SHELTON, Conn. — Gerry Chase, president and COO of New Castle Hotels and Resorts, will retire on June 30, paving the way for Julian and Jeremy Buffam, sons of founder David Buffam, to take the helm of its growing portfolio on both sides of the Canada/U.S border. 

New Castle, a leading third-party hotel management company, owner and developer announced last week that Chase, who has been with the company for 30 years, will retire from NCHR.  

Chase joined the company in 1988 and oversaw hotel operations and later development efforts of more than 80 hotels and resorts.  He began his hospitality career as a bellman, rising through the ranks of Marriott International, and later holding executive positions with Interstate Hotels and Resorts before partnering with Buffam to build New Castle. 

“David offered me the opportunity of a lifetime when he welcomed me into his family business, and after 30 years it’s time to turn over the keys to a new generation,” said Chase.  “We have a strong executive team in place, a robust development pipeline and a very successful portfolio of owned and operated hotels that each are market leaders.  I can move into this next phase confident that our associates, investors, partners and hotels are all well positioned for continued prosperity.”

Chase has been a dedicated industry collaborator serving on numerous brand advisory boards as well as the board of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the American Hotel and Register Company.  In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Arthur Landstreet Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has made a lasting impact on the quality of education and training in the hospitality industry.

New Castle Hotels & Resorts has one foot planted firmly on each side of the Canada-U.S. border, with seven hotels in Canada and 21 in the U.S.  And the Canadian tally doesn’t include the dual-branded Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn under construction in Dartmouth, N.S., set to open in early 2019.

Canadian Lodging News talked to Chase and Julian Buffam.  Read More