SANTA MONICA, CA–Edward Thomas Collection of Hotels (ETC), owners of Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar, announced today that it has promoted Charlie Lopez-Quintana to the position of Vice President & Managing Director of ETC Hotels. Drawing upon more than 20 years of global luxury hospitality experience, including three years as the General Manager at Hotel Casa del Mar and one year as General Manager at Shutters on the Beach, Lopez-Quintana will oversee operations at both luxury beachfront properties.
“It is with much joy and the utmost confidence that I have the opportunity to hand over the reins to Charlie,” said Klaus Mennekes, Edward Thomas Collection of Hotels Vice President and Managing Director. “Over the last four years, he has been invaluable in making Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar the award-winning properties that hotel guests and locals have come to know and love. Charlie’s gracious demeanor, expertise of the hospitality industry and commitment to delivering unforgettable guest service will continue to propel him to success as he steps into this new role.”
Before joining ETC in 2017, Lopez-Quintana spent eight years at Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, where he served as the Executive Director of Resort Operations and was responsible for overseeing both front-and-back of the house operations teams that include accommodations, spa, recreation, fitness, golf and retail. His career started with The Ritz-Carlton in Europe, the Middle East and Asia where he assisted in the opening of nine Ritz-Carlton properties. In 2001, Lopez-Quintana moved to the United States to open The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, and to support the opening of seven additional Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe.
“I am thrilled to embark on this new and exciting chapter with Edward Thomas Collection of Hotels as Vice President & Managing Director,” said Lopez-Quintana. “I look forward to continuing to elevate our oceanfront properties by offering exceptional service and once in a lifetime experiences for our guests and Santa Monica community.”
Lopez-Quintana is a native of Bilbao, Spain and holds a bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hospitality Sciences from Universitat de Barcelona. He is fluent in Spanish, English, French, Catalan and conversational in Italian.