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Texas Hotels Welcome New Hires

New hires start at hotels in Austin, Dallas, and Houston.

By Amy Durham

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Kellie Womack of AC Hotel Dallas and Residence Inn by Marriott Dallas by the Galleria CREDIT Pacific Hospitality Group

With spring came new faces at some of the state’s most popular hotels. Both the AC Hotel Dallas and Residence Inn by Marriott Dallas are by the Galleria Dallas, a thriving shopping and entertainment area; the Marriott Marquis Houston is one of the city’s largest venues; and The Driskill Hotel is a renowned historic hotel in Austin.

AC Hotel Dallas and Residence Inn by Marriott Dallas by the Galleria

The new dual general manager for both the AC Hotel Dallas by the Galleria and Residence Inn by Marriott Dallas by the Galleria is Kellie Womack. In her role, Womack assumes the responsibility of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Pacific Hospitality Group, focusing on budgeting, strategic planning, customer service, sales and marketing, maintenance, staff recruitment and training, and food and beverage management. The interconnected hotels offer a convenient location that is surrounded by fine dining options, distinctive shopping experiences, and vibrant social scenes near the Galleria Dallas.

Womack brings over 15 years of extensive leadership experience in the hospitality industry to her new position. Previously, she served as the senior operations manager at Sonder in Dallas. Additionally, she has held the position of general manager at various North Texas properties, including the AC Hotel & Residence Inn by Marriott Dallas/Downtown, Homewood Suites by Hilton Dallas/Downtown, and Hilton Garden Inn Frisco.

The Marriott Marquis Houston

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Juan Calderon of the Marriott Marquis Houston CREDIT Marriott Marquis Houston

Marriott Marquis Houston has a new hotel manager, Juan Calderon. The 1,000-room resort is located in downtown Houston. Prior to his new role, Calderon was the general manager at Marriott Dallas Downtown, where he successfully guided the hotel through a strong post-pandemic recovery. In his new role, Calderon will develop and implement property-wide strategies to meet customer needs, enhance employee satisfaction, and drive financial performance.

Calderon’s 20-year career includes various leadership positions within the Marriott organization. He most recently served as the general manager at the Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Westlake Solana. Additional roles have included director of operations at the Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Westlake Solana, area director of operations for the Midwest, and senior manager of room operations for select service and extended stay–west. Calderon previously held roles for The Renaissance Dallas, The Renaissance Austin, and the Mayflower Hotel, and has been a member of the board of the North Texas Hotel Association.

The Driskill Hotel

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Adreanne Lewis of The Driskill Hotel CREDIT Leo Thompson

The Driskill, a historical hotel in Austin, appointed Adreanne Lewis as the new director of sales, events, and marketing. In her role, Lewis, an experienced professional in the hospitality industry, will assume leadership of the sales and marketing team responsible for promoting The Driskill. The hotel offers 189 luxurious guest rooms and renovated suites, along with 18,000 square feet of elegant and versatile meeting space.

Working closely with general manager Markus Puereschitz, Lewis will manage the sales and meeting spaces for conferences, events, and weddings at the 137-year-old establishment. Her primary focus will be on delivering an exceptional experience to guests and customers through meticulously planned events and strategic brand partnerships year-round. Lewis brings valuable knowledge gained from her recent role as the director of event sales and services at the Fairmont Austin, the city’s tallest hotel, where she played a key role in leading the pre-opening team in 2018. She began her hospitality career in Seattle, where she served as the senior catering sales manager at the Pan Pacific Hotel, before assuming the position of conference service manager at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.