Hilton has announced the appointment of Mark Sanders as the general manager of the iconic 1,878-room New York Hilton Midtown, which is owned by Park Hotels & Resorts and managed by Hilton. In his new role, Sanders is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the city's hotel with the largest hotel meeting space footprint, including the largest ballroom in the destination. Sanders joins New York Hilton Midtown from Highgate Hotels & Resorts where he served as managing director and led hotel operations for The Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan Hotel, an IHG hotel.
A native New Yorker and a hospitality veteran with over 40 years of experience, Sanders' career encompasses leadership roles at some of the country's largest convention hotels in New Orleans, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, and New York. He started his career in human resources at the New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott, and eventually held the role of vice president of human resources for the South-Central region for Marriott, overseeing 32 managed hotels. He returned on-property as resident manager, hotel manager, and general manager at New Orleans Marriott Hotel before being promoted to area general manager, overseeing 11 hotels in the city.
Since returning to New York, he has held various roles including general manager and complex general manager, regional vice president, and managing director at hotels including, Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza.
Sanders holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration and industrial relations from Wilkes College. Throughout his career, he has held various industry titles with hotel lodging associations across the country and is an active board member for the Times Square Alliance.