Feliks Schwartz is a passionate hotel industry professional with natural business and leadership acumen and a passion for service excellence. He has been the General Manager of The Westin Richmond since construction of the property in 2008. With over 20 years of experience in hotel and resort operations, 17 of which have been in Management, Executive Committee, and as a General Manager, he is a proven professional in the industry.
Feliks is married with one son and enjoys his free time with his family. His son is a committed baseball player and Feliks can typically be found practicing with him regularly both on and off the field. Feliks also enjoys art, music, working on his home, and watching movies.
John Baptist Papa Jr.
Executive Chef John Baptist Papa Jr. was born and raised in Upstate New York near the Adirondack Mountains. His upbringing was highly influenced by his Neapolitan/Italian grandparents, Dominic and Angie Papa. They translated their love and passion for food to him at a young age as he started his culinary career working in upscale restaurants. Throughout his collegiate career at the State University of New York at Potsdam, he continued to hone his craft as a Chef. After graduating college in 2009, John moved to Richmond, VA where he met his wife Sara. Working as a Chef for Hilton Hotels, he learned how to excel as a culinary manager in the hospitality setting. In 2014 John became the Sous Chef at the 4-Diamond rated Westin Richmond. After a year of service at the property, John and Sara were married at the Westin on April 25th 2015. Chef John continued to excel in his career in Charlottesville, VA at the 4- Star Boars Head Inn and as Catering Chef for the University of Virginia. Now Chef John has returned home to the Westin Richmond as the Executive Chef where he will display his culinary passion and innovation.
Director of Sales
As Director of Sales, Jodie Munn is responsible for the day to day sales & revenue strategies for The Westin Richmond. With over 20 years of hotel sales experience in the Richmond market, she is familiar with Starwood, Hilton, and Marriott brands. Jodie opened The Westin Richmond where she developed a full service sales team from the ground up. She quickly established the hotel as a leader within the market. Jodie previously held sales positions with Hilton for over 12 years and Marriott for three years prior to joining Musselman Hotels in 2008. In her free time, Jodie enjoys spending time with her husband of 18 years and her two beautiful daughters. She also enjoys gardening, shopping, beach vacations, NFL football season and NASCAR.
Director of Catering
Amy was born in Long Island, NY and spent most of her formative years living in NY and Northern Virginia. She is the youngest of six kids and her siblings are her best friends. She started working in the food and beverage industry when she was 18 years old as a bus girl at the Three Village Inn. She loved everything about that job except the pilgrim outfits we were forced to wear. After a few months of bussing she moved up to banquet serving , then al la carte serving, bartending, banquet captain, and then catering coordinator. In 2008, Amy moved to Richmond, Virginia where she worked at the Bellwood Club as their Catering Sales Manager. She has been working for the Westin Richmond since February 2011 in Convention Services and Catering Sales. Food and beverage has always been her passion; however, she recently discovered that she loves interior decorating.
Sam was raised in Kuwait, but has been in the states since he was 17. He went to the University of Central Florida and studied Hospitality. Sam has been with the Westin Richmond before it was opened in December 2008. He enjoys playing golf, football (soccer) and walking. Sam likes to cook, to relax, and enjoy the simple things in life.
Food & Beverage Manager
Stanford was born in Richmond, Virginia. He has worked in hotels for over 25 years. His mother is his heart and soul. He also loves the work he does as a Food & Beverage Manager. Stanford’s passion is cars and clothing; it is important to look good and feel good.
Katie Farmer was born in North Carolina. She is a graduate of Christopher Newport University with a major in Communication Studies. Katie joined The Westin Richmond as part of the initial opening management team and has been an integral part of our success. Prior to working with Musselman Hotels, Katie worked at The Richmond Marriott. Katie loves sports (especially Redskins football and Notre Dame football). She also enjoys the beach and baking.