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V Starr Interiors Hires Three … and More

(August 2017) posted on Mon Aug 07, 2017

News for the week of August 7, 2017

V Starr Interiors—Tennis pro Venus Williams’ West Palm Beach, Florida-based design firm—has hired three employees: Assel Nussubaliyeva, project manager; Carla Orlandi, interior designer; and Andrew Alden, junior interior designer. Nussubaliyeva previously managed all aspects of the design process at her own firm, while Orlandi’s 10-year career includes a stint at Bilkey Llinas Design. Alden is a recent graduate of Purdue University’s interior design program and formerly served as an intern at BSA Lifestructures.

Assel Nussubaliyeva
Assel Nussubaliyeva. Photo: V Starr Interiors

Carla Orlandi. Photo: V Starr Interiors

Andrew Alden. Photo: V Starr Interiors

Ryder Architecture has promoted five employees to partners: Peter Barker, Gareth Callen, Andrew Costa, Richard Dorkin and Ronnie Graham. In addition, the firm has promoted Francesca Harrison and Paul Milner to senior architects, David McMahon and Grant Sellars to architectural directors, Martin Smith to associate and Helen Whitfield to communications director.

Chris Latham has joined Carnegie as executive vice president of sales. Latham, who has 20-plus years of experience in the textile industry, will lead the company’s sales efforts on the East Coast. He says his educational background in environmental studies aligns well with the fabric manufacturer’s commitment to sustainability.

Chris Latham. Photo: Courtesy of Carnegie

Presidian Hotels & Resorts—a hotel development, management and consulting firm—has appointed Geoffrey Bley as chief development officer and Brian Long as corporate director of operations. Bley has 20 years of experience in real estate development, financing and construction management. Long’s 20-year executive management career includes stints with Bristol Hotels and White Lodging. The company’s ceo, Charles Leddy, says the additions will help Presidian expand its hospitality portfolio across Texas and the south central region of the U.S.

Owner/operator Olshan Properties has formed a joint venture with Boston-based companies CV Properties, Normandy Real Estate Partners and Harbinger Development to build a mixed-use development in the city’s historic district next to the famed Haymarket. Olshan will oversee the project’s hotel and retail components, while CV Properties will serve as the lead developer with Harbinger as co-developer. Details for the hotel, including its number of keys, were not disclosed. Olshan—which has offices in New York and Columbus, Ohio—currently has a portfolio of six hotels throughout Ohio, Georgia, Illinois and Florida.

The Excellence Oyster Bay resort is slated to debut next June. Planned for Montego Bay, Jamaica, the Victorian-style, all-inclusive property will feature 315 suites—including accommodations with private pools and rooftop terraces—as well as eight restaurants and nine bars. Two beachfront pools, fitness facilities, a lounge with a rooftop pool, an Excellence Club and the brand’s Miilé Spa are also in the plans.

Excellence Oyster Bay
A suite at Excellence Oyster Bay. Photo: Courtesy of Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts

Concord Hospitality Enterprises Co. has broken ground on the 133-key Beaufort Hotel, which is scheduled to open in North Carolina next year as part of Choice Hotels’ Ascend Hotel Collection. The building’s exterior has been designed by PFVS Architecture of Atlanta. The identity of the project’s interior designer was not immediately available.

Beaufort Hotel
An exterior rendering of the Beaufort Hotel. Image: Courtesy of Concord Hospitality Enterprises Co.

Hilton has opened Waldorf Astoria Chengdu, marking the hotelier's 200th hotel in the Asia Pacific region. Located in Western China, the 289-key luxury hotel is housed inside a 52-story, art deco-inspired building that’s part of in99 Plaza, a 2-million-plus-sq.-ft. mixed-use development comprised of a retail mall, office tower and apartment complexes.

Waldorf Astoria Chengdu
Waldorf Astoria Chengdu. Photo: Courtesy of Hilton

A joint venture formed by affiliates of KSL Capital Partners LLC and Henry Crown and Co. has completed the previously announced acquisition of Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc. and Mammoth Resorts. As a result, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings (which KSL previously owned), Intrawest and Mammoth are now one combined company, which includes 12 mountain resorts, 20,000 skiable acres and other land for real estate development. KSL’s Bryan Traficanti has been tapped as the interim ceo while the company searches for a permanent replacement. David Perry, who was previously with Henry Crown affiliate Aspen Skiing Co., has been named the company's president and chief operating officer.


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