Joe Gelchion is the Regional Vice President of Operations for Starwood Hotels in New York and New Jersey. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is the owner and operator of some of most widely recognized hotel brands in the world such as Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis, W Hotels, Four Points, and the world renowned Luxury Collection.
Joe began his Hotel career in 1978, working as a Front Desk Agent at the Sheraton Newark Airport Hotel while attending college at Jersey City State College in New Jersey. He quickly “climbed the ranks”, being promoted to positions of increasing responsibility including Assistant Front Office Manager, Systems Manager Front Desk Manager and Rooms Division Manager. During his tenure at the Sheraton Newark, the Hotel was named ‘Airport Hotel of the Year’ for 3 consecutive years. Joe then transferred to the Sheraton Manhattan Hotel (formerly the Sheraton City Squire) where he was responsible for Food and Beverage Operations. Joe returned to New Jersey to open the Woodbridge Hilton Hotel as the Director of Operation I Hotel Manager before taking a 6 year hiatus from the industry to pursue personal interests. In January of 1994 Joe returned to New York to serve as the Executive Administrator of Gracie Mansion for the newly elected Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Joe returned to the Sheraton Hotels of New York in March of 1995 where he has remained ever since. In 1996 Joe received the ITT Sheraton President’s award for North America. He served as both Director of Events and Director of Operations before being
named General Manager in March of 2000. Joe remained General Manager until his most recent promotion to Regional Vice President of Operations for Starwood Hotels of New York & New Jersey on Sept 15 of 2004. Joe is a member of the New York Hotel Association Executive Committee and servers as the Treasurer. Joe is also a Board Member of NYC & Company and is actively involved with the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce.
Joe is a member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Knights of Columbus. For the past sixteen years he has taught for the Arch Diocese of Newark – St. Vincent de Paul’s CCD Religious Education Program, where he was named “Teacher of the Year” in 2001. Joe is a former Parish Council Member and has served as the Liturgy of the Mass Minister for more than 15 years. He has been equally active and involved in youth sports, coaching CYO basketball, little league baseball and the Police Athletic League for numerous years. He was the 2002 recipient of the “Secret Service Directors Award” as well as the Marty Lyons “Man of the Year Award” for his contributions to Marty’s Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition, Joe is an active supporter and key fund-raiser for the Bi-polar Foundation for the cure of Juvenile Bi-Polar Disease and an active supporter of the Susan G. Kamen Breast Cancer Foundation. On January 29, 2004, his eminence, Edward Cardinal Egan of the Archdiocese of New York presented Joe with the 2004 Cardinal’s Award for Charity. Joe received the 2004 Citizen of the Year Award from the NYPD Joe currently resides in New Jersey with his wife Suzanne and their three children, Matthew 17, Ryan 16 and Casey 10.