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Executives

Resort Hotel Executives

As a pivotal part of the local community, our leadership team understands the importance of inspiring our staff to deliver outstanding service.

Dant Hirsch - PRESIDENT & MANAGING DIRECTOR

Dant Hirsch comes to Ocean House Collection from Six Senses Hotels Resorts and Spas where he was General Manager of the New York property, leading the development of luxury guest rooms, condominiums, a membership club and food and beverage concepts. With extensive experience in luxury, Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond properties, Hirsch served as General Manager at The Dominick in New York, Faena Miami Beach and Regional General Manager of the Americas for COMO Hotels and Resorts.

Earlier in his career, he was Hotel Manager and Director of Operations for St. Regis Hotels and Resorts in Miami and Kauai. In addition, he served in leadership positions at the RitzCarlton Sarasota and Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort in British Colombia. Hirsh received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, where he was a Schreyer Scholar. He also holds a higher education certificate from Cornell University.

Steven Souls - GROUP DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Steven Souls brings over 30 years of financial management experience in the resort industry. Steven joined Ocean House Management Collection as the Group Director of Finance in April, 2016.

Career Highlights

• Director of Finance at The Equinox, a AAA Four Diamond luxury collection golf resort and spa located in Manchester, Vermont.
• Director of Finance at Stonewall and Glade Springs Resorts, two luxury properties in the Benchmark Hospitality collection.
• Director of Finance at Lake Placid Resort, an iconic golf resort in Lake Placid, New York.
• Director of Finance at Daufuskie Island Club & Resort.

Community Involvement/Associations

• Member, Hospitality Financial & Technology Professions (HFTP).
• Former Board Member & Treasurer, Tritons Swim Club and Northshire Hockey Association.

Education & Training

• BS Accounting, Plymouth State University
• Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA), American Hotel & Motel Association

 

T. Michael Chandler - Group Director, Human Resources

T. Michael Chandler oversees all human resource functions including strategic planning, administration, recruiting, employee relations and talent management. He joins Ocean House Collection after serving as a senior human resources consultant, prior to which he held the position of Director of Human Resources for 10 years at the nationally acclaimed Seaport Hotel in Boston. With more than 30 years in the hospitality industry, T. Michael has served in international leadership HR roles for several top companies including Accor, Sofitel, and more.

Brian Honan - GROUP DIRECTOR, SALES & MARKETING

Brian brings more than 35 years of luxury experience to Ocean House Collection. His past positions include sales and marketing leadership roles with Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, The New York Palace, and The Plaza, all in New York City.

Brian and his family have a long history and affinity with Westerly and Watch Hill, having maintained a residence here since 1985. In his free time Brian loves hiking, kayaking and exploring all the Rhode Island coastline has to offer.

Gabrielle Clark - Group Director of Food and Beverage Operations

In late 2019 Gabrielle Clark joined Ocean House from Kokomo Private Island resort in Fiji, where she was food & beverage director. Prior to that, she served as beverage director during the opening of Washington D.C.’s stylish Watergate Hotel and held previous roles across the United States, from Fontainebleau Miami Beach to The Little Nell in Aspen. 

Louis Shapazian - Resort Manager

Louis Shapazian began his hospitality career at the Boston Harbor Hotel, followed by roles with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in Vail, CO and Las Vegas, NV. Then came a series of roles at Ocean House, including Guest Relations Manager, Assistant Director of Housekeeping and Member Relations & Guest Experience Director before being appointed Director of Rooms in 2019.

Matt Voskuil - GROUP EXECUTIVE CHEF

Chef Matt oversees all culinary operations including the resort’s restaurant outlets, as well as the banquet and catering operations.

Chef Matt joined Ocean House with more than 25 years of culinary experience. He most recently served as Executive Chef and director of food & beverage at the Chanler in Newport where he helped launch two new restaurants. He previously led culinary teams for 10 years in some of the most notable destinations in Las Vegas, including positions with Venetian Resort and Casino, Joel Robuchon at The Mansion, Eiffel Tower Restaurant and Wynn Resorts. Chef Matt’s restaurant experience also includes positions as sous chef and executive chef in Chicago.

He began his professional career as executive chef at Canoe Bay, a Relais & Chateaux property in Wisconsin.

Chef Matt received his culinary arts degree from Kendall College, Illinois. In his free time, he loves to read, golf and is a fan of motorcycle racing. He and his family reside in Rhode Island.

Ginger Dubois - Director of Talent Acquisitions

Ginger Dubois is Director of Talent Acquisitions for Ocean House Collection. Ginger brings extensive experience in both recruitment and a vast understanding of the hotel business. She worked for Hyatt hotels at resorts in Grand Cayman, Palm Springs, Jamaica, and Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

Ginger also served as a General Manager of the Margate resort in New Hampshire, a property with seasonal labor challenges. Ginger most recently was the Corporate Director of Talent Acquisitions at Ocean Properties Hotels & Resorts. Here she facilitated all the international staffing in a myriad of visa programs as well spearheaded the US worker recruiting and leadership development.

She earned her first degree from Johnson & Wales University for Culinary Arts. Later, she attended the esteemed Isenberg School of Hospitality at University of Massachusetts Amherst and more recently earning her bachelor’s degree in Applied Studies at Granite State College.

Please contact Ms. Dubois direct should you be considering a new position, a career change or to refer those with an interest in hospitality. She can be reached direct at 401-548-7107 or talent@oceanhouseri.com.

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