After very successful openings of the Hilton Norfolk The Main (2017), Cavalier Hotel and Cavalier Beach Club (2018) Kurt has assumed the responsibilities as the pre-opening Managing Director of Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2020, the 305-room full service Marriott Hotel will feature exciting, innovative food and beverage ventures. The oceanfront project is a perfect complement to the historic Cavalier Hotel.
From 2006 until his arrival to The Main, Kurt was the General Manager of a 900-room conference center in Loudoun County, The National Conference Center. From 2003 to 2006, Kurt was the Vice President of Business Affairs at Virginia Tech.
Prior to joining Virginia Tech in October 2003, Kurt served our Country as a “loaned executive” for the Transportation Security Administration. As a founding member of the largest start-up of any private or public organization he was specifically responsible for many of the consumer oriented deliverables. The success of these programs provided Kurt the opportunity to create and staff the Office of Consumer Advocacy and Initiatives within the Administration which is today a very active and consumer oriented department. He was recognized with the Department of Transportation Distinguished Service Medal by Secretary Norman Minetta in 2002.
Prior to TSA, Kurt spent twenty-two years with Marriott International, where his background included various assignments in the sales and marketing discipline, followed by operational assignments in Florida and Virginia. His last position with Marriott was Vice President of Brand Strategy for Renaissance Hotels Brand Team. However, his most enjoyable position was General Manager at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia.
Kurt a very proud graduate of Virginia Tech (1980) believing in the university’s motto of Ut Prosim by serving on a number of community boards, task forces, and advisory councils. He is a graduate of Leadership Fairfax (2000), LEAD Virginia (2009), Lead Hampton Roads (2015). A former Chair for the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce (2012), Commissioner on the Loudoun Economic Development Commission, member of Loudoun County’s CEO Cabinet, Secretary for the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance. Kurt currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of Directors for Norfolk Fest Events, and on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Beach Hotel Association.