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Ocean Place Resort and Spa Welcomes a New Executive Chef!

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Guillermo Veloso has joined the team at Ocean Place Resort and Spa as their new executive chef. Veloso is no stranger to the region, being a New York City and northern Jersey native. 

Veloso has an extensive culinary career extending more than 35 years, but he has also spent time as an archaeologist and naturalist. He was the executive chef at Miami’s Yuca Restaurant and has also served as executive chef at Philadelphia’s Cuba Libre and the Please Touch Museum. 

Grand Hyatt New York Debuts Renovated Conference-Level Inspired by Grand Central Terminal

The iconic Grand Hyatt New York in Midtown Manhattan recently debuted a multimillion dollar renovation of its conference level, including 12,000 square feet of meeting space and 18 breakout rooms. Designed by New York City-based interior design and architecture firm Nemaworkshop, the new design reflects the energy of the adjacent Grand Central Terminal and the New York City skyline.

Josh Lesnick Appointed President & CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels

Josh Lesnick has been named president and CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels.

“Josh is the ideal person to lead us as we evolve to meet the growing needs of our distinguished member hotels, Alliance partners, and our valued customers and guests around the world,” says David Gabri, chairman. “He has a proven track record of creating winning cultures, driving meaningful innovation, and a tremendous passion for enhancing customer loyalty as evidenced by the five highly successful customer loyalty programs he has launched and managed.”

Governor Cuomo Breaks Ground on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center


In early March, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo broke ground on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center expansion on Manhattan’s West Side. This groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction on the first phase of the $1.5 billion expansion project.

Empire State Development Announces Design Team for Expansion

Empire State development president, CEO and commissioner Howard Zemsky has announced the design team who will spearhead the $1.5 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. After an extensive evaluation process, the panel has chosen LendLease Turner.

AEG Live Partners with The Bowery Presents

AEG Live, a live music company has announced that it has acquired a stake in The Bowery Presents—a concert promotion company. This new partnership will expand both companies’ presence along the East Coast by adding more venues and being the premier promoter in New York City.

“The Bowery Presents and AEG Live share a passion and commitment to delivering the best music experiences to fans,” says Jay Marciano, chairman and CEO, AEG Live. “We look forward to working closely with them to further grow The Bowery Presents brand.”

Associated Luxury Hotels International Hires New Director of Sales

Marnie Hock has been named director of sales for the New York City-based Associated Luxury Hotels International Northeast region.

Hock is tasked with assisting industry professionals, executives, specialists and more with Global Sales Organizations services and support.

Meet Joe Gaeta

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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.

Joe Gaeta was recently hired as director of sales & marketing for the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as director of sales and marketing at the Grand Hyatt New York?

Grand Hyatt New York Debuts New Group Meetings Offerings

The Grand Hyatt New York now offers meeting and teambuilding activities exclusively for group clients. The packages include exclusive experiences at several New York City landmarks, including Grand Central Terminal, One World Observatory and the flagship Macy’s Herald Square.

The 1306-room hotel can accommodate up to 1,500 people with more than 50 meeting rooms and 60,000 square feet of meeting space. It’s located in Midtown Manhattan and within walking distance from the Grand Central Terminal.

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