New general manager checks in to Equinox

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MANCHESTER — There's a new face at Manchester's oldest resort hotel.

Martin Rosenthal, who previously worked in the hospitality industry in Vermont at Killington and at Mount Snow, has been appointed the general manager of the The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa. He arrived at the post two weeks ago, just in time for the annual rush of visitors taking in the region's autumn colors. Rosenthal, a New York native, comes to the Equinox via its management company, Norwalk, Conn.based HEI Hotels and Resorts. He previously lived in Colorado and managed the Longmont Plaza Hotel & Convention Center and the Millennium Harvest House in Boulder. He has also managed four other hotels for HEI.

He takes over for former general manager Roger Aberth, who, according to marketing manager Alexandra Zullo, has been reassigned to another hotel in Virginia.

At the Equinox, Rosenthal assumes responsibility for a historic hotel on the National Register of Historic Places, with deep ties to the American Revolution and to the Lincoln family. He's responsible for a total of 199 rooms (including 147 in the hotel and others in freestanding inns) and as many as 250 employees during peak season; an 18-hole golf course; the Range Rover Experience Driving School and a day spa, among other features.

"It's definitely an honor to be the steward of such a property and a tradition," Rosenthal said. "When you go back to a place that is so rich in history and does have such an historic past it's important for me to uphold the expectations and the history. You don't want to be the guy who comes in and tries to turn this into whatever; it is what it is. To highlight it and celebrate it is paramount."

That said, Rosenthal relishes "the ability to be a part of the community and to bring some new things to life, or to reimagine or bring back some things."

A Brooklyn native and graduate of Springfield College, Rosenthal played numerous roles at Mount Snow and Killington between 1998 and 2007 when those mountains were owned by American Skiing Company. That culminated with a role as food and beverage director at Killington Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center from 2004-07.

"I did plenty of my holiday shopping here. I also have dear friends who have lived or worked or part of the community. So I definitely knew what I was getting myself into," he said. "The transition is going very well so far."

Reach Greg Sukiennik at gsukiennik @manchesterjournal.com or at 802-490-6000.

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