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Grand Hyatt NY appoints director of events

Grand Hyatt New York, which features more than 60,000 square feet of flexible event space, promoted an employee to director of events.

In this role, Christopher Vernicek will oversee all event operations for the hotel’s extensive meeting and event spaces. Vernicek previously served as the associate director of events at Grand Hyatt New York.

“A valuable member of the Grand Hyatt New York team, Christopher has demonstrated his dedication to excellence from the moment he joined as associate director of events,” said Mark Pardue, general manager, Grand Hyatt New York. “He is extremely deserving of this promotion, and we’re looking forward to an exciting new chapter for our events operations.”

Vernicek has worked with Hyatt Hotels Corp. since 1992 serving in several leadership roles at various properties. He began his Hyatt career at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich where he spent nearly 10 years taking on various Food & Beverage and Catering positions until he moved on to the Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resort to assume the role of Director of Catering & Convention Services. From there, Vernicek returned to Hyatt Regency Greenwich, serving as director of catering and convention services until he joined the Grand Hyatt New York in early 2014.

“I am honored to take on this new role and look forward to bringing my expertise and passion to the events, galas, receptions and meetings Grand Hyatt New York hosts each and every day,” commented Vernicek. “The events team and I will build upon the past successes to continuously innovate and further establish Grand Hyatt New York as the premier event and meeting space in New York City.”

Vernicek, who resides in Connecticut, has been awarded the Hyatt Hotels & Resorts Catering & Convention Services Director of the Year Award in 2000 and was again nominated for this award in 2007. He is an avid fan of the beach and enjoys kayaking and sailing off the coast of Connecticut and Long Island.

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