RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 17, 2019) – Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, a leading hospitality manager and developer, is pleased to announce that Dean Wendel has been promoted to Vice President of Food and Beverage. Wendel is responsible for creating strategies and overseeing procurement, brand compliance and financial performance of the hospitality company’s growing food and beverage division and will continue to lead development and implementation of bar and restaurant concepts across Concord’s portfolio of more than 100 properties.
“Under Dean’s leadership, our food and beverage division has evolved to meet guest’s ever changing expectations. Dean has been instrumental in establishing Concord as a F&B leader and innovator within the hospitality industry,” said Mark Laport, President and CEO of Concord Hospitality. “We are excited to see what trends Dean and his team will incorporate to continue bringing our guests creative, authentic, locally-sourced and exceptional food and beverage experiences.”
With more than 35 years of experience in hotels and resorts across the United States and the Caribbean, Wendel is known in the industry for his proficiency in hotel management and operations. He joined Concord in 2008 and has held several leadership positions with major hotel companies including Ritz Carlton, Rock Resorts, Hilton and Marriott as well as several private resorts. Currently, he sits on food and beverage advisory boards for Marriott Full Service Hotels, Cambria Suites and AC Hotels and on the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Food & Beverage Committee. Wendel apprenticed under Master Chef Anton Flory and is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I.
“It is an exciting time to be a part of the food and beverage industry as hotels and hospitality companies are pushing past traditional food and beverage offerings each and every day to provide unique and innovative dining and drinking experiences for guests,” said Wendel. “I am proud of what the food and beverage team at Concord Hospitality has achieved since I started here more than 10 years ago and look forward to continuing delivering ground-breaking hospitality concepts across our portfolio while also ensuring superior returns on investment for our partners.”