People on the move: BWH Hotels, AKA, Brittain Resorts & Hotels, Montage Laguna Beach, Resolute Road Hospitality

BWH Hotels has appointed Joelle Park as senior vice president and chief marketing officer, reporting to president and chief executive officer Larry Cuculic. Park will lead the company’s global marketing, brand strategy and communications.  

With over two decades of marketing experience, Park brings a wealth of expertise to her new role. Most recently, she served as vice president, global enterprise and cross-brand marketing at Hilton, overseeing strategy, branding and messaging for the Hilton portfolio of brands.

“BWH Hotels is at an exciting chapter in its celebrated history and brand evolution, with a strong portfolio of diverse brands. I’m thrilled to be a part of the journey ahead,” said Park. “I am passionate about brand building, from uncovering the essence of a brand’s purpose to crafting insight-driven marketing that drives performance. Each brand in the portfolio is special, making this an exceptional opportunity to curate those unique brand attributes into a compelling story to share with the world.” 

“We are very excited that Joelle is joining our team. Her extensive marketing background, knowledge, and expertise will propel our future global success across our family of 19 brands and our strong loyalty programs,” said Cuculic.  “She is a tremendously strong leader who will effectively drive our collaborative global spirit and culture of inspiring travel through unique experiences.”   

Brittain Resorts & Hotels has appointed Christy Jernigan as chief development officer. Jernigan has more than 20 years of industry experience, most notably serving as the vice president of business development at Aimbridge Hospitality. Before that, she spent five years at Remington Hotels in various operational roles. 

In her new role, Jernigan will lead all aspects of business development at BRH. Her primary focus will be expanding Brittain’s third-party management platform by sourcing new deals, acquiring properties and spearheading efforts to expand the network of investment partners.  

From left to right: T. Blake Danner (AKA), Joelle Park (BWH Hotels), Anne Marie Doyle (Montage Laguna Beach) and Christy Jernigan (Brittain Resorts & Hotels).

The flagship Montage Hotels & Resorts property, Montage Laguna Beach, has announced the appointment of Anne Marie Doyle as hotel manager.  

Doyle initially joined Montage Laguna Beach in 2018 as director of sales and marketing. She arrived at the Montage property from The Ritz-Carlton, Bacara, Santa Barbara, where she was director of sales and marketing. Previously, Doyle was the director of sales and marketing for many luxury properties on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, California, and properties in Ireland and England, including The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt in County Wicklow; Fitzpatrick Lifestyle Hotels in Dublin; The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel; and Marriott Druids Glen Resort in Newton Mount Kennedy. She also held positions as special events manager at Cliveden House, A National Trust Hotel Taplow, Berkshire, plus other luxury brands, including Conrad International and Copthorne Hotels. 

Resolute Road Hospitality, a third-party management company, has announced the expansion of its leadership team with the additions of Amanda Schaus as chief legal officer and Sergio Cardenas as corporate director of sales and revenue management. Resolute Road has also promoted Evan Danziger to director of operations and Eric Rock to regional manager. 

“As we continue to expand our portfolio, we are focused on attracting best-in-class talent to ensure we execute on our objectives at both the corporate and property levels. We are thrilled to welcome Amanda and Sergio to the Resolute Road team,” said Gary Horton, president, Resolute Road Hospitality. “Evan and Eric are both experienced operators that have proven themselves in every role they have held. They are instrumental team members that embody and embolden the Resolute Road culture and competitive advantage through their daily actions. Their leadership will enable our team to continue to make improvements and achieve our highest expectations.”

Schaus joins the team with 25 years of real estate development, transaction and contract legal experience. As chief legal officer, she will oversee all aspects of legal affairs for the entire corporation. Cardenas joins the team with over 32 years of experience in the hospitality industry. As corporate director of sales and revenue management, he will manage all aspects of corporate sales and revenue management. 

AKA has announced the appointment of T. Blake Danner as chief operating officer (COO). As a distinguished hospitality expert in sales and operations, Danner will focus on elevating and maintaining continuity across AKA’s growing portfolio by providing guided support to AKA’s managing directors and staff. Led by Larry Korman, Danner will work alongside CFO Ryan Dougherty and Elana Friedman, chief marketing & strategy officer.