A number of executives have either been hired or promoted at RAR Hospitality, a hotel-management company based in San Diego, according to a release from a representative of the firm. The statement says that Cameron Lamming has been promoted to president; Cindy Wu-Park has been added as corporate director of finance; Hallie Leitter has been hired as director of sales at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows in San Diego; and Kim Acosta has been hired as general manager of Rio Del Sol Inn in Needles, California.
Lamming will remain the firm’s chief development officer while taking on the role of president, according to the release, which adds that he is responsible for “company growth in the U.S. through sourcing and executing hotel acquisitions and creating and cultivating partnerships with hotel owners and developers.” Prior to joining RAR, the statement says Lamming managed the acquisition group at Brixton Capital, executing 34 deals totaling $550 million over the course of two-and-a-half years. A Stanford University graduate, his first position in hospitality and finance was with the global business development division of The Walt Disney Company, where he advised senior leadership on the domestic and international theme-park, hotel, cruise-line, and timeshare strategies, the representative reports.
In her new position, Wu-Park is responsible for the oversight of all hotel accounting and financial reporting functions, systems, and operating policies and procedures, according to the release. Previously the director of finance at The US Grant Hotel in San Diego, Wu-Park has been in the hospitality-finance industry for 16 years, including corporate roles and on-property and financial auditing positions, the statement says. In addition, the statement says she holds a degree in business economics and accounting from the University of California Los Angeles and an MBA from University of California, Irvine.
In her new role at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, Leitter manages the sales team and oversees marketing, room and group sales, catering, and events, according to the release. It also indicates that she was previously a sales manager for The Westgate Hotel in San Diego and event sales manager for restaurant group, McCormick & Schmick’s, which owns and operates Morton’s The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire, McCormick & Schmick’s, and Mastro’s Restaurants.
Lastly, in her new position, Acosta will oversee all hotel departments of Rio Del Sol Inn as well as its on-site restaurant, Giggling Cactus, according to the release. The statement says she began working in hospitality at a hotel managed by Disneyland in 1986 and has experience with midsize to luxury lodging properties. It also says that over the last 30 years, she has managed hotels in California, Arizona, and Nevada.
The release also says that RAR operates 19 hotels, recently adding to its operations portfolio Best Western El Cajon, Four Points by Sheraton San Diego, and Fairfield Inn & Suites Oceanside.
California hotel development is strong. As SoCal Real Estate reported in July, California hotel development is on track to hit a new record in 2018, according to an annual report from Irvine, California–based Atlas Hospitality Group. 2017 was a record-breaking development year for the state’s hotel sector, and 2018 is on pace to eclipse it.