Candlewood Hotel Co. (Nasdaq: CNDL) has named Howard Gerhardt as general manager for the new Nanuet-Rockland County Candlewood Suites in Nanuet, N.Y. Stacie Bendell is the new director of sales. Mary Garcia is the assistant general manager.
The newly constructed hotel is the state’s second and is set to open in May.
Gerhardt brings over seven years of experience in all aspects of hotel operations. Most recently, he was general manager for MainStay Suites in Fishkill, N.Y. He also was general manager for Wellesley Inn, also in Fishkill. Gerhardt is a native of Rockland County and is familiar with the local business market.
Bendell has six years of hotel experience. She has been a Candlewood team member for nearly two years, previously serving as director of sales (DOS) for the Boston-Braintree, Mass., hotel. She was the eastern region’s DOS of the Year for 2000 based on her exceptional sales. Bendell also serves as a national sales manager and is part of the Candlewood training team. Before joining Candlewood, she worked for Bristol Hotel and Resorts.
Garcia has three years of hotel experience, having previously been assistant general manager of the Comfort Inn, Nanuet
The hotel is conveniently located off Interstate 87, at 20 Overlook Blvd. It will feature 124 suites: 100 studios and 24 one-bedrooms.