The staff at The Pearl Hotel in the Florida Panhandle is perfectly in tune with each guest’s desires, whims and requirements. We know how precious your vacation time is and we want you to leave us with a rejuvenated spirit and life-long memories. More than just a brand of service, hospitality is an art that we practice with passion and pride in gratitude for honoring us with your stay.
| General Manager
Kyle Davis is a seasoned hospitality professional who believes that attention to detail and a willingness to go the extra mile are the keys to creating exceptional guest experiences. He takes a hands-on approach to his role of General Manager at The Pearl Hotel and strives to meet guests and hospitality teammates alike with empathy, understanding and most of all, respect.
Kyle began his career with The St. Joe Company in 2014 after he had already graduated from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and worked his way to a senior position at a Five Star/Five Diamond resort. His attention to detail, love of employees, guest-focused philosophy and affable personality have paved the way for his career to elevate him to General Manager of Watersound Inn and Watersound Beach Club, and ultimately his current position at The Pearl.
| Director of Lodging
Lucas graduated from Northwest Florida State College. Prior to this position, he served as the Director of Operations at the Atlanta Marriott in Alpharetta, GA and Director of Operations at the Sheraton Hotel in Atlanta, GA. Lucas brings experience and a proven track record of success in the Lodging Industry, which will be invaluable in meeting the departmental goals and objectives.
| Director of Food & Beverage
Kevin Dixon has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, specifically related to food and beverage operations. He is a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and an honors graduate of Johnson & Wales University with dual degrees in Culinary Arts as well as a bachelor’s degree of Science in Foodservice Management. Through his previous management positions in Virginia at the Omni Richmond Hotel and The Williamsburg Hospitality House, Kevin successfully oversaw multi-faceted departments which included full-service restaurants, room service, and banquets. Kevin enjoys being able to create memorable dining experiences for guests, drawing upon his knowledge of both culinary offerings as well as front-of-the-house operations. His passion for guest interaction has led him to roles where he is able to engage with guests on a daily basis and uphold positive guest satisfaction. As the Director of Food and Beverage at The Pearl Hotel, Kevin will oversee all food and beverage operations for the hotel, including Havana Beach Bar & Grill, its scenic rooftop and lounge, as well as in-room dining and banquet services.
| Executive Chef
Chef Matthew Rolens began his career in hospitality in 1988 in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated from the New England Culinary Institute in 2000. Throughout his career he has worked in private clubs, high-end restaurants, and luxury hotels. Chef Matthew has worked with St. Joe Hospitality since 2017 as sous chef, chef de cuisine, executive sous chef, before taking on his current role as executive chef in 2021. Providing consistency in both cuisine and service that the guests of the hotel have come to expect, Chef Matthew also places a high priority on the continuing education of his cooks, taking pride in helping his staff members achieve professional growth.
| Director of Restaurants
Tracy graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with degrees in Production/Operations & Organizational Management and recently relocated to Florida. With more than 25 years of wide-ranging hospitality and operations leadership experience, she has honed her skills working in fine dining establishments in New Orleans, LA & Biloxi, MS. As the Director of Restaurants, she will be bringing her experience with employee and guest relations to Havana Beach Bar & Grill, as well as its Rooftop and Lounge venues. Tracy is strong believer in training her staff to provide positive, gracious, enthusiastic, and exceptional service to all patrons who walk through the door.