New role emphasizes the hospitality company’s focus on expansion
RALEIGH, N.C. (July 1, 2019) – Award-winning hotel management and development company, Concord Hospitality Enterprises, is pleased to announce that Donna Italia has been promoted to Vice President of Transitions. In this newly created role, Italia will focus on managing the process of properties transitioning into and out of the hospitality company’s management portfolio, as well as providing support for new hotel openings. The position will play an integral role in Concord’s effort to add more properties and expand its scope across North America.
“During her time at Concord, Donna has proven to be a valuable team member that can juggle the many responsibilities associated with transitions. We know that she will be the perfect liaison between Concord and transitioning properties. She truly embodies Concord’s values, and we are eager to see her continue to grow her career with the company,” said Mark Laport, President and CEO of Concord Hospitality. “We are always proud to provide our high-performing team members with advancement opportunities throughout their careers, especially when we are able to support women in leadership roles.”
With over 30 years of experience, Italia is a veteran of the hospitality industry. Known for her strong leadership, meticulous management style and her ability to drive top- and bottom-line revenue, she has been recognized on numerous occasions for her work. At Marriott International, where Italia spent much of her career, she received many awards, one of which was the prestigious General Manager of the Year Award for Full-Service Hotels. In 2010, Italia joined Concord Hospitality as the General Manager of the Clinton Inn Hotel, Concord’s only independently run property. During her tenure, Italia received Concord’s Cornerstone Award four times. In 2015, Italia became the General Manager of the Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel and took on the new role of Area General Manager, in which she was responsible for the oversight of four additional Concord properties. In this new role, Italia facilitated the transition of the Courtyard Edison to a Concord property, which demonstrated her ability to guarantee a smooth transition.
“Ensuring a successful transition process for the Concord portfolio is crucial as we continue to capitalize on our robust pipeline of new opportunities,” said Italia. “From setting up introductory calls to working directly with Concord and other management teams, there are countless moving parts to be synchronized in order to provide a successful transition. I am eager to take on this new role and continue to facilitate Concord’s growth across the United States and Canada.”
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