People on the Move

Donohoe Hospitality Services has made two promotions, while auroHOTELS has added a new VP.

Donohoe Hospitality Services makes senior promotions
Donohoe Hospitality Services, a division of Donohoe, has made two senior promotions—Cheryl Haughton (pictured above) to VP, new-builds, transitions & major renovations and Michael Golembe to VP, operations.

In her new role, Haughton is responsible for working in collaboration with the company’s development team on new hotel developments and hotel openings, while overseeing acquisitions and major hotel improvements.

Golembe is responsible for optimizing the company’s overall portfolio performance.

“Donohoe Hospitality Services could not have reached the heights we have today without the dedication and hard work of tireless leaders such as Cheryl and Michael,” said Thomas Penny III, president, Donohoe Hospitality Services. “With more than 50 combined years of hotel experience at virtually every position at the property level before transitioning to corporate roles, Cheryl and Michael epitomize the true spirit of hospitality. I am thankful for everything they do and look forward to both helping Donohoe continue to grow.”

A two-decade-plus hospitality veteran, Haughton joined Donohoe Hospitality Services in 1992 and most recently was regional director of operations, full-service and lifestyle hotels. Previously, she held leadership positions at six of the nation’s leading hotel brands, according to the company. She served as general manager throughout Washington, DC, and operated one of the highest revenue-producing Courtyard by Marriott in the U.S.

“I look forward to the many facets of this new position, from promoting Donohoe-sponsored and third-party, organic, ground-up development deals to supporting acquisitions and dispositions,” Haughton said. “I plan to be intimately involved with talent acquisition and will oversee operations on new hotels and acquisitions for the near future. I am eager to dive into my latest role on-boarding new hotels and working to expand and improve our existing portfolio.”

Most recently serving as regional director of operations, focused-service and extended-stay hotels, Golembe joined Donohoe Hospitality Services as a general manager in 2009. Over the course of his 20-plus year of hospitality career, he has come to specialize in hotel openings and turnaround projects, the company reports. He has worked at multiple hotels in the full-service, select-service and extended-stay categories along the Southeastern U.S.

“Given the current state of the hospitality industry, my immediate focus will be to work in collaboration with the executive team and the general managers to optimize our business, realize new efficiencies and stay ahead of an ever-changing and more complex business climate,” Golembe said. “Having spent the past 12 years learning and growing with Donohoe Hospitality Services, I feel well-suited for the new challenges that this new title brings with it.”

auroHOTELS appoints Jennifer Stilwell
auroHOTELS has appointed Jennifer (Jen) Stilwell as VP, marketing.

She has more than 25 years in the advertising and marketing realm and comes to auroHOTELS from VisitGreenvilleSC (VGSC), the official destination marketing organization for the City of Greenville, SC. Under Stilwell’s leadership as chief marketing officer/EVP/chief strategic officer, she successfully directed and launched a new brand identity for the destination: “yeahTHATgreenville.”

Prior to VisitGreenvilleSC, Stilwell focused the majority of her career efforts leading tourism brand marketing for accounts such as the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) while at Leslie Advertising and the bounce agency to such prominent brands as NYCVB, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, La Cabana in Aruba and Club Med while at New York ad agency Warren/Kremer.