Bermudians in senior roles at Bermudiana resort
Three Bermudian veterans of the hospitality industry have been appointed as the senior management team at Bermudiana Beach Resort.
Allen R. Walker has been appointed general manager, while Deborah Leverock has been named operations director, and Donovan Simmons has been hired as resort manager.
The branded condo hotel, to be known as Bermudiana Beach Resort, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, is to officially open later this year, the organisation said.
Mr Walker is a 20-year veteran of the hospitality industry, where he has had a progressive career encompassing well-rounded experience and leadership positions in hotel operations, food and beverage and golf course operations.
He was most recently general manager of the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club, and previously held management positions at Mid Ocean Club and St George’s Club.
In his new role, he will be responsible for daily resort operations, strategic direction and overall performance.
Mr Walker said: “Being involved in the opening of Bermuda’s first branded condo hotel is an exciting opportunity. I look forward to implementing the upscale service standards of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton brand in Bermuda.”
Ms Leverock has more than 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. She has held several senior level positions, including as general manager of the former Grape Bay Hotel, front office manager at Belmont Hotel, group services manager at Elbow Beach Hotel and guest services manager at Southampton Princess.
Her roles at Wyndham Bermuda Resort and Spa included room reservations manager, catering and convention services manager and acting director of catering and convention services.
She most recently held the post of chief of protocol with the Government of Bermuda.
Ms Leverock said she is excited to return to her first passion, the hospitality business, as well as encouraging young Bermudians to join the industry.
Mr Simmons has more than 15 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, including positions in restaurant operations and luxury yacht operations.
He will be responsible for back-of-house activities including asset management, accounts, maintenance and security.
Over the past year, Mr Simmons has been working with Bermudiana Development Company Ltd, assisting with project inventory and control.
He said: “As a young Bermudian, I feel that I can bring fresh ideas and new concepts to the hospitality industry.”
BDC Ltd is a special purpose entity established to own and effect the conversion of the property. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bermuda Housing Corporation, a Bermuda Government agency.
The resort will add more than 100 new hotel suites and rooms to Bermuda’s resort inventory via its rental programme, the organisation said.
The accommodations are flexible in design to target a range of visitor markets, from extended families to honeymoon couples, all at a mid-market price point. The resort will be marketed worldwide by Hilton’s international sales and reservations system.
• For more information, see www.bermudiana.com
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