by Kaylee Hultgren | January 01, 2010

Sylvia Lima recently became the first female general manager at Manhattan's 912-room New Yorker Hotel, where she has worked since 1995, including serving a stint as controller. A native of Germany, Lima also has experience as a publishing executive and sales manager.  

In your opinion, why are the majority of general managers male? I can only speak for myself on this, but in my case, being a wife and mother had something to do with not taking it on previously. The hours are long, since operations are 24/7. As general manager, I'm spending more time here than ever. But, indeed, why shouldn't more women hold these kinds of roles?  

What are your objectives? One of my goals is to organize the staff to work more closely together as a team. Since it's such a large hotel, functions and departments are in different areas. I've gathered sales, events, food and beverage, accounting and other departments on the same floor. We are all getting to know each other and communicating better.

What do you do in your spare time? I love to spend time with my family, go to readings and work on crafts. I like to knit, crochet and sometimes sew. I often donate what I make to charity.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? I love New York, but I'd probably say Berlin. The one and only time I went there, I enjoyed the atmosphere -- the arts, the history. It has a very different kind of spirit.



On the Move

PlannersChristie and Mychalczuk join EventAcuity
Dianne Christie has been hired as account manger for the sales and marketing division of EventAcuity, an Atlanta-based meeting and event management company. She will focus on sales, in particular site selection and production services, and will be based out of the company's satellite office in Orlando. Larissa T. Mychalczuk also joined the organization, as sales and marketing administrator.

Boyle hired at Current Affairs
Steven Boyle has joined Current Affairs, an event planning and production company in Honolulu, as master designer and director of design. Previously, he served as vice president of sales and marketing for White Lotus Productions in San Diego.

SuppliersChris Colbert has been named to the post of director of trade show sales at the Cobb County (Ga.) Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Brian Fedorowicz has been appointed associate vice president of convention sales for Visit Denver, The Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Event Furnishings & Décor, a Fort Lauderdale-based furniture and linen-rental company, has hired Amy Krasick as vice president of sales.

Francis W. Purvey
has been appointed director of sales for the The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Fla. The property has 212 guest rooms.

Scott Riese
has been named new business sales executive for One Atlantic, a 10,000-square-foot oceanside event venue that opened last month in Atlantic City.

Florencia Tabeni
has been appointed general manager of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Hotel Beaux Arts Miami, both of which are scheduled to open in the middle of this year.

The Pocono Mountains (Pa.) Visitors Bureau has hired David West as vice president of marketing and sales.

The 250-room Montage Laguna Beach (Calif.) has appointed Susan Winkelmann as national sales manager.