Industry Update
Appointment12 January 2021

Ivan Puente

Appointed Director of Food & Beverage
At Sal Y Mar Rooftop Bar in Tampa - FL, USA

Ivan Puente

As the newly appointed Dual Director of Food & Beverage, Ivan Puente will oversee all aspects of the hotel's food and beverage planning and services, including menu development, and the preparation and presentation of food and drinks. Most recently Puente served as Senior Food and Beverage Manager for Terrace Restaurant and The Rooftop at Exchange Place in Jersey City, New Jersey, where, as part of the leadership team, he was responsible for all food and beverage operations for the prestigious neighborhood two level rooftop venue. Puente has a wealth of hospitality experience, including the Sambuca Restaurant and Lawless Spirits and Kitchen in Houston, Texas, under Expert Restaurant Management Group. Puente attended Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude with a Political Science and Pre-Law Studies degree.

Concord Hospitality Enterprises

Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, an award-winning hotel management and development company based in Raleigh, N.C., manages more than 90 hotels offering more than 13,000 guest rooms in 20 states and two Canadian provinces.
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