Roxanne Callahan named Operations Director at The Brenton Hotel

Andy Ross, managing director of the Brenton Hotel, announced several leadership appointments for the newly opened 57-room luxury boutique hotel on the harbor in Newport, RI.  

Roxanne Callahan

Roxanne Callahan has taken the helm as the Brenton Hotel’s operations director. In this position, Callahan will oversee day-to-day operations and the management of each department, while also working closely with Ross to enhance the overall guest experience. With two decades of expertise in coastal Newport, RI, hospitality, Callahan joins the Brenton Hotel from Newport’s Forty 1 North Hotel where she held a variety of management roles including sales and marketing, guest services, and food and beverage.    

“Roxanne is a strong leader who brings passion and a rich knowledge of the Newport area to our team,” added Ross. “Roxanne is one of several strategic, local hires to our leadership team, further strengthening our commitment to delivering exceptional guest services and authentic Newport experiences from the viewpoint of the people who live here.”    

Ross also announced the appointment of Rachael Burns as the hotel’s sales director.  Prior to joining the Brenton Hotel team, Burns was the catering services and event manager at Vanderbilt Hotel in Newport, RI, where she was responsible for all private dining including fully private and semi-private events, full restaurant buy-outs, and off-site opportunities. In addition to her role as sales director, Burns also serves as revenue manager for the property.   

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Additional management appointments include:

  • Todd Fisher, Facilities Director:  Fisher brings extensive expertise in operations and business development to his new position at the Brenton Hotel. Most recently, he served as sales, marketing, and operations – the America’s and Caribbean for Sealegs International the largest producer of amphibious boat technology in the world.
  • Greg Levada, Executive Sous Chef:  In his new role, Levada will work closely with the Brenton Hotel’s executive chef to forge relationships with local vendors and create seasonal menus. Prior to the Brenton, Levada served positions including interim head chef and lead line cook at Newport’s iconic White Horse Tavern.
  • Anthony Palladino, Concierge and Assistant Front Office Manager:  Palladino brings a broad range of proficiency to his guest relations position including corporate sales and marketing, customer care and training. Most recently, Palladino served as an account manager at Stark Corporation, a private organization which focuses on investment in manufacturing and services in the industrial sector.  
  • Aisha Butler, Assistant Housekeeping Manager: Prior to the Brenton Hotel, Butler held local front office supervisor positions at Hotel Viking and Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina in Newport, RI, overseeing daily operations of each of the property’s front office. 

Ross continued, “Building an extraordinary staff is critical in delivering the highest quality guest experience and it is a pleasure to work alongside this group of dedicated professionals.”

Owned by The Brenton Hotel, LLC, a locally based investment group, and operated by White Horse Hospitality also of Newport, the Brenton Hotel has a prime location located along the waterfront at 31 American’s Cup Avenue on the corner of Long Wharf. For more information, visit  

About Brenton Hotel 

The Brenton Hotel is a new luxury boutique hotel on the waterfront in Newport, RI, opening July 2020.  With harbor and city views, the 57 rooms and suites are the most spacious in town: each is 450 square feet, with suites at 1100 square feet. Guests will find understated “nautical-chic” touches, floor-to-ceiling windows, a living room reception area with discreet seating areas and bar that will serve craft cocktails and small plates.  The green roof garden provides an oasis of calm with unobstructed views of Newport’s bustling harbor.  

About Preferred Hotels & Resorts

Brenton Hotel is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection. All guests of the Brenton Hotel are eligible to enroll in the I Prefer hotel rewards program, which extends points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, elite status, and special benefits such as complimentary Internet to members upon every stay at more than 700 participating Preferred Hotels & Resorts locations worldwide.

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