Hotel makes key hires |

Hotel makes key hires

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe has filled more than rooms recently.

The hotel hired four key management people between April and July.

They are Stefan Gruvberger as hotel manager; Charles Luskin as director of operations; Julie Horn as human resources manager; and David Hansen as chief engineer.

All four are excited about being in Tahoe and working for one of the largest flagship properties managed by Hilton Hotel Corporation.

“I’ve vacationed here for years and years. It was my dream to move to Lake Tahoe,” said Horn, who worked in the same position at an automobile component manufacturer in Murrieta, Calif.

For Hansen, the goal was to come specifically to the South Shore property for the Embassy brand. He’s also worked as an engineer for Embassy at Walnut Creek, La Jolla and San Diego — all in California. Hansen grew up skiing and snowboarding.

This lifestyle experience came in handy in his most previous position as director of maintenance at Robert Redford’s famed Sundance Resort . The idea was to “to get resort experience” before coming on board at Embassy Suites.

Another Embassy transplant, Gruvberger was the director of finance for the New York property. His arrival for the job was his first visit to Tahoe.

Besides feeling “very welcome” at the Lake Tahoe property, the hotel employees say they have noticed a friendlier environment in the workplace since the events of Sept. 11.

“More people seem more polite, and they’re easier to deal with,” said Luskin, who has worked under the Embassy name since 1989. He most recently came from the Dallas property.

Since the terrorist attacks, people from all over have taken stock of their lives, including hotel staffers making moves to boost their careers for their families or to find more time for them.

“You realize what’s important,” said Luskin, whose wife is due to deliver their second child in January.

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