• Two New Hires for Fairmont Austin

     
    POSTED August 11, 2016
     

Thomas J.W. Voss has just been appointed managing director of the 1,048-room-Fairmont Austin, opening the summer of next year. He will be responsible for overall operations, performance and strategic direction for the newest and largest Fairmont hotel in the U.S.

With more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Voss has held a number of positions, including executive roles with Starwood Hotels.

Before those, in 1988 specifically, Voss worked with Hyatt Hotels in a variety of different roles at different locations, including executive assistant manager in San Diego and general manager in Atlanta, San Diego and others. In 2005, he was appointed president of the Grand Del Mar Resort & Spa in San Diego. During his time there, the resort landed the number one spot of US hotels on TripAdvisor and received three Forbes Five-Star Awards: Lodging, Spa and Dining.

In 2015, Voss moved to his current role as president of the resort division for the Manchester Hospitality Group in San Diego.

Fairmont Austin also recently hired Nenad Praporski as hotel manager. Praporski will work with Voss in overall management and strategic direction of the hotel. He also will support all operating departments.

Prior to working with Fairmont Austin, Praporski was part of the opening team at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay (now Delano), Las Vegas. After that, he joined MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas where he held numerous positions, including front desk manager and assistant hotel manager. After relocating to New York, Praporski was the front office manager at Grand Hyatt New York and then director of rooms, front office manager, Grand Hyatt Regency Long Island, New York. In 2010 Praporski joined the Grand Del Mar, San Diego as executive director of rooms. He relocated again to Macau in his most recent role, as executive director of hotel operations, Wynn Palace.

Jerry Bindel has been named general manager for Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village, in South Lake Tahoe, California.

Benchmark COO and President Greg Champion made the announcement. “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Jerry to Benchmark and to our resort,” said Champion. “He brings important local and regional market awareness and business connections to his new role, and a strong background of success in leading hotels and resorts.”

 

The Goodland, a Kimpton Hotel recently announced the appointment of Danielle Santilli as associate director of sales. In her new role, Santilli will be responsible for planning and implementing sales, marketing and business development strategies for the 158-room Santa Barbara hotel. 

 

Certified sommelier Kyle Erickson joins the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort team in Solvang, CA as the new food and beverage director. Former partner of Ted Vance (Vance Erickson Fine Wine Brokers), Erickson will now work alongside executive chef Anthony Endy to rejuvenate Alisal’s food and beverage menus. As a Santa Barbara native, he strives to incorporate his passion and knowledge of the region to his new role.