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Ocean City Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Opens

The new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot in Ocean City, Md., held its official ribbon cutting and opening ceremony. The ceremony was attended by Governor Larry Hogan and several other notable personalities, and signifies an exciting time for the prominent beach town.

“The Fairfield Inn & Suites offers visitors the perfect home base with access to all the wonderful attractions Ocean City has to offer,” says Alina Kellar, general manager. “Our goal is to provide our guests with the best service and allow them to create memorable moments here in Ocean City.”

Kindred Resorts & Hotels Debuts Properties

Kindred Resorts & Hotels has added seven new properties to the family. A collection of independent hotels and resorts focused on the group and meetings industry, these new properties are each uniquely suited for event planning professionals.

McEvoy Ranch Welcomes Outside Groups and Companies for Event Hosting

McEvoy Ranch, located in Petaluma, Calif., is setting a precedent. Through its brand new program, the 550-acre ranch of Marin County is welcoming outside companies and groups to host corporate and special events for the first time. Guests will have a pick of six customizable indoor and outdoor venues, allowing for a variety of events, gatherings and meetings.

CEO Jim Caldwell Maintains Vision of Omni Hotels & Resorts in New Multirole Position

Omni Hotels & Resorts recently announced Jim Caldwell as president of the hotel group. His new role will combine with his CEO position—that he has held since 13 years—and president of TRT Holdings, Inc.

Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites Chicago Downtown/West Loop Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system has awarded The Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites Chicago Downtown/West Loop LEED Silver.

The hotel received the designation due to its high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Skirvin Hilton Hotel Receives Highest Praises

The Skirvin Hilton Hotel has been recognized with the 2016 Bright Blue Futures Award for full-service hotels with less than 500 rooms from Hilton Hotels Corporation. It was also ranked number one throughout all Hilton full-service hotels for superior service as measured by guest satisfaction.

Meet Awet Sium

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Awet Sium was recently hired as general manager of Kimpton Donovan Hotel in downtown Washington D.C.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as General Manager of Kimpton Donovan Hotel?

Two Chefs to Advance to International Copper Skillet Competition

Four chefs representing the United States and Canada from IACC-member properties recently competed in the IACC Americas Chapter Cook-Off at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmingon, Del. There was also a Junior Chef category in which IACC conference venue chefs under the age of 26 competed.

The chefs were given basic pantry items and a mystery basket of proteins with 30 minutes to prepare and present their dishes to judges from the local area.

Tony’s Catering Partners with Occasions

Occasions Catering in Englewood, Colo., announced that they will be taking over Tony’s Catering full-service catering operations. Tony’s Catering in Denver, a division of Tony’s Meats & Market, will continue to offer limited-service catering to its clients as well as pick-up and drop-off.

Meet Brent Hockenberry

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Brent Hockenberry was recently hired as executive chef for the Omaha Marriott Downtown.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as executive chef for the Omaha Marriott Downtown?

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