7 Smart Moves in Boston, Memphis and Malibu

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Julia Greenwald

Greenwald is director of sales and marketing for Yotel Boston. Before joining Yotel, Greenwald worked as director of sales for AC Hotel by Marriott Boston Cleveland Circle and AC Hotel by Marriott Boston North. Greenwald also was account director of new business development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ six Boston properties.

Joe White

White is general manager for Hu Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Before this, White was general manager for The Chattanoogan Hotel in Tennessee. White has received the Marriott Service Excellence Leadership Award, Hotelier of the Year by Alabama Hospitality Association, and Hilton’s Developer of the Year and Connie Award.

Alex Francis

Radisson Blu Mall of America in Minneapolis appointed Francis general manager. Francis recently worked as general manager for Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown, where, in 2020, he earned the General Manager of the Year award. Before that, Francis was vice president of operations for Graves Hospitality in Minneapolis. He also held the general manager role with Radisson Resort Celebration in Orlando, Sheraton Orlando North Hotel and Las Alcobas in Napa Valley, California.

Gary Maida

Maida is area director for Hyatt Place New York Chelsea. Previously, Maida was general manager of Hyatt Place New York Times Square; and area general manager for Hyatt Place Midtown South and Hyatt Herald Square, both in New York City.

Amir Vahdani

Vahdani is hotel manager for Nobu Ryokan Malibu in California. Vahdani worked with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for the last 18 years, most recently as acting hotel manager for Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Vahdani also worked as director of F&B with Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, and an F&B executive at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.

Ashley Pencak, CMP, VEMM

Face2Face Meetings & Incentives in Las Vegas named Pencak director of meeting partnerships. Based in Washington, D.C., Pencak’s more than 15 years of experience includes roles with SmithBucklin as event director; SuccessFactors, an SAP Company, as global event manager; and Thompson Management Associated as conference manager.

Andre Brose

Brose is general manager of Lido House, an Autograph Collection, in Newport Beach, California. Brose previously worked as hotel manager for The West Hollywood Edition in Los Angeles. Before this, he worked as hotel manager of The St. Regis San Francisco; Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh, in the United Kingdom; and Le Meridien Hamburg in Germany.

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