InterContinental San Diego announced the completion of its executive committee appointments prior to the hotel’s official opening on August 28, 2018. David Hall will be leading the team of seasoned hoteliers for the hotel as general manager.
Returning to InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and the city of San Diego he previously called home, Hall will be at the helm of this 400-room hotel located on the San Diego bayfront. This will be his second ground-up opening with IHG, having successfully opened the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare in 2008. With over 20 years of hospitality experience and a proven track record of success and leadership, Hall brings incredible industry knowledge and expertise to his role with InterContinental San Diego.
Preceding his return to San Diego in October 2017, Hall served as president and chief operating officer for Portfolio Hotels and Resorts, based in Chicago, Ill. Hall was responsible for overseeing Portfolio’s management division which includes over 20 hotels in locations such as New York, Chicago, Colorado, Monterey Bay, and Southern California. Prior to his tenure with Portfolio Hotels and Resorts, Hall served six years as managing director of San Diego’s Paradise Point Resort & Spa.
Hall will oversee InterContinental San Diego’s executive committee which includes a total of ten seasoned team members. Lisa Bell, appointed as director of sales & marketing, will utilize her 20 years of expertise to lead all group sales efforts for the new hotel. Paul McCabe, director of food, beverage & culinary operations, draws on more than 30 years of culinary expertise where he has made a name for himself by putting some of San Diego’s top hotels on the map, including L’Auberge Del Mar’s KITCHEN 1540. Rebecca Brown, director of events & catering operations, has unparalleled regional experience having opened Hilton San Diego Bayfront and leading event operations at Paradise Point Resort & Spa. Dana Flower brings her wealth of San Diego hospitality knowledge and marketing expertise to her new role as director of marketing & communications for the property after holding similar roles with Pacific Hospitality Group and Destination Hotel & Resorts.
Idalith Santiago, director of human resources, brings over 15 years of hospitality experience to her role, leading the recruiting efforts to secure top talent for San Diego’s new luxury resort. Kathy Skaleski, director of revenue optimization, is highly skilled at forecasting and outperforming her competitors and previously worked on the openings of two hotels, including InterContinental Chicago. Sonny Cataldo, director of engineering, comes from Boston and has worked with some of the world’s most iconic hotels including Hotel Del Coronado, Shutters on the Beach, and the Grand Wailea. Jizelle Del Rosario will serve as director of finance & business support, following 19 years of hospitality experience in both the Chicago and San Diego markets. Irene Romero, director of rooms, comes to InterContinental San Diego holding a record of successful hotel openings including Hotel San Remo, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, and most recently, Holiday Inn – Cleveland Clinic.
The forthcoming InterContinental San Diego will boast a coastal location looking out to the San Diego Bay, five distinctive on-property dining outlets and 95,000 square feet of meeting space.