L-R Murray Gordon and Raphael Antonini
L-R Murray Gordon and Raphael Antonini

Ongoing significant expansion of the accommodation portfolio has led Crystalbrook Collection to appoint two new senior members of its workforce to help drive investment and growth.

Now leading the newbuild, development and project management of all pipeline properties is Murray Gordon, who joins Crystalbrook from PDS Group, where he applied extensive experience in project management on projects up to $1.1 billion in value. Gordon will oversee planning, design, quality assurance, budgeting and delivery for the company’s pipeline of four new properties due to open by the end of 2022.

Crystalbrook’s current pipeline consists of two more resorts in Cairns – Bailey and Flynn – as well as a new hotel in Newcastle and the Port Douglas Marina development in North Queensland. The company is on the lookout for new opportunities in Australia and New Zealand, where it has currently committed more than $800 million in investment.

The second major hire for the group this week comes in the form of Raphael Antonini as Director of Hotel Investments. Antonini joins the group from Ovolo Group, where he held a similar role as Director of Acquisitions and Development. He has also held similar investment roles with CBRE Hotels, Hilton Worldwide and others.

At Crystalbrook, he will work to build the company’s pipeline by pursuing investment opportunities, management agreements, leases and advising on future acquisitions.

Both new executive hires will report directly to Crystalbrook Collection CEO, Mark Davie.