INDUSTRY PEOPLE 6-23-2006

SHATNER VISITS ISRAEL Actor William Shatner and his wife, Elizabeth, were welcomed to Jerusalem’s King David Hotel by Israel’s Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog. Shatner is in the country to promote the Jewish National Fund’s Therapeutic Riding Consortium Endowment. He believes that his project, for w



SHATNER VISITS ISRAEL
Actor William Shatner and his wife, Elizabeth, were welcomed to Jerusalem’s King David Hotel by Israel’s Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog. Shatner is in the country to promote the Jewish National Fund’s Therapeutic Riding Consortium Endowment. He believes that his project, for which he plans to raise $10 million to benefit the therapeutic riding centers in the country, will also contribute to the peace effort in the Middle East. Shatner, who played Capt. James T. Kirk on the TV series “Star Trek,” currently stars in the popular series “Boston Legal.”


TSOI APPOINTED MANAGER
St. Regis Hotel, Shanghai has announced the appointment of Chris Tsoi as the hotel manager. Tsoi has about 20 years of hotel experience focusing on sales and marketing management. He will oversee all aspects of the hotel’s day-to-day operations.


INDUSTRY VETERAN TO HELM US GRANT
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. announced the appointment of hospitality industry veteran Victor Barothy-Langer to the position of general manager of the US Grant, a luxury collection hotel in San Diego, Calif. The property, built in 1910, will reopen after renovations on Nov. 1. Barothy-Langer brings more than 25 years of experience to the hotel. For the last four years, he has served as hotel manager at the Westin St. Francis and has also served as hotel manager for San Diego County’s famed La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.
“Victor represents the ideal vision of leadership to best reflect the hotel’s prestigious past and exciting future in a dynamic downtown San Diego,” said Joe Terzi, vice president of operations for Starwood Hotels Southern California Region.


BOTTEN RETIRES, ROBINSON APPOINTED
Terry Botten, a 27-year veteran of the hotel industry, has announced his retirement as general manager of the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Botten will be succeeded by Keri Robinson, former general manager of the Westin Pasadena. “I’m leaving knowing that the Sheraton Seattle and the Emerald City are poised for great things resulting from the expansion of the hotel. Overall, it’s been a fabulous adventure,” said Botten.
Prior to the Sheraton Seattle, Botten worked for Four Seasons Hotels and Canada Pacific Hotels (now Fairmont).
Robinson has previously led major renovations at The Westin Pasadena and the Sheraton Cerritos. She was also the director of franchise and operations in the western region for Starwood’s franchise division. Robinson graduated from Cornell University, with a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Administration, and hails from Portland, Ore.


NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN
Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass announced that Steve Feld has been named general manager at the famed Arizona attraction. Feld has more than 20 years of operations experience, 10 in the entertainment industry and has most recently been serving as the director of operations at Rawhide. He received his Bachelors degree in Economics at Colorado State University and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.


KRIGE PROMOTED AT ROSEWOOD
Rosewood Hotels and Resorts announced the promotion of Shane Krige to managing director of The Mansion on Turtle Creek, the only five-star, Five-Diamond property in Texas.
“With his vast knowledge of hotel operations and his tremendous passion for exceptional service, we are excited to promote Shane Krige to managing director,” said Robert Boulogne, COO for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.
Krige joined The Mansion team in 2004 as general manager. He previously served as hotel manager at Grosvenor House Hotel and Residence in London and has held senior management positions with the Ritz-Carlton and Hyatt Hotels.


SHILO’S NEW CEO
Shilo Inn, the Portland-based hotel chain, has announced that Phillip S. Harris has been promoted to general counsel and CEO. According to Mark Hemstreet, owner of Shilo Inns: “Phillip provides a strong guiding force for the Shilo executive team that will assure our continued dedication to providing Shilo’s high standard of ‘Affordable Excellence’ to all our guests.”
Harris comes to Shilo with over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry and the legal profession. He graduated with honors from Cornell’s Hotel School and received his law degree cum laude from Lewis & Clark School of Law.

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