Who’s Where in Travel: Southern California Hotels Add New Leaders

The flagship Montage Hotels & Resorts property, Montage Laguna Beach, has announced the appointment of Anne Marie Doyle as hotel manager. A resort team member since 2018, Doyle will return to operations after nearly two decades in sales and marketing positions in the United States and Ireland. Prior to transitioning into sales and marketing roles, Doyle succeeded in several operational positions in Ireland and England and brings 30 years of industry experience to her appointment as hotel manager. In her new role, she will lead day-to-day operations of the oceanfront resort, including oversight of rooms, food and beverage, spa and security, and guiding the associates in creating a remarkable guest experience.

Doyle initially joined Montage Laguna Beach in 2018 as director of sales and marketing and assisted in operations of the resort between general managers during the pandemic. She arrived at the Montage property from The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, where she was director of sales and marketing and instrumental in transitioning the former Bacara Resort into a Ritz-Carlton.

Previously, Doyle was the director of sales and marketing for many luxury properties on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, California, and properties in Ireland and England including The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt in County Wicklow; Fitzpatrick Lifestyle Hotels in Dublin; The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel; and Marriott Druids Glen Resort in Newton Mount Kennedy. She also held positions as special events manager at Cliveden House, A National Trust Hotel Taplow, Berkshire, plus other luxury brands including Conrad International and Copthorne Hotels. Doyle spent a significant time in operations early in her career, notably four years as general manager of The Glenview Hotel in Glen of the Downs, Ireland.

The Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica, CA has promoted Bre Smith to general manager. Her appointment in the role follows the restoration and reopening of the oceanfront property in April, when Smith first joined the team as director of operations.

Smith joined the 84-key property with over 15 years of experience in hospitality and management, with a focus on art, creativity and service. Her contributions have proven pivotal in the successful realization of eight hotel openings, ranging from conception to launch.

Her hospitality journey began in 2004 at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey. During her time with The Ritz-Carlton, Smith worked across properties in Palm Beach, Las Vegas, Boston, San Francisco, Abu Dhabi, Maui, Los Angeles and Puerto Rico. She served as director of restaurants at the Beverly Hilton, the director of guest relations at the Ambassador Chicago and Hollywood Roosevelt, and later the corporate director of guest services at Triumph Hotels in New York. Just prior to joining The Georgian, Smith was the director of food and beverage at Soho House Chicago.

The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills tapped Robert Kellermann as its newest director of sales and marketing. In this role, Kellermann will be responsible for managing and implementing the hotel’s sales and marketing efforts attracting high-end travelers.

Kellermann has over 19 years of sales, event, marketing and customer relations experience in the luxury and lifestyle hospitality industry, working in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Born and raised in The Netherlands, he attended the Hotel Management School in Maastricht, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.      

Having been in the Los Angeles market for over 11 years, Kellermann most recently oversaw the rebranding and reopening of Hotel Per La in Downtown Los Angeles, as well as the opening of Pierside Santa Monica as the regional director of sales and marketing with Sage Hospitality Group. Prior to this, he spent five years with Sydell Group on the preopening team of The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles with additional oversight of The LINE LA in a regional director of sales and marketing role. He started his Los Angeles career as the director of sales at SIXTY Beverly Hills, where he stayed for five years.

Before moving to Los Angeles, Kellermann lived in London, working as a regional sales manager under a branch of The Leading Hotels of the World for The Gramercy Park Hotel in New York and The PuLi Hotel & Spa in Shanghai, responsible for the U.K. and European market. Over the years he held sales positions at The Ritz-Carlton Central Park, New York, The Ritz-Carlton Doha, Qatar and the Millennium Mayfair in London.

Opening in late 2023, Thompson Palm Springs has announced the appointment of General Manager Jeffrey Miller and Director of Sales and Marketing Kelly Teo. Combined, Miller and Teo bring over 45 years of luxury hospitality experience to their leadership roles.

Bringing nearly two decades of industry experience to the job, Miller is responsible for the day-to-day operations and commercial strategies for Thompson Palm Springs. He previously served as general manager for Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows where he spent three years curating wellness and creative experiences, refining the culinary offerings and driving awareness in the local, regional and national markets.

As Director of Sales and Marketing at Thompson Palm Springs, Teo will drive top line sales for the hotel with an emphasis on private events and bespoke gatherings in the 8,000-square-feet of meeting and event spaces, while also overseeing all marketing efforts for the hotel. Most recently, Teo was the director of sales and marketing at Thompson Dallas, spearheading the destination’s newest upscale mixed-use project. Prior to joining the Thompson family, Teo led sales and marketing for luxury hotel brands such as Waldorf Astoria, St. Regis, EDITION, The Ritz-Carlton, and InterContinental on the West Coast of the U.S., as well as across the Asia-Pacific. 

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