Category: Meet The Staff

Phillip Semak – Executive Sous Chef

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As executive sous chef, Semak focuses much of his time and talents on managing The Townsend Hotel’s banquet kitchen.  Additionally, he assists the hotel’s executive chef with the day-to-day culinary operations, including product ordering, staff scheduling and management, menu development and more.   Prior to joining The Townsend team, Semak, who has been working in kitchens… Read more »

Joseph Heywood – Front Office Manager

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  Catch Joseph Heywood, The Townsend Hotel’s front office manager, if you can.  A runner in every sense of the word, Heywood spends his professional and personal time on the go – whether it’s racing to exceed a guest’s expectations, dashing between team members to provide motivation and support, jogging for exercise, darting to keep… Read more »

Kimberly Esch – Catering Sales Manager

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Kimberly Esch, corporate catering sales manager for The Townsend Hotel, didn’t exactly arrive to her new role in June 2013 via the “traditional path,” but that’s precisely what makes her so qualified. Esch grew up on a farm, which she says taught her the value of hard work, dedication and selflessness – characteristics that are… Read more »

Jared Chorney – Food and Beverage Director

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Jared Chorney, a “foodie” both professionally and personally, is The Townsend Hotel’s food and beverage director.  Since winter 2013, Chorney has been responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the hotel’s food and beverage department, including the award-winning Rugby Grille, The Townsend Bakery, The Corner and the property’s banquet operations. Prior to joining The Townsend,… Read more »

Drew Sayes – Executive Chef

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In 2007, Drew Sayes, The Townsend Hotel’s executive chef since December 2012, earned the title of youngest ever executive chef with his then employer, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.  During his tenure with Ritz Carlton, Sayes’ served at various property locations throughout the U.S., including Dearborn, Mich., Marina del Rey, Calif., New Orleans, La. and Buckhead,… Read more »