James Barnett

Smart Moves headshot of James Barnett, general manager and innkeeper for Deer Path Inn
James Barnett, Deer Path Inn

Deer Path Inn welcomes Barnett as general manager and innkeeper. He will oversee all daily operations at the inn at the monumental moment of its 95th anniversary this year. Barnett was born in Australia and began his hospitality career at New South Wales ski resort Thredbo, before moving on to general manager roles in London and Chicago. Most recently, he served as the vice president of hospitality at Bonhomme Hospitality where he oversaw seven locations.

Lizzie Fillo

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Lizzie Fillo, Visit Salt Lake (VSL)

Fillo joins Visit Salt Lake (VSL) as associate vice president of marketing. She will oversee the organization’s core marketing functions and lead strategic initiatives to develop its brand identity and narrative. Fillo earlier served as a senior marketing lead at PepsiCo UK, where she developed marketing campaigns for Walkers snack portfolio. Her work earned her awards, including most effective creative by Ad Week. More recently, she helped develop social strategies for Lyft and Dolby.

Ann Alba

headshot of Ann Alba, vice president and general manager for The Broadmoor
Ann Alba, The Broadmoor

The Broadmoor promotes Alba to the role of vice president and general manager. She has worked at the resort for 37 years, beginning there as a banquet server. Having grown up in her family’s bar and restaurant business, she has always been committed to serving others through hospitality. She is now second-in-command to president and CEO Jack Damioli.

Brett Barenholtz

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Brett Barenholtz, National Limousine Association (NLA)

Barenholtz is appointed as president of the National Limousine Association (NLA). Based in Boston, Barenholtz is the CEO of Above All Transportation, Boston Car Service, ETS International and Maine Limousine. He brings nearly 40 years of experience in chauffeured ground transportation and is actively involved in lobbying efforts for the limo space both locally and nationally. He has previously served as secretary of the NLA’s executive committee and is the current co-chair of the Bylaws and Legislative Committees.

Stacey Howlett and Amanda Lane

Headshots of Stacey Howlett, general manager, and Amanda Lane, director of sales and marketing, for The Magnolia, St Louis
Stacey Howlett (left) and Amanda Lane (right), The Magnolia, St. Louis

The Magnolia, St. Louis makes two new appointments to its leadership team.

Howlett takes on the role of general manager. She brings over 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry and has proven herself incredibly capable of bringing growth and revenue. She has served in numerous general manager roles throughout St. Louis and is known for her successful implementation of innovative marketing strategies, enhancing the guest experience and improving the financial performance of boutique properties.

Lane is appointed director of sales and marketing, and will work to elevate the property’s overnight guest experience and local presence with a focus on curating fun, unique onsite activations that achieve both guest enjoyment and make a positive impact on the surrounding community. She has a proven ability to take on challenging projects and develop strong sales pipelines for group travel.

Julie Byrne

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Julie Byrne, Canopy by Hilton Chicago Central Loop & Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Central Loop

Dual-branded hotel complex Canopy by Hilton Chicago Central Loop & Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Central Loop appoints Byrne as complex director of sales for both properties. She brings over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and an accompanying expansive knowledge in the ins and outs of the travel and lodging industry. Most recently, she served as director of sales at DoubleTree by Hilton Oak Brook.

Caleb Rice

Headshot of Caleb Rice, director of national accounts for Rancho Bernardo Inn
Caleb Rice, Rancho Bernardo Inn

Rancho Bernardo Inn appoints Rice as director of national accounts. He brings over 15 years of experience in the hospitality sector, beginning the food and beverage department at The Broadmoor, where he eventually transitioned into the role of executive meeting manager, sales manager and most recently director of incentive and insurance sales. With his extensive experience, he will work to enhance Rancho Bernardo Inn’s presence in Canada, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Vincent Billiard

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Vincent Billiard, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, credit: Fabien Breuil

Billiard takes on the role of regional vice president, central and north Europe for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. This role will come in addition to his present role as managing director of Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel, in Paris. He will now supervise the Paris location as well as hotels in London, Munich, Vienna and two new openings planned for Amsterdam and Shloss Fuschl.

Martin Magdeburg

Headshot of Martin Madgeburg, general manager at W Aspen
Martin Magdeburg, W Aspen

W Aspen appoints Magdeburg as general manager. He has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and brings global luxury experience, most recently with his work at The Jaffa, A Luxury Collection Hotel in Tel Aviv. Notable accomplishments include supporting the opening team of The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and later leading the culinary and food and beverage operations at the W Singapore. He will oversee operations of all facets of W Aspen.

Dan Crooker and Julia Ippolito

Smart Moves headshots of Dan Crooker and Julia Ippolito, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
Dan Crooker (left) and Julia Ippolito (right), Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, a Marcus Hotels & Resorts property makes two notable leadership appointments.

Crooker takes on the role of executive director of sales. He brings over 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry and will work to further enhance the sales team’s commitment to excellence and innovation. He will lead the team as it leverages strategic programs and sales growth initiative, including the upcoming completion of a full meeting space renovation.

Ippolito takes on the role of director of events. She will oversee event management, food and beverage operations for group events, weddings, hotel programming and entertainment across the resorts 1,300 acres. Ippolito began her career at Levy Restaurants at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, supporting high-profile events such as The Grammy Awards. She eventually advanced to assistant director of operations at Levy Restaurants at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee before joining Grand Geneva.

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