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Jason Reiplinger and Brendalee Vialpando

Reiplinger (left) and Vialpando (right)

Timber Cove Resort on California’s Sonoma coast has named Reiplinger managing director and Vialpando as executive chef.

Reiplinger has worked in the hospitality industry for almost 20 years, most recently as managing director at the AAA Four Diamond Bodega Bay Lodge of the Woodside Hotel Group, also in Sonoma. He’s held multiple senior leadership positions, including general manager for Roka Akor and Roka Bar, both in San Francisco; director at Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas; and director of food & beverage at The Battery hotel in San Francisco.

Vialpando also formerly worked for Woodside Hotel Group as executive chef at Bodega Bay Lodge. She has also held the role of sous chef at TORC in Napa, California, and that of chef de partie at Las Vegas’ Julian Serrano Tapas restaurant and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon.

Rajesh Khubchandani

Khubchandani has been appointed general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota in Florida.

With 28 years as a hotelier, Khubchandani has held leadership and management positions at award-winning hotels across the globe. He’s also served in leadership roles within Marriott International, and was most recently global vice president of luxury brand operations for The Ritz-Carlton, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels & Resorts and JW Marriott Hotels.

Brent DeRaad

Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) has appointed DeRaad president and CEO. DeRaad has been a hospitality industry leader for over 20 years. Most recently, DeRaad was president and CEO of Visit Tucson in Arizona. DeRaad has also held positions at Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, also in Arizona, including executive vice president and vice president of marketing.

Carolyn Turnbull

Turnball is managing director of Tourism Western Australia, a culmination of two decades as an international leader in the hospitality industry. Before joining Tourism Western Australia in 2020 as executive director of industry, aviation and markets, Turnbull was chief executive officer of Azula management for Azerai Resorts.

Rick Colangelo

Davidson Hospitality Group has named Colangelo executive vice president of Pivot Lifestyle Vertical, making him responsible for its associated properties across 15 U.S. states. Formerly, Colangelo was senior vice president of operations for Virgin Hotels and led the opening of new Virgin hotels in Dallas, Nashville, Las Vegas and New Orleans. Colangelo has also worked with and overseen the creation of lifestyle and hospitality brands at Hyatt Hotels Corporation as its senior vice president of field operations and at Two Roads Hospitality as executive vice president.

Lynsey Dennison

ShelbyKY Tourism has hired Dennison as its sales coordinator for the Shelbyville Conference & Welcome Center in Kentucky. Dennison was most recently in a retail position as assistant general manager, where she gained experience in sales and customer service.

Brent Lessing and Natalie White

Lessing (left) and White (right)

Lessing has been promoted to chief information and digital officer and White is now vice president of CRM & loyalty at Omni Hotels & Resorts in Dallas.

Lessing joined the company in 2019 as chief information officer and has since led the information technology team and developed the company’s digital technology infrastructure.

White was previously a consultant at Wamre Marketing, managing strategy, branding, loyalty, digital content and ecommerce. Before that, White worked on the operations side of hospitality but has also held lead marketing roles at Wyndham Worldwide, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Vino Volo and Aimbridge Hospitality.

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