Veteran Nashville Hospitality Executive will Serve in Leadership Role at Rapidly Growing Development and Asset Management Company
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 17, 2016 – Castlerock Asset Management, a global property development and investment company that owns the Westin Nashville Hotel, announces that Ray Waters has been promoted from that hotel’s general manager to vice president of Castlerock.
“Now that the Westin is successfully open and operational, we have tapped Ray to have a leadership position at Castlerock, where he can help influence our growing portfolio of properties and restaurants including The Bobby on 4th Avenue in downtown Nashville and the Oak Steakhouse, which are now being developed,” said Seamus Ross, managing director of Castlerock Asset Management. “Ray is a proven hotel operator and we are delighted that he will take a prominent role in our company during this exciting time of opportunity.”
Bringing with him more than 39 years of experience in the hospitality industry before joining the Westin Nashville, Waters held numerous leadership positions at Turnberry Associates including serving as president, the general manager at the Hilton Nashville Downtown and Gaylord Entertainment for 25 years in executive roles including senior vice president and general manager of Opryland Hotel & Resort.
Waters is past president of the Greater Nashville Hotel and Lodging Association and the Tennessee Hotel and Motel Association. He has served on the board of directors for American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), Nashville Sports Council and BellSouth Senior Golf Tournament. Waters is currently on the board of directors for the Nashville Downtown Partnership. He won AHLA’s General Manager of the Year Award for Large Properties in 2008 and is the co-author of The Educational Institute book, Managing Conventions. He is very involved in helping shape the hospitality industry in Nashville and the state of Tennessee.
About Castlerock Asset Management
Castlerock Asset Management, a Nashville-based property development and investment company, was established in 2013 by founders Kevin Fee and Seamus Ross. Natives of New York City and Ireland respectively, the business partners were intrigued by Nashville’s unique character and commercial real estate potential – and quickly invested in property after their first visit. The Westin Nashville in the SoBro neighborhood, The Bobby boutique hotel in Printer’s Alley and the Oak Steakhouse across from Music City Center will be their first of many hospitality and residential projects to come in the Middle Tennessee area.