• Meet Andrea Vieyra

     
    POSTED January 29, 2017
     

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Andrea Vieyra was recently hired as director of sales and marketing for The Hotel Landing in Wayzata, Minn.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role at The Hotel Landing in downtown Wayzata?

The Hotel Landing is the first hotel on Lake Minnetonka in more than 50 years, and I’m excited to be a part of the revival of hospitality on the lake. I love the Wayzata area and I’m thrilled to open this hotel, which will add so many amenities to the area with beautiful luxury hotel rooms, Nordic-inspired spa, incredible two-story restaurant and more than 4,000 square feet of event space equipped with the latest technology and A/V.

2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?

Luxury boutique hotels are my passion. I started in the hotel business by opening the Chambers Hotel in 2006. From there, I spent 10 years at The Grand Hotel, which included transitioning it to become a Kimpton Hotel in 2011 and oversaw the renovation and rebranding. I love seeing a hotel go from the conceptual stage, through design development and finally see the first guests walk through the doors. It’s a truly gratifying process.

3. How did you get into the industry?

Shortly after college—and after giving the corporate world a try—I was referred to the Chambers and spent six months opening the hotel and fell in love with the industry. I spent many years working in high-end salons and spas as well as retail, and I loved the customer-facing aspect of working in a hotel much more than being stuck in a cubicle all day in my corporate positions. Each day is a new adventure and challenge which keeps me inspired and on my toes.

4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?

My main goal is to introduce this hotel as a one-of-a-kind, thoughtfully designed, high-end option for corporate meetings and events as well as weddings and social gatherings.

5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?

The clients and travelers I’ve met and engaged with over the years make my job so fulfilling. I love the fact that I’m able to create exceptional experiences that people will never forget; from helping stage an engagement to ensuring a large traveling group has a flawless stay. Also, the people I’ve had the honor to work alongside, both in the past and present, make coming to work a privilege. There’s never a dull moment and we have a lot of fun along the way.

The governing board of Associations North in St. Paul announced Angela Kisskeys and Sarah Ruzek as the organization’s co-directors. The two will take over for president, Kathy Johnson, CAE. Johnson, who served the association for 28 years, will retire June 2017.

 

Fairmont Pittsburgh announced its  soon-to-be revealed restaurant concept, which will replace Habitat and open in late September.

Jean-Paul Lourdes, executive chef and newest member to the Fairmont Pittsburgh team will lead the restaurant.

“We are very excited to welcome Jean-Paul. His background is immensely impressive and we are fortunate to have his talent to lead the culinary direction of our new restaurant,” says Matthew Sterne, general manager.

 

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Chalva Tchkotua was recently hired as chief marketing officer at etouches.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as the chief marketing officer?