Avocet Hospitality Executive Team

Meet our Executive Team

Jon Weitz

President & CEO

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.

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Ken Merkel

DOO & GM of The Read House

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

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Dale Huggins

Chief Financial Officer

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

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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.

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Wesley Bloomfield Sang

Director of Branding & Development

In 2015, Wesley joined Avocet Hospitality as Director of Marketing and in 2019 she transitioned to Director of Branding & Development. She continues to focus on revenue producing trends and growing AHG’s portfolio.

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Kris Altman

Kris Altman

Chief Marketing Officer

Kris Altman joined Avocet Hospitality in 2019 as Chief Marketing Officer after previous roles with Charlestowne Hotels and Starwood Hotels.

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Matt Zengerle

Assistant General Manager, The Vendue

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.

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Pietro Giardini

General Manager, Tides Folly Beach

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.

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Jim Bambrey

General Manager, The Read House Hotel

Jim Bambrey is from Johnstown PA and graduated from the Indiana University of PA with a degree in Hotel Management. Jim has been in Hospitality for 30 years.

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Emily Rigsby

Art Director & Design Coordinator

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

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Leah Burns

Marketing Project Manager

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.

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Katherine Sluder

Digital Marketing Manager

Katherine joined Avocet Hospitality in October 2018, with the goal to grow AHG’s digital presence.

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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.

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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.

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Avocet Hospitality Group

174 East Bay Street • Suite 202 • SC • 29401

(843) 577-2525