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The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville announces three new leaders

Mark Yanke, Kalyana Krishnamoorthy and Pilar Ortiz.

Mark Yanke, Kalyana Krishnamoorthy and Pilar Ortiz join the refined Nashville Hotel.

NASHVILLE, TN – The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville, announce the appointment of three new executive team members: Mark Yanke as general manager; Kalyana Krishnamoorthy as director of food and beverage; and Pilar Ortiz as director of people and culture. With collective experience at globally recognized establishments across the world, the three hospitality industry veterans reinforce the new hotel as the premier luxury destination in Nashville.

Mark Yanke brings nearly four decades of experience as a hospitality executive to The Joseph Nashville. In his role as general manager, Yanke oversees day-to-day operations for the entire property, including its distinct dining outlets, the luxury spa, Rose, and the rooftop pool. Most recently, Yanke served as the general manager for Virgin Hotels in Dallas, Texas. Throughout his career, Yanke worked in various leadership roles throughout Texas as senior vice president and managing director of Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa; president and managing director of St. Anthony Hotel; and president and general manager of Hotel Emma. Yanke also took on the position of president and CEO of Redstone Hospitality in Houston, where he managed the hotel division including all spa, golf and fitness operations. Early in his career, Yanke acted as an operational analyst for Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, where he developed operational standards and training protocol for the portfolio. Yanke received an honorary doctorate degree from Northwood University and holds two certifications in facilitation. 

Kalyana Krishnamoorthy comes to The Joseph Nashville with extensive food and beverage experience from his 20-year career in the industry. In his role as director of food and beverage, Krishnamoorthy oversees the daily functions of the unique dining venues, in-room dining and banquet offerings at The Joseph Nashville and works closely with food and beverage partners, Chef Tony Mantuano and wine expert Cathy Mantuano, in setting the standard for outstanding service and experience. Prior to joining The Joseph Nashville, Krishnamoorthy served as the director of food and beverage for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in Qatar. He has also served as the director of food and beverage and culinary operation at Cavallo Point Lodge in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as a food and beverage consultant for the Denihan Hospitality Group.

Pilar Ortiz joins the hotel with more than twenty years of experience in hospitality, human resources, recruitment, and project leadership. In her new position as director of people and culture, Ortiz oversees all aspects of the hotel’s people and culture division, including employee relations, career development and staff trainings. Prior to her role at The Joseph Nashville, Ortiz served as the director of people and culture at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle and Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo and as the director of human resources at Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City.

“As Nashville continues to experience tremendous growth and prosperity, it is critical we have the right team in place to create and maintain an unparalleled experience for everyone who walks through our doors,” said Joel Pizzuti, president of The Pizzuti Companies, owner of The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville. “Mark, Kalyana, and Pilar bring extensive knowledge, leadership, and personability – key elements to a successful team. We remain committed to solidifying The Joseph Nashville as an outstanding addition to the city, and each of them will play a pivotal role as we continue to raise the bar for luxury accommodations and service in Nashville.”

The Joseph Nashville brings to life an exciting narrative of Nashville, combining cultural and artistic diversity, history, and welcoming hospitality. The hotel was conceptualized by The Pizzuti Companies – a leader in developing, marketing, and managing real estate for nearly 50 years. Beginning at the porte cochère and extending to the public areas, function spaces and guest rooms, more than 1,100 pieces of art are woven throughout The Joseph Nashville, creating an experience of “living with art” for guests. The property includes the full-service spa, Rose, an expansive fitness center and a saltwater rooftop pool. The Joseph Nashville also boasts distinct dining outlets led by James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and wine and hospitality expert Cathy Mantuano, including refined Italian restaurant, Yolan, and the all-day, indoor-outdoor rooftop bar, Denim.

Vicky Karantzavelou
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