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The Alfond Inn, a112-room boutique hotel in Winter Park, Fla., appointed a new general manager.

Jesse E. Martinez joins The Alfond team at an exciting moment as the hotel marks its first anniversary and a year of remarkable accomplishments.

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Martinez is a seasoned management professional with 16 years of hospitality leadership experience in luxury and convention business. He has an extensive background in hands-on management of multiple hotel operation departments.

His experience with luxury boutique properties and his ability to manage the demands of meetings and conventions make him the ideal person to lead The Alfond Inn team into its next phase as one of the top boutique properties in greater Orlando.

Martinez has served in upper management positions with four of the AAA Four Diamond Autograph Collection Hotels, including The Castle in Orlando; Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront in Savannah; Bohemian Celebration in Celebration; and Grand Bohemian in Orlando. He has served as general manager of DoubleTree Suites Huntsville-South in Huntsville and was most recently general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn East/UCF Area in Orlando.

As a general manager who has delved into nearly every aspect of hotel operations from the ground up, Martinez’s early experience included security, safety and front office operations as well as housekeeping, engineering, transportation management and daily hotel operations.

He attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and spent 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a law enforcement specialist.

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