes from JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, where he was hotel manager. He’s spent most of his career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, where he began his career as sales manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey in California. He later worked as director of sales and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach in Florida and The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.

Robert W. Cross, Claudell Clark, Jay Lang

VisitNorfolk, in Virginia, appointed three new board members: Robert W. Cross, Claudell Clark and Jay Lang.

Cross founded the Virginia Arts Festival in 1997, and since then has served as its only executive director and art director.

Clark currently works as executive director of Hampton Roads Sports Commission. He is also vice president of sports for Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. He previously worked as director of development for Norfolk Festevents.

Lang is well known in the Hampton Roads area for his work in media as a radio announcer, author, songwriter, talent manager and voice actor. Recently, Lang founded and serves as president and CEO of a local nonprofit, The HJ Lang Foundation. He currently works as station manager at Hampton University’s radio station, WHOV, is president and CEO of Blue Pyramid Productions LLC and works part-time at Howard University’s WHUR.

Pradeep Raman

Raman is general manager for Baccarat Hotel New York. In his 25 years in the hospitality industry, Raman has held positions in hotel operations and F&B with The Montage Hotels, Wynn Resorts, Viceroy Hotel Group, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Taj Group. Recently, Raman worked as hotel manager for Peninsula New York. He’s also worked on the opening teams for The Pendry San Diego and various Ritz-Carlton properties.

Benjamin Thiele

Thiele is general manager for Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas in California. Thiele has been with Kimpton Hotels for the last decade, most recently for Kimpton Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara, California. In 2017, Thiele received the Rookie of the Year Award for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants and, in 2019, he received Total Asset Management recognition.

Patrick Barrett

Barrett is general manager for Loews New Orleans Hotel. Previously, Barrett was area managing director for Fillmore Hospitality, LLC. His career spans across Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, as well as independent hotel companies.

Phillip J. Jones

Jones is part of the Royal Commission of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia, acting as chief destination management and marketing officer. This comes after he stepped down from his position as president and CEO for VisitDallas. The marketing team of which Jones is a part has come together to fulfill Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 tourism plan; the region is scheduled to reopen on Oct. 29.

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