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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

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.

Ken Merkel

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.

Pietro Giardini

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.

Dale Huggins

Dale Huggins

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.

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.

Valerie Ross

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

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.

Rod Gerber

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

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 Sang

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.

Team

Caitlin Corrigan

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

Emily Rigsby

Emily Curran

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

Dixie Hemingway

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

Katherine Sluder

Katherine Sluder

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

Anna Burgess

PEOPLE & CULTURE COORDINATOR
Anna Burgess joined Avocet Hospitality Group as a people & culture coordinator in 2019. She was born and raised in Charleston.

Leah Burns

Leah Burns

PEOPLE & CULTURE PROJECT 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, AHG’s luxury vacation rental company.

Pam Sousa

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

Our History