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White House taps Ritz-Carlton GM for "Chief Usher"

Posted by Melanie Nayer  October 5, 2011 10:33 AM

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Ritz-Carlton's Angella Reid will be the first woman to serve as "Chief Usher", the White House announced yesterday.

Reid will be the ninth person in the role as Director of the President’s Executive Residence (also known as “Chief Usher") and will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the operations and activities that take place in the Executive Residence and on the Executive Residence grounds.

Reid currently manages The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, Arlington, Virginia. She brings over 25 years of experience to the White House "Chief Usher" role, including stints at Ritz-Carlton properties in Miami, Florida and Washington, D.C. The position was recently held by Rear Admiral Stephen W. Rochon, USCG (Ret.), who left earlier this year to take a position at the Department of Homeland Security.


What's involved in keeping up the White House residences? According to an article in Hospitality Business News, Reid responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing management of the Executive Residence.
  • Serve as liaison with the White House Historical Association, the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, and other related entities to maintain and preserve the historic People’s House.
  • Overseeing the annual inventory of White House property, conducted by the Office of the Curator and the National Park Service.

Readers: Would you rather be general manager of a luxury hotel, or Chief Usher of the White House residences? Leave your comments below.

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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