August 3, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier | Image: From left to right – Jeremy Nordkamp, Melissa Shaw and Emma Alcorn from Crystalbrook Collection and Dana Fish from ICC Sydney
After we ran the news of Marriott International and IHG’s flurry of internal promotions yesterday, we’ve had even more appointment news – half internal – reach us for today.
Crystalbrook Collection has made recent GM appointments for three of its seven hotels, while ICC Sydney has promoted from within.
As previously reported, Crystalbrook Collection have installed Jeremy Nordkamp as General Manager of the recently opened Crystalbrook Vincent in Brisbane, after the independent hotel group made arrangements to acquire what was The Fantauzzo in Accor’s Art Series Collection last year. Nordkamp comes down to Brisbane from Cairns where he has been GM of Crystalbrook Riley since January 2020. Prior to that he has some impressive experience across Australia’s boutique hotel scene, having managed both Ovolo Laneways in Melbourne and The Calile in Brisbane.
Meanwhile Melissa Shaw takes over from Nordkamp at Crystalbrook Riley, joining the group from Accor, where she was most recently GM of Sofitel Wellington in New Zealand. She has previously held general manager roles in Bangkok and Shanghai as well as senior hotel sales positions for Accor in Australia.
Emma Alcorn will bring some big luxury experience to Crystalbrook Albion in Sydney as its new General Manager. She joins Crystalbrook from Makepeace Island located in the Noosa River on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. The island is owned by Sir Richard Branson and his Virgin Australia founding partner Brett Godfrey and can be hired out for incentive groups. Her previous experience also includes time with Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley and boutique uber luxury glamping accommodation offering at Uluru, Longitude 131.
“Each of the General Managers has been chosen for their leadership expertise, stand-out flair for delivering first-class guest service, commitment to sustainably-led practice and their passion for creating innovative food and beverage experiences,” said Crystalbrook Collection CEO Geoff York.
At ICC Sydney, Dana Fish has been promoted to Senior Manager of Business Development for National Associations – filling the void left by Tina Eggers when she moved over to The Venues Collection earlier this year.
Fish was previously Business Development Manager in ICC Sydney’s international team, establishing relationships with association and corporate clients across Europe, Asia and North America and has worked at the venue since before it opened in 2016.
“It is wonderful to be able to provide this opportunity to Dana to step up and steer the team through the remainder of the year and beyond,” said ICC Sydney’s Director of Business Development, Beverley Parker.
“Dana brings extensive industry experience and is passionate about the world of associations and the crucial role they play in serving the community.
“Associations contribute much to society with their work providing educational, scientific/medical or community benefits. It is so important to provide them with safe, flexible, innovative and high quality event services and having Dana and her team working collaboratively with these learned professionals is an extremely positive development for ICC Sydney.”