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Tilman Fertitta names general manager for Uptown mixed-use project Jun 15, 2017, 12:36pm CDT INDUSTRIES & TAGS Commercial Real EstateHouston billionaire and Landry’s CEO Tilman Fertitta has named Jorge Gonzalez as general manager of The Post Oak at U

Houston billionaire and Landry’s CEO Tilman Fertitta has named Jorge Gonzalez as general manager of The Post Oak at Uptown Houston, a mixed-use project underway near the Galleria.

Gonzalez, who has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, will manage all aspects of the project, including the hotel, office, residential, retail and restaurant components.

Gonzalez most recently served as the general manager and area vice president of Mandarin Oriental Miami, where he oversaw the property’s opening, according to Fertitta’s June 15 press release. Prior to the Mandarin, Gonzalez also worked for other hotel brands, such as Loews Miami Beach Hotel, The Ritz Carlton, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts and Dorado Beach Resort & Country Club in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“Jorge is a proven leader, delivering high standards of excellence and expertise in the hospitality industry, which are important attributes as we open Houston’s finest hotel, most unique service-oriented office space and exclusive luxury residential apartments,” Fertitta, owner of The Post Oak, said in the release. “I am confident he is the perfect fit for this position and know that he will maximize the property’s potential for success.”

The Post Oak is a 10-acre development that includes a 38-story tower with an adjacent 16,000-square-foot ballroom. The 680,000-square-foot tower will include 250 hotel rooms, more than 150,000 square feet of boutique office space and 20 residential units. Other features of the development include include a two-story spa and salon, two-story Rolls-Royce showroom, signature restaurants Mastro’s Steakhouse and Willie G’s, luxury retail, more than 1,000 parking spaces and other amenities.

The project broke ground in April 2015 and is expected to open this fall. San Francisco-based Gensler, which has a significant Houston presence, is providing master planning, architecture and interior architecture for the project. Houston-based Tellepsen is the general contractor.

Fertitta owns Fertitta Entertainment and its affiliates, Landry’s Inc., Golden Nugget and Fertitta Hospitality. The Houston-based companies operate more than 500 high-end and casual dining establishments around the world, the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino concept’s multiple locations, destinations such as the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and the Kemah Boardwalk, and hotels and resorts such as the Westin Hotel in downtown Houston and the San Luis Resort in Galveston.

Olivia Pulsinelli is the senior web editor for the Houston Business Journal's award-winning website. Follow her on Twitter for more.

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