Tom Haines, general manager of Tampa’s Epicurean Hotel, was recently awarded the Mustang Award from Marriott International. The annual award recognizes general managers or hotels that have overcome substantial obstacles and/or introduced new innovation to the market. Haines received the Mustang Award for his work in opening the Epicurean Hotel in December 2013, the first newly constructed hotel property in the United States to join the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc.
“Tom was an inspiration to everyone around him during the opening process of the Epicurean Hotel,” said Joe Collier, president, Mainsail Lodging & Development. “His leadership and creative input assisted in the successful development of innovative concepts and ideas that have made the Epicurean the unique property it is today.”
Prior to his position with the Epicurean, Haines spent nine years with Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando where he held several positions, including Executive Assistant Manager at the 750-room Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. With nearly 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Haines has won several awards, including Food and Beverage Team of the Year for Loews Hotel Corporation and Catering and Convention Services Director of the Year for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Haines is originally from Morristown in upstate New York.
Located in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa, Florida, the food-focused Epicurean Hotel features a state-of-the-art culinary classroom known as the Epicurean Theatre; Élevage, a restaurant where classic recipes are re-imagined; EDGE rooftop bar; Chocolate Pi pâtisserie; Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits wine shop; Evangeline full-service spa; and 5,200-square feet of flexible event space. The Epicurean Hotel was developed in collaboration with Mainsail Lodging & Development and the legendary Bern’s Steak House and is the first newly constructed hotel property in the United States to join the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR).
For reservations, please call (855) U-AWAKEN (829-2536) or visit www.EpicureanHotel.com.