Chef Normand Laprise won the James Beard Foundation award in New York recently as author of TOQUÉ! Creators of a Quebec Gastronomy in the book category, Cooking from a Professional Point of View. Dominique Malaterre, who was also nominated in the Photography category, adds her vote of satisfaction and high esteem for the work of chef Laprise. The laureates were announced during a ceremony at New York’s Gotham Hall before an audience of numerous authors and food critics.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has named Todd Folbrecht as vice president, development, Americas. He will report directly to Bob Kleinschmidt, chief financial officer and chief development officer. Folbrecht joined Carlson in 1999 as an information technology audit senior. In 2006, he was promoted to director of Investments, strategy and analysis, and most recently senior director, business development.
Cody Milch recently joined Laundrylux as OPL Plus product manager. “I am delighted that Cody has joined the Company,” states Neal Milch, CEO, “and particularly pleased that we have initiated entry of the third generation into the commercial laundry business following myself and our founder Bernard Milch. Cody’s sister, Julia, may be joining too after completing her MBA.” Milch will focus on the On Premise Laundry (OPL) market which is experiencing rapid growth under the leadership of Kim Shady, senior VP of OPL and national accounts.
The Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, a newly-renovated luxury four-star hotel located in the heart of downtown Montreal, has appointed Daniel Louvet as director of food and beverage. Louvet brings more than 10 years of global hospitality experience to the property. He has worked in England and South Africa, and has managed the beverage departments aboard cruise ships for companies such as Seabourn and Holland America. Louvet’s more recent experience includes Disneyland Resort Paris in France, where he worked in management for five years.
Ken Lambert has joined HLT Advisory Inc. as a director. Lambert has over 25 years of senior management experience in the Canadian hotel, airline and tourism sectors. He started with Wardair in 1988 followed by a stint at Canadian Airlines. He took the helm of Ottawa Tourism (1994-1996), and then the Americas division of Hong Kong Tourism during its tumultuous repatriation era in the late 1990s. From 1998 until recently, Lambert served as VP, marketing and sales for Delta Hotels and Resorts.
Thomas Michaud has joined Pivotal Projects as director, project management in its Toronto office. Michaud is a seasoned manager of complex construction and renovation projects for the commercial and hospitality sectors. He joins Pivotal from Advent PDS Inc. where he was director, project management. In 2005, Michaud founded Capex, a consultancy offering market research and analysis, international business management, design, development, and construction services to hotel ownership groups. His recent multi-million dollar hotel projects include: Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel; Intercontinental Hotel in Tampa, FL; the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA; and the Courtyard by Marriott in Miami, FL.
Mary D’Alton is the new chair of the board of Smart Serve Ontario. D’Alton is the president and managing director of the Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel, and has served on the Board of Smart Serve Ontario for more than a decade. She has 25 years of experience in the hotel industry, including the Valhalla Inn, and has also worked on food and beverage at events such as the Montreal Grand Prix.
Matthew Phillips recently took over as the new general manager of the Pinestone Resort & Conference Centre in Haliburton, ON. In his work with Pinestone owner, Vrancor Hospitality, Phillips also oversees the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Huntsville, ON, a position he has held since August, 2011. During his first year at the Holiday Inn Express, he increased RevPAR by 9.3 per cent. Phillips has also been general manager at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Guelph, ON, Breadalbane Inn & Spa, and Elora Mill Inn & Spa, all in Ontario.
Pegasus Solutions has named John Kiszla vice president, demand account management, where he will help drive room sales for Pegasus hotel clients by working directly with the demand community. Kiszla brings nearly two decades of hotel leadership to the role in which he will also be managing a global team of account managers.
Mark Swetman is now vice president, global sales, Americas, for Pegasus Solutions. Swetman previously served as global director of sales for Open Hospitality, a division of Pegasus Solutions. Before that, he was complex director of sales and marketing for Hilton Hotels of Parsippany in New Jersey. He has also served as the regional director of sales and marketing for Dolce International Hotels & Resorts.