SAN CLEMENTE, CA—Aimbridge Hospitality and its wholly owned subsidiary Evolution Hospitality have appointed John Caparella to the role of president of Evolution Hospitality.
In his new position, Caparalla is responsible for managing all facets of the Evolution Hospitality division, which includes a portfolio of lifestyle, luxury and independent hotels. With a robust development pipeline of soft brand and independent lifestyle properties, it is an opportune time to add Caparella’s leadership to Aimbridge’s lifestyle operating division, according to the company.
“John’s notable background, experience and inspirational leadership will be extremely valuable in spearheading our operations and results in the lifestyle vertical, capitalizing on tremendous growth opportunities in this space,” said Mike Deitemeyer, president/CEO-elect of Aimbridge Hospitality. “As we continue to leverage the scale of Aimbridge Hospitality to uniquely add value for owners, we remain focused on enhancing our expertise across all hospitality verticals as a key differentiator.”
With more than 35 years of experience in the hotel and entertainment industries, Caparella most recently served as CEO of VSS Southern Theaters, the nation’s seventh largest theater chain, and as principal at Redmont Hospitality, focused on asset management, due diligence, distressed property analysis and management. Prior to that, Caparella was EVP of venue management for the Madison Square Garden Company responsible for all operations for MSG’s portfolio of venues including MSG, Radio City Music Hall, The Beacon Theater, Chicago Theater and The Forum.
He previously served as president/COO for The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo complex, overseeing hotel, casino, F&B, entertainment, retail, human resources, finance, marketing, sales and convention facilities. Prior to that, he was EVP/COO for Gaylord Hotels, where he was responsible for operations, human resources, training, sales and marketing efforts for four of the largest, most operationally complex hotels in the country.