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Zota Beach Resort leadership team, General Manager, Director of Marketing & Communications, Guest Services Manager, Human Rerources Director and Executive Housekeeper.

LONGBOAT KEY, FLA. – Longboat Key’s new beachfront, modern, boutique resort, Zota Beach Resort, announces its executive leadership team. Zota Beach Resort welcomes General Manager, Roy Padgett, Director of Marketing & Communications, Sandra Rios, Human Resources Director, Elizabeth Cotner, Guest Services Manager, Elizabeth Brackman and Executive Housekeeper, Michael Malave.

At the helm of Zota Beach Resort, Roy Padgett is a beloved and familiar face in the communities of Sarasota and Bradenton. With over two decades of management experience, Padgett led operations of the prevailing Hilton property that Zota Beach Resort was built upon as general manager. Dedicated to honing his craft, Padgett earned Certified Food & Beverage Executive and Certified Hotel Administrator recognitions from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association.

The 2016 winner of the Good as Gold award presented by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce for civic engagement and 2015’s SRQ Magazine Women in Business Leadership Circle, Director of Marketing & Communications Sandra Rios directs Zota Beach Resort’s marketing efforts, pulling from her 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. During her previous position as public relations manager at Foxwoods Resort Casino and the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn., Rios executed publicity plans for numerous retail and restaurant openings and multi-million dollar facility expansions including the opening of Lake of Isles, a Rees Jones golf course and Hard Rock Cafe Foxwoods.

Recognized as Tampa Bay’s Human Resources Young Professional of 2016, Human Resources Director Elizabeth Cotner brings with her an infectious energy and passion for people. Prior to joining Zota Beach Resort, Cotner managed and cultivated resort talent as assistant human resources director at The Resort at Longboat Key Club, an Opal Collection property on Longboat Key. Having earned a Masters of Arts in Adult Education and Human Resources Development from the University of South Florida, Cotner is passionate about giving back to the community and is heavily involved with the Junior League of Sarasota and Human Resources Florida.

As Guest Services Manager, Elizabeth Brackman ensures memorable experiences and guest satisfaction is at its peak at Zota Beach Resort. A graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Hospitality Management program, Brackman is a third generation hospitality executive. She has held positions at Walt Disney World, Hilton and InterContinental Hotels Group, specializing in operational procedures, recruitment and management.

Responsible for the presentation and review of the beautiful, modern 187 guestrooms and suites of Zota Beach Resort, Michael Malave serves as executive housekeeper. Prior to this role, Malave was the executive housekeeper at Main & Sky Resort in Park City, Utah Well-versed in the care of luxury properties, Malave previously held positions at the Sheraton City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah and the Sundance Mountain Resort in Sundance, Utah.

Located along the Gulf of Mexico, the contemporary, cool Zota Beach Resort features modern architectural touches along with stylish accommodations and distinctive dining experiences. Derived from Sarasota’s indigenous name, Zara Zota, Zota Beach Resort was recently recognized as a ‘Top New or Renovated’ property by ConventionSouth and boasts 187 luxury guest rooms and suites, 2,700 square feet of meeting space and easy access to upscale shopping, entertainment and restaurants at St. Armands Circle. 

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