Bret ChittendenExecutive Vice President of OperationsBret Chittenden joined Expotel in 1997 as Assistant General Manager of the Best Western New Orleans Airport.
He was promoted in March 2000 to the General Manager of Hampton Inn Metairie. Over the next several years, he acted as General Manager for several other full-service hotels in the New Orleans Market. He was then promoted to area Operation Manager of the New Orleans market in 2007 in which he was responsible for overseeing five properties. As of January 2011, he began serving as the Regional Director of Operations for New Orleans.
Bret is responsible for managing and overseeing operations of the Gulf Coast Region for Expotel Hospitality Services, implementing internal capital planning and quality assurance compliance and monitoring financial performance of Expotel hotels in the region.
Bret is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and is a licensed Real Estate Agent. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association. A native of New Orleans, Bret is married and the father of three children.
Mike NixonChief Development Officer / PresidentMike Nixon joined Expotel as Chief Development Officer and President in February, 2019.
Michael Nixon has been in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. What started as a means to pay for college became a lifelong commitment to serving guests, teammates and colleagues. Mike brings a vast amount of expertise within the Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, IHG, Wyndham, Choice and Best Western Brands. From Beach-Front Resort properties to interstate hotels, he is a respected leader with expertise in acquisitions, operations, budgeting, capital improvements, and sales and marketing.
He has an excellent track record in opening and establishing new hotels. In addition, Mike has an impressive track record of turning around the operation of multiple under-performing assets for both private and institutional owners. Mike attended Louisiana State University and Florida State University and has a bachelor's degree in the Russian Language. He is a Certified Hotel Administrator and has worked closely as an advisor and lecturer for the Hospitality School at the University of West Florida for a number of years. Mike has served on the owner advisory council for IHG's Hotel Indigo Brand, and currently serves as a Foundation Board Member for Baptist Hospital. He has been on several Chamber boards and has written and been interviewed for several articles in hospitality trade publications.