Wyndham International, Inc. (AMEX:WBR), has appointed James Szeszycki to general manager of the Bourbon Orleans - A Wyndham Historic Hotel, and Daniel McDonald to general manager of the Wyndham Metairie, both located in New Orleans. In their new positions, Szeszycki and McDonald will oversee daily operations of their respective hotels.
“Both James and Daniel bring such a broad scope of experience to their positions, with backgrounds in several areas of hotel operations, that I have no doubt they will succeed in their new roles,” said Gary Froeba, area director of operations for Wyndham. “Their diverse backgrounds will only strengthen Wyndham`s strong presence in the New Orleans market.”
Prior to his new position as general manager of the Bourbon Orleans, Szeszycki served as area director of food and beverage for eight Wyndham-branded hotels located in New Orleans, Alabama and Tennessee, as well as hotel manager for his home base hotel, the Wyndham New Orleans at Canal Place. Previous to that, Szeszycki worked as general manager of the Wyndham Riverfront in New Orleans, establishing the groundwork for a $1.5 million renovation and bringing service levels up to excellent ratings. Szeszycki began his Wyndham career as director of rooms division at the Wyndham New Orleans, serving in this capacity as the hotel underwent a brand conversion from a Westin property.
Prior to joining the Wyndham team, Szeszycki worked for upscale hotels companies including Ritz-Carlton, Omni Hotels and Sonesta Hotels & Resorts. He brings 18 years of diverse experience in all facets of hotel operations and sales.
Daniel McDonald brings more than 15 years of industry experience to his post as general manager of the Wyndham Metairie. McDonald joined Wyndham as director of housekeeping for the Wyndham Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa in Telluride, Colo. He was promoted to director of operations for the former Wyndham Mountain Lodge, where he became responsible for all areas of operations and was actively involved in sales strategy and revenue management. Prior to joining Wyndham, McDonald served as assistant general manger at the Costanoa Lodge in the San Francisco area, where he was part of the grand opening team for the property. McDonald has served in various housekeeping, catering and front desk management capacities for properties in northern and central California including the Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sheraton Monterey and the Lodge at Pebble Beach. He began his hospitality career at the Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport, undergoing a management-training program to gain experience of overall hotel operations.
Located in the heart of New Orleans` French Quarter, the 216-room Bourbon Orleans combines the romance of an 18th century French country house with the most modern conveniences and best location. Just steps away from Jackson Square, Pat O`Brien`s and the Mississippi River, the hotel is also convenient to area attractions such as the Aquarium of the Americas and the Louisiana Superdome. Features include an outdoor pool, concierge services and a breakfast cafe. The hotel has begun an $11million restoration project that will include the addition of a 128-seat lounge on the famed Bourbon Street.
The 182-room Wyndham Metairie is located in the center of Metairie`s business district, just 10 miles from Louis Armstrong International Airport. The hotel is a short drive to downtown New Orleans businesses and attractions, including the French Quarter, Garden District and Warehouse District. Along with an outdoor swimming pool and fully equipped fitness center, the hotel features Hedges Bar & Grill, serving American and Cajun cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Five meeting rooms encompass more than 5,000 square feet of function space and can accommodate banquets for up to 325 guests.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is an innovative, upscale hotel brand with properties located in the U.S., Caribbean, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Owned, managed and franchised by Wyndham International, Inc., Wyndham`s brand philosophy centers on listening to the individual needs of business and leisure travelers, and responding with personalized services. With a history of program firsts, Wyndham has developed Wyndham ByRequest, a unique guest recognition program that tailors each guest`s stay according to their preferences, and the award-winning Women On Their Way program, which caters to the needs of women business travelers. For reservations, call a travel planner, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts at 800-WYNDHAM or visit Wyndham on the Internet at www.wyndham.com.