Crestline Hotels promotes COO Carroll to president & CEO

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA James Carroll has been promoted to president and CEO of both Crestline Hotels & Resorts and its parent company, Barcelo Crestline Corp.

Bruce Wardinski, who was formerly president and CEO of Barcelo Crestline, assumes the position of chairman of the board. Carroll most recently served as chief operating officer for Crestline Hotels & Resorts, and before that served as chief financial officer for Barcelo Crestline. 

“James’ promotion is a significant part of our ongoing strategic management team realignment that began last year, and supports our proactive positioning of Crestline for continued growth and long-term success,” Wardinski says. “With James assuming the day-to-day management of both Crestline and Barcelo Crestline, I will be better able to fulfill our companies’ strategic growth objectives by focusing my talents on high-level planning and increased deal flow.”

Carroll joined Barcelo Crestline in 2004 from Dell Inc. where he held several operations and financial management positions. During his tenure at Barcelo Crestline, Carroll also served as senior vice president and treasurer.

Carroll holds a master in business administration degree from Harvard Business School. He is an alumnus of the U.S. Naval Academy, having graduated with merit with a bachelor of science degree in systems engineering. Previously, he served as a naval aviator and lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.

“James is a highly effective leader who continues to make a large contribution to the ongoing growth and success of our companies,” Wardinski says. “We are confident that, under his leadership, our growth will continue to accelerate while delivering exceptional results to our owners and partners.”

Founded in 2000, Barcelo Crestline manages 64 hotels, resorts and conference and convention centers with nearly 13,000 rooms in 12 states and the District of Columbia.  Crestline Hotels & Resorts manages 12 independent properties in major US markets including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Washington ,D.C. Crestline also manages properties under such brands as Marriott, Hilton, Westin, Renaissance, Sheraton and Crowne Plaza.