CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — The Lake House on Canandaigua, a luxury hotel in the Finger Lakes region, recently appointed Chris Jennings as its new general manager.
Throughout his 17-year career in the hospitality industry, Jennings has gained extensive experience managing guest services and operations at high-end hotels and resorts across the U.S. and beyond. That included overseeing two major property openings and successfully leading teams of up to 200 employees. Jennings started in his new role on April 24, the Lake House said in a news release.
Jennings relocated to Canandaigua from Nashville, Tennessee, where he most recently served as the director of operations for the JW Marriott Nashville. Having joined the team in 2018, Jennings played an integral role in its July 2018 grand opening, the Lake House said. In addition to managing the guest service department, Jennings oversaw hundreds of employees across the front office, valet, housekeeping, in house laundry, uniform room security, retail and the Spa by JW.
“Throughout my career, I have had the honor of working with and learning from talented hospitality leaders and service workers across some of the world’s most premier hotels and resorts,” Jennings said in the release. “I’m excited to collaborate with The Lake House’s exceptional team and leverage my experience to drive forward its longstanding commitment to providing elevated accommodations, amenities, and culinary offerings to its valued guests.”
While working toward completing a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Houston, Jennings said he realized his passion for hospitality while supervising housekeeping and front desk departments for Houston–based Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International properties.
The Lake House on Canandaigua says it is a family owned and operated hotel that opened in late 2020. The hotel features 124 guest rooms and suites, a timber frame event barn, a pool and year-round hot tub, the Willowbrook Spa, and a boardwalk.