Avocet Hospitality Executive Team

Meet our Executive Team

Jon Weitz

President, Avocet Hospitality

Jon Weitz and his wife Lisa started Avocet in 2006 with a vision to create a hospitality company that was dedicated to providing unique guest experiences.

Learn More

Ken Merkel

Director of Operations

Ken has more than 30 years in hospitality and joined Avocet Hospitality in January, 2009. He has extensive experience in high-end luxury hotels.

Learn More

Dale Huggins

Corporate Controller

Dale has been in the hospitality industry for over 25 years, with past positions at Homegrown Hospitality Group and DataSpring Inc.

Learn More

Rod Gerber

Director of Project Management

Rod is a general contractor from Wyoming who moved to Charleston and began working for Avocet in 2010 and now serves as Director of Project Management.

Learn More

Wesley Bloomfield Sang

Director of Marketing

In 2015, Wesley joined Avocet Hospitality as Director of Marketing and continues to focus on revenue producing trends and growing AHG’s portfolio.

Learn More

Pietro Giardini

General Manager, The Vendue Hotel

Pietro has spent his entire life in the hospitality industry, his family has a hotel where he began washing dishes at the age of 10.

Learn More

Matt Zengerle

General Manager, Tides Folly Beach

Matt has worked in hospitality for 13 years with Delta Air Lines, Kiawah Island Club and has been with Avocet Hospitality and Tides Folly Beach for 7 years.

Learn More

Jim Bambrey

General Manager, The Read House Hotel

Jim has been in Hospitality for 30 years. Jim has worked with Avocet since The Read House hotel purchase in 2016. The hotel is undergoing a $25 million renovation and opens in late 2018.

Learn More

Adam Donevant

Financial Controller

Adam Donevant is from Myrtle Beach, SC and has been in Charleston since 2013. He worked for a public accounting firm for 8 years before joining Avocet.

Learn More

Stephanie Henderson

Accounting Manager

Stephanie is currently pursuing a degree in computer science at Charleston Southern University and has been in the hospitality industry for 5 years and with Avocet since the beginning of 2017.

Learn More

Lynsey Barrows

Human Resources & Payroll Manager

Lynsey Barrows was born and raised in Vermont and moved to Charleston in 2011. Lynsey has been with Avocet Hospitality since 2016.

Learn More

Tawnee Saxon

Accounting Administrator

Tawnee Saxon grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Charleston in 2013 when she joined Avocet Hospitality as a Reservations manager at Tides Folly Beach.

Learn More

Leah Burns

Marketing Coordinator

Leah joined Avocet in 2007 where she is now part of the marketing team as well as a Villa Specialist for St. Barth Exclusives, AHG’s luxury vacation rental company.

Learn More

Emily Rigsby

Art Director, The Vendue Hotel

Emily has been with Vendue since 2015 and is dedicated to bringing art in all forms to the hotel.

Learn More

Career Opportunities

Avocet Hospitality offers a unique workplace culture where everyone possesses the constitution to truly help all in their care. Avocet is proud to deliver an engaging employee experience, coupled with fun while also meeting the highest levels of service in the hospitality industry. We are always on the lookout for talented professionals looking to take customer service to the next level.

Our Portfolio

From Charleston, SC to Chattanooga, TN, Avocet Hospitality is comprised of independent boutique hotels and unique restaurants. Each property is diverse and designed to provide an experience that is true to the locale.

Browse Our Portfolio

Stay up to date with Avocet

Avocet Hospitality Group

174 East Bay Street • Suite 202 • SC • 29401

(843) 577-2525