The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park has announced the appointment of general manager Winfred van Workum and public relations & communications manager James Bardwell.
Winfred van Workum was born in The Netherlands into a family of hospitality entrepreneurs. Workum pursued his family’s legacy attending one of Europe’s top hotel management schools in The Hague. Since then, he has held management positions at award-winning hotels such as: The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida; St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort; The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas; Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados; Jumeirah Essex House New York; and The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. In his most recent role as hotel manager of The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami, Workum successfully transitioned the resort to a thriving addition for The Ritz-Carlton, increasing RevPAR and earning top scores in guest and employee engagement.
With more than four years of experience in the public relations and hospitality industry, James Bardwell rejoins The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park where he will manage all aspects of the luxury hotel’s communications efforts. Most recently, Bardwell worked for The Brandman Agency, an award-winning global communications agency specializing in luxury travel, where he worked with distinguished tourism and hotel brands. In particular, he supported the re-launch and opening of four Ritz-Carlton properties, including Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in 2015, as well as being a part of a dynamic team overseeing The Ritz-Carlton brand since mid-2016.
Other news regarding The Ritz-Carlton includes: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, located on Maui’s North Shore, announced the appointment of Kevin J. Peterson as hotel manager, and The Ritz-Carlton Denver recently added a "babymoon" overnight package with a collection of pre-natal spa treatments.