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Keith Butz Named General Manager of the Confidante Miami Beach

Miami, FL - July 24, 2017 - Keith Butz has been appointed general manager of The Confidante Miami Beach, effective immediately. In his new position, he oversees the day-to-day operations at one of Miami Beach’s most playful, yet sophisticated hotels.

Mr. Butz brings 24 years of leadership experience in hotel management and operations to Miami Beach; his hospitality career started with Hyatt at Hyatt Regency New Orleans, in various roles such as corporate management trainee and front office manager. He joins The Confidante from the prestigious Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, where he served as general manager leading all hotel operations for three years.

Prior to Grand Hyatt Kauai, Mr. Butz was general manager at Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, Hyatt Regency Calgary and Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf from 2005 through 2014. Throughout his Hyatt career, he has also held senior management positions at several luxury properties including Hyatt Regency Chicago, Park Hyatt San Francisco, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, and Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego among others.

At The Confidante, Mr. Butz will continue to uphold Hyatt’s commitment to providing extraordinary service. Under his leadership as general manager of The Confidante, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, guests will enjoy enhanced experiences like the newly redesigned American inspired eatery Bird & Bone from celebrated Miami Chef Richard Hales.

Mr. Butz holds a Bachelor of Science in Restaurant and Hotel Management from Purdue University.

ABOUT THE CONFIDANTE

The Confidante, which is part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, is a playful oceanfront oasis in Miami’s mid-beach neighborhood that combines the vibrant glamour of Miami's past with the sophistication and amenities of modern day. The mid-century modern hotel features 363 guestrooms and 16 suites with a 1950s-inspired design that reflects Miami Beach’s Golden Era, showcasing the creative talents of revered British interior designer Martin Brudnizki, and Miami’s famed landscape architect Raymond Jungles. Guests enjoy quality dining experiences in unique settings, including the Southern-inspired Bird & Bone led by renowned Miami Chef Richard Hales, which launched previews late last month, and TALDE Miami Beach, a casual Asian-American restaurant and bar from ‘Top Chef’ alum, Chef Dale Talde. An eclectic hangout in a refreshed 1930s-era built bungalow, the new Nina’s House serves up light bites, fresh-juice cocktails, and good times to the music of the 70s, 80s and 90s. Additional amenities include two heated swimming pools (one for adults only), private cabanas and bungalows, a full-service beach area, and lush tropical gardens. The rooftop Spa at The Confidante features six cabins, a full-service, high-style salon, Warren Tricomi Studio, and an indoor/outdoor fitness center. The Confidante’s fitness offering is further enhanced by V Art of Wellness, offering daily wellness classes for hotel guests and locals. The hotel’s vibe is warm, welcoming, unpretentious – similar to a friend's beach house, which is akin to the meaning behind the name, The Confidante: a best friend, trusted insider. The Confidante is located at 4041 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, FL 33140. For more information, please call 305-424-1234 or visit www.theconfidantehotel.com. Follow the hotel on social media: Facebook /theconfidantehotel and Twitter/Instagram @theconfidante.

Coming Up In The November Online Hotel Business Review




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