The Hollywood Roosevelt Announces New Food & Beverage Director Daniel Sabo

LOS ANGELES – The iconic and historic Hollywood boutique hotel, The Hollywood Roosevelt, is proud to announce the appointment of Daniel Sabo as its new Director of Food & Beverage, bringing over 26 years of hospitality experience to the hotel’s storied collection of restaurants and bars, which includes the iconic 60’s style Tropicana Pool, upscale burger joint 25 Degrees, the stylish al fresco Rosy Café, and the newly revived iconic Cinegrill Theater, the famed cabaret and nightclub enjoyed by Hollywood elite.

Sabo was part of the opening team at Brooklyn restaurant Five Leaves where he started as a bartender and worked his way to general manager. After meeting renowned restauranteur Taavo Somer, Sabo leveraged his bar experience to help establish ISA in Brooklyn in collaboration with Chef Ignacio Mattos in 2012, which went on to secure a James Beard Award nomination. Sabo moved to Los Angeles after accepting a position at the Ace Hotel Downtown as director of beverage and bars, where he was granted full creative control over five unique food and beverage concepts in addition to spearheading the infrastructural build-out of bars and kitchens for future Ace Hotels, including the properties in Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Brooklyn, and Kyoto. Under his management, the hotel’s bar program was a top 10 finalist for Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards “Best American Hotel Bar” for two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015.

After making his mark at Ace, Sabo took on the operational and creative buildout of the five culinary and cocktail concepts at Hotel Figueroa as its beverage director before becoming corporate director of food and beverage at Palisociety Hotels & Residences. He expanded the brand by six outlets during his tenure, with 15 concepts reporting to him in four different cities. Sabo accepted his most recent role as the executive assistant manager with a focus on food and beverage operations at Fairmont Century Plaza, where he opened the hotel’s Michelin-recognized French brasserie Lumiere and hosted his first Oscar nominee luncheon and Critics Choice Awards. Attracted by The Hollywood Roosevelt’s iconic story and intricate connection to Hollywood history, Sabo joined the entertainment industry institution with plans to implement a multi-phased approach focused on training and laying the groundwork to bring forth a new, elevated era to the hotel’s culinary experience. Sabo has already redesigned burger joint 25 Degrees, launched a new in-room dining menu, and reinvigorated the Library Bar as a bespoke cocktail and whiskey bar.

Sabo earned a scholarship to attend Villanova University in Philadelphia, from which he graduated with a bachelor’s degree with honors, before attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York on the Spencer Tracy Scholarship for his postgraduate degree. Sabo dabbled in acting and filmed several commercials prior to entering the hospitality industry. He still enjoys singing and dancing with his wife and two daughters.

About The Hollywood Roosevelt

The Hollywood Roosevelt is a legendary boutique hotel and entertainment industry institution. The site of the first Academy Awards in 1929, the hotel has played home to illustrious icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable and continues to serve as the epicenter for industry movers and shakers. With retro poolside cabanas and chic tower rooms with stunning views of the Hollywood Hills, the hotel offers a glamorous escape that continues to raise the bar on the Hollywood experience. The iconic Tropicana Pool provides guests the only locale in the world where they can swim in a million-dollar work of art painted by the acclaimed David Hockney. From celebrated Chef Nancy Silverton’s restaurant, The Barish, to poolside eatery Rosy Café, and Tinseltown hangouts The Spare Room and 25 Degrees, The Hollywood Roosevelt is the most coveted place to see and be seen in Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.thehollywoodroosevelt.com. Follow on Facebook and Instagram @thehollywoodroosevelt.

Catherine Hance Joins Mission Hill Hospitality as General Counsel

Mission Hill Hospitality, a leading select service and extended stay hotel investor, announced that Catherine Hance has joined the firm as General Counsel. Mission Hill was launched in March 2021 and has built a high-quality portfolio of 26 well-located select service and extended stay hotels, particularly in markets driven by education, medical, corporate and year-round leisure demand.

“The addition of Catherine to our team will be instrumental to Mission Hill’s continued growth,” said Greg Kennealey, CEO of Mission Hill Hospitality. “She brings a depth of legal experience, particularly in hospitality, real estate, finance and acquisitions. In this newly created role, Catherine will oversee and manage Mission Hill’s legal matters and play an active role in portfolio development and management.”

Hance joins Mission Hill from Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in Denver, where she was a partner in the firm’s real estate group for over 20 years. Her practice covered all areas of real estate transactions, including real property acquisition and disposition, development, leasing, financing, and land use development and zoning, as well as formation of entities for real estate development and investment, with a particular focus on hospitality-related transactions. She represented clients in the acquisition, financing, development, and disposition of hotel properties across the U.S., including negotiation of hotel management agreement, franchise, construction and other related agreements. She was named a partner in the firm after serving as an associate for four years. She began her legal career at Frascona Joiner & Goodman P.C. in Boulder.

Hance is a member of the American, Denver, and Colorado Women’s Bar Associations. She is a past chair of the Colorado Bar Association’s Real Estate Section Council, and currently serves on the Colorado Bar Association’s Title Standards Committee. She is a current member of the board of trustees of Mile High United Way, having served as chair of the board from 2020-2022. Catherine also served as a Mayoral Trustee for the board of trustees of the Denver Botanic Gardens for six years. She is ranked by Chambers USA in the areas of hotel and leisure and real estate, and also recognized by Best Lawyers (Woodward/White, Inc.) and Colorado Super Lawyers. She is a frequent speaker on real estate and hospitality topics at industry seminars and events.

Catherine earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. in History from the College of William & Mary.

About Mission Hill Hospitality

Mission Hill Hospitality invests exclusively in the select service and extended stay hotel sector. The Denver-based firm focuses on value-add and development projects that present significant opportunity given market and economic conditions. Mission Hill Hospitality brings together a dedicated team of investment professionals with decades of extensive experience in lodging across product types and provides a wide range of expertise across functions including operations, asset management, acquisitions, development, and capital markets. For more information visit http://missionhillhospitality.com.

Raines Names Brittney Jones VP of Strategic Partnerships

Raines, a fully integrated hotel development, management, and investment company, has named Brittney Jones as vice president of strategic partnerships. She’s responsible for executing a strategy to support the overall vision of Raines and playing an active role in driving the company’s growth. She continues to report to the company’s managing partners.

“Brittney has maintained a stellar track record during her time with us and demonstrated her ability to help us build hotels, relationships, and experiences through various means over the years,” said Grey Raines, managing partner of Raines. “Brittney’s sales experience, familiarity with strategic development within the company, and preexisting relationships in the hospitality industry are foundational to this new role. We’re excited to see what she can accomplish and how she can continue to position us as the premier hotel management, development, and investment company in the Southeast.”

With Raines for nearly a decade, Jones most recently served as the company’s first-ever vice president of sales, marketing, and revenue management, where she was instrumental in driving significant topline revenue to the company’s portfolio of branded and soft-branded properties in the Southeast, and generating new sales opportunities by developing and maintaining relationships in local communities and the hospitality industry. She added revenue management to her responsibilities in 2020 after taking on sales onboarding and support of new and existing hotels as the company’s sales director in 2019. She began her hospitality career with Raines in February 2015 as the sales director of Hotel Florence in Florence, SC.

“We’ve been building something extraordinary at Raines over the years, and I’m proud of the significant milestones we’ve hit, especially what we’ve accomplished over the past decade,” Jones said. “We couldn’t have accomplished any of it without building meaningful relationships over the years. I look forward to strengthening our strategic partnerships, creating new ones, and contributing to the company’s continued success.”

About Raines

Raines is one of the Southeast’s premier hospitality management, development, and investment groups, offering a comprehensive approach to its impressive property portfolio and client base. Led by managing partners, Grey Raines and David Tart, the award-winning company is known for its operational experience, success with historic properties, and expertise with the world’s leading brands, such as Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Choice, and Wyndham. Featuring a variety of properties, including notable boutique hotels, The Foundry Hotel in Asheville, NC and Hotel Florence in Florence, SC, Raines currently has 21 hotels and 2,003 keys throughout the Southeast. Within the Raines organization, a variety of specialty divisions offer curated and strategic programming, including Woven, a boutique hotel sector, and Array, which specializes in commercial real estate and office properties. Raines is headquartered in Florence, SC, with a secondary regional office in Charleston, SC.

Grace Bay Resorts Appoints Atilla Cimsit as General Manager of South Bank, Turks and Caicos’ Newest Residential Resort & Marina

Grace Bay Resorts, the boutique developer and operator of some of the finest luxury resorts and branded residences in Turks and Caicos, is pleased to announce the appointment of Atilla Cimsit as general manager of South Bank, the island’s newest residential luxury resort and mega yacht marina situated on 31 acres of peaceful shoreline on Long Bay, set to open in late 2023. Developed by Windward, the creator of exclusive residential and resort waterfront communities in Turks and Caicos, the unprecedented new development will feature four distinct contemporary neighborhoods as well as access to South Bank Marina. With nearly 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Cimsit will oversee the pre-opening of South Bank.

“We’re confident Cimsit will lead a successful opening for South Bank and continue to help us drive the results and recognition that have positioned Grace Bay Resorts as the Caribbean’s premier luxury operator and developer,” said Nikheel Advani, COO & Principal of Grace Bay Resorts. “With Cimsit’s luxury expertise and extensive knowledge, we look forward to working closely with him on this important opening for our brand.”

Born in British Columbia, Canada, Cimsit graduated from Cukurova University in Adana, Turkey with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and began his career in the luxury cruising industry with Crystal Cruises. Cimsit continued to expand his hospitality expertise by serving in food and beverage roles with Tigh-Na-Mara Resort and Aviawest Resorts on Vancouver Island. He led the pre-opening of The St. Regis Istanbul before his first stint as a general manager at Qualicum Beach Inn in British Columbia. In 2018, Cimsit moved to the Turks and Caicos Islands and joined the team at COMO Parrot Cay as the private estates manager and subsequently as the director of guest experiences. In his free time, Cimsit enjoys traveling internationally to destinations where he can enjoy water sports and biking.

“I am honored that Grace Bay Resorts and Windward have entrusted me to open South Bank, which will be unlike anything ever seen in Turks and Caicos,” said Cimsit. “With the island’s first manmade lagoon and incredible residences that appear to be floating atop blue waters, paired with the handcrafted hospitality experiences that Grace Bay Resorts is known for, South Bank is sure to become a highly sought-after destination.”

With its first phase opening in late 2023, South Bank will offer one-to seven-bedroom waterfront residences scattered among four low-density neighborhoods with their own personalities, including the just-launched Arc, a groundbreaking six-story luxury residential building designed by world-renowned architect and designer Piero Lissoni. The homes at South Bank, from beachfront villas to boathouses with their own private docks, will exude a modern and sophisticated Caribbean aesthetic and promote seamless indoor/outdoor living through sweeping waterfront views and natural design elements. South Bank will provide owners an endless-vacation lifestyle and access to transformative amenities, including a fully serviced boat concierge and marina; a calm, one-of-a-kind swimming lagoon; outdoor pools with a fire pit lounge; a chic white sand beachfront; fine dining establishments; and a spa and energizing fitness center overlooking the lagoon and its landscaped relaxation islands.

“The team at Windward is also extremely excited to have Atilla leading the opening for South Bank,” said Ivor Stanbrook, Director of Windward. “With his experience in owners relations and guest experiences, we are confident that he will help make South Bank one of Turks and Caicos’ gems and a destination in itself.”

For more information, please visit livesouthbank.com.

About Grace Bay Resorts

Grace Bay Resorts is the Caribbean’s leading independent luxury resort developer and operator with an expanding collection of resorts and branded residences in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Founded from its flagship property Grace Bay Club, which opened in 1993 as the first luxury all-oceanfront-suite resort in Turks and Caicos, the Grace Bay Resorts portfolio currently comprises Grace Bay Club, West Bay Club, Point Grace, the Private Villa Collection, and Rock House, the island’s first development to take a chance on the rocky north shore of Providenciales. Spanning 31 acres of quiet shoreline on Long Bay Beach, South Bank, the island’s newest residential resort and marina, will offer six distinct neighborhoods with one- to five-bedroom waterfront residences designed by award-winning architecture firm Blee Halligan that exude a modern Caribbean aesthetic. The company is currently expanding its award-winning brand and services across the Caribbean. For more information, visit www.gracebayresorts.com. Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GraceBayResorts and Instagram @gracebayresorts.