by Phil DeMont

Guido Kerpel doesn’t rappel down buildings anymore.

One morning a few years ago, the hotel executive was convinced to descend the outside of Halifax’s Westin Nova Scotian to raise money for cancer. Thirteen floors later and with eyes as wide as saucers, Kerpel headed for the bar.

“It was nine in the morning. And I needed a pint of beer,” he said.

Kerpel might not need the funny-looking helmet or a morning calm-me-down anymore, but his new title might have him still doing some similarly high-heights rappelling.

That’s because the 55-year-old native of the Netherlands and longtime Haligonian has just been named chief operating officer of New Castle Hotels & Resorts, a Connecticut-based company that owns and operates hotels in North America. Read More