Sean Verney, General Manager of the iconic Westin New York at Times Square, has an extensive track record in the hospitality industry, coupled with a passion for all things food and beverage. Sean’s passion for food and beverage began when he started his career working in the family restaurant, and then went on as an owner and operator of his own restaurant and bars. His experience in the private sector has served him well in his corporate roles – Sean has carried over his strong business development skills and consistently achieves and exceeds revenue goals while also delivering exceptional guest experiences.
Sean recently spearheaded a $39 million top-to-bottom renovation of the 873-room luxury hotel in the heart of Manhattan’s famed Times Square. As part of this project, he was intimately involved in the launch of a new F&B concept, Foundry Kitchen & Bar, which has brought new energy to the hotel making it a favorite gathering spot for locals and guests alike.
As a longtime Starwood executive, Sean has spent most of his career with the company in New York. He has worked with Starwood across a variety of positions at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers and the Sheraton Manhattan. Sean’s diversity of operations experience contributes to the wealth of knowledge and depth of his rich hospitality expertise. Before joining The Westin New York at Times Square, Sean also held the role of General Manager of the Sheraton Parsippany. His tenure within the Starwood family, united with his tremendous New York City experience, has been an immense addition to The Westin New York at Times Square. The property is an important part of the ownership group’s hotel portfolio, as well as the Westin brand.
Sean has earned numerous awards with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and during his tenure at The Westin New York at Times Square, Sean and his team have been recognized for excellence on a number of occasions by Starwood’s Corporate Office, including being nominated for Chief Sales Officer two consecutive years, and the distinction of both Sales Team of the Year and Food & Beverage Team of the Year in 2014.
Sean also proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. He resides in New Paltz, New York, with his high school sweetheart and wife of 27 years, Kim, and their four wonderful children Stephanie, Jamie, Kayleigh and Tiffany.