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Turkish-American Hotel Professionals Meet for TURKOFAMERICA

Cüneyt Gürkan, COO of TOA Consulting - Nesli Kayta, Assistant Food and Beverage Manager, Peninsula Hotel - K.Güngör Bağ, Hotel Manager at the Roger Smith Hotel - Duygu Ulupinar Magnisalis, Senior Sales Manager, Catering at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester - Burak Meyveci, Assistant General Manager at The Village Club of Sands Point - Hande Bayar, The Knickerbocker - Alpan Keskin, Hotel Manager at The Peninsula Beijing - Seher Genel - Director of Guest Services at Hudson Hotel New York, Cemil Özyurt, Editor-in-Chief of TurkofAmerica - Suzan Toprak, Area Director of Human Resources at Denihan Hospitality Group, - Metin Erkin, Human Resources Assistant Director at The St. Regis New York -  (From left to right) Photo by Cagatay Okutan Cüneyt Gürkan, COO of TOA Consulting - Nesli Kayta, Assistant Food and Beverage Manager, Peninsula Hotel - K.Güngör Bağ, Hotel Manager at the Roger Smith Hotel - Duygu Ulupinar Magnisalis, Senior Sales Manager, Catering at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester - Burak Meyveci, Assistant General Manager at The Village Club of Sands Point - Hande Bayar, The Knickerbocker - Alpan Keskin, Hotel Manager at The Peninsula Beijing - Seher Genel - Director of Guest Services at Hudson Hotel New York, Cemil Özyurt, Editor-in-Chief of TurkofAmerica - Suzan Toprak, Area Director of Human Resources at Denihan Hospitality Group, - Metin Erkin, Human Resources Assistant Director at The St. Regis New York - (From left to right)

Nine senior Turkish-American executives who have worked in the hotel industry in New York were brought together by TURKOFAMERICA Magazine. For the first time, the Turkish executives, who have served at the top of New York's leading venues such as St Regis, Peninsula, Ritz Carlton, The Knickerbocker, Hudson, Roger Smith and Denihan Group, have gotten together.


On the other hand, Gül Türkmenoğlu has joined New York-based Denihan Hospitality as general manager of The Benjamin in midtown Manhattan.  She is the highest level of Turkish hotel executive in New York City. She will oversee operations, finance and sales and marketing for the 209-room luxury midtown Manhattan hotel, reporting directly to Edward Maynard, Denihan’s EVP, Operations. Türkmenoğlu brings over 25 years of luxury and lifestyle management experience to her new role, having served in leadership positions at a variety of hotels, both in Manhattan and internationally.

Cemil Özyurt, the co-founder of TurkofAmerica Magazine and Editor-in-Chief, said that they will organize such a meeting for the first time in order to increase solidarity and cooperate. The meeting was held at the Roger Smith Hotel on Lexington Avenue, hosted by Güngör Küçük Bağ, the director of the Roger Smith Hotel.

Cüneyt Gürkan, COO of TOA Consulting, stated that they have found about 30 names working in the hotel industry in New York metropolitan area. They are pleased that there are plenty of Turkish managers in the hotel industry, one of the most dynamic sectors. ‘’The executive level managers are increasing day by day,’’ he added.


1-A.Cem Erenler - V.P. of Hotel Operations and Business Development at TJM Properties / GM at The Claridge Hotel
2-Alpan Keskin -  General Manager of Beijing Peninsula (rormer Resident Manager at The Peninsula New York)
3-Alper Demis Toydemir - Sales Manager, International Travel Industry at The Peninsula New York
4-Baha Taskin - Assistant General Manager at Radisson Hotel Freehold
5-Burak Meyveci - Assistant General Manager at The Village Club of Sands Point
6-Deniz Altan - NH Jolly Madison Towers Hotel- Front Desk
7-Deniz Secerli Uzel - Cookhouse and House Tonic Manager, North America at Soho House Group
8-Duygu Ulupinar Magnisalis - Senior Sales Manager, Catering at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester
9-Emre Volkan Arisoy - Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at The Peninsula New York
10-Firat Okcu - Assistant Front Office Manager at InterContinental New York Times Square
11-Gokhan Gokturk - Assistant Front Office Manager at New York Hilton
12-Gul Goknar Turkmenoglu - Assistant General Manager - HUDSON New York
13-Gunay Bayrasli - Crowne Meetings Director at Crowne Plaza Times Square
14-Hakan Ozakbas - Director, Analytics & Reporting, Leading Hotels of the World.
15-Hande Bayar - The Knickerbocker
16-K.Gungor Bag - Hotel Manager at the Roger Smith Hotel
17-Kaan Esgun - Assistant Director of Banquet at NY Palace Hotel
18-Kader Saracoglu - Assistant Front Office Manager at Morgans Hotel Group
19-Metin Erkin - Human Resources Assistant Director at The St. Regis New York
20-Muhsin Demirkan - Food Service Director at Compass Group North America
21-Naz Cuozzo - Corporate Event Planner/Sales Manager at Hotel Woodbridge (Formerly Hilton)
22-Nesli Kayta - Assistant Food and Beverage Manager, Peninsula Hotel
23-Neslihan Cafer - Sales & Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Manhattan
24-Odil Malazgirt - Associate Sales Manager at Cassa Hotel New York
25-Seher Genel - Director of Guest Services at Hudson Hotel New York
26-Suzan Toprak - Denihan Hospitality Group Director of Human Resources
27-Talar Ayaz - Project Coordinator at Warwick New York Hotel
28-Tayfun Ertugrul - Front Office Manager at Hilton Hotels & Resort
29-Tayfun Saracoglu - Beverage Director @ Tasca Chino
30-Tevfik Topak - Club House Manager at Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club

RESTORAN
Adil Avunduk - General Manager at Casa Lever
Arif Kutlusoy - Chef - Chef Manager at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Baris Demirel - District Manager at Le Pain Quotidien
Caner Umit - Cipriani - Soho
Cihan Yilmaz - Assistant General Manager at Bagatelle New York
Murat Akinci - General Manager at L'Express Restaurant
Salim Aba - General Manager at BARBOUNIA Restaurant

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