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Several Hospitality Firms Promote Executives Into More Prominent Roles

By Dennis Nessler | September 20, 2021

A handful of high-level internal promotions were seen throughout the industry in the past week potentially impacting hospitality companies ranging from owners and operators to brand companies.

In perhaps the most impactful move, Dellisart LLC announced the promotion of Ken Roberts to President of the company. Roberts has been with Dellisart since early 2007 when he joined the company as VP, operations, where he was charged with overseeing the general operations responsibilities of all the properties in the company’s portfolio.

Prior to Dellisart, Roberts held various positions with Marriott International, White Lodging, and Island Hospitality. He is a graduate of Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI.

Meanwhile, Remington Hotels announced the promotion of Lee Palaschak to SVP of operations. With more than 29 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Palaschak joined the Remington Hotels team in March 2020 as Divisional VP of operations. In this role, he developed and executed cost-effective systems for the West Region, according to the company. In addition to this, Lee was instrumental in assisting with the transitions of newly acquired hotel operations at Hotel Paradox Santa Cruz and Mr. C Beverly Hills.

Palaschak is a member of the Marriott Worldwide – Rooms Advisory Board and a graduate of Michigan State University. Palaschak has worked with established hospitality brands including Winegardner & Hammons and Commonwealth Hotels. He came to Remington Hotels from Aimbridge Hospitality where he was Senior VP, Operations overseeing 50 full-service and select service branded hotels, lifestyle hotels and resorts.

Finally, Red Roof is promoting three leaders to fill key roles in the organization. John Park has been promoted to VP, finance. Park joined Red Roof in 2018 as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. According to the company, Park is integral to managing complex budgets and works across all departments to ensure the company’s financial objectives are met. He will be a central leader in tracking results and capital performance as Red Roof moves forward in both growth and improved profitability.

Michael Sharp has been promoted to Vice President, Procurement, Design and Construction. Michael joined the Red Roof design and construction team ten years ago in 2011. He oversees all Property Improvement Plans and is responsible for procuring the furniture, fixtures and equipment as well as all operating supplies for Red Roof, according to the company. His leadership of the Red Roof design and construction department puts him at the center of all interior and exterior design concepts for existing and onboarding franchisees. That includes the new prototype construction for both the Red Roof Inn brands and the HomeTowne Studios properties.

Steve Woodward has been promoted to Vice President, Quality, Training and Development. Woodward joined Red Roof in 2015 to work on training and staff development. He has spent more than 30 years in the hospitality industry and Red Roof will continue to benefit from his deep understanding of the relationship between people’s skills and the delivery of consistent brand standards. Woodward will be instrumental in the skills development that franchisees and operators depend on to deliver a quality experience to guests across the spectrum of Red Roof brands.


Dennis Nessler

Dennis Nessler is Editor-in-Chief of Hotel Interactive, parent company of Hotel Community Forum. Nessler brings more than 28 years of editorial experience to his position, including some 17 years in the hospitality industry. As part of his duties, Nessler not only covers the industry editorially but moderates various high-level panel sessions at hospitality events and frequently conducts one-on-one interviews with C-level executives.

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