Hospitality and travel company Carlson announced it has appointed Sean Shannon to the newly created position of vice president of development for Canada at Carlson Hotels Americas. In this position, Shannon will oversee management and franchise development for new build and conversion hotels for Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, and Park Inn brands throughout Canada. He will report to Phil Silberstein, executive vice president, Full-Service Development, Carlson Hotels, Americas.
Prior to his promotion, Shannon has spent 14 years with the company. Most recently, he served as senior regional director of franchise operations at Carlson Hotels America, overseeing the franchise operations for Radisson hotels in Canada and the western United States. With more than 24 years in the hospitality industry, he has been managing director of Illinois Hospitality and chairman of the board of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association. As the board representative to the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), he was a House of Delegates member and served as an appointee to the first-ever White House Conference on Travel and Tourism. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin and is a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) from the AH&LA.
"The development of this position underscores the commitment Carlson has placed on growth in Canada and achieving our Ambition 2015 growth strategy," said Robert Kleinschmidt, executive vice president and chief development officer, Carlson Hotels, Americas. "Sean knows all aspects of hotel operations and development and will utilize his expertise and experience in Canada to work with franchisees that are committed and able to meet our brands' heightened quality standards."