Round Hill Resort Management
Josef Forstmayr has been welcoming guests to Round Hill Hotel and Villas since he began as managing director in 1989. Under Josef's direction, Round Hill has won countless prestigious awards and accolades including the World Travel Awards' "Best Villas" for eight consecutive years, AAA's "Four Diamond Award of Excellence," the Brass Key Award for "Most Romantic Resort," and has been featured on Condé Nast Traveler's "Gold List" and Travel + Leisure's "World's Best List."
Josef has a passion for all things Jamaican and has lived in the country since 1979. Prior to joining Round Hill, Josef served as assistant manager at Coconut Cove in Negril, later moving to the Tryall Golf and Beach Hotel as resident manager. Soon after, he was named general manager at the Trident Villas and Hotel in Port Antonio, Jamaica before settling in at Round Hill.
Josef's love and enthusiasm for Jamaica and the Caribbean led to his appointment in April 2010 as President of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA). During his tenure, Josef hopes to raise awareness of the importance of tourism throughout the Caribbean with the CHTA's "Tourism is Key" advocacy campaign. He is also dedicated to promoting locally produced products from beer and rum to sauces and agricultural products to support local economies. In addition, Josef strives to strengthen local flavors of the various islands, promoting regional Caribbean cuisine through various culinary festivals and competitions.
Finally, Josef is working with the CHTA to promote the Caribbean as the best warm weather destination in the western hemisphere through a targeted regional marketing campaign. In additional to the CHTA, Josef currently serves as a director of the Jamaica Tourist Board, The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and The Tourism Enhancement Fund, and was president of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) from June 2001 - 2003. He is also the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Austria. In 2005 Josef received The Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer for his contribution to Jamaica's Tourism industry. He was named Hotelier of the Year by the JHTA in 1993 and 1996 and Caribbean Hotelier of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel Association in 2007. Josef was born in Steyr, Austria and is fluent in German, English, French and Italian. He attended the University of Salzburg where he studied Economic Sciences and Tourism and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.
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Omar Robinson joined the Round Hill team in 2003 as the property's resident manager. He then served as director of operations before being named general manager in 2007. Fully dedicated to promoting tourism to Jamaica, Omar has served as the co-chairman of the Montego Bay Chapter of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association from 2007 – 2010 and was recently named chairman of the organization for 2010 - 2011. Prior to Round Hill, Omar worked at numerous Jamaican resorts including Sandals Ocho Rios Resort and was the resident manager at Beaches Sandy Bay Resort in Negril. Omar received his masters in organizational leadership from Southern New Hampshire University and has also completed the general managers program at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.
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Chef Martin Ian Maginley
Chef Martin Ian Maginley came to Round Hill from his position as executive chef at SuperClubs, Grand Lido Negril Resort & Spa where he enriched the culinary experience throughout the property's seven dining outlets. Prior to his executive chef position, he served as executive sous chef at The Grand Lido and sous chef at Four Seasons Regent Hotel in Toronto, Canada. Maginley graduated from George Brown College in Toronto, where he also completed his apprenticeship. He has appeared on national television, including live demonstrations on such programs as The Today Show, Fox 5 Morning Show, NBC Chicago, Montreal Global TV and many more and has been featured in national publications such as Food & Wine and Caribbean Travel & Life. Chef Martin also helped to create the highly successful "Epicurean Escape" in association with Food & Wine.
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Director of Sales & Marketing
Linda Lawrence joined the executive team at Round Hill Hotel and Villas in 2012 to oversee the sales and marketing activities of the prestigious and classic Jamaican resort. As Director of Sales and Marketing, Lawrence is responsible for strengthening travel industry relationships, consortia relationships and strategic partnerships, as well as looking after the resort's brand positioning, marketing, sales and public relations.
Prior to her position at Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Lawrence spent from 2000 to 2011 in a senior-level sales capacity at Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica. During her tenure, she executed a number of roles including Acting Weddings Manager, Regional Sales Manager and Travel Industry Sales Manager.
Lawrence has a Master's Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Revans University. She completed her Bachelor of Science in 2003 at Florida International University, from where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in Hospitality Management. She resides fulltime in Jamaica with her partner and daughter.
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Director of Food & Beverage
At a young age, native Jamaican Hillary Stewart had a fascination with the tourism and hospitality industry, which lead her to begin her career with management positions at the Grand Lido Braco and Wyndham Hotels, both of which she oversaw for several years. Once she knew this was her career path, Ms. Stewart traded the island life for the blustery New York winters in the pursuit of a Master's degree from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.
After graduating from Cornell, Ms. Stewart was hired by the DARDEN Corporation where she held a position as a managing partner for the Longhorn Steakhouse franchise. Having a profound love for her native country and the tourism industry alike, it was no surprise that Ms. Stewart eventually found herself back on the island of Jamaica as the Assistant General Manager for Island Entertainment - a role that placed her in charge of operating international franchises and multi-restaurant venues at both the Airport and Cruise Pier. Once her managerial duties were satisfied with Island Entertainment, Ms. Stewart found her current position as the Director of Food & Beverage with the Round Hill family.
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