Oklahoma City's Skirvin Hilton Hotel loses new general manager

Roseann Grippo, former general manager of the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, is no longer with the hotel, its owners say.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: November 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm •  Published: November 20, 2013

Owners of the Skirvin Hilton Hotel announced Tuesday the hotel's new general manager, Roseann Grippo, is no longer working at the hotel or with the company.

Christine Beuchert, spokeswoman for Milwaukee-based Marcus Hotels & Resorts, gave no reason for the sudden departure. Grippo was chosen to oversee the Skirvin in September after the reassignment of Martin van der Laan to another Marcus hotel.

Grippo had been hired away from the Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu. She visited with The Oklahoman on Thursday and described a long-term plan for improvements to the Skirvin that would include new furnishings and a possible sidewalk cafe expansion of the hotel's Park Avenue Grill. She was also planning to introduce more Christmas traditions, including more ambitious holiday lighting.

The next day, Friday, was her last with the hotel and the company, Beuchert said.

Beuchert said Brett Sundstrom, most recently manager of the Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva, Wis., has traveled to Oklahoma City to assume interim management at the Skirvin until a new manager is chosen. Sundstrom was at one point attached to the Doubletree Hotel at Warren Place in Tulsa, and is a graduate of the hotel studies program at Oklahoma State University.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
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Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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