Dallas Business Journal - New Remington Hotels CEO: 'It's been baptism by fire for the last six weeks'
Sloan Dean was promoted to president and CEO of Remington Hotels in December with a priority list that included expanding the company's third-party management business and shaping the culture. Not long after, the COVID-19 outbreak hit the United States. "The priority has changed to survive the crisis," Dean said.
HOTELS - People to Watch: Sloan Dean
Set for Success: Building Bench Strength
Asked about his company's involvement with the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)'s apprenticeship program, Remington President and CEO Sloan Dean mentions that a problem with turnover at the mid-manager level at his company became apparent in 2018. Seeking an explanation, he says, "We began looking at ways to draw down turnover and to also help with career pathing, because the feedback from the field—for example, mid-level and first-time managers—was ‘Hey I'm a front office manager and I want to be a general manager, but I can't jump the canyon. I don't know how to get there.'"
Rob Carl Appointed Vice President of Facilities and Capital Planning
Carl returns to Remington Hotels after serving as Senior Vice President for FelCor Lodging Trust and Senior Director, Construction and Planning at Phoenix American Hospitality. Carl previously assumed the role of Vice President of Purchasing and Project Management for Remington Hotels from 1995 until 2006.
Joe Masi Appointed Senior Vice President of Operations
With over 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry including his international work in Russia, China, Indonesia and Korea, Masi joins Remington Hotels from Schulte Hospitality Group where he served as Vice President of Operations, assuming responsibility for over 81 hotels, 7,500 rooms and 4,000 associates.
Engineering a Role in Hospitality
Sloan Dean wasn't ever a "rambling wreck" by anyone's definition, but after graduating from the prestigious Georgia Institute of Technology - aka, Georgia Tech - with an industrial system engineering and finance degree, he did wander a bit in the process of discovering a path over the engineering one he trained for. As he told LODGING, his own journey - a relatively quick trip to the top, once he got on the right path - has inspired the "secrets to success" he described and influenced his interest in the concept of career development and applying it at the independent hotel management company Remington, where he recently was named president and CEO.
An Interview with Sloan Dean, Remington Hotels
Remington Hotels Announces Two New Management Agreements
Remington Hotels Oversees Management of Sheraton Tarrytown Hotel
On December 22, 2019, Remington Hotels became the managing company of Sheraton Tarrytown Hotel. This acquisition adds another historic East Coast property to Remington's growing portfolio of hotels.
Located in the Hudson Valley area, this hotel is only 25 miles outside of New York City. Discover historical landmarks, like the Lyndhurst Castle, tour the nearby Fordham University, or see a show on Broadway.
Remington Hotels Prepares for Third Party Growth and Announces New CEO
Following the Nov. 6, 2019 acquisition of Remington Hotels by Ashford Inc., the company is making several strategic enhancements to its organizational structure, including the promotion of several leaders and the expansion of its executive team, to support its growth into the third-party management space. The promotions and recent and future hires include the following:
- Promotion of Sloan Dean from COO to CEO/president
- Promotion of Stan Kennedy from SVP, operations to COO
- Appointed of Jarrad Evans as chief investment officer
- Creation of a chief commercial officer role
Ashford Completes Combination With Remington
Remington Hotels Oversees Management of Hilton Old Town Alexandria
On October 1, 2019, Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. selected Remington Hotels to manage Hilton Old Town Alexandria. This acquisition adds another East Coast property to Remington's growing portfolio of hotels.
Located on Old Town's King Street steps away from the Metro Station, this downtown hotel is just a short walk or drive away from shopping and dining options along the Potomac River. The beautiful lobby and spacious guest rooms offer a modern and stylish twist from the historic district of Old Town Alexandria.
Jarrad J. Evans Joins Remington as Chief Investment Officer
Remington today announced that Jarrad Evans has joined the company in the newly-created position of Chief Investment Officer.
Evans will lead the strategic growth, development, and investment initiatives for Remington's growing portfolio of third-party managed independent, soft-branded, and hard-branded hotels and resorts. He is a hospitality industry veteran, and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Benchmark, a global hospitality management firm, where he leveraged his deep industry relationships to drive company growth. Evans earned an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a BS from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.
Remington Hotels Creates #RoomToThrive At THE Leadership Conference
Remington Hotels presents a peek into THE Leadership Conference, an annual event bringing together over 350 field and corporate office leaders as well as partner sponsors to mark successes and to set the vision for the year ahead.
The EVOLVE theme for the conference this year - held at the beautiful Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa - was fitting as Remington highlighted three large hotel acquisitions in the past six months and a leadership team stacked with impressive accomplishments. The company revealed plans that respect the foundation of the past while creating impressive, forward-thinking future goals.
Remington Hotels Oversees Management of Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley
On February 27, 2019, Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. has selected Remington Hotels to manage Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley. This acquisition adds another unique property to Remington's large portfolio of hotels.
Located in a mountain retreat setting, it's an ideal base for visiting Silicon Valley, the wine route, and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The spacious rooms and suites feature views of the forest, hill country or city and upgraded rooms offer a fireplace or private balcony along with a separate living area - providing a relaxing home away from home.
The on-site restaurant, Stonehouse Bar and Grill, offers Californian cuisine from brunch until dinner. Swim laps in the heated outdoor pool, bordered on three sides by the redwood forest or recharge with a workout in the fitness center with modern cardio equipment and fitness studio. With stunning surrounding views, the Veranda offers the ideal venue for outdoor events, or take the party inside to the Forest ballroom accommodating up to 300 guests.
Remington Hotels Oversees Management of Embassy Suites by Hilton New York Midtown Manhattan
On January 23, 2019, Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc has selected Remington Hotels to manage Embassy Suites by Hilton New York Midtown Manhattan. This acquisition adds another strong urban property to Remington's large portfolio of hotels.
Soaring 39 stories with supreme views over the iconic New York City skyline, the Embassy Suites by Hilton New York Midtown Manhattan is the place to see and be seen. The hotel's studio suites are elegant spaces featuring semi-private living areas with sofa bed, complimentary WiFi, a 42-inch HDTV, desk, mini-fridge, microwave and coffeemaker with some rooms offering a balcony or city view.
Remington's Jay Hubbs named one of HSMAI's Top 25 Extraordinary Minds of 2018
Remington Hotels is delighted to announce that Jay Hubbs, Senior Vice President of eCommerce, has been named one the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds of 2018 by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI).
This prestigious award honors twenty-five of the hotel and travel industry's most innovative thinkers, deemed the ‘best and brightest', recognizing their contribution to the industry and their success in delivering exceptional results.
Jay, who has in the past held the position of Chair of HSMAI's Digital Marking Council and advised on the organization's Revenue Management Advisory Board, will be recognized for this achievement at the HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala, held at the New York Marriott Marquis early next year.
In the words of President and CEO of HSMAI, Robert A. Gilbert, Jay and his fellow honorees "fuel advancement and inspire innovation across our industry, in addition to contributing to the success of [their] own hospitality, travel, and tourism organizations".
Jay has been with Remington since 2013 and is an active leader in cultivating the future of Digital Marketing in the hospitality industry.
To view the full announcement released by HSMAI please visit: http://www.hsmai.org/news/PRDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=46170
Remington Hotels Oversees Management of La Posada de Santa Fe, A Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa
On October 31, 2018, Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc has selected Remington Hotels to manage La Posada de Santa Fe, A Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa in Santa Fe, NM. This acquisition adds another iconic & historic property to Remington's rich portfolio of hotels.
Nestled near the bottom of the Santa Cristo Mountains and just off Santa Fe's Historic Plaza, La Posada de Santa Fe, A Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa offers a rich history dating back to the 1880s. Each of the beautifully restored 157 rooms and suites offer something just slightly different like the original adobe walls, traditional viga (exposed beam) and latilla (exposed wood slat) ceilings.
Remington Hotels Takes Pride in its Associates and Promotes From Within
Stan Kennedy, an 11 year leader on the Remington team, stepped into the newly created role of Senior Vice President of Operations. The General Manager of Hilton Boston Back Bay, Dominque Marty, who joined Remington in 2011, took over Mr. Kennedy's former position as Divisional Vice President of Operations supporting Remington's Hilton hotels.
Sileshi Mengiste, who has an excellent track record and a long history of managing Remington's luxury properties has been promoted to DVP of Operations and will add the Silversmith Hotel Chicago Downtown to his division.
To round out the Luxury and Independent portfolio, multiple GM and Hotel of the Year winner Joe Dantoni has also been promoted to DVP of Operations, with Remington's two Annapolis hotels added to his division.
Divisional Vice President Jerry Galligan, due to his continued strong contribution to Remington, has been tasked with managing three additional hotels; Hilton Parsippany, Hampton Inn Parsippany, and Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Town Center.
Finally, Chandler Vadhera, has been promoted to Vice President/General Manager, managing the Dallas/Ft Worth Airport Marriott and the Dallas Marriott Suites Medical/Market Center.
On these promotions, COO Sloan Dean said, "I am excited to announce promotions and enhancements to the Operations leadership team. The catalyst for the changes is to add depth and scale to our organization, as well as to recognize and lift up talent. Remington recognizes the dedication and hard work of its associates and will continue to look for opportunities to promote from within, so please join me in congratulating Stan, Dominique, Sileshi, Jale, Joe, Jerry and Chandler."
Palm Springs Renaissance Hosts Remington Hotels' 23rd Consecutive Annual Leadership Conference
The Renaissance Palm Springs, the host hotel for the event, earned Hotel Renovation of the Year. The multi-million dollar renovation included public space, guest rooms, restaurant and meeting space.
Each year six General Managers and six Sales team members are nominated for annual awards. This year's winner of Sales Person of the Year was Mike Edwards from the Las Vegas Embassy Suites and William Gheen from the Fremont Marriott took home the coveted General Manager of the Year award.
The honor of Hotel of the Year was presented to the iconic Historic Inns of Annapolis. Vice President and General Manager Daryl Strayer accepted the award on behalf of his team.
Additional winners included: Samantha Paull from the Sheraton Bucks County won Controller of the Year, Samara Jones from our One Ocean Resort and Spa received the Human Resources Leader of the Year; and a noteworthy win for the category of Revenue/eCommerce Manager of the Year went to Traci Boklage, eCommerce Director who oversees all eCommerce and Digital Marketing initiatives for the Luxury and Independent hotels.
Watch the Gala Videos here
Remington Hotels Proudly Announces Sloan Dean as Chief Operating Officer
Sloan comes to Remington from sister company Ashford, where he held the position of Senior Vice President of Revenue Optimization & Underwriting. He brings over 20 years of experience in Business Development, Revenue Management, and Sales and Marketing to Remington.
At Remington Hotels, Sloan is tasked with overseeing the operations, management, and success of over 85 hotels across 16 different brands and several independent hotels. He will report directly to CEO Monty Bennett.
On his new role, Sloan remarked, "I'm honored to have the opportunity to lead Remington into the next phase of our future, continuing our strong Five Driver and Leading Principles culture, while renewing our focus on our associates, our guests, and delivering superior results."
Prior to Ashford, Sloan served as Vice President of Business Development & Acquisitions at Interstate Hotels & Resorts. Before Interstate, Sloan was Senior Vice President of Revenue & Market Strategy for Alliance Hospitality Management, Corporate Director of Revenue Management for Noble Investment Group, as well as positions at IHG, and Oliver Wyman.
Mr. Dean was honored by HSMAI as one of the "Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing" in 2012. He was also recently highlighted in HOTELS Magazine's inaugural People Issue.
Remington Hotels Luxury Collection Named in Conde' Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards
Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriott Under Remington Management
Remington's Luxury Division Oversees Management of Hotel Yountville
The Hotel Yountville was originally built in 1998 and in 2011 underwent an extensive expansion and renovation that upgraded all guestrooms, including 29 newly-built guestrooms, and added a restaurant, spa, meeting space, outdoor pool, and lounge patio. The hotel offers exceptional amenities, including large, well-appointed guestrooms and suites with private patios/balconies, the acclaimed Hopper Creek Kitchen restaurant and bar, in-room dining service, complimentary wine tastings, an on-site spa and over 4,400 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. The property's outdoor amenities include a resort-style outdoor heated pool and lounge, lush landscaping and water features, and the availability of complimentary bicycles for guest use. Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, the Hotel Yountville offers luxury accommodations at the crossroads of delectable wines, epicurean delights and outdoor adventures.
Sophisticated Living Presents: Beach, Baby. One Ocean Resort & Spa, Atlantic Beach, Florida
Most Florida vacations are typically defined by one of three things: Gulf Coast "salt life" culture, buzzy South Florida fashion and nightlife, and Orlando family fun. Sitting pretty just across the Intracoastal Waterway from Jacksonville, One Ocean Resort & Spa refuses to fit conventional Sunshine State stereotypes, offering instead a bucolic beach retreat alternative that strikes a simultaneous balance between comfort and luxury.
Read the full article here.
Haute Living highlights 4 reasons to love Lucy Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono
Haute Living recently paid a visit and claims a trip to Yountville simply to dine at Lucy is well worth the trip. From the relaxed yet elegant ambiance, to Chef Nate Lindsay's creative farm-to-fork fare, to the "I Love Lucy" inspired cocktails, Lucy will certainly inspire the casual Napa visitor and the experienced epicure alike. Click here to read the full article.
Haute Living recently paid a visit and claims a trip to Yountville simply to dine at Lucy is well worth the trip. From the relaxed yet elegant ambiance, to Chef Nate Lindsay's creative farm-to-fork fare, to the "I Love Lucy" inspired cocktails, Lucy will certainly inspire the casual Napa visitor and the experienced epicure alike.
Click here to read the full article.
Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown Under Remington Management
Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of the 142 room Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown and has officially selected Remington Hotels to manage the property.
The Hotel Indigo Midtown is a historic hotel located in the heart of Atlanta Midtown. Our soul-infused hotel design is influenced by the Fox Theatre, located directly across the street. The hotel offers well-equipped rooms as well as approximately 950 square feet of meeting space. Amenities include on-site concierge services, pet friendly accommodations, 24 hour fitness center, complimentary high-speed internet access and Midtown Bar and Bistro. The Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown is no ordinary hotel with its vibrant, colorful hues, elegant furnishings and inspiring, artistic flair.
Remington manages Bardessono in Napa Valley
Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the 62-room Bardessono, and the property will be managed by Remington Hotels.
Bardessono is located in the heart of Yountville, California, just minutes away from renowned Napa Valley restaurants and vineyards. The LEED Platinum Certified property features large, lavish guestrooms with in-room spa services, organic linens, private courtyards, expansive bathrooms, fireplaces, and many sustainable luxurious features. In addition to the guestrooms, the hotel includes the acclaimed Lucy restaurant, which focuses on local field-to-fork dining and organic ingredients. Amenities include a full-service spa, rooftop swimming pool, hand-crafted bath products and artisan-inspired coffee.
Beverly Hills Hotel converts to a Marriott
Le Pavillon New Orleans under Remington Management
Ashford Hospitality Trust announced on June 3rd, 2015 that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the 226-room downtown New Orleans hotel, Le Pavillon and upon closing, the property will be managed by Remington Hotels
Located in the heart of downtown New Orleans, Hotel Le Pavillon sits adjacent to the historic French Quarter and is only five short blocks to the famous Bourbon Street. This grand property has 219 exquisitely appointed guest rooms, 7 uniquely designed suites and 12 versatile meeting rooms. Hotel amenities include a rooftop heated pool, an executive fitness center, the Gallery Lounge bar, and an award-winning restaurant, the Crystal Room.
Remington Hotels adds nine hotels to its management portfolio
Remington to manage Lakeway Resort & Spa in Austin
Marriott Memphis East hotel under Remington Management
Remington named manager of Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley
Remington takes over management at The Ashton Hotel in Fort Worth, TX
The Ashton Hotel currently features a variety of luxury guestrooms, approximately 4800 sq. ft of event space and the SIX 10 GRILLE, a popular restaurant in Fort Worth. The hotel has been home to many celebrities as well, including Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. CBRE Hotels under the CBRE Group represented the seller during the transaction.
Learn more about the Ashton Hotel here.