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.
The sudden change of management follows the departure of Bill Otto in 2011 as president of Marcus Hotels. Otto was seen locally as the key representative of the company in negotiations with the city during redevelopment of the long-abandoned Skirvin before it reopened in 2007.
Litigation, meanwhile, continues between Marcus Hotels and co-owner Partners in Development with a trial pending over a tax dispute involving the hotel's operations.
Oklahoma City taxpayers have millions invested in the Skirvin, which is also widely considered one of the city's most treasured historic buildings.