New General Manager at the Helm for Fire Island’s Palms Hotel

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The Palms Hotel Group is proud to announce Karen Spollenas General Manager.

Ocean Beach, NY - February 24th, 2014 -  Navigatinga fleet that now includes seven guest accommodation properties as well as CJ’s Restaurant & Bar, The Palms Hotel Group is proud to announce Karen Spollen as General Manager. Ms. Spollen brings five years of fine restaurant and catering experience to the table, as former General Manager of Surf’s Out in the neighboring Fire Island community of Kismet. In what she calls an “eclectic background” her CV also includes a successful career in the real estate business on greater Long Island, as well as presently being a Firefighter with the Kismet Volunteer Fire Department.

“The Palms Hotel has an excellent reputation and this combined with the legacy that CJ’s brings makes this an ideal fit for me. I see tremendous growth potential in the expansion of The Palms’ Venue for Catering.  It is my hope to bring the level of expertise to a place where that promise can be fully realized for weddings, corporate events, or any gathering of family and friends.”

This highly driven tenacious woman has lived year-round in Kismet for the past five years and is a local Long Islander, native to Massapequa, NY. She holds a degree in Clinical Social Work from Hunter College and is the mother of two sons: Twenty-one year-old Brendan O’Halleran works in the restaurant industry, while 18 -year old Grady O’Halleran recently enlisted in the U.S. Marines and begins training this coming July. Karen is also a newly wed, having found love again with Joe Carleton within the past year.

“We are thrilled to have Karen aboard,” says The Palms Hotel Group President, Chris Mercogliano. “With such a great team 2014 will be our best season yet.”

“Our clientele expect excellence with great attention to detail. Karen leads by example, and this approach is the best possible match for The Palms Hotel Group.” Laura Mercogliano, Chris’s wife as well as former Palms General Manager further added. “Karen has sophistication and finesse that makes her an ideal candidate to provide superior customer service. As the former General Manager, it is my intention to work hand in hand with my husband Christopher to focus on the expansion of The Palms Hotel Group to include some creative and interesting future projects, stay tuned!”

About the Palm's Hotel
The Palms is a boutique hotel in Ocean Beach on Fire Island offering luxurious accommodations in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Distinguishing itself as having the finest amenities with the highest standard of customer service, The Palms prides itself as going a step beyond the expected. Learn more by visiting their website.

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