Soon-to-open Luminary Hotel & Co. adds to executive staff

Luminary Hotel & Co., scheduled to open next month in Fort Myers, Fla., has announced four new additions to its executive team.
Luminary Hotel & Co., scheduled to open next month in Fort Myers, Fla., has announced four new additions to its executive team.

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Luminary Hotel & Co., the new 243-room waterfront hotel opening next month in downtown Fort Myers, Fla., has announced four key additions to the hotel’s executive team.

The new hires include Kiel Lombardo, executive chef; Steve Adams, director of food and beverage; Robert Nokley, director of rooms operation; and Lindsey Appelget, director of finance.

“It is a pleasure to welcome these four outstanding professionals to the Luminary Hotel & Co., as we prepare for our September opening,” said Bob Megazzini, general manager. “Each of these leaders brings their own unique perspective and expertise to the property, adding even greater depth and energy to an exceptional team dedicated to the success of the Luminary.”

Lombardo will direct daily culinary operations at the hotel’s signature Silver King Ocean Brasserie and Ella Mae’s Diner, as well as the Beacon Social Drinkery rooftop lounge. With more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Lombardo was most recently with RL Hospitality Consulting out of Tampa, Fla., where he consulted on restaurant design and concept branding.

Adams will oversee all aspects of the hotel’s food and beverage planning and services, including menu development and the preparation and presentation of food and drinks. Adams will also plan, coordinate, and oversee special events in the hotel’s 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. A hospitality veteran of more than 30 years, Adams joins Luminary from Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Nokley will be responsible for direct supervision of the hotel’s housekeeping, front office, valet parking, loss prevention, and engineering departments. During his 13-year career in hospitality, Nokley has crisscrossed the country as front office, operations, and housekeeping manager at

several notable properties, including JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort, Spa and Golf; and Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa, and Orlando World Center Marriott in Florida.

Appelget will oversee the areas of finance, project accounting, and hotel operational accounting. With more than a decade of experience, Appelget joins the Luminary team from the Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, where she worked as director of finance. She began her career as controller at Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club and Resort in Tucson, Az., later taking the opening controller position at Plunge Beach Hotel in Lauderdale by the Sea, Fla.

Luminary Hotel & Co., will be home to the signature Silver King Ocean Brasserie, as well as the Beacon Social Drinkery rooftop lounge, The Workshop culinary theater; an indoor and outdoor fitness facility; Ella Mae’s Diner and retail space at street level; Dean Street Coffee; and a spacious pool area on the fourth floor overlooking the Caloosahatchee River.

The Luminary is ideal for a variety of events and meetings, and is adjacent to the neighboring Caloosa Sound Convention Center, currently being renovated for a September 2020 grand opening.

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