Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista Resort: Ideal Destination for a Family Vacation

Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista Resort was recently featured on Daytime TV, a lifestyle show, hosted by Cindy Edwards and Jerry Penacoli in a segment titled “Reconnecting with the Kids Through Travel This Spring”. Lifestyle expert, mom and host of We TV’s The Lifestyle List, Michelle Yarn, shared with the audience how a resort like Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista Resort is the ideal location to take advantage of the weekend for a quick family getaway.

Since 2013, an operating affiliate of GF Management has owned and managed the Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort, a 334-room full service resort located less than a mile from Walt Disney World® Resort. The resort provides a theme park shuttle service to Magic Kingdom® Park and is less than 25 minutes from Orlando International Airport. After undergoing a $13 million renovation, the resort was awarded the 2015 Award of Merit Exceptional Make It Right Improvement Renovated Hotel by Hilton.

The resort offers complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast for its guests and features fire-pits, tennis courts, a putting green, indoor and outdoor pools, basketball court, beach volleyball court, fishing dock, kids splash pad, dive-in movies and outdoor cabanas with TVs and refrigerators. Families enjoy spacious two-room suites along with a sofa bed for flexible sleeping arrangements. For more information, visit their website.


GF Management Promotes Ashleigh Mason to Vice President of Development Strategies

GF Management, a leading hotel ownership and management company with more than 85 upscale and midscale U.S. hotels and resorts in its portfolio, today announced the promotion of Ashleigh Mason to Vice President of Development Strategies.  In this role, Ashleigh will direct the business development division of the Company and will lead the implementation of company-wide initiatives to drive continued innovation for the Company.  She will report directly to Joe Del Guidice, President of GF Management and will join the senior management team as new leadership talent.

“Her knowledge, judgment, energy and commitment are the characteristics that make Ashleigh ideal for this exciting new position,” states Del Guidice.

“There are so many positive things happening at GF and I am proud to be a part of the Company’s next evolution,” Mason states. “GF has an empowering legacy and a very bright future. I am excited by the opportunity to continue the forward progression of such a dynamic organization.” Ashleigh’s role will be focused on GF’s continued growth and competitive position within the industry.

Ashleigh joined GF Management in 2009 and since then has had ongoing contributions to the direction of the Company. Her knowledge of the industry, responsiveness and personal approach to relationships has proved invaluable to fellow colleagues, owners and partners. In addition to business development, Ashleigh will continue to oversee GF’s overall brand strategy through its media and public relations efforts, along with industry and associate engagement platforms.

Ashleigh graduated with honors from the Rohrer College of Business at Rowan University where she studied business administration and marketing. Spending the early part of her career in hotel operations, she brings a full complement of industry experience. “GF is so fortunate to have this level of talent to promote from within,” Del Guidice continues. “We are continually identifying emerging leaders in the hospitality industry and we are thrilled to support the internal development of one of our stars.”

GF Management Names Joseph D Del Guidice as President

Newly Announced President of GF Management

GF Management, a leading hotel ownership and management company with more than 85 upscale and midscale U.S. hotels and resorts in its portfolio, today announced that Joseph D Del Guidice has been named as the company’s President. Joseph joined GF Management 16 months ago as the Senior Vice President of Operations and has worked closely with its CEO Ken Kochenour.

Del Guidice, a 22-year hospitality veteran, has in-depth hotel operations expertise. “Joe further strengthens our operational capabilities, especially in the full-service arena” said Ken Kochenour, CEO of GF Management. “Joe brings with him a management style that would be defined as true hospitality, he does this by creating a culture of engagement with our associates” Kochenour added. “His experience includes hotels in all market tiers, from luxury to upscale select-service, with leading brands in the Marriott, Hilton, InterContinental, Carlson and Starwood families.

Previously, Del Guidice was a Vice President of Operations at HHM/Hersha Hospitality with responsibility for 34 hotels, and $250 million in annual revenue. He played an integral role in the company’s expansion into the New York City and Texas markets. During this growth period, he was instrumental in transitioning new assets to the company, including the world famous Rittenhouse hotel. Del Guidice also created the first hotel company partnership with Autism Speaks, creating awareness by lighting up all hotels blue and raising over $100,000 for families on the spectrum.

“This past year has been a great experience as our Executive team has worked hard to correct cultural deficiencies. Last year we implemented many programs that focus on employee retention and growth. This helps us to attract top notch talent as we continue to grow the company” Joe states. “2017 will prove to be a great year for GF and I am excited to lead this amazing team of hospitality professionals.”

Del Guidice currently serves on the advisory board for Radisson hotels and sits on the York College Hospitality advisory board. Joe is a family man who has two daughters, Kristin and Melissa and has been married to his childhood sweetheart, Noelle, for 27 years. He enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family during his down time.

GF Management Welcomes Garfield Campbell as Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing


GF Management, an award-winning ownership and management company with more than 85 hospitality assets in its portfolio, is proud to announce Garfield S. Campbell as Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In his role, Garfield will manage the sales and marketing portfolio of full-service and premium branded hotels in the western region. With more than 28 years of experience, Garfield has spent the vast majority of his hospitality career with Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. He has served as a Director of Sales and Marketing in large convention hotels, as well as urban and airport facilities throughout the United States. Prior to joining GF Management, Garfield served as Director of Business Development as well as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing with Atlanta based company, Hotel Equities, LLC.

“I am thrilled to have Garfield join our GF Regional Sales Team. Garfield is a dynamic sales leader who brings with him a wealth of experience and a track record of success,” states Paul Williamson, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for GF Management. “His ability to recognize opportunity and set forth a strategic plan to impact results is impressive. I look forward to his contributions to our Company.”

Garfield’s hospitality career began when he attended Stockton State College in New Jersey, where he earned a BA in Psychology. While attending college, he landed his first hotel role in the guest services department as a Valet, at the then Marriott Seaview Resort. After graduation, he launched his management career with Marriott, as a Sales Manager in La Jolla, California.

“It is very fitting that my hospitality career began in the Delaware Valley and now many years later, I have been given an opportunity to become an associate of one of the premiere hospitality companies on the eastern seaboard,” states Garfield.

Garfield resides in Arizona with his wife, Stephanie and 2 daughters, Gabby and Maddy. His eldest daughter attends Arizona State University and his youngest is awaiting acceptance to University of Arizona.

GF Management Promotes Anthony White to Area Manager

For nearly 10 years, Anthony White has been committed to operational excellence. As a long time General Manager of award winning GF Management properties, it is with great pleasure that Anthony White is promoted to Area Manager.

“Anthony is a passionate leader who is dedicated not only to the performance of the hotels in which he manages, but is equally committed to creating a positive work environment for his associates” states Vineet Nayyar, Senior Vice President of Operations for GF Management.  “The contribution Anthony has made to these hotels and the company as a whole is clear, and we are enthusiastic about his further growth with GF.”

Anthony began his career with GF Management in 2007 as the Director of Operations at the Hilton Charlotte University Place in Charlotte, NC.   As a proven leader, Anthony then served as General Manager at a few of GF’s core hotels.  Most recently, Anthony has served as the General Manager at the award winning Embassy Suites Orlando – Lake Buena Vista Resort located just minutes from downtown Orlando, and a Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® Hotel. Anthony played a critical role in the execution of the $14M renovation completed at this property in 2014, making it a cutting edge example for the Embassy Suites brand.

Anthony states the success of his teams comes from a genuine guest service approach. “When you make the guest experience something personal, it shows.” From his longevity with the company, Anthony states “GF feels like family. Taking on these properties and impacting the market like we have, I can feel that we are really making something special happen here.”anthony-white

In his capacity as Area Manager, Anthony will oversee the operational performance of a portfolio of full-service and premium branded hotels in the Orlando market including the Hilton Garden Inn Orlando North Lake Mary and the DoubleTree Orlando Airport.  GF Management is proud of Anthony’s accomplishments and is thoughtfully pairing the growth of the company in the market with Anthony’s further professional development.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Anthony now resides in Orlando with his wife and two small children.

Lodging Conference Panel: 6 Factors to Determine Your Hotel’s Worth

During last month’s Lodging Conference, Jeffrey Kolessar, Senior Vice President of Development at GF Management was on a panel of experts which answered the question, “What is your Hotel Really Worth?” “I believe it’s focusing on the amount of capital you’re putting into the deal and making sure it’s done right,” said Jeff Kolessar during the panel interview.


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GF Management Promotes Deborah E. Smith to Regional Director of Sales

Deborah E. SmithWith over twenty-eight years in hospitality sales, Deborah E. Smith exhibits an unbridled passion for strengthening the overall success of her sales offices within the ever changing industry. Deborah has been with GF Management for a total of 11 years in the capacity of the Director of Sales and Marketing. From Deborah’s outstanding track record with GF Management, she has been promoted to Regional Director of Sales in the northeast region.

“Deborah Smith is a passionate sales leader who has consistently delivered positive, top line results in each of her Director of Sales assignments with GF Management” states Paul Williamson, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for GF Management.  “Deborah understands the critical importance of a customer centric culture while at the same time ensuring her sales team members have the tools, resources and training to be successful. I am very proud of Deborah and thrilled to have her join our GF Regional Sales Team.”

Deborah began her career with GF Management in 1999 at a Four Points by Sheraton in Cleveland.   GF later elected to leave the Cleveland market and it was Deborah and her husband Eddie’s decision to stay with the property in Ohio and remain focused on raising their two daughters. After leaving the Four Points, Deborah worked with a variety of brands in the Cleveland market including, Hilton, Radisson, Choice Hotels and Hyatt. As a proven sales leader Deborah’s strong knowledge of sales and marketing processes did not go unnoticed. Upon GF’s return to the Cleveland market in 2007, Deborah was happily accepted back into the family as Director of Sales of the Sheraton Suites Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Deborah’s greatest strengths; drive, sound astute leadership, innate talent for developing strong sales managers, defining GF sales processes, enhancing sales performance, and her tenacity for consistently delivering top and bottom line results were the driving force for GF Management to continue its investment in Deborah as a leader within this company. Deborah then decided to join GF Management in Philadelphia, PA where she was hired as the Director of Sales for the Hilton Garden Inn Center City in 2012.  It was not long after that Deborah was asked to go to Baltimore, MD as the Director of Sales for the Sheraton Baltimore in 2014.  In her position, Deborah oversaw the multifaceted Sales Department, implemented procedures to effectively lead the Sales team and developed client relationships.

Now as Regional Director of Sales, Deborah will oversee the sales performance of a portfolio of full-service hotels and catering facilities, focused primarily in the Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Jersey and Delaware areas. GF Management is proud of Deborah’s accomplishments and delighted to see her flourish within the company.