Hilton Orlando announced the appointment of Joe Cardone as the new hotel manager and Justin Garner as food and beverage director. The two new appointments bring more than four decades of hotel industry experience to the 1,417-room convention resort.
Bringing more than 28 years of hospitality expertise to Hilton Orlando, Cardone previously held a myriad of positions at properties from the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. Most recently he acted as the resident manager at the Orlando World Center Marriott.
“Rejuvenating our leadership team, these two new faces will bring an air of strategic innovation to the hotel,” said General Manager Chris Mueller. “We are eager to watch them evolve our award-winning traditions.”
In his new role, Cardone will oversee revenue and guest satisfaction targets, deliver direction for capital projects, oversee customer service, provide positive and effective leadership, and oversee general strategic development for the hotel.
Driving the hotel’s culinary scene forward Justin Garner brings more than 14 years of experience to his new role as food and beverage director. This multi-faceted position encompasses managing of all food and beverage operations throughout the hotel’s seven dining options including five full-service restaurants, a marketplace, lobby bar, in-room dining, and the property’s extensive meetings and events spaces.
Prior to joining the Hilton Orlando team, Garner worked as director of food and beverage at the Hilton Austin Convention Center and the director of restaurants at Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort and Spa in Hawaii.
Hilton Orlando boasts seven dining options and five acres of recreational playground, including two pools and a lazy river. The property’s 236,000 square feet of meeting and event space includes three grand ballrooms, nine boardrooms, 42 meeting rooms and a 50,000-square-foot outdoor venue.