New Evolution president; more appointments

Will Loughran has been selected by Aimbridge Hospitality to lead Evolution Hospitality, its lifestyle division, while more people are on the move across the industry.

Aimbridge promotes Loughran to lead Evolution Hospitality
Aimbridge Hospitality has promoted Will Loughran to president of Evolution Hospitality, its lifestyle division. He previously served as Evolution’s COO.

With more than 25 years of global team leadership in hospitality management, he brings diverse experience in corporate leadership to lifestyle and luxury hotels. With a focus in management, marketing, operations and business development, his expertise in leading soft branded and independent hotels has been a key component in the expansive growth of Evolution, the company reports.

During his tenure, Evolution Hospitality has grown fourfold and expanded into a dozen new states. He led Aimbridge and Evolution into Canada and facilitated the merger with Bellstar Hotels and Resorts.

“Will continues to play a critical role as we leverage the scale of Aimbridge to uniquely add value for owners and advance our expertise and growth in the lifestyle vertical,” said Michael J. Deitemeyer, president/CEO, Aimbridge Hospitality. “Will has been a strong champion of Evolution’s culture, and his deep experience leading lifestyle operations will be extremely valuable in spearheading our best-in-class results.”

Loughran began his career with Marriott International, accumulating a broad range of experience in sales, marketing, management and operations for select-service to luxury properties before transitioning to private management companies. He has held leadership roles at several management companies before joining Evolution Hospitality in 2015.

Donohoe names Proctor EVP
Donohoe Hospitality Services, a division of Donohoe, has promoted Leticia Proctor to EVP, sales, marketing & revenue management.

In her new role, she oversees marketing, direct sales, catering, revenue management and e-distribution for the company and its hotel portfolio.

A 25-year hospitality veteran, Proctor has held multiple, increasingly important roles at a number of companies. Most recently, she was SVP, sales, revenue management and digital strategies, PM Hotel Group, where she oversaw the communications and revenue management needs of the company’s portfolio of Hilton, Starwood, Marriott, IHG, Choice and independent hotel brands. Previously, she held similar positions with Hersha Hospitality Management, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Crestline Hotels & Resorts and Remington Hotels.

Proper Hospitality appoints Elliott
Proper Hospitality has appointed chef Ned Elliott as executive culinary director across its portfolio of properties including the Proper-branded hotels in Santa Monica, CA; downtown L.A; San Francisco; and Austin; the Hotel June in West Los Angeles and Malibu, CA; and The Collective, a curation of design-driven independent hotels including Avalon Hotels in Beverly Hills, CA and Palm Springs, CA; the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, CA and the Venice V Hotel in Venice Beach, CA.

He has worked alongside chefs including Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse and Floyd Cardoz, as well as opening and operating restaurants all around the U.S. in his 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry.

Elliott is responsible for spearheading the overarching F&B program for all the hotel brands, continuing to establish Proper Hospitality properties as destination dining experiences. He joins from Chicago where he spent the past three years as corporate executive chef at restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. He led all culinary operations and menu development for RPM Italian, RPM Steak, RPM Seafood, RPM Events & Catering and Pizzeria Portofino throughout Chicago; Washington, DC; and Las Vegas. He also played a key leadership role in the opening of Aba in Austin. Prior to that, he was owner/chef at Foreign & Domestic Restaurant in Austin for eight years.

Main Street adds Williams
Main Street Hospitality has added Scott Williams as its new VP, brand & creative.

Williams is responsible for enterprise-wide brand architecture and positioning, development, marketing and communication initiatives and experience design for the independent hospitality group and its portfolio of eight properties located throughout the Northeast, which includes the storied Red Lion Inn in the Berkshires, Hammett’s Hotel in Newport and Porches Inn at Mass MoCA.

He is an executive marketer who has worked with Morgans Hotel Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and The Nantucket Project. He will work to amplify the brand and identity of Main Street Hospitality’s individual properties and further the company’s mission to deliver unparalleled experiences through an authentic approach to hospitality that centers around the communities in which the hotels exist, the company reports.

Throughout his career, Williams has accelerated the growth of businesses in the hospitality and media industries, acting as a leadership advisor, strategist and creative catalyst to drive modern brands. Most recently he was the president of The Nantucket Project and is the founder of growth advisory Hitchcock Partners. He has also helmed marketing and creative efforts for global brands including Commune Hotels & Resorts, Starwood and Morgans Hotel Group. Prior to hospitality, he worked in television at CBS, ESPN and HBO. 

Breakthru Beverage Group appoints Stone
Breakthru Beverage Group, a leading North American beverage distributor with operations across the U.S. and Canada, has revealed the appointment of Chad Stone as VP, business transformation & new frontiers.

In this new role, he rounds out Breakthru’s strategy hub with a focus on new and emerging areas of growth related to consumers’ evolving preferences of what, when, where and how they purchase and consume beverage alcohol.