People on the move: Highgate, Concord Hospitality, The Gwen, Vernick Fish, Waldorf Astoria, Conrad Hotels & Resorts


Highgate has announced the appointments of Matt Greene to executive vice president, luxury residences and Elizabeth Redmond to chief accounting officer.  

Before joining Highgate, Greene served as executive vice president, lifestyle operations for Evolution Hospitality & Aimbridge Hospitality, where he oversaw the Lifestyle hotel portfolio and 10+ new hotel developments across the US and Mexico. In this newly-created position, Greene will report to chief executive officer Arash Azarbarzin and oversee Highgate’s growing portfolio of managed condo-hotels and residences, such as The Elser Hotel in Miami and The Altair Hotel in Bay Harbor.  

Redmond joined Choice Hotels in 2007 as director of compliance and was later promoted to senior director, accounting & compliance; vice president, financial reporting & accounting; and chief accounting officer. In her new role, Redmond will be responsible for leading Highgate’s global accounting operations and driving innovation across Highgate’s accounting and reporting practices.  

“I’m excited to be working with people whom I have respected and trusted for decades – and to be working on this new vertical at Highgate that presents such a significant opportunity to create value,” said Matt Greene. “With the benefit of my background in residential development and operations, I look forward to leveraging the resources of Highgate’s best-in-class organization able to maximize the potential of these assets and to deliver differentiated residential experiences.” 

“I am thrilled to lead a team of dedicated professionals at Highgate, an organization that is well-respected throughout the industry for its operational capabilities, growth trajectory, track record of innovation, and for its ability to attract best-in-class talent,” said Redmond. 

From left to right: Matt Greene and Elizabeth Redmond (Highgate), Mark Castriota (Concord Hospitality) and Iris Junge (The Gwen).


Concord Hospitality has appointed Mark Castriota as the general manager of The Westin Atlanta Gwinnett, an 11-story, 348-room hotel on the campus of the Gas South District in Gwinnett County, Georgia, slated to open in Spring 2024. Before joining Concord Hospitality, Castriota was the managing director of the JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District and oversaw the hotel’s opening in 2021. He has also served in Loews Hotel Atlanta, Renaissance Atlanta Midtown and Atlanta Marriott Marquis.   

The Gwen, a luxury collection hotel, has appointed Iris Junge as general manager. A German native, Junge has over 20 years of hospitality experience working with Wyndham, Hard Rock, Starwood and InterContinental Hotels. She served as the general manager for the Allegro Royal Sonesta, previously the Kimpton Hotel Allegro, in Chicago, and as the assistant general manager of Hotel Allegro. 

Jonathan LaVoie has been appointed general manager of Vernick Fish, Chef Greg Vernick’s American oyster bar restaurant inside Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center. LaVoie will manage the restaurant’s daily operations, as well as oversee hiring and training staff. Most recently, LaVoie was the general manager of Le Cavalier at the Hotel Dupont in Delaware.  

Hillary Sandbach has been appointed complex director of marketing of Grand Wailea and Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resorts. In her new role, Sandbach will lead in the development and execution of strategic marketing and communications plans that drive growth for both resorts while bringing awareness to the luxury portfolio in each respective market. Before her time at Waldorf Astoria, Sandbach was the director of marketing for Hyatt in the Hawaiian Islands and was previously appointed to multiple marketing roles during her nearly eight years at The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. 

Conrad Washington DC, a Conrad Hotels & Resorts hotel by Hilton, announced Adam Heffron as the new general manager of the luxury 360-room property. Heffron joins the property from the 305-room Conrad Los Angeles Hotel, which debuted in Downtown Los Angeles last year. He brings over 20 years of experience to his new role, including a variety of senior leadership roles with Hilton, such as general manager of the Waldorf Astoria Park City and hotel manager of the Conrad New York Downtown.