As general manager of the JW Marriott Essex House New York, Stephen Batta is responsible for overall operations of the JW brand’s first hotel in New York City. The 509-room hotel is located on Central Park South in Manhattan’s renowned midtown neighborhood, boasting sky-high views of Central Park. The property was most recently the Jumeirah Essex House and reopened on September 18, 2012 as JW Marriott Essex House New York.
Most recently, Batta was general manager of the Renaissance New York Hotel 57. The highly distinctive Renaissance New York Hotel 57 completed a $40 million makeover in September 2009 and is the second Renaissance in Manhattan. Prior to that, Mr. Batta was assistant general manager of the New York Marriott Downtown, where he headed up all daily operations of this 500-room hotel in Lower Manhattan.
A 20-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Stephen Batta’s career started at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers as assistant lobby court lounge manager. His career with Marriott International began in 1992, and he has worked at the Seaview Marriott in Absecon, New Jersey and the (former) RIHGA Royal New York as director of food & beverage. At the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square, in 1992 he first worked at The View Lounge, the hotel’s revolving rooftop restaurant and lounge. After several years with other Marriott hotels, he came back to the 1,957-room New York Marriott Marquis in 2004 as its youngest director of food & beverage. The New York Marriott Marquis is a flagship of Marriott International. It features over 100,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space. Under Mr. Batta’s direction, the New York Marriott Marquis received numerous awards for food and beverage excellence. He is the recipient of the Marriott Marquis’ 2006 Leadership Award and the 2007 Eastern Region Award of Excellence for Overall Quality.
Mr. Batta is an active member of the National Association of Catering Executives in New York City. He is also a member of La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. He has been an active member of the Food and Beverage Association of America for over 15 years and served as its 1st Vice President for two years. Stephen was the recipient of the Association’s 2006 President’s Award for his hard work and dedication to the organization. He has been an active member of Les Amis d’Escoffier Society Foundation for over 10 years and has been serving on the Board of Directors as 1st Vice President since 2006.
Stephen Batta is a graduate of Marist College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing. He is very involved in his home community and serves on charity fundraising events for St. Veronica’s Church and the Howell United Youth Organization in New Jersey. He and his wife Jennifer reside in Freehold, New Jersey with their three children: Kristyn, Jackson and Dylan.