Waterfront Resort Contracts New General Manager and Food & Beverage Director 

Tampa Bay, FLA (September 23rd, 2019) – The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa has acquired new executive talent in 2019, including a General Manager and a Food & Beverage Director. With exciting plans and a new strategy, the resort anticipates exceptional attention to the guest experience from booking rooms to corporate event planning to elevating the on-site dining at WTR Pool & Grill. 

Some of the initiatives in place this year entail a continued effort to position the Godfrey brand locally and nationally, attracting corporate and social groups to maximize the unique property offerings, and being a strong community partner through support for local charitable organizations. 

On the Food & Beverage side, the new manager is redesigning each menu as well as creating a diverse 2019 WTR entertainment schedule that will feature live performances, themed events, and more. 


Shaun Kwiatkowski is the new General Manager at The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa. His role consists of leading all strategic priorities for the resort along with providing guidance and support to all members on the Godfrey team. Kwiatkowski decided to join the Godfrey brand and Oxford Hotel & Resorts group as he believes the companies are well positioned in the lifestyle segment for exponential growth. Prior to relocating to Tampa Bay, he worked in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino as the Executive Director of Hotel Operations. Kwiatkowski’s experience in the hospitality industry exceeds 25 years dating back to his humble start at his parents’ Colorado motel. Outside of the resort, the general manager is a die-hard Nebraska college football fan and lived several months in Bali, Indonesia. 

MATTHEW GARVEY, Food & Beverage Director

Matthew Garvey joins the Godfrey team in Tampa Bay from his prior position as Vice President of Operations with Four Pillars Hospitality. He carries over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry and has held positions including Food & Beverage Director at Seattle Waterfront Marriott, Port-au-Prince Marriott in Haiti, and Director of Operations at San Francisco Marriott Union Square. Garvey decided to come aboard the Godfrey team because he believes the brand is growing both in size and notoriety in the “lifestyle hotel” category. When he isn’t crafting menus or enhancing the customer dining experience, he can be found listening to country music and taking in the sunset views of Tampa Bay from the resort. 

GODFREY HOTEL & CABANAS: The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa’s resort-style property is nestled among the lush tropical grounds at the edge of Tampa Bay and is conveniently located in close proximity to Tampa International Airport, the Westshore office market and downtown Tampa. The expansive property boasts a heated outdoor pool, 3200 sq. ft. pier with stunning sunset views and private event space, fitness center, and 7,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space. The 276-room hotel features complimentary Wi-Fi, 42’’ flat screen TVs, coffeemakers, mini-refrigerators and expansive space to relax. Every guest room also comes with a private balcony offering sweeping views of Tampa’s skyline and breathtaking sunset views. http://www.godfreyhoteltampa.com/ 

WTR POOL & GRILL: Offering Tampa Bays utmost majestic waterfront views, WTR Pool & Grill is a 20,000 square foot indoor & outdoor bayside/poolside multi-use venue; a new, contemporary and casual setting serving the freshest local seafood and classic American dishes. The restaurant, WTR Grill, serves breakfast, lunch, sunset dinners and late-night bites. 

EVOLVE & CO: Evolve & Co is a full-service advertising agency located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. The company is a collective of brand strategists and creatives, specializing in the lifestyle vertical. The firm is located at 475 Central Avenue Suite M7, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701. www.evolveandco.com 

Editors: For details, or to schedule an interview contact Lisa Williams lisa@evolveandco.com or 727.490.9835. 

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