Avocet Hospitality Team

Meet Our 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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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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Valerie Ross

Director of Revenue Management

Valerie has a background in hospitality management and comes to AHG with 11 years of revenue management experience.

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Caitlin Corrigan

Corporate Sales Director

Caitlin Corrigan joined Avocet Hospitality Group in 2015, as a Sales Manager for Tides Folly Beach.

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Amber Hultgren

Director of Human Resources

Amber Hultgren is a native South Carolinian and joined Avocet Hospitality in 2019 as Director of Human Resources.

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Adam Donevant


Adam is a CPA from Myrtle Beach, SC. He moved to Charleston in September 2013 to make a shift from public accounting to industry.

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Emily Curran

Art & Design Manager

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

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Anna Burgess

Human Resources Administrative Assistant

Anna Burgess joined Avocet Hospitality Group as the Human Resources Administrative Assistant in 2019. She was born and raised in Charleston.

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Leah Burns

Human Resources Project Manager

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

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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.

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Pietro Giardini

Regional Director of Operations

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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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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Rod Gerber

Director of Development, Construction & Design

Rod is a general contractor from Wyoming who moved to Charleston and began working for Avocet in 2010 and now serves as Director of Development, Construction & Design.

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Wesley Bloomfield Sang

Director of Strategic Planning

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

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Howard Letts

General Manager, The Vendue

In 2019, Howard Letts joined Avocet as the General Manager of The Vendue. Howard brings 25+ years of experience from his time within the luxury hotel market.

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Dixie Hemingway

Dixie Hemmingway

Graphic Designer

Dixie comes to AHG with a variety of design experience ranging from hospitality to political campaigns.

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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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Pam Sousa

Payroll Manager

Pam Sousa joined Avocet Hospitality as Payroll Manager in September 2019.

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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