Management - Corporate Management Support
Corporate Management Support
The Cooper Hotels corporate team of experienced, loyal executives operate in an atmosphere where talent and innovation are appreciated.
DAVID KRUEGER, CPA, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Cooper Hotels - He joined the company in 1985, after eleven years at Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Krueger directs the financial and accounting functions. He is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, and he holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.
BRIAN CARNEY, Vice President of Operations, Cooper Hotels - Mr. Carney joined the company in 1986 as corporate food and beverage director. Prior to that, he served as department manager of food and beverage for 14 years for Opryland USA and the Grand Ole Opry. He attended Cornell School of Hotel Administration.
ANDY LAUBSCHER, Corporate Director of Food and Beverage, Cooper Hotels - A graduate of the Culinary Institute of Lausanne, Switzerland, Mr. Laubscher oversees all culinary operations and menu development for the Cooper Hotel Group. Prior to joining the company in 1997, he worked for 10 years with Swissotel in executive chef and sous chef positions at the Lafayette Hotel in Boston, the Drake Hotel in New York City and the International Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland.
VALERIE MORRIS, Corporate Director of Sales and Community Relations - Ms. Morris directs the sales and community involvement efforts of the company and its 17 hotels. She joined Cooper Hotels from Caesar's Entertainment Midsouth, where she served as regional vice president of communications, community affairs, sales and convention services since 2003. She has over 15 years of industry experience and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina.
ALLEN RUFFIN, CPA, Cooper Hotels Controller - Mr. Ruffin is responsible for the accounting operations and telecommunications services. He has over 24 years of experience in finance and accounting. Prior to joining the company in 2000, he was senior vice president of Medshares, Inc. Mr. Ruffin's background also includes an accounting post with the national CPA firm of Pannell Kerr Forster, where he consulted with numerous hotel clients.
ROBERT WILLIAMS, Director of Accounting and Operations for the CSS Hotels Group - For over 40 years Mr. Williams has been responsible for the CSS Hotels Group financial operations. He is responsible for the accounting operations for CSS Hotels, overseeing and directing the group's general managers and their hotel operations, data accumulation, reporting, and computer and software requirements.
ALAN JARRETT, CPA, Cooper Hotels Regional Director of Development and Operations - Mr. Jarrett joined the company in 1989 as controller. He now serves as the director of hotel development and regional director of operations for selected Cooper Hotels. A graduate of the University of Memphis, he began his career at the accounting firm of Ernst & Young, served as the corporate accounting manager of a regional bank and was also controller of an investment banking firm.
GEOFF THOMPSON, Cooper Hotels Regional Director of Development and Operations - Mr. Thompson joined the company in 1994, shortly after graduating from the University of Mississippi. Over his career with Cooper Hotels, he has held various management positions at the hotel level in several of the Cooper Hotels. Mr. Thompson now serves dual roles, as both general manager of the Embassy Suites Detroit Metro Airport and regional director of development and operations, overseeing the company's development and hotel operations for selected Cooper Hotels.
MARY HOWTON, Regional Director of Revenue Management - Mrs. Howton is responsible for revenue management for assigned properties. A graduate of Arkansas State University, Mrs. Howton has over 20 years of hotel management experience including 10 years in revenue management and 10 years in hotel operations. Prior to joining Cooper Hotels, she served as regional revenue manager for Harrah's Casino and Hotel as well as director of hotel operations. Mrs. Howton also held various positions for The Peabody Hotel Group.
SHANNON DILWORTH, Regional Director of Revenue Management - Mrs. Dilworth supports and oversees the revenue management process for assigned properties. She is a graduate of St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin. Mrs. Dilworth joined the Hilton Naples staff in 2001, and she has held positions in sales administration, sales management and revenue management.
CLIFFORD JOHNSTON, Regional Director of Revenue Management - Mr. Johnston is responsible for revenue management for assigned hotels. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Clifford has over 12 years of revenue management experience. Prior to joining Cooper Hotels he served as property level director of revenue management for IHG, Bristol Hotels and Resorts, Millennium Hotels and The Peabody Hotel Group.
CHRISTINA PALILLA, Purchasing - Since joining the company in 2008, she has been responsible for the purchasing management function, including vendor sourcing, price negotiations, scheduling and ensuring that hotel brand standards are met for all new hotel construction and renovation projects. Ms. Palilla holds a BS degree from Woodbury University in Burbank, California. She has over 15 years of purchasing experience, including seven years with Hilton Hotels in the Beverly Hills and Memphis corporate offices.
PAT WEBB, Administrative Assistant to Cooper Hotels President & CEO - Mrs. Webb has over 30 years of experience in support and administrative responsibilities. She is involved in purchasing, scheduling and coordinating overall company activities in the Cooper Hotels headquarters office.
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