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The St. Anthony, A Luxury Collection Hotel Names Mark Yanke as the President & Managing Director and Libby Nations as the Director of Sales & Marketing

SAN ANTONIO, TX. November 13, 2017 - Hospitality industry veteran Mark Yanke has been named the new President and Managing Director of The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel. This San Antonio, TX staple owned and operated by BC LYND which is often referred to as the ‘jewel of Texas’ welcomes Yanke’s expertise to the executive team.

Yanke comes to The St. Anthony Hotel with over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry having recently held a President and General Manager position at the Hotel Emma also located in San Antonio. As The St. Anthony Hotel has received a recent restoration and rebirth into the community, Yanke’s operational strengths and ability to implement team leadership is sure to help the property continue to flourish.

"We look forward to having Mark's talents influence the Hotel and have his expertise work in featuring the new developments that The St. Anthony has to offer." – Clyde Johnson and Brandon Raney, BC Lynd Hospitality.

Spanning his impressive career in hospitality, Yanke has experience running major hotel operations worldwide. Yanke has managed to create successful environments for his properties to prosper through his leadership abilities, streamlining internal organization platforms, and increasing revenue and overall sales. His skillset will prove to be a valuable addition to The St. Anthony Hotel as the property prides itself on continuing to be a hospitality leader in San Antonio since 1909.

Yanke’s past appointments include a 20-year tenure at Redstone, where he joined as general manager of The Houstonian Hotel in 1993 and later served as vice president and managing director, and senior vice president. At Redstone, Yanke managed operations at The Houstonian Hotel; Club and Trellis Spa; Lakeway Resort and Spa; and The Redstone Companies' golf clubs: ShadowHawk Golf Club, The Houstonian Golf & Country Club, BlackHorse Golf Club, and Redstone Golf Club – home of the PGA TOUR Shell Houston Open. His previous experience also includes, operations analyst for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and president/partner of the Freeman Group.

Yanke is a graduate of Northwood University where he received a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, served as the Chairman on the Board of Governors and Trustees, and, in 2002, was awarded an honorary doctorate. He also served as a member of the Advisory Board for Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and has held several leadership positions that include: Chairman of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and Chair of the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston. Yanke also served as a Member of the Board of Directors for The Super Bowl XXXVIII Host Committee as Houston was the host city for 2004.

Libby Nations has been appointed as the Director of Sales & Marketing at The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Antonio owned and operated by BC LYND. Libby is respectfully recognized in the hospitality industry as a sales expert who spearheaded the marketing efforts of many renowned establishments with recent stints at Sunriver Resort, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, in addition to other entities under the Destination Hotels umbrella including Suncadia Resort and Skamania Lodge.

As a San Antonio Native, Nations says, “It feels good to be home in San Antonio and at The St. Anthony Hotel. I hope to continue the tradition of excellence to this shining jewel that has been a historical staple in this city for close to a century.”

In her new role as Director of Sales & Marketing, Libby will be responsible for creating successful branding initiatives within the Entertainment and Lifestyle sectors of the travel industry best-representing The St. Anthony Hotel team and The Luxury Collection Brand. The St. Anthony Hotel is the grand icon in San Antonio that has kept its timeless beauty in-tact through the years. A recent restoration and infusing of new life into The Hotel’s full offerings of rooms, suites, event space, and dining programs, is a great fit for Libby’s expertise. Libby’s leadership qualities and ability to form valuable relationships within the community and travel industry is invaluable to propel the property forward for many years to come.

"We are excited to have a San Antonio local bring a fresh face to our marketing team. Libby has such a Texas native grasp on the local climate as well as what appeals to travelers nationwide" – Clyde Johnson and Brandon Raney, BC Lynd Hospitality.

Libby’s hospitality experience has spanned more than 20 years involving tours of duty with Hilton, Hyatt, Dolce International, Destination Hotels, Omni, Preferred Hotels and Independent hotels. She has traveled throughout the country and has now found home back in San Antonio bringing her local knowledge and national experience to The St. Anthony Hotel.

Jennifer Gross or Julia Axelrod
Jennifer@emgpr.com or Julia@emgpr.com

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