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Our Philosophy

Who We Are

Our Philosophy

We are inspired professionals that believe profitability is the result of deep passion, a positive culture, and effective storytelling.

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“We want every guest’s experience to be so remarkable they pause and say, ‘This place is different.’”

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Jon Weitz, Founder & President

Our Team

Our strength lies in the vision of our leadership, the diverse experiences of our team, and our history of sustained financial growth.

Leadership

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Jon Weitz

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
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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Wesley Bloomfield Sang

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
Wesley joined Avocet Hospitality in 2015 as Director of Marketing, and in 2019 she transitioned into a role to help further grow the Avocet portfolio.

Pietro Giardini

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
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

VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING
Kris Altman joined Avocet Hospitality in 2019 with over 10 years of experience with hospitality management companies, independent and branded hotels.

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Valerie Ross

VICE PRESIDENT OF REVENUE
Valerie has a background in hospitality management and comes to AH with 11 years of revenue management experience.

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Amber Hultgren Topping

VICE PRESIDENT OF PEOPLE & CULTURE
With over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Amber Hultgren joined Avocet in 2019 after a previous role with Belmond.

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Adam Donevant

VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE
Adam is a CPA from Myrtle Beach, SC. He moved to Charleston in September 2013 to make a shift from public accounting to the hospitality industry.

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Tarleton McManus

VICE PRESIDENT OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Tarleton joined Avocet in 2018 with over 20+ years of experience in hospitality operations. With stops at Tides and Vendue, he now oversees asset management for the portfolio.

Team

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Caitlin Adkins

CORPORATE SALES & REVENUE MANAGER
Caitlin Adkins joined Avocet Hospitality in 2015, as a Sales Manager for Tides Folly Beach.

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Dixie Hemingway

ART DIRECTOR
Dixie joined Avocet Hospitality with a variety of design experiences ranging from hospitality to political campaigns.

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Anna Burgess

RECRUITMENT & RETENTION MANAGER
Anna Burgess joined Avocet Hospitality as a Human Resources Administrative Assistant in 2019. She was born and raised in Charleston.

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Leah Burns

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
Leah joined Avocet Hospitality in 2007 where she is now part of the people & culture team.

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Pam Sousa

PAYROLL MANAGER
Pam joined Avocet Hospitality as Payroll Manager in September 2019.

Ashley Arnoldy

Ashley Arnoldy

DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER
Ashley joined Avocet Hospitality in 2022 as a Digital Marketing Manager. She previously held roles in digital marketing and social media strategy for the entertainment and F&B industry.

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Anne Effenberger

STAFF ACCOUNTANT
Anne joined Avocet Hospitality in 2022 as a Staff Accountant. She previously held roles in accounting in the homebuilding and marina industries along with retail management operations.

Stephanie Meliti

RESERVATIONS MANAGER
Stephanie began her career with Avocet in 2021 as a Reservations Agent and has swiftly ascended through the ranks to her current role.

Kristina Shealey

STAFF ACCOUNTANT
Kristina has been a versatile member of Avocet since 2013, evolving from a real estate assistant to a valued member of the accounting team, and even contributing to the People & Culture team along the way.

Chris Baggett

CORPORATE OPERATIONS MANAGER
With over 25 years in the hospitality industry and a passion for food & beverage operations, Chris joined Avocet in 2024.

Our History

Founded in 2006, Avocet continues to evolve and grow.