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Company names food and beverage lead for downtown hotels

February 14, 2020
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Darin Jemison
Darin Jemison. Courtesy AHC Hospitality

A new executive has been named to oversee food and beverage operations for five hotels downtown.

AHC+Hospitality said it has promoted Darin Jemison to regional director of food and beverage to oversee day-to-day operations of the five properties while continuing to be the procurement specialist for new projects.

He will report to the newly appointed vice president of food and beverage, Josef Huber, who focuses on leading and managing all food and beverage operations of AHC+Hospitality’s third-party managed properties, including in the British Virgin Islands, Detroit, Ann Arbor and Florida.

Celebrating 30 years with AHC this year, Jemison joined the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton team in 1990 as an assistant executive steward before discovering his passion for the culinary arts.

In 1996, following a brief stint with Peter Island Resort and Yacht Harbor, he was named the assistant manager of food and beverage of Amway Grand Plaza. When AHC opened the JW Marriott Grand Rapids 11 years later, Jemison was promoted to director of food and beverage and held the position for almost a decade.

In 2017, he was promoted to director of food and beverage projects and procurement for AHC+Hospitality.

“Having spent the past three decades with AHC+Hospitality, Darin has witnessed the evolution of Grand Rapids’ culinary scene and played an integral role in expanding our company’s culinary capabilities and developing its extensive food and beverage program,” said Gerhard Schmied, vice president of food and beverage, AHC+Hospitality. “With Darin at the helm of all regional operations, Grand Rapids will further solidify itself as a gastronomic destination.”

AHC’s hotels in downtown Grand Rapids include the newly opened AC Hotel Grand Rapids Downtown and Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown, as well as the Courtyard by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown, Amway Grand Plaza and JW Marriott Grand Rapids.

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