• Two New Hires for Fairmont Austin

     
    POSTED August 11, 2016
     

Thomas J.W. Voss has just been appointed managing director of the 1,048-room-Fairmont Austin, opening the summer of next year. He will be responsible for overall operations, performance and strategic direction for the newest and largest Fairmont hotel in the U.S.

With more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Voss has held a number of positions, including executive roles with Starwood Hotels.

Before those, in 1988 specifically, Voss worked with Hyatt Hotels in a variety of different roles at different locations, including executive assistant manager in San Diego and general manager in Atlanta, San Diego and others. In 2005, he was appointed president of the Grand Del Mar Resort & Spa in San Diego. During his time there, the resort landed the number one spot of US hotels on TripAdvisor and received three Forbes Five-Star Awards: Lodging, Spa and Dining.

In 2015, Voss moved to his current role as president of the resort division for the Manchester Hospitality Group in San Diego.

Fairmont Austin also recently hired Nenad Praporski as hotel manager. Praporski will work with Voss in overall management and strategic direction of the hotel. He also will support all operating departments.

Prior to working with Fairmont Austin, Praporski was part of the opening team at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay (now Delano), Las Vegas. After that, he joined MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas where he held numerous positions, including front desk manager and assistant hotel manager. After relocating to New York, Praporski was the front office manager at Grand Hyatt New York and then director of rooms, front office manager, Grand Hyatt Regency Long Island, New York. In 2010 Praporski joined the Grand Del Mar, San Diego as executive director of rooms. He relocated again to Macau in his most recent role, as executive director of hotel operations, Wynn Palace.

Steve Faulstick has been named interim general manager of visitor venues for Portland Metro, the regional government. In this role, announced less than two weeks after Broadway shows returned to area theaters and conference attendees gathered again for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, Faulstick will oversee the region’s portfolio of venues, including the Oregon Convention Center, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts and Portland Expo Center. He has agreed to serve until a permanent general manager of visitor venues is in place.

 

After a hiatus, the Washington County Visitors Association is back in the meetings business. Wendy Popkin will be joining the organization as vice president of destinations on November 1, 2021, to lead the organization’s direct group sales efforts to meeting professional, sports, organizers and travel professionals.

“We are extremely excited to have a leader of Wendy’s caliber joining our organization and are confident that she will bring measurable success to our destination,” says Dave Parulo, president and CEO of the WCVA.

 

Michael Grande has been named executive chef at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, the city’s only Forbes Five-Star property. In this new role, Grande will direct all culinary at the downtown hotel, including catering at the property’s 10,570 square feet of event space, in-room dining for the 147 guest rooms and suites, helming day-to-day operations at signature restaurant Goldfinch Tavern and overseeing seasonal pop-up restaurant and private cabana dining at the outdoor infinity-edge pool.