People on the move

Executives in the hospitality industry have taken on new roles. Here’s a look:

Springboard Hospitality expands management team
Hospitality management company Springboard Hospitality has hired three new executives across its corporate team, expanding its revenue, marketing and sales and operations departments.

Von DeLuna (pictured above) joins the company as VP, operations, following a 20-year tenure with Kimpton Hotels. Most recently, he served as general manager of Kimpton Hotel Born in Denver. Prior to that, he served as regional VP, operations at Sage Hospitality. At Springboard, DeLuna is responsible for leading hotel operations across the growing portfolio and ensuring each hotel meets the high level of service excellence established by company standards and customers’ expectations.

With more than 25 years in hospitality, Scott Bogucki joins Springboard as corporate director of revenue management, where he will focus on maximizing revenue while guiding strategic initiatives across the company’s 38 properties. He has extensive experience in revenue management, previously holding positions at properties across the country ranging from select-service to luxury. Most recently, Bogucki served as corporate director of revenue at Provenance Hotels and HRI Lodging. He started his career in Denver at the Brown Palace Hotel and then moved to San Francisco to work with brands such as Hilton Hotels, Omni Hotels & Resorts and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.

As regional director of sales and marketing, Susy Suescun comes to Springboard from Omni Hotels & Resorts with more than 29 years of experience in the hospitality industry. In her new role, she is responsible for leading and directing the development and implementation of strategic sales and marketing plans and initiatives. Prior to her time at Omni, Suescun served in marketing and sales roles at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels and Marriott.

Kimpton taps Bryan Easter for development post
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has appointed Bryan Easter as its new VP, development planning, a role that sits at the intersection of the boutique hospitality company’s design, development and operations teams. He will be responsible for helping drive Kimpton’s growth by executing against the company’s global development plans.

Easter comes to Kimpton with more than 20 years of experience, starting his hospitality design career with Gensler and having most recently served in a senior role at Powerstrip Studio, where he delivered award-winning hotels and restaurants. His projects included several Kimpton properties including Kimpton Palomar Philadelphia, Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel in Miami, Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in Grand Cayman, Kimpton Rowan Hotel in Palm Springs, CA and Kimpton Key West in Florida.

Auro Hotels hires Lenny King for director of IT role
Lenny King has joined Auro Hotels as the company’s new director of IT. He has more than 15 years of experience, specializing in hospitality, with brands such as Marriott and Hilton.

At Auro Hotels, King will build a comprehensive IT strategy, monitoring and enhancing cyber security, managing hotel WiFi and bandwidth, deploying systems to improve overall productivity, increasing automation, flow and reporting, according to the company. He and his team will support the corporate headquarters and the properties in the field.

King began his career with Intrawest Resorts, managing new property infrastructure and technology systems. He spent the majority of his professional life in Florida and Hawaii, supporting various hotels and resorts including Hilton Daytona and PGA National in Florida, and Turtle Bay Resort and Marriott Waikoloa in Hawaii. Most recently, King worked on the restaurant side of hospitality at Taco Johns.

The Marcus Corporation promotes Steve Martin
The Marcus Corporation has promoted Steve Martin to chief human resources officer. In this role, he leads the corporate human resources function and becomes a member of the company’s executive management committee. Martin will also continue to oversee human resources for Marcus Hotels & Resorts, where he previously served as VP, human resources.

Martin joined the company in 2000 as director of human resources for Baymont Inn & Suites, a limited-service lodging division formerly owned by the company. During his tenure over the past 22 years, he held various key leadership roles in human resources for both Marcus Hotels & Resorts and The Marcus Corporation, including serving as VP, human resources for Marcus Hotels & Resorts since 2014. Prior to joining The Marcus Corporation, he worked at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in both field and corporate human resources roles.

Martin holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant and institution management from Iowa State University in Ames, IA. He also holds the Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification as well as the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).