Lodging industry appointments for May 2013

A look at who's doing what in the hospitality industry.


Allison Fraser is the new GM of the 197-room Hilton
Saint John in Saint John, NB. Her responsibilities include managing the
adjacent Saint John Trade & Convention Centre. Prior to joining
Hilton, she served for five years as general manager of the Emerald Lake
Lodge in Field, BC, a four-star property renowned for its food and
beverage. Prior to that, she was GM at three four-star properties in
South Africa. During her 26-year career, she has also worked in
operations, housekeeping and F&B roles at six South African hotels.

Fraser succeeds Tammy LeBlanc, who was recently appointed
general manager of the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites. 
Prior to her five-year tenure at the Hilton Saint John, Tammy spent two
years as director of business development of the 486-room Hilton
Montreal Airport. Before that, she was director of sales and marketing
of the Holiday Inn Select Quebec. An active member in various
civic/community organizations, LeBlanc was chair of the Saint John
Destination Marketing Organization, and a board member of the Saint John
Hotel Association. 

Baptiste Peupion has been
appointed the executive chef and culinary director of Quebec’s Fairmont
Le Château Frontenac. Originally from Paris, Peupion has worked in
Britain, the U.S., Australia and Hong Kong during his 15-year culinary
career. After working under Alain Ducasse, Peupion became chef at his
Parisian restaurant, Rech, in 2007 and 2008. At age 29, Peupion was the
youngest chef to head one of Ducasse’s restaurants. He has worked in
several Michelin-starred restaurants, including Louis XV at the Hotel de
Paris, Monaco. In 2010, Peupion joined the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris in
his most recent position as chef de cuisine.

Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed 28-year company veteran Susan Mason
as vice president, Franchise operations, Radisson, Americas, effective
April 15, 2013. She will report to Javier Rosenberg, chief operating
officer, Radisson, and executive vice president, owned and managed
hotels, Americas. Mason began her career with Carlson as an executive
housekeeper in 1985, and was promoted through the ranks, serving in
almost every area of hotel operations, including manager of guest
services, executive assistant manager and general manager.

Lodging Corporation has announced its appointment of Michael Phelan as
director. Phelan is the president and chairman of Massachusetts-based,
real estate advisory firm The Valuations Group. Before co-founding the
group in 1994, Phelan acquired a B.A. in Economics from the University
of California at Berkeley. With a focus on acquiring, owning and
operating lodging properties and select full service hotels, Holloway’s
mandate will be complemented by Phelan’s real estate experience.

a Skyline Resort near Barrie, ON has named Kevin Sebulski as director
of Golf. Sebulski joins Horseshoe with more than 10 years’ experience as
a PGA of Canada professional. Most recently he was the director of golf
at the prestigious El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club in Playa del Carmen,
Mexico. The course is renowned for hosting the PGA Tour’s annual
Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Levesque-Toner Management is pleased to announce the appointment of
Louis Wilby as general manager of the Best Western Plus Fredericton
Hotel & Suites. Wilby has worked in the hospitality industry for 18
years. Most recently, he was regional GM of Future Inns in Moncton and
Halifax. He has also worked at the Delta Hotel and Holiday Inn Hotel and
Resort in Fredericton. Wilby has served as president of the Tourism
Industry Association of New Brunswick (TIANB), and has also served on
the board of directors for the Atlantic Provinces Restaurant

Home is where the heart is, and for
Victoria native Mark Wadsworth, who joined the Westin Bear Mountain
recently as their new executive chef, this statement rings loud and
clear. Island trained, Wadsworth has a wealth of five star hotel
experiences, developing his skills at the world famous Grosvenor House—A
JW Marriott Hotel in London, UK, the Westin Whistler Resort and most
recently the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.

Leslie Smejkal is the new vice president of government
relations for the ORHMA. She got her start in the restaurant business
while managing a busy restaurant in the City of Guelph. Most recently
Smejkal’s career took her to Tim Hortons Inc. as manager of government
affairs, where she spent seven years working with all levels of
government across Canada. During that time, she was able to successfully
mitigate and influence positive changes on legislative and regulatory

Vancouver-based Sherry Baumgardner has joined
Twist Marketing as senior marketing consultant. Twist’s BC clients that
include the District of Lillooet, City of Castlegar, District of
Elkford and the town of Radium Hot Springs. Baumgardner, who holds an
MBA in Hospitality & Tourism, has an extensive 20-year background in
the hospitality industry as a marketing leader and strategic thinker. 
Most recently, she was director of marketing for Coast Hotels &