Management Profile

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

Bob Cosgrove

General Manager

Bob Cosgrove

Bob Cosgrove joined the team as General Manager at the Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square in June 2018. A native of Philadelphia, Bob has had a long and successful career in the Hospitality industry. His tenure includes more than 20 years as a hotel General Manager supporting multiple brands, including Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, and Crowne Plaza. Prior to his General Manger roles, Bob served in leadership positions in Rooms, Finance, and Food and Beverage leadership roles. For the past several years, Bob has held the positions of Corporate Director of Finance and Business Support as well as Regional Director of Finance for IHG in Atlanta, GA, responsible for priority initiatives for the Full Service managed hotels in North America.  Bob also served on the opening team for the company’s largest properties, including those recently opened in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Charlotte NC.

 

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.

 

Michele Simpson

Director of Sales & Marketing

Michele Simpson

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.

 

Michael Druker Simpson

Executive Chef

An award-winning, progressive “Culinarian” with over 20 years of experience, Michael has an impressive eclectic background of culinary training.  Chef Michael followed his passion for the culinary arts by graduating with honors at the early age of 17 from the Arts Institute of NYC, located in New York, NY.  

After gaining extensive hands-on experience through his tireless work ethic, Chef Michael created a very strong brand for himself.  Chef Michael became notorious for menus that are built upon his attention to detail, focused on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and fervor for refined cuisine.  Chef Michael is an elite talent that provides the customer with an unforgettable culinary experience while being focused on delivering the restaurant enhanced profitability.  After achieving amazing results during his time in leadership roles with Bally’s in Atlantic City, Bridgewater Marriott in New Jersey, The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, Chef Michael was presented his most prestigious role, as the Executive Chef at Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square.