Quick Chat With Gerry Link

by Allen J. Sheinman | February 01, 2015
Gerry Link

Gerry Link is general manager of the new 125-room 21c Museum Hotel Durham (N.C.), opening next month.

What are some of the challenges of opening a hotel that doubles as an art museum?
I've taken a part in other hotel openings, and none involved working with an art curator, hiring a museum manager, working with the local art community and training the staff on the workings of an art museum along with their standard hospitality duties. Plus, we'll get to change the look of our lobby every six months as our exhibits change. Isn't that sweet?

On the Move

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson has joined The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs,  Colo., as vice president of marketing and sales. Johnson has more than 30 years of hospitality experience, including 13 years with the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. The 800-room Broadmoor offers three golf courses; a spa, salon and fitness center; 26 boutique shops; 19 restaurants, and much more.
Vicki Betzig

At the Anaheim/Orange County (Calif.) Visitor & Convention Bureau, Vicki Betzig, CMP, has been named senior manager, client services. With more than 25 years in the industry, Betzig most recently was in charge of planning PCMA's annual meeting.
Mark Bloemendaal

Mark Bloemendaal has been hired as senior vice president of sales at Visit Milwaukee. Previously, in his native Netherlands, Bloemendaal served as director of international sales, North America, for more than 60 hotel properties across Europe.
Mark Budnik

In Durham, N.C., Mark Budnik has been appointed executive sous chef at the 271-room Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. He formerly served as sous chef at the North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh, N.C.
JoAnn Elston

The 196-room JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek has named JoAnn Elston general manager. A 22-year hospitality industry veteran, Elston most recently served as GM of Denver's Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton.
Steven Fowler

The 404-room Scottsdale (Ariz.) Plaza Resort has hired Steven Fowler as lead chef for the on-site Remington's Restaurant. Fowler's career in F&B spans 20+ years, including a stint as sous chef for The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, in Carefree, Ariz.
Shawn Gracey

At the 631-room Eden Roc Miami Beach, Shawn Gracey has been appointed area managing director, overseeing all hotel operations as well as having a role in property development, business growth and hiring within the resort's executive team.
Brian Kramer

The 454-room Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Fla., has named 25-year hospitality veteran Brian Kramer as general manager.
Michelle White

Michelle White has been named to the post of regional vice president of sales, South Region, for Associated Luxury Hotels International. Based in Atlanta, White's territory stretches from the Carolinas through Texas in the South.

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