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Virgin Hotels Hires Two … and More

(February 2017) posted on Mon Feb 13, 2017

News for the week of Feb. 13, 2017


HEADLINE ITEM
Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels has hired Jay Wetzel as vice president of food + beverage. Wetzel was previously senior corporate director of food & beverage at Rosewood Hotel Group. In addition, the lifestyle brand has hired Korollan King as vice president of accounting. She most recently served as corporate director of finance & FP&A at Nikki Beach Intl.

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Jay Wetzel. Photo: Courtesy of Virgin Hotels

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Korollan King. Photo: Courtesy of Virgin Hotels

HIRINGS/PROMOTIONS/EXECUTIVE CHANGES
Joanna Kerr has joined IIG as a senior designer. Based at IIG’s Weston, Florida, studio, Kerr will work on the hospitality interior architecture firm’s full-service and luxury projects. She most recently worked at The Gettys Group.

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Joanna Kerr. Photo: Courtesy of IIG

OW Hospitality Americas has named Pat Goggin vice president. In this role, Goggin—who most recently spent 13 years as ceo of Tai Ping Carpets Americas—will be responsible for leading the sales, marketing and operations for North America from the London-based carpet manufacturer’s U.S. headquarters in Dalton, Georgia.

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Pat Goggin. Photo: Courtesy of OW Hospitality

Lifestyle hospitality company sbe has appointed Marcy Miles senior vice president sales and marketing for the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Miles previously worked at Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas, most recently serving as executive vice president of sales and marketing.

Nemo Tile & Stone is expanding into New England with the addition of Steven Wallace as director for specifications for that region. Wallace’s career includes positions such as senior architectural representative for Dal-Tile and specifier for Shaw Floors. The news from Nemo comes on the heels of the family-owned company’s recent debut of a new showroom in Red Bank, New Jersey.

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Steven Wallace. Photo: Courtesy of Nemo Tile & Stone

MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS/ACQUISITIONS
Two Roads Hospitality has assumed management of the Royal Isabela resort in Puerto Rico as part of its Destination Hotels collection. Located on 2,000 acres of oceanfront land, the family-owned property originally launched in 2012 and features 20 luxury Casitas, as well as residences and an 18-hole golf course.

BUSINESS BRIEFS
Associated Luxury Hotels has acquired Worldhotels for an undisclosed sum. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Associated Luxury Hotels owns/operates Associated Luxury Hotels Intl. (ALHI), an independent global sales organization for the North American meetings and incentive marketplace with a membership of more than 250 luxury-level independent hotels/resorts. Meanwhile, Frankfurt, Germany-based Worldhotels, which targets business and leisure travelers as well as meeting groups, provides loyalty solutions for 350 independent hotels and resorts. The two companies will operate as separate divisions. ALHI also plans to add global sales organization offices in Europe this year.

Modular carpet manufacturer Interface is expanding into hard-surface flooring. The company says it will soon debut its first product along those lines with a new Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) collection called Level Set. Teamed with the company’s existing offerings, the new category provides an integrated collection of hard and soft tiles that fit together in Interface’s modular design system.

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Interface’s new Level Set LVT collection. Image: Courtesy of Interface

GREEN INITIATIVES
The Wallcoverings Association announced that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has cited products certified to the NSF/ANSI 342 sustainability standard for wallcovering are eligible for credits under LEED v4. Certified products qualify for a possible one point under the Pilot Credit entitled Certified Multi-attribute Products and Materials. The intent of the credit is “to encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically and socially preferable life-cycle impacts,” according to the USGBC.


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