Published Date:  Thursday, December 1, 2016

         Jamaloan Abraham Returns to Hotel as Executive Meeting Manager, Russell Jenkins Named Senior Sales Manager, Thomas Russo III Joins as Executive Chef


Fort Lauderdale, FL – Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach today announced that it has expanded its team, naming Thomas Russo III executive chef, Russel Jenkins senior sales manager and Jamaloan Abraham its new executive meeting manager.

Effective immediately, executive Chef Russo will oversee all aspects of the culinary experience to include Bistro, the hotel’s full-service beach-chic restaurant, and the entire Catering experience. Most recently, he headed up the Westin Colonnade’s food and beverage team in Coral Gables, FL.

Chef Russo is an accomplished Certified Executive Chef by the American Culinary Federation and has won two IKA (Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung) Gold Medals at the 1996 International Culinary Olympics in Berlin, Germany. He holds a degree in Food Service Management from Central Texas College.

Jenkins will be responsible for developing and implementing effective sales strategies to attract group clients including the corporate, incentive and association markets. Most recently, he was the senior sales manager for Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach and consistently exceeded his quarterly and annual revenue goals while developing strategic plans for maintaining and increasing share from association group accounts. He was also responsible for proactively seeking new leisure wholesale and receptive accounts, with ability to drive market share to Fort Lauderdale.

Abraham – who previously served as executive meeting manager for the oceanfront Fort Lauderdale hotel – rejoins the team in a similar capacity, responsible for groups of 25 rooms and below. She will handle all aspects of the sales process and the execution of all events during the conference. Her previous experience includes conference and convention service manager positions at the Colonnade in Coral Gables, Fla. and B Ocean Fort Lauderdale.

“Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach is thrilled to bring Jamaloan back to our family, and also welcoming Russell and Chef Thomas onboard,” said Eduardo Fernandez, the hotel’s general manager. “Our amazing team continues to grow as we head into the new year, and we are excited about what is to come.”  

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About Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

The AAA Four Diamond-rated oceanfront Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach features 240 guest rooms including 24 spectacular suites, all of which boast panoramic views of the seven-mile stretch of Fort Lauderdale Beach. This oceanfront hotel provides a new level of hospitality to the Fort Lauderdale market by offering travelers a sense of place, not just a place to stay. Catering to both business and leisure travelers, the hotel is centrally located on the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and A1A only 8 miles from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and just minutes from the Las Olas Arts & Entertainment District and Port Everglades.  Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach offers an authentic, local experience to guests and locals alike, brought to life through the brand’s signature Food is Art, Liquid Art and Daily Delights programs. 


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