SUMMIT, NJ - The Grand Summit Hotel has appointed Thomas Riccardi as General Manager. The 34-year hospitality industry veteran will be responsible for overseeing the hotel’s operations, sales, marketing, security, maintenance, housekeeping and accounting.
Most recently, Riccardi served as general manager of Due Mari Restaurant in New Brunswick, a 200-seat, upscale restaurant that also hosts private dining events. Under his leadership, the restaurant received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award in 2018 – the first in its 10-year history. Due Mari was one of just 11 restaurants statewide to be so honored that year.
“Thomas Riccardi is a dynamic professional with extensive operational and leadership experience spanning a three-decade career,” said Robert Gelber, hotel president. “His record in hotel operations, knowledge of the local market and wealth of catering experience is a perfect match for the high standards of service guests can expect at The Grand Summit Hotel."
Gelvber added, "He will play a critical role in ensuring the property’s success following our multimillion-dollar room renovation and transformation of our Hat Tavern restaurant.”
Riccardi formerly was general manager of the Watt Hotel Rahway, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, in Rahway. He led the opening of the hotel and The Lounge at Watt in 2017 and oversaw all aspects of operations, sales and human resources.
From 1997 to 2016, Riccardi was general manager of the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel in Eatontown, responsible for the day-to-day hotel operations, sales and marketing and strategic and financial planning of the 22,000-square-foot hotel and banquet facility. During his nearly 20-year tenure, he oversaw a multimillion-dollar guest room and lobby renovation and was recognized for driving employee engagement and delivering positive guest satisfaction and experiences by implementing superior service standards.
Earlier in his career, Riccardi was director of operations at the Chauncey Hotel & Conference Center in Princeton, New Jersey, and director of operations at the former Scanticon Hotel & Conference center in Plainsboro, New Jersey, following his promotion from assistant director of food and beverage and director of technical operations.
Riccardi is a member of the Eatontown Lions Club, Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, Long Branch Rotary, Eatontown Economic Development Committee, Food Bank of Monmouth County, Rahway Chamber of Commerce and ARC of Monmouth, which supports individuals with Down syndrome, autism and other forms of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
He was the recipient of the CPC Behavioral HealthCare Employer of the Year Award in 2012 and ARC of Monmouth Employer of the Year Award in 2010.
The Grand Summit Hotel, the historic Hilltop City icon on Springfield Avenue, recently celebrated the reopening of 107 renovated guest rooms and suites in its original 1929 building following a multimillion-dollar renovation designed to restore the hotel’s traditional glamour while adding what hotel executives and ownership says is “a hip and trendy vibe.”
More than 150 years after the hotel’s founding in 1868, the guest rooms have been renovated to 21st century standards while retaining the boutique style and charm that distinguish them from the sameness of branded franchised hotels. The independent hotel’s family owners are committed to providing friendly, individualized service in the tradition of the founders.
The Grand Summit Hotel specializes in catered corporate and association meetings and social events, including weddings, anniversary celebrations, bar and bat mitzvahs, class reunions and baby showers. Its ballroom can accommodate up to 150 attendees for corporate meetings, 225 for social events and 350 for trade shows and receptions.