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Kleckner Joins Disruptive Restaurant Group … and More

(July 2017) posted on Wed Jul 05, 2017

News for the week of July 3, 2017

Disruptive Restaurant Group, a unit of lifestyle hospitality company sbe, has hired Scott Kleckner as senior vice president of restaurant operations. Kleckner will oversee the operations of all of the group's stand-alone restaurants internationally, with plans to expand the group with nine Katsuya, five Cleo, and two Fi'lia outposts by 2020 in destinations across the U.S., the Bahamas and the Middle East. Kleckner’s career includes stints at Patina Restaurant Group and Dinosaur Restaurants.

Venessa Koo has returned to Regent Hotels Group to serve as senior vice president of development and technical services. In the mid-1990s, Koo was marketing manager of Regent Taipei. In her new role, she will lead the global expansion of the group’s three brands: Regent Hotels, Silks Hotels and Just Sleep Hotels. She rejoins the company from AccorHotels, where she was vice president of development-Southeast & Northeast Asia.

Marcus Hotels & Resorts has promoted Mike Swasey to senior vice president of operations and Linda Price Topp to vice president of sales. Joe Sebestyen has also been named area vice president of operations at the company.


The Anantara Guiyang Resort recently debuted in China. The five-star hotel is home to 218 accommodations comprised of guest rooms, suites, and one- and three-bedroom pool villas. Indoor and outdoor pools, children and youth clubs, an Anantara Spa, meeting/event spaces and multiple dining concepts are also on tap at the property, which overlooks a gold course and mountain terrain.

Anantara Guiyang Resort
Anantara Guiyang Resort. Photo: Courtesy of Anantara Guiyang Resort

Two Nevada properties—the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower and the Aquarius Casino Resort—are joining Best Western’s BW Premier Collection soft brand. The 2,427-key Stratosphere is the tallest structure in Las Vegas at 1,149 feet and features an observation deck that provides 360-degree views of the Strip, as well as an 80,000-sq.-ft. casino. Aquarius is in Laughlin and houses 1,906 accommodations and a 57,000-sq.-ft. casino. Both properties are owned by American Casino and Entertainment Properties (ACEP).

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower. Photo: Courtesy of Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Aquarius Casino Resort
Aquarius Casino Resort. Photo: Courtesy of Best Western Hotels & Resorts

The Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference has opened following a multi-million dollar renovation of the former International Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre. The 433-key hotel features 60,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a Starbucks and four dining venues, including a new destination bar/restaurant within the lobby.

Delta Hotels
Accommodations at Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference. Photo: Courtesy of Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference

MCR has sold 18 Marriott and Hilton-branded assets to American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP for $407.4 million. The properties are in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and the transaction closed on late last month. MCR has offices in New York and Texas, while the buyer is based in Vancouver, Canada.

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has announced the inauguration of Gregory Erny as the organization’s 98th president. An architect in Reno, Nevada, Erny will lead the organization in supporting the 54 U.S. architectural licensing boards, which serve more than 111,000 licensure candidates and architects.

Gregory Erny. Photo: Courtesy of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)


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