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Sheraton, Westin Beach Resorts get new looks, hiring new staff

As the Sheraton Yankee Clipper prepares for its official transformation to the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, the  parent company Starwood Hotels has appointed David Wahba as the complex director of sales and marketing, overseeing the Sheraton, as well as the Westin Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale, which had a grand opening of its new meeting/event space in December.

Wahba’s homecoming is welcomed as he returns to the recently renovated properties after multi-million dollar transformations from the Sheraton Yankee Trader and Sheraton Yankee Clipper Hotels, where he oversaw sales and marketing efforts two years ago.

“Considering his past experience with these resorts and with his diverse Starwood background, David has strong knowledge of these two brands and is extremely well suited for this position,” said Amaury Piedra, complex general manager. “We are thrilled to have him back on our Fort Lauderdale team.”

Wahba brings more than 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the oceanfront resorts. Most recently, Wahba worked as the director of sales and marketing at The Westin Resort, Aruba where he oversaw the property’s 481 room revenue. Prior to that position, he served at the iconic Sheraton Yankee Trader and Sheraton Yankee Clipper Hotels.

A graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Wahba currently resides in Weston, Florida with his wife and two sons.

Celebrating its grand opening this December, The Westin Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale will soon provide more than 32,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. The beachfront resort also offers 433 rejuvenating guestrooms and suites and an alluring Heavenly Spa by Westin™, as well as three palate-pleasing dining options including upscale Shula’s on the Beach, poolside Waves Bar & Grill and an oceanfront Starbucks coffeehouse.

The Sheraton Yankee Clipper will reopen as The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel in January 2010 after a multi-million dollar renovation. Offering two swimming pools, 7,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and 3,600 square feet of outdoor space, as well as an array of delightful dining and entertainment options, the iconic hotel remains a favorite for family vacations and carefree getaways.

In addition to Wahba, The Sheraton is expected to hire over 200 more people, and have started the hiring process already.

“We are thrilled to have a hand in generating much needed permanent jobs and supplemental tourism revenue for Fort Lauderdale,” said Amaury Piedra, complex general manager at The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel. “The rejuvenation of the landmark hotel is another milestone for the destination and we look forward to serving local residents, as well as attracting visitors to the area, in the New Year.”

With positions available in departments ranging from housekeeping and food and beverage, to security and front office, a variety of experiences and expertise is needed at the new 492-room hotel.

For more information on The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, call (800) 325-3535 or visit

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Dec 30 2009. Filed under Broward County, Business, Fort Lauderdale, Local news, Real Estate. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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