Management Profile

Profiles of key members of the management team at Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown Rittenhouse Square.

Jordan Cooper

General Manager

Jordan Cooper joins Sonesta Philadelphia with over 20 years of experience in hospitality management, bringing new leadership to both the hotel team and to the market repositioning of this Center City staple.

Prior to joining Sonesta Philadelphia, Cooper was most recently general manager at the Wyndham Hotel in downtown Chicago. His extensive experience includes General Manager positions with Hilton, Millennium, Doubletree and Marriott; including the Warwick Hotel & Towers and Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill in the Philadelphia market.

Cooper plays a critical role in positioning the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia as a market leader.


Michele Simpson

Director of Sales & Marketing

Michele is a creative and passionate Sales & Marketing Hospitality Executive with 16 years’ experience as a Director of Sales and Marketing and Area Director in the Philadelphia Market. Michele is highly skilled at successfully repositioning hotels whether it is a Brand change, renovation or both. Michele is a proactive, innovative leader with excellent communication, and interpersonal skills with a key focus on employee engagement and driving results.

Along with Michele’s Hospitality Experience, early in Michele’s career she spent many years at the University of Pennsylvania working in the Department of Athletics as the Men’s Basketball Team Coordinator while attending night school at the University of Pennsylvania.

The hospitality business was always intriguing to Michele as several of her friends worked in the business. In 1997, Michele decided to take the leap into the world of Hospitality and never looked back. Michele joined the Sonesta family in 2012 and currently holds the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square.


Kristol Bryant

Executive Chef

Kristol Bryant

Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown Rittenhouse Square welcomed Kristol Bryant to the team in June 2016. She brings with her a fresh culinary perspective, infusing International, unexpected flavors into once traditional dishes.

Chef Kristol Bryant has an extensive culinary background in the hospitality industry. In 2006, Bryant was part of the opening team for the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue’s XIX restaurant where she worked alongside highly touted Chef de Cuisine, Marc Plessis. Bryant later went on to become Executive Sous Chef at Hyatt at The Bellevue. In August of 2015, Kristol was promoted to Executive Sous Chef at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, one of the largest hotels in the Hyatt umbrella.

Bryant’s dedication to cooking has awarded her the attention of many prestigious culinary organizations. In 2013, she was honored at the next generation of “Moxie Women” and that same year joined Chef Philippe Chin for a James Beard Dinner in New York, where she featured one of her signature dishes. In 2014, Bryant was selected as on the chef’s for the Friday Night Superbowl Party in Phoenix, Arizona.

Chef Kristol plays an integral role in marrying Sonesta’s extensive art and culinary programs to resurface Sonesta’s “Food is Art” brand story.


Brian Sheriden

Director of Operations

Brian Sheriden

Brian Sheridan was named Director of Operations of Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown Rittenhouse Square on 7-25-16. In this position, Brian oversees the Food and Beverage and Rooms Operations. Brian comes to us with 30 years of hospitality management experience. Prior to his start at Sonesta Philadelphia, Brian worked for several years as a GM under both Hilton and Starwood flags. Brian spent many years as a Director of Operations and Food and Beverage Director at various properties.