Christopher Vernicek Promoted to Director of Events at Iconic Midtown Hotel

NEW YORK (January 06, 2015) – Grand Hyatt New York is pleased to announce the promotion of Christopher Vernicek to Director of Events. In this role, Vernicek will oversee all event operations for the hotel’s extensive meeting and event spaces, which feature over 60,000 square feet of award-winning, flexible space with state-of-the-art reception venues, multiple boardrooms, and grand ballrooms which have been host to such important events as John F. Kennedy accepting the Democratic Party nomination for President in 1960, a 1956 speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. and former President Bill Clinton and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrating her New York Senate race victory. Vernicek previously served as the Associate Director of Events at Grand Hyatt New York.

“A valuable member of the Grand Hyatt New York team, Christopher Vernicek has demonstrated his dedication to excellence from the moment he joined as Associate Director of Events,” said Mark Pardue, General Manager of Grand Hyatt New York. “He is extremely deserving of this promotion and we’re looking forward to an exciting new chapter for our events operations.”

Vernicek has worked with Hyatt Hotels Corporation since 1992 serving in several leadership roles at various properties. He began his Hyatt career at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich where he spent nearly ten years taking on various Food & Beverage and Catering positions until he moved on to the Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resort to assume the role of Director of Catering & Convention Services. From there, Vernicek returned to Hyatt Regency Greenwich, serving as Director of Catering & Convention Services until he joined the Grand Hyatt New York team as Associate Director of Events in early 2014.

“I am honored to take on this new role and look forward to bringing my expertise and passion to the events, galas, receptions and meetings Grand Hyatt New York hosts each and every day,” commented Christopher Vernicek. “The events team and I will build upon the past successes to continuously innovate and further establish Grand Hyatt New York as the premier event and meeting space in New York City.”

Vernicek, who resides in Connecticut, has been awarded the Hyatt Hotels & Resorts Catering & Convention Services Director of the Year Award in 2000 and was again nominated for this award in 2007. Vernicek is an avid fan of the beach and enjoys kayaking and sailing off the coast of Connecticut and Long Island.

About Grand Hyatt New York
With a premier location on 42nd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, the Grand Hyatt New York lies in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Attached to the legendary Grand Central Terminal, the Grand Hyatt is just steps away from the city’s best culture and attractions, including Times Square, Broadway, art, culinary experiences and world-class shopping.

The hotel has 1,306 guest rooms, including 43 suites. The suites range in size from 600 to more than 3,500 square feet. The guest rooms feature the Hyatt “Grand Bed” and have large workspaces. The Grand Club provides added luxury offering elevator key access, complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening hors d’oeuvres. The Grand Hyatt New York is perfect for groups of any size. Boasting over 50 meeting rooms and 60,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel can accommodate groups from 10 to 1,500 people.

About Grand Hyatt
Grand Hyatt features large-scale, distinctive hotels in major gateway cities and resort destinations. With presence around the world and critical mass in Asia, Grand Hyatt hotels provide sophisticated global business and leisure travelers with upscale accommodations, extraordinary restaurants, bars, spas and fitness centers, as well as comprehensive business and meeting facilities. Signature elements of Grand Hyatt include dramatic architecture, state of the art technology, and facilities for an array of business or social gatherings of all sizes.


Katie Barr Cornish
11*6 Public Relations