Who We Are
We are inspired professionals that believe profitability is the result of deep passion, a positive culture, and effective storytelling.
PassionWhen we invest in something, we don’t just put skin in the game. We put body, mind, heart, soul, and every visceral emotion on the human spectrum. Because hospitality is more than thread count and water pressure. It isn’t just skin deep. Hospitality is something you feel deep beneath the surface.
CultureOur culture is the core of our brand. It is a balance of what inspires us, how we do our work, and how we ensure our achievements are greater than any one of us. We speak to and treat our team members like family by embracing uniqueness, encouraging creativity, and empowering them to meet their professional potential.
StorytellingStories are the vehicles that get us from one location in life to the next. Over the years, we’ve sought out opportunities that challenge us to not just develop better stories but to tell them more effectively. Stories that spark joy, provoke thought, inspire adventure, instil peace, but above all build trust. Trust builds when stories are honestly told and accurately heard. We want to hear your story. And then we want to help you tell it.
“We want every guest’s experience to be so remarkable they pause and say, ‘This place is different.’”
Jon Weitz, Founder & President
Our strength lies in the vision of our leadership, the diverse experiences of our team, and our history of sustained financial growth.
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.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT 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.
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.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE
Dale has been in the hospitality industry for over 25 years, with past positions at Homegrown Hospitality Group and DataSpring Inc.
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.
VICE PRESIDENT OF REVENUE
Valerie has a background in hospitality management and comes to AH with 11 years of revenue management experience.
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.
VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTION
Rod began working for Avocet in 2010 and has been instrumental in the development, construction, and design of numerous Avocet projects.
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.
Wesley Bloomfield Sang
VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
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.
CORPORATE SALES DIRECTOR
Caitlin Corrigan joined Avocet Hospitality in 2015, as a Sales Manager for Tides Folly Beach.
Dixie comes to AH with a variety of design experiences ranging from hospitality to political campaigns.
RECRUITMENT & RETENTION MANAGER
Anna Burgess joined Avocet Hospitality as a people & culture coordinator in 2019. She was born and raised in Charleston.
EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
Leah joined Avocet in 2007 where she is now part of the people & culture team as well as a Villa Specialist for St. Barth Exclusives, AH’s luxury vacation rental company.
DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER
Katherine joined Avocet Hospitality in October 2018, with the goal to grow AH’s digital presence.
Pam Sousa joined Avocet Hospitality as Payroll Manager in September 2019.
Caleb joined the Avocet accounting team in 2021. Prior to Avocet, he was an implementation consultant for an insurance benefits company.
Founded in 2006, Avocet continues to evolve and grow.
Avocet PropertiesAvocet Properties continues to expand its portfolio of vacation rental homes and becomes the largest vacation rental/property management company on Folly Beach.
Tides Folly BeachAvocet acquires oceanfront Holiday Inn (132 rooms) on Folly Beach. Hotel is the only full service oceanfront hotel in Charleston, SC.
Tides Folly Beach
The VendueAvocet acquires 66 room Vendue Inn located in historic downtown Charleston, SC.
St. Barth ExclusivesSt Barth Exclusives is started as a vacation rental company solely focused on providing luxury villa accommodations on the exclusive island of St. Barth in the French West Indies.
The Vendue Renovation
The Read HouseAvocet acquires the Historic Read House Hotel in Chattanooga, TN.
Pier 101Avocet acquires the restaurant space located on The Folly Beach Pier. Restaurant is completely renovated and renamed Pier 101.
The VendueTravel + Leisure names The Vendue “#1 Hotel in Charleston and #9 Hotel in the United States” in their World’s Best Awards.
Avocet PropertiesIn order to focus on continued growth of the hotel portfolio, Avocet accepts an offer from Wyndham Vacation Rentals to acquire Avocet Properties – the company’s vacation rental division in Charleston.
The Read HouseAvocet commences $28 Million renovation to the Read House in order to restore the hotel to its former greatness and reposition the hotel as a throwback to the Roaring 20s and The Great Gatsby.