Management Profile

Profiles of key members of the management team at Royal Sonesta Houston.

Pete Ells

General Manager

Pete Ells

Pete Ells joined Royal Sonesta Houston in June 2015, bringing more than three decades of high level hospitality experience to his role as General Manager. Prior to his appointment, he was Managing Director of the famed Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, a AAA Five Diamond resort on California’s central coast, and before that, General Manager of the iconic Royal Palm Resort and Spa in Phoenix. Ells began his career with Marriott International in Bethesda as a Restaurant Manager and would later go on to manage numerous properties under the Marriott, Renaissance and The Ritz-Carlton flags, including the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Downtown. Parc 55 San Francisco, The St. Antony in San Antonio, The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix and The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in Orange County.

Ells holds a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. In addition to serving on the American Hotel & Lodging Association Resort Committee, he has been elected to numerous state and local hotel, lodging and visitors bureau boards.

 

Sandy Collet

Director of Sales & Marketing

Sandy Collet

Sandy Collet was named Royal Sonesta Houston’s Director of Sales & Marketing in September 2012, departing four years in the same role with Houston’s historic Hotel ICON, a Marriott Autograph Collection property. A veteran of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, she spent 25 years with the company, first joining the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas as a Reservations Manager. After subsequent promotions leading to the Director of Marketing at that property, Collet relocated to Houston, where she served as Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons Hotel Houston for more than a decade.

Collet, who holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, began her hospitality career as a catering sales manager at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio.

 

Robert Graham

Executive Chef

Robert Graham

One of Royal Sonesta Houston’s newest additions, Robert Graham tipped his toque as Executive Chef in September 2016. Graham, who brings more than two decades of premier hospitality experience, around the country and the world, to his new role, was previously the Executive Chef at the private El Dorado Golf & Beach Club in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. From 2011 until 2015, he was based in Florida and served as the Executive Chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, as well as the prestigious Isleworth Country Club – recognized as one of the Top 100 Platinum Clubs of the World – in Windemere. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company alumni also spent seven years as Executive Chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix and supported pre-openings for The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, The Ritz Carlton New York, Battery Park, The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek and The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.

Graham formally began his career in the culinary arts at Long Island New York’s legendary Piping Rock Country Club, where he worked as a Chef Garde Manger and Sous Chef. His early training continued at landmark restaurants, including The Watermark in Sydney, Australia, and Manhattan’s Tavern on the Green.