Caymanian hotel veteran joins Peabody

Native Caymanian, William Conolly, a 21-year veteran of the hotel industry, is due to leave the island shortly to take up his new post as Executive Assistant Manager of the luxurious Peabody hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Mr. Conolly is considered locally as one of Cayman’s most qualified and experienced tourism professionals, especially in 5-star service delivery. He is a former President of the Cayman Islands Hotel and Condominium Association, and has held various executive positions with the Hyatt Regency in Grand Cayman and its flag-ship Hotel in Orlando, Florida, the Grand Caymanian Resort, the Britannia Villas and Plantana Resort Condominiums.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Hamilton University, an accredited designation from the American Hotel & Motel Association, and received his Professional Development at Cornell University.

His is also considered a well-rounded professional because he brings a level of experience that embraces multiple disciples within the industry as well as other related areas. He has worked for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and most recently returned from a stint in Hong Kong setting up the Cayman Islands Investment Bureau office there.

Mr. Conolly stated that he was delighted to join the Peabody Hotel Group and looks forward to contributing at the highest possible level as a team member of the Executive Committee.

‘I am ecstatic to join a stable company that promotes a quality and healthy working environment. The Peabody truly demonstrates its commitment to family, diversity, quality of life and work life balance. It’s a great feeling to return to the 5-star service delivery arena and gain a greater insight into what it takes to deliver unparallel customer service.’

Mr. Gregg Herning, the General Manager of the Peabody, stated in an email that he had just returned from a three-day meeting in Orlando with Peabody Hotel Group Executive Vice President, Alan Villaverde, and had spoken often of Mr. Conolly and his pending arrival to the company.

‘We feel confident that we have landed a seasoned hotel professional and that his management style is exactly what the doctor ordered for our Rooms Division,’ he noted.

About the Peabody

The Peabody Little Rock Hotel is a Luxurious 418-Room Four-Star, Preferred Hotel with more than 60,000 square feet of convention and meeting space. In the short time since its $44 million renovation, it has firmly established itself as the benchmark to which stylish, upscale lodgings in Arkansas are measured. It’s modern take on opulence starts from the moment you pull into the front entrance and finishes with the finest details through out the hotel. Renowned for its ceremonial duck march, generous southern hospitality and distinctive Peabody service excellence, it also boasts of having the elite presence of the Bill Clinton’s Presidential Library just steps away. It has won the Readers Choice Best Hotel Award for 2005, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Meetings South Magazine Interior landscaping Award, Stars of the South, and Convention Choice Spring 2005 Award.

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