President and General Manager of the Royal Sonesta New Orleans
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In August 2010, Alfred L. Groos was appointed President and General Manager of the Royal Sonesta New Orleans. A native of New York and a graduate of the Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Mr. Groos began his professional career at the Sonesta International Hotel Corporation in 1977. Working his way up the corporate ladder, Mr. Groos began at the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans as a trainee. In time, he served as the hotel’s Food and Beverage Director, Rooms Director, and Executive Assistant General Manager. He left the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans to become the General Manager for the Chateau Sonesta New Orleans, another landmark hotel that opened in the French Quarter in 1994.
In 1996, Mr. Groos was named Vice President and General Manager of the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Boston, where he served as President of the Cambridge Hotel Association and Vice President of the Massachusetts Lodging Association. In 2000, Mr. Groos was honored with the Spirit of Partnership Award from the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Mr. Groos returned to New Orleans in 2000 and rejoined the Chateau Sonesta Hotel as Vice President and General Manager. Three years later, he was named Where Magazine’s “General Manager of the Year.” In 2006, Mr. Groos was named Vice-President and General Manager of the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans.
In 2003, Mr. Groos served as President of the New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association. The Association, which is comprised of hospitality professionals of Greater New Orleans, represents the lodging industry and provides a means to further professionalism, knowledge, and profitability.
In 2005, Mr. Groos was named Chairman of the Board of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. He currently serves on the Bureau’s Executive Committee. On December 10 2006, Mr. Groos was sworn in as the Vice Conseiller Gastronomique for the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs.
In 2007, Mr. Groos was appointed by the Mayor of New Orleans as a Commissioner to the Board of the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority. The Board’s mission is to spur economic growth and development with the purpose of attracting visitors to the state of Louisiana.
In 2009, Mr. Groos was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Administration. He was selected by the Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, to the French Quarter Marigny Historic Area Management District Board of Directors. The organization’s mission is to strengthen the historic area within its boundaries and maintain it as a vital component of Louisiana’s tourism industry.
In 2010, Mr. Groos was selected as an honored member of Sonesta’s Corporate Operations Committee. As a committee member, Al Groos will oversee the daily operations of the Royal Sonesta Hotel Cambridge.