Charlestowne Hotels announced the promotion of Matt Barba to its corporate team as vice president of operations. Barba will now lead Charlestowne’s operational strategy of all property management departments, including food and beverage, for a growing portfolio of 50 hotels and counting. He brings nearly 30 years of hospitality experience to his new role, with the last decade dedicated to expanding recognition for Charlestowne Hotels’ growing management capabilities.
As Charlestowne’s regional director of operations for four years, Barba managed multiple properties within the company’s portfolio, spearheading a number of new openings and transitions. Most notably, he oversaw the development of signature Charlestowne properties including The Spectator, Sewanee Inn, Shem Creek Inn, Elliott House Inn, French Quarter Inn, and HarbourView Inn, among others.
Since 2015, Barba has served as the general manager for the Charlestowne-managed Deer Path Inn, transforming it into one of the company’s flagship hotels. After overseeing a complete property renovation, he elevated the inn’s service culture and food and beverage program. The Bar at Deer Path Inn now generates more than double the annual revenue per seat than hotel bars in larger metropolitan cities.
Barba has been with Charlestowne for almost 10 years. Career highlights include coordinating the closing, liquidation, and reopening of the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville while aiding the management of an $18 million renovation of guestrooms and public areas. He also played an instrumental role in developing various elevated assets for the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, including the construction of the onsite Sanctuary Hotel and Ocean Course Clubhouse.
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