Alison Bybee has been named vice president of restaurants for the Hostmark Hospitality Group. A seasoned hospitality and restaurant executive, her responsibilities include being intimately involved in the development of new restaurant concepts, as well as managing recent restaurant concepts in New Orleans and Key West and other existing restaurants in HHG’s portfolio.
“Alison and I have a long professional relationship that goes back to our days at Kimpton and I have always admired her ability to inspire and develop great restaurant concept,” said Ron Vlasic, CHA, COO of HHG. “Her ability to find the right people to help accomplish these projects is a testimony to her keen sense of creating more than just a restaurant. I’m confident the energy and enthusiasm she puts into her work will inspire her HHG team.”
Most recently, Bybee was a managing partner at Strong Like Bull Consulting, which provides comprehensive consulting services to restaurant and bar operators. Prior to that, she was director of food and beverage at the Conrad Hotel in Washington, D.C., where she created, led, and managed a pre-opening strategy for a world-class three-meal restaurant, rooftop lounge, banquet operations, and launched an exclusive club lounge concept that was the first of its kind for Hilton Hotels. She also served as vice president of food and beverage for the MGM National Harbor, where she was similarly responsible for a pre-opening strategy for 12 restaurants and bars, banquets, hotel sales, and property-wide uniform control for the D.C., metro area’s first luxury casino resort. Bybee began her hospitality career at Kimpton Hotels, rising to regional vice president of restaurant operations with responsibility for restaurants, banquets, and in-room dining for the Northeast, Midwest, Texas, Arizona, and Mountain regions.
She is a charter member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Food & Beverage Committee.
Bybee has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from the University of Michigan. In addition, she has a Level 1 Sommelier Certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers.