Montage Beverly Hills Leadership

James Bermingham

Vice President, Montage Hotels & Resorts

James Bermingham is Vice President of Montage Hotels & Resorts. In his role, Mr. Bermingham oversees all hotel operations for Montage Laguna Beach, Montage Beverly Hills, Montage Deer Valley, and Montage Residences Corporation. In addition, he supervises the management company in sales, human resources, culture development and training, and supports the development team.

The veteran hotelier has been the Managing Director at Montage Laguna Beach from its opening in 2003, and has played an integral role in guiding the team that has helped Montage achieve significant industry and public acclaim.

Driven by a philosophy which mandates excellence, a "good neighbor" policy and great attention to detail, Mr. Bermingham attributes Montage's resounding success to the exceptionally talented, committed and gracious staff. "This commitment is pervasive throughout the company," he says. "Everyone who works here has a shared vision and enthusiasm for their job, which ultimately creates an unparalleled experience for our guests and residents."

Mr. Bermingham began his 25-year hospitality career as a manager trainee at the Clarence Hotel in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, where he spent many years honing his talents.

Realizing that he was ready to embark on a lifetime career in the hotel industry, he moved to London, England, where he began a career with ITT Sheraton and the Luxury Collection, which spanned ten years. He worked as General Manager of ITT Sheraton's Five Diamond St. Regis in Houston, Texas. During his tenure with ITT Sheraton and the Luxury Collection, Mr. Bermingham accrued many accolades for his accomplishments, including "The Divisional President Award" for outstanding achievement and the "Top Sales Team Award" for the North American division.

In 1998, he joined Mirage Resorts as opening Vice President of Hotel Operations at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi. The following year, he moved his family to Washington, D.C. taking a position as General Manager of the acclaimed Latham Hotel, where he was also responsible for its sister property, the boutique Georgetown Inn. Here Mr. Bermingham earned the MeriStar Hotels & Resorts "General Manager Excellence Award - Best Food and Beverage."

Mr. Bermingham takes an active role in serving the surrounding community where he lives in Orange County, California. A hallmark of his community involvement is "Hearts of Montage," a comprehensive outreach program which supports non-profit programs throughout Orange County. Demonstrating his commitment, Mr. Bermingham has served on numerous Orange County non-profit and hospitality industry boards and committees, among them the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, the Ocean Institute, the Anaheim and Orange County Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Orange County Tourism Council.

Mr. Bermingham is married with two young sons, and enjoys coaching his son's soccer teams.

Chaise R. Barfield

Director of Residences

Chaise R. Barfield joined Montage Hotels & Resorts as Director of Residences for Montage Beverly Hills in January 2014. In this role, he oversees all residential operations for Montage Beverly Hills.

Barfield brings with him a wealth of luxury ownership experience and passion for the hospitality industry. He joins us most recently from The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas where he held the role of Club Manager. During his time with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Mr. Barfield held numerous leadership roles at a range of U.S. and Caribbean properties as well as at the corporate level. Some of his experience includes: Senior Marketer, Member Services Manager, and Member Experience Manager for The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, an entity of the Ritz family centered on fractional and whole ownership of destination properties.

Prior to the start of his hospitality career, Barfield, an East Coast native, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. During the course of his study, he also attended Lancaster University in the United Kingdom where he studied International Law.


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