• People News in Colorado: General Managers, Food & Beverage, Sales & Marketing

    POSTED October 31, 2022

General Managers

Aaron Coburn has been named general manager (GM) of St Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder after holding leadership roles at prominent Colorado hotels and resorts for more than 13 years. Prior to joining St Julien, Coburn served as GM of The ART Hotel and more recently as opening GM for  Clayton Members Club & Hotel, both in Denver.

John D’Angelo brings more than 20 years of leadership within the global Hyatt Hotels team to his new role as GM of Grand Hyatt Vail. Before joining the property, he spent several years in various executive positions, including opening resort manager for Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, opening GM for Grand Hyatt Nashville, and resort manager for Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, South Carolina.

Jason Reiplinger has been appointed general manager of Denver’s Clayton Members Club & Hotel. He has more than 20 years of experience, including management roles for food and beverage concepts at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Wynn Las Vegas, and Bellagio in Las Vegas. Prior to joining Clayton, Reiplinger spent several years with Woodside Hotel Group.

Food & Beverage

Alejandro Cerda is the new director of food and beverage at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Vail Valley, bringing more than 18 years of hospitality experience to the role. Cerda spent more than five years with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and also has held restaurant management positions at Hyatt Regency Jersey City, Andaz 5th Avenue in New York, and Grupo Habita hotels in Mexico City.

Santosh Koradi has been hired as Park Hyatt Beaver Creek’s new executive chef to oversee all food and beverage operations at the hotel. Born in south India, Koradi’s professional journey has taken him all over the world, which is readily evident when sampling his globally inspired recipes.

Rich Byers has been welcomed back by St Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder as executive chef, leading Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro, where he previously served as executive sous chef. He has nearly 20 years of culinary experience, most recently as executive chef at The Corner Office + Martini Bar located in downtown Denver for nine years. Previously, Byers helped open Olives at The St. Regis Aspen Resort and later worked as a sous chef at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

Marcia Davisson is the new complex director of food and beverage for The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa and the adjacent Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtowns. Davisson has worked her way through every facet of the hospitality industry, from opening casinos internationally to working as a bartender in hip lounges, cigar bar jazz singer, and private personal chef. She also has served as a corporate executive director of training and development. 

Keith Steigerwald, the new director of food and beverage for Sheraton Denver Downtown, has been with the Marriott brand for 14 years and brings more than a decade of experience. Prior to joining the Sheraton, Steigerwald spent six years in northern California serving as director of operations at The Lodge Sonoma and director of operations at W San Francisco. Previously, he was director of food and beverage for Denver Marriott City Center from 2014-2016.

Sales & Marketing

Nicole Steed, based in Fort Collins, was recently promoted to vice president of marketing for LamontCo, where she has worked for more than two years. Steed’s role has expanded to overseeing and managing marketing and social media for all LamontCo divisions while continuing to serve as a leader and mentor to Lamont Associates and maintaining her client base.

Karen Perryman has been appointed director of national accounts for the mid-Atlantic region by The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. She joins The Broadmoor after 11 years at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach serving in the same role. She also has worked as a senior sales manager for Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia; corporate senior sales manager for Grosvenor House Hotel in London; and director of international sales for Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Jay Moore has assumed the role of sales and marketing manager, and Kimberly Simonson is the new sales and marketing assistant at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort in Glenwood Springs. Moore has lived in the Vail Valley since 2017 working for Vail Resorts. Earlier, he was business development director for a high-tech architectural software and services firm based in Dallas and owner of a vintage book store in Taos, New Mexico. Simonson recently
relocated to Colorado’s Western Slope from Denver, where she worked in sales and marketing for the Shane Company and graphic design for Summit Funding Group.

Flavia Light is the new vice president of tourism at VISIT DENVER. Light relocated to Denver from Orlando, where she worked as director of strategic growth, marketing, and sales for GoPegasus, a tour operator, destination management company, and transportation firm. At VISIT DENVER, she leads international sales and marketing efforts, serves as a connector for Denver’s cultural community, oversees visitor centers, and assists with new tourism event generation.


Since Longmont's Can’d Aid was founded in 2013, more than 2 million cans of water have been distributed, over 9,600 skateboards and bikes and 4,000 art kits built for underserved youth, and more than 3,000 instruments donated. This has been accomplished with the help of volunteers nationwide and through relationships with community leaders, nonprofit organizations, volunteers, and corporate partners. 

Inspiring an Inclusive Park 


The Gate Expansion Program not only has delivered 39 new gates to Denver International Airport (DEN), there will be colorful new artwork. The expansion increases the airport’s capacity by 30%, making it easy for groups to access meeting and event destinations in the state. Outposts of favorite local restaurants also are being added throughout the facility.  

Public Art by Detour


When it comes to planning a holiday party for your team or a client, isn’t it nice when you don’t have to worry much about decor? It helps not only the budget but also your checklist.

Here are four of Colorado’s best-known historic hotels from around the state that pull out all the stops to add sparkle and festive activities that delight groups and leisure guests.

The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, Denver