Hotel Indigo Williamsburg Brooklyn grows leadership team

Paul Stevens By Paul Stevens
28 June 2019 | Updated 28 June 2019

US: Hotel Indigo Williamsburg Brooklyn has announced the appointment of Tracey Rucks as general manager and Ryan Ocker as director of sales and marketing.

Both will play integral roles in the opening of the new 187-room Valor Hospitality Partners and IHG boutique hotel, which is scheduled to open in July 2019 in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 

As general manager of Hotel Indigo Williamsburg Brooklyn, Tracey Rucks will be responsible for day-to-day hotel operations, guest relations and business and team development. Aa a seasoned and award-winning hospitality leader, Rucks brings over two decades of hospitality management experience to the property.

Rucks has been recognised with notable industry accolades including 'Outstanding General Manager of the Year', 'Outstanding' on Marriott brand Quality Assurance and 'Best Guest Satisfaction Score'.

Prior to this appointment, Rucks spent 13 years overseeing properties for InterContinental Hotels Groups, Hilton Hotels and Marriott Hotels, most recently at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Manhattan Central Park and the Holiday Inn Times Square. She also served as the general manager at Fairfield Inn 5th Avenue and the Hilton Garden Inn in Edison, New Jersey.  

Rucks is a certified general manager for IHG, Hilton and Marriott Properties, holds the New York City Fire Safety Director Certification and is a member of Professional Women's Business Association. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Smith College.

Meanwhile, Ocker brings over a decade of hospitality management experience to his latest role as director of sales and marketing of Hotel Indigo Williamsburg Brooklyn. His results-driven approach focuses on maximising revenue, establishing corporate accounts, strategising and implementing optimal marketing and PR initiatives, as well as leading the team in revenue management.  

Prior to this appointment, Ocker spent time in various on-property and regional senior sales positions, most recently as managing director at SMART Hotel Consulting and as director of sales at Hilton Brooklyn New York. His past hotels include Sheraton Brooklyn, NU Hotel and HGI-Tribeca.

Furthermore, he has worked in ten different markets across the U.S. and Italy, where he has been involved in projects with six different branded hotels within the Hilton, IHG and Starwood families. Ocker has also held roles at independent, boutique and luxury hotels.  

Wade Bryant, director of sales and marketing of Valor Hospitality Partners, said: "We are fortunate to welcome two highly-seasoned hospitality industry professionals to our newest property in Williamsburg.

"Ocker's proven track record of growing sales in the market, as well as Rucks' broad base of hotel operations expertise will be great assets as we open doors in one of New York's greatest neighbourhoods," he added.

Hotel Indigo Williamsburg Brooklyn will be located at 500 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11211, steps away from the neighbourhood's nightlife hotspots, boutiques, restaurants and buzzing art scene. Its programming will cater to both leisure and business travellers, whilst reflecting the culture of the vibrant Williamsburg neighbourhood.

 For more information visit the Hotel Indigo Williamsburg website here.

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