• Viceroy Santa Monica Welcomes New Hires

     
    POSTED April 13, 2017
     

Viceroy Santa Monica has revealed the hiring of three new employees: Nijad Fares as hotel manager; Jakub Skyvara as director of restaurants and banquets; and Lance Robinson as hotel concierge.

In his new role, Fares will be responsible for managing all operational aspects at the boutique property, including sales, marketing, food and beverage and future growth efforts. Previously, Fares served as the director of food and beverage at Cliff Hotel San Francisco. He’s also worked for The St. Regis Monarch Beach; The Westin San Diego; The Westin Maui; and The Sheraton San Diego.

As he steps into his role of director of restaurants and banquets, Skyvara will be responsible for the hotel's food and beverage operations. Most recently, he worked for the Four Seasons Hotel Ranch Encantado where he led the hotel’s food and beverage operation. Skyvara has spent time working at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and the Beverly Wilshire.

As hotel concierge, Robinson will lead personal guest experiences, providing travelers with extensive information on local activities and assisting in all visitor requests. Robinson has worked for InterContinental Los Angeles Century City, W Hollywood and Loews Hollywood.

“Our team is thrilled to welcome Nijad, Jakub and Lance into the Viceroy family,” says Todd Yamaoka, general manager. “Their impressive backgrounds paired with their passion for the hospitality industry will be instrumental in the continued success and momentum of the property.”

Kohler Co. has announced the appointment of Doug Stringer as head chef of The Immigrant Restaurant, located at The American Club resort-hotel at Destination Kohler.

Stringer joined Kohler Co. in 2015 as sous chef of Riverbend, where he oversaw all facets of kitchen operations, purchasing, food cost management, staffing, menu design, and overall leadership. He has over seven years of fine dining and hospitality experience. In his new role, he will oversee the development and creation of culinary programs.

 

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