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- Jean-Paul Nel, General Manager at Marriott
The ground-breaking was attended by Jean-Paul Nel, Area Vice President for UK North at Marriott International; Chris McGinnis, General Manager of the Aberdeen Marriott Hotel, Mike Johnston from local company Faithful+Gould, who will be project managing the build, and Aberdeen's Lord Provost (Lord Mayor) Peter Stephen.
Aug. 1: Jean-Paul Nel becomes the new manager of the Marriott's Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort.
Jean-Paul Nel Named General Manager for Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
August, 7 2013 Marriott Jean-Paul Nel has been named General Manager of Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort. In this position, he will oversee the overall operations of the iconic 450-room property on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Marriott A 30-year Marriott veteran, Nel most recently served as Area Vice President for the UK North region, which is a part of Marriott Europe. Prior to this, he held the position of Vice President of Operations for UKIMEA (United Kingdom, Ireland, Middle East, and Africa), where he oversaw all operational aspects of the region and played a key role in the development pipeline of new hotels. Mr. Nel's International experience is extensive from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean. In 1996, he served as General Manager of the Athens Ledra Marriott Hotel in Greece, and was responsible for the overall operations of this 314-room hotel in the heart of the city center. He played an instrumental role in the reopening of the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in 1995, and prior to that, he worked at the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel, which was the first International hotel for the company. Nel began his career in food and beverage as a trainee and went on to serve as Restaurant Manager at the iconic Twin Bridges Marriott, which was Marriott's first hotel in the U.S. as well as the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA. He also held the position of F&B Director at the Torrance Marriott South Bay in Torrance, CA before moving to London in 1989 for his first International assignment. His hospitality industry experience also stems from his tenure at Marriott Corporate Headquarters, where he spearheaded the opening of numerous hotels including the Atlanta and New York Marriott Marquis properties. "I am pleased to welcome Jean-Paul to Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort," said Andrew Houghton Area Vice President, Caribbean, Marriott International.
ST. THOMAS - Jean-Paul Nel is no stranger to world traveling, which may explain why he has bounced around from one top position to another within the Marriott hotel chain.
Nel, who arrived on-island just four days ago, is the new general manager of the Marriott's Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort on St. Thomas. A reception attended by about 60 community leaders welcomed Nel to his new position Thursday evening at the resort he now supervises. For the last 15 years, Nel was the vice president for Marriott's northern United Kingdom region. Prior to that, he also served as the vice president of operations for the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Middle East and Africa. "Even in England, the cabbies couldn't figure out my accent," Nel said, noting that he has accumulated a mixed accent from all the places he has lived in his career. He was born in Spain and also has lived in Latin America and Africa - though he considers himself a Boston man. Still, he is no stranger to the Caribbean. In 1995, he helped reopen the San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He said he finds the region beautiful and culturally rich. "I look forward to integrating myself in the local community," Nel said. In his four days here so far, Nel has walked around the hotel each morning, greeting the staff, from the cooks to the waiters to the receptionists. "As Mr. Marriott used to say, 'You take care of your associates, your associates will take care of the guests,'" Nel said. Nel said his vision of the Marriott is not far from where the resort is now, although renovations are ongoing. Nel also said he hopes to increase the company's presence and partnership with local businesses, nonprofits and government entities. The resort already is one of the premier spots in the Caribbean, and in Latin America, Nel said. He did not know the revenue of the resort Thursday evening, he said, though he said he hoped to increase it beyond what it was already. Nel is replacing Jose Gonzalez Espinosa, who started in 2008 and has taken another managerial position with Marriott in Venezuela.