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Whether at the property, company or association level, an environmental program cannot be successful without a leader championing the cause. Green Lodging News is always looking for “green” champions to profile. Who at your organization deserves to be featured? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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Whether at the property, company or association level, an environmental program cannot be successful without a leader championing the cause. Green Lodging News is always looking for “green” champions to profile. Who at your organization deserves to be featured? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Welcomes Alain Zhang as Chef

HALF MOON BAY, CALIF.—The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay—the San Francisco Bay Area’s only oceanfront spa and golf resort—announced the appointment of Alain Zhang as Chef of The Conservatory, the resort’s acclaimed restaurant featuring homegrown, handcrafted California cuisine. Zhang joins the award-winning resort from The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay, where he served as Chef de Cuisine for Sand restaurant. Zhang was raised in Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, China. Surrounded by cooking throughout his childhood—his mother’s exceptional cooking was famous around town and his aunt and uncle owned a restaurant in Ordos—Zhang knew at an early age that he wanted...

Hyatt Selects Senior Leader to Advance Global Wellbeing Strategy

CHICAGO—Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that Hyatt has selected Mia Kyricos as Senior Vice President, Global Head of Wellbeing, underscoring Hyatt’s commitment to care for people so they can be their best. Kyricos will report to Mark Vondrasek, Hyatt’s Chief Commercial Officer. “As a pioneer in the business of wellbeing, Mia is uniquely qualified to further define Hyatt’s wellbeing efforts across all 14 brands to ensure colleagues, guests and customers can be their best,” Vondrasek said. “She is a respected leader in the wellbeing industry and her expertise across wellness, hospitality and brand strategy will fervently support and expand Hyatt’s already...

Hernandez Appointed Chief Wellness Officer at Even Hotel Miami Airport

MIAMI—Armando Hernandez has been named Chief Wellness Officer at Even Hotel Miami Airport. Equal to a general manager role at a traditional hotel, Hernandez’s responsibilities include overseeing operations at the new property, as well as sales, marketing and food & beverage. Additionally, as Chief Wellness Officer, he will also ensure the brand pillars—Eat Well, Rest Easy, Keep Active and Accomplish More—are manifested throughout the guest experience. Hernandez has a notable career track with more than 20 years in the hospitality industry. Through his leadership, Hernandez has achieved remarkable outcomes in revenue growth, employee retention and guest satisfaction results. His management...

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort Appoints New General Manager

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, home to six 52-foot, 4-kilowatt wind turbines and other green initiatives, announced the appointment of industry veteran Kathryn Day as the property’s new general manager. In this role, Day will leverage her expertise in award-winning customer service and internal operations to lead the path for success at the 374-room full-service residential resort. “I am excited to have been granted the opportunity to join the talented team at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort,” said Day. “The resort already boasts a high degree of hospitality, and I look forward to levering my expertise to expand...

Karly Pulido Already Having Big Impact on Legacy Vacation Club

Name: Karly Pulido Title: Sustainability and Social Responsibility Specialist Company: Legacy Vacation Club Months in Current Position: Four Primary Responsibilities: “A lot of what I am doing is knowing where we are and figuring out where we need to go.” Organization’s most significant sustainability-related accomplishment: “Introducing a living wage for our hourly employees who have been with us two years or more. The employees loved that. We had some people go from $9 an hour to $12.99. Also, implementing a companywide recycling program.” Organization’s most significant sustainability-related challenge moving forward: “Outreach is a huge challenge. Teaching the importance of sustainability to employees and guests.” ORLANDO, FLA.—As...

Wynn Resorts Appoints Erik Hansen Chief Sustainability Officer

LAS VEGAS—Wynn Resorts announced the appointment of Erik Hansen as the company’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. In this newly-created role, Hansen is responsible for the development of the company’s global sustainability strategy and energy procurement goals. “Erik has proven to be a visionary as we continue to deepen our company’s sustainability strategy and make monumental moves towards taking control of our energy future,” said Kim Sinatra, EVP and General Counsel for Wynn Resorts. “His experience extends across all facets of environmental protection and government regulation, and his understanding of cutting-edge technologies will continue to shape our use of a new...

Samantha Sorrin Takes ‘Genuine Responsibility’ for SHG’s Sustainability Efforts

Name: Samantha Sorrin Title: Director of Responsibility Company: Saunders Hotel Group & EcoLogical Solutions Years in Current Position: seven months Primary Responsibilities: “I might be screening a new lightbulb, organizing a fundraiser, or going to a fitness class we offer to employees. No two days are the same.” Organization’s most significant sustainability-related accomplishment: “One of the most impressive is the managerial team doing its part. We also have a sustainable purchasing policy. It is built into operations here. It is really impressive.” Organization’s most significant sustainability-related challenge moving forward: “Industry-wide, waste is becoming a much bigger issue. Recycling has gotten stricter. Recycling hauls are being...

Sands China Team Member Wins Global Citizenship Award

MACAO—Las Vegas Sands Corp. has named May Wu Yee Mei the winner of The Mr. Sheldon G. and Dr. Miriam Adelson Citizenship Award presented by Sands Cares. Wu is a team member at The Venetian Macao, and has been working for the company for 10 years. LVS’s global citizenship award was established and inaugurated last year through Sands Cares, the company’s corporate giving program, to recognize team members across all regions who have demonstrated a dedication to giving back to their local communities and important causes. The award was created to honor the Adelson family’s long-term commitment to philanthropy and...

Wynn Resorts Names Corrine Clement V.P. of Culture & Community Development

LAS VEGAS—Wynn Resorts announces Corrine Clement as Vice President of the company’s new Culture and Community Department, which supports diversity and inclusion, gender equality, fair treatment in the workplace, and employee charitable efforts in the communities Wynn Resorts serves. “Wynn Resorts gives every employee the same opportunity for professional growth and unlimited success,” said Matt Maddox, CEO of Wynn Resorts. “Now more than ever we are committed to ensuring equality, creating leaders, and giving back to the communities in which we operate. The launch of our Culture and Community Department speaks to this promise and will help us continue to...

Jessica Kerns Receives Hilton’s 2017 CEO Light & Warmth Award

ROHNERT PARK, CALIF.—DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country is proud to recognize Jessica Kerns, Banquet Bartender, for achieving the 2017 CEO Light & Warmth Award. This award is the highest honor the company offers and is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate exceptional Team Members and franchisee employees who embody the company’s vision and mission, as well as its values of Hospitality, Integrity, Leadership, Teamwork, Ownership and Now. In 2017, nearly 1,000 Team Members from across Hilton’s managed and franchise network from around the world were nominated by their fellow colleagues for demonstrating the Hilton values at work and beyond....