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 Marketing

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

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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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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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Adam Donevant

Director of Accounting

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.

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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 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.

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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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Steve Spear, CHA, CRME

General Manager, The Vendue

Steve joined Avocet Hospitality in September of 2018. He brings with him over 25 years of full service, luxury, and boutique hotel management.

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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.

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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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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