James Bermingham, Executive Vice President of Operations, Montage Hotels & Resorts, said: “Both Craig and James have impressive backgrounds and a proven track record of success in the hospitality industry. We are excited to have their leadership at their respective resorts as they will assist in the growth of Montage Hotels & Resorts.”
Craig Schoninger joins The Inn at Palmetto Bluff from The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. During his time with The Ritz-Carlton, Schoninger oversaw properties in South Beach, Palm Beach and Amelia Island.
Schoninger also held the Director of Sales position at Amelia Island Plantation and was pre-opening Sales Manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, where he managed the northeast market. He studied hotel, restaurant and travel administration at Georgia State University.
James Palank joins Montage Kapalua Bay from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where he was most recently the Director of Sales & Marketing for both The Westin Maui Resort and Spa, plus The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas within The Ka’anapali Resort.
Previously, Palank was Director of Sales & Marketing with The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, where he received the ‘Starwood Sales Leader of the Year’ award within the North American Division in 2013. Earlier in his career, he spent four years with the Trump Hotel Collection as Regional Director of Leisure Sales and served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing with The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas.