Just before its opening, Hotel EMC2, part of Autograph Collection Hotels, has announced its brand-new executive team. The first of its kind, the hotel celebrates the melding of art and science through its design, cuisine and guest experience. The team includes: Christine Wechter, general manager; Brandon Brumback, executive chef; Rebecca Royster, director of food and beverage; Stefanie Rowe, director of sales and marketing; Alexander Foster, director of rooms; and Yesenia Salas, human resources manager.
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Oink and Moo, a food truck that has operated in New Jersey since 2012, is making big news! The truck is known throughout NJ towns like Hoboken and Asbury Park, but after expanding to Philadelphia, it won a Vendy award for Rookie of the Year. Now, The Daily Meal has rated Oink and Moo the No. 2 best food truck in the United States. The food is straight up BBQ—beef brisket or pulled pork sliders, chili, tacos, quesadillas, and ribs.
In conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week, the DuPage County Convention and Visitors Bureau will be rolling out a new strategic plan to grow the tourism market in the 38 western suburban communities it represents. Most recently the bureau added the Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation to its roster and is in talks to add the Forest Preserve District.
Josh Lesnick was recently hired as president and CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels.
The Rolling Stones are in town for the next three months with vast amounts of memorabilia and instruments on display in the acclaimed “Exhibitionism” at Navy Pier—and there’s one hotel they won’t be too quick to trash.
Tim Hermann was recently hired as the general manager of Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.
1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as general manager at Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina?
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system has awarded The Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites Chicago Downtown/West Loop LEED Silver.
The hotel received the designation due to its high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The Hyatt Regency San Francisco top floor lounge has undergone a transformation introducing new high rise windows with 360 panoramic views designed by Looney & Associates.
The renovation was inspired by the San Francisco Bay and city skyline with modern architecture being reflected throughout the lounge.
Bethany Hastings was recently hired as director of sales for Plano Centre in Texas.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as director of sales for Plano Centre?
The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence and Meeting Professionals International have come together to offer a new, enhanced experience for global meetings and incentive professionals at the SITE + MPI Global Forum. The crossover between both industries and memberships sparked the idea for the event, taking place Jan. 12–14, 2018 at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria in Italy—a hotel in the heart of Rome.