Waterford Hotel Group's Heaton named president


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Michael Heaton has been named president of the Waterford Hotel Group.
The Waterford Hotel Group has appointed Michael Heaton as president to succeed longtime President Robert Winchester, who is preparing to retire.

The appointment is effective Jan. 1, said Len Wolman, CEO of the Waterford-based hotel property management firm.

Heaton began his career with Waterford Hotel Group in 1997 and has held numerous management positions at Waterford-managed properties, as well as corporate regional hotel director, before assuming the role of vice president of operations in 2009.

Wolman said Winchester, who will continue as president through the end of this year and then advise the company in a part-time role, has created value for hotel owners and opportunities for the firm's associates. The firm gained nine management contracts this year, bringing the portfolio total to 27 properties in seven states, he said.

"He has left us well-positioned for continued growth," said Wolman.

Winchester joined the company in 1990 as a property controller, and then served as CFO and vice president of development and asset management, before assuming the position of president in 2000.

Duane Schroder will assume the position of vice president of operations on Jan. 1. He joined Waterford in 2002 as part of an International Training Program with the University of Johannesburg. He has filled many positions since that time, including regional hotel director and general manager of numerous hotels.