Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza Announces General Manager

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Hospitality Veteran Robert Leyva is announced as a General Manager for Valencia Group's new Kansas City hotel - Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza

Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza

"Robert's experience with programming and opening new hotels, as well as his tenacity and drive, will bring great value to our new Kansas City market." says Roy Kretschmer, VP of Operations.

Robert Leyva brings more than a decade of hospitality experience to his new role as General Manager for Valencia Group’s new Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. His extensive background in food and beverage, sales and operations, along with his tenure with Valencia Group, were pivotal in his promotion as the property’s new leader.

Leyva joined Valencia Group in 2002 as part of the preopening team of Hotel Valencia Riverwalk and assumed dual roles of Catering Sales Manager and Banquet Manager. He quickly earned the opportunity to become the Director of Food and Beverage, which springboarded him into Director of Operations, and most recently to Hotel Manager at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio. As Valencia Group has continued to expand its brand, he has been instrumental in opening other Valencia Group properties as a preopening programmer, which includes training an opening team and managing preopening dollars.

Leyva began his hospitality career in 1999 as part of the preopening team at Westin La Cantera Resort, a Starwood property. Soon after, he gained experience while working with Local Arrangements – a destination management company – and the Paseo del Rio Association, an association responsible for the promotion and production of special events for the San Antonio Riverwalk. Prior to joining Valencia Group, Leyva worked with La Mansion del Rio Hotel, an independent luxury hotel on the River Walk.

According to Valencia Group’s Vice President of Operations Roy Kretschmer, “Robert’s experience with programming and opening new hotels, as well as his tenacity and drive, will bring great value to our new Kansas City market. As the author of many of the entire company’s cultural and training programs, he understands the Valencia Group service tradition standards, and we know we can expect to see great things from him.”

Leyva holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio Tourism Management Program. He has served as a board member in his community for various art, cultural and charitable organizations and feels strongly about immersing in and embracing each locale’s local flavor.

About Valencia Group
Houston-based Valencia Group provides management, development, branding and repositioning services for independent, full-service boutique hotels owned by the company, in addition to third parties. Recognized both nationally and internationally for their exceptional service and style, Valencia Group hotels fuse a crisp, globally-inspired modern design aesthetic with warm Mediterranean influences. Valencia Group continues to forge a niche with anchor hotels in mixed-use environments where the right balance of residential, restaurant, retail and office coalesce to create full-spectrum accretive value in sought-after urban settings. Signature properties such as Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, CA, Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE in Houston, TX and Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX have become destinations and gathering places within their respective communities, some further benefitting from and enriching their location within the cultural heart of a city. All three of these hotels have earned coveted spots on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List for 2013. This year is one of substantial growth for the company with the second Sorella - Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza – slated for a fall opening in Kansas City, MO and a new concept: Lone Star Court. A 21st Century reinterpretation of the nostalgic motor court. Lone Star Court will premier in summer 2013 in Austin at The Domain. For more information, please visit

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