Industry Update
Appointment 9 November 2015

John Esainko

Appointed General Manager
At Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in Winston-Salem - NC, USA

John EsainkoKimpton Hotels & Restaurants today officially announced the name of its first North Carolina hotel – Kimpton Cardinal Hotel – and the appointment of senior leadership for the property located in the historic R.J. Reynolds Building, a beloved landmark of downtown Winston-Salem. General Manager John Esainko and Director of Sales & Marketing Tina Fullard will lead The Cardinal, the city’s first upscale boutique hotel, which is set to open in early 2016. The two hospitality veterans bring nearly four decades of experience to the 174-room property, which will occupy the first six floors of the former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company headquarters. Reviving the iconic property as the destination’s newest luxury hotel, The Cardinal will greatly expand the city’s offerings in the local community for business and leisure travelers alike. Esainko comes to The Cardinal from Kimpton’s Hotel Madera in Washington, D.C., where he served as general manager since 2014. Prior to joining the Kimpton team, Esainko spent more than 12 years with the Hyatt Corporation, where he started as a front office agent in 2001. During his career with Hyatt, Esainko served many roles, including executive housekeeper at Hyatt Regency New Brunswick and Grand Hyatt New York, assistant rooms executive at Grand Hyatt Washington and Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, and as director of rooms at Hyatt Regency Bethesda.

Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, a collection of boutique hotels and chef-driven restaurants in the US, is an acknowledged industry pioneer and was the first to bring the boutique hotel concept to America.
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