The Georges Announces Several Promotions

January 18, 2022

LEXINGTON, VA–The Georges, a thoughtfully restored, 200-year-old boutique hotel in Lexington, Virginia, is pleased to announce its new general manager, one promotion at its on-site restaurant, Haywood’s Piano Bar & Grill, and a new sales manager.

With more than 20 years of hospitality experience, John Gomes brings valuable industry expertise to his role as general manager of The Georges. Gomes has served in several roles in F&B and held leadership positions for some of the most luxurious hotel brands in Asia, the Middle East, Canada and the U.S., including Oberoi Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Loews Hotels, Sonesta Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, Omni Hotels, and Resorts and Hotel Valencia Group. Originally from Mumbai, India, he earned his certification in hotel real estate investments and asset management and F&B management from Cornell University. In his new role, Gomes is responsible for overseeing all hotel operations with a focus on the hotel’s F&B activations.

 Additionally, Jason Wilkins has been promoted to head chef of Haywood’s Piano Bar & Grill, The Georges’ classy piano bar and restaurant offering a casual lively experience with regionally sourced cuisine and nightly entertainment, including live jazz on the weekends. His promotion comes after three years of dedication to The Georges’ culinary program as sous chef. Born and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida, Wilkins’ passion for cooking came from watching his aunts throw lavish dinner parties for friends and family. A self-taught pit master with his own barbecue sauce, Love All BBQ, LLC, Wilkins received his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in business supervision and management with a hospitality concentration from Daytona State College.

Beth Moore has been appointed to sales manager at The Georges. In her role, Moore will be in charge of coordinating corporate meetings and other social events at The Patton Room, The Georges’ luxe venue space. Originally from Richmond, Moore attended Hollins University in Roanoke where she received her degree in psychology. She currently resides in Richmond where she lives with her husband, Freddy. Over the years, Moore has become very familiar with Lexington and the Rockbridge County area, having often visited family members attending Washington & Lee University during their undergraduate studies.

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