Montage Laguna Beach names Mary Rogers as general manager

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Mary Rogers was named general manager of Montage Laguna Beach on May 21. Photo courtesy of Montage International

Montage Laguna Beach has tapped a 20-year luxury hospitality veteran to be its next general manager, according to a press release Friday.

Mary Rogers joins Montage Laguna Beach from Fontainebleau Miami Beach, where she was the first female general manager since the hotel opened in 1954. Rogers was hired by Fontainebleau as vice president of operations for rooms in 2009 and promoted to general manager in 2018.

“I am delighted to welcome Mary Rogers to Montage Laguna Beach,” said Jason Herthel, president and chief operating officer of Montage International, said in a prepared statement. “Mary’s extensive, ground-breaking background is nothing short of impressive, and we are honored to have her dynamic leadership at the helm of the resort’s executive team.”

Rogers will lead the Montage following an unprecedented year for California hotels, which were forced to close their doors to non-essential travel for months due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Previously, Rogers worked in various roles for Ritz-Carlton resorts in Henderson, Nev., Rose Hall, Jamaica; Grand Lakes, Fla.; and McLean, Va.

During her time with the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach helped found the Florida Chapter of Women in Lodging and chaired the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Women’s Path to Power committee.

Rogers has also been recognized with several awards over the years, including as Corporate Executive Woman of the Year by the U.S. Minority Chamber of Commerce in 2019.

She received a Bachelor’s in hotel and catering management, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Ireland.

Rogers succeeds Anne-Marie Houston, who served as the Montage’s general manager who departed in August after more than three years of overseeing the oceanfront resort. Prior to this role, Houston served as the property’s resort manager, according to a press release.

“We are excited to have Mary Rogers join our Laguna Beach community,” Sandy Morales, CEO of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, wrote in an email. “With her extensive and very impressive background, she is sure to be a success in Laguna Beach and we look forward to working with her.”

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Daniel is currently managing editor for the Laguna Beach Independent. He first started reporting on Laguna Beach in 2018. Daniel moved to Orange County from his hometown of Santa Barbara in 2008 to attend Chapman University. He wrote for the college newspaper, The Panther, for nearly four years before obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English with an emphasis in journalism. While attending Chapman, he started interning at the Orange County Register as a community blogger in Orange. In 2012, he was hired as a staff writer covering Orange and Villa Park. He went on to cover the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum as well as housing, development, education, water, and local politics in other Orange County cities. Since leaving the Register in 2015, he has written for Law360, the Foothills Sentry, the Newport Beach Independent, the Laguna Beach Independent, Los Angeles Times Community News, BehindtheBadge.com, and the California Business Journal. When Daniel isn't busy covering Laguna Beach, he serves as ​engagement editor for a nonprofit newsroom, The War Horse. He lives in Irvine with his wife and son.

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