title> Meet Nottoway's Staff | Nottoway Plantation Resort
“It’s been said that Management is, above all, a practice where art, science and craft meet. So deep in the heart of South Louisiana’s plantation country, we’ve brought together a team of hospitality experts to fulfill Nottoway’s vision in concept, strategy, technology and execution. Every single day, guests compliment our personalized service, attention to detail, and exceptional employees; therefore it is my pleasure to introduce Nottoway’s management staff. Our team represents a variety of skills and depth of experience that are unique to this market, and they, too, have the privilege of directing the friendliest and most dedicated people I’ve encountered in my entire hospitality career.” . . . . . Neil Castaldi
With his wealth of hospitality experience, ranging from the luxury cruise ship industry to resorts and hotels, Neil Castaldi brings to Nottoway Plantation not only a long history of significantly enhanced sales and ratings, but also an impressive talent for securing once-in-a-lifetime experiences for his venues.
Neil's creativity and enthusiasm have attracted both celebrities and presidents. Not only has he furnished luxury accommodations for stars such as Tony Bennett, Cher, Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope, but he has also hosted presidential banquets for Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush and Bill Clinton.
In addition to this, Neil created a popular chain of upscale Italian restaurants, Castaldi's Market & Grill, located in 6 states and featuring opera-trained singing servers. His last assignment before joining Nottoway was as the VP of Hotel Operations for a NYC-based hotel company, overseeing 10 hotels, from Hiltons to Sheratons, in 4 states.
Janice joined the Nottoway team in June 2014 and brings with her extensive experience and knowledge in the hotel accounting field.
For over 20 years, she worked for the Pyramid Hotel Group which owns and/or manages over 60 properties representing every major hotel and resort brand in the United States. She started her career with Pyramid as Hotel Director of Finance for their Louisiana-based hotels and was eventually promoted to Area Controller. For the five years prior to coming to Nottoway, Janice was Pyramid's Regional Controller in the Northeast region, overseeing the accounting departments of up to 12 hotels.
In just the first few months of her employment at Nottoway, Janice has already made a large impact in our accounting department. By implementing a new web-based accounting system, a new payroll system, and software and detailed analysis reports, she has made it possible for us to manage our property with greater efficiency.
Susan’s distinguished career began in 1987 with the former Conventions a la Carte Destination Management in New Orleans. Her event planning and hospitality sales experience includes Delta Queen Steamboat Company, Dietrich Destination Consultants, Carlson Wagonlit, Houmas House Plantation, and the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel New Orleans.
At Nottoway she has hand-picked an experienced support staff to insure top planning, design and execution of corporate events, small meetings, large conferences, incentive programs, and group tours. Within her vast network of professional meeting planners and clients are many of her dearest friends.
Susan has maintained the credentials of Certified Meeting Professional since 2001. She has held leadership roles in numerous business and volunteer organizations including MPI, Hotel Sales Marketing Association International, Louisiana Society of Association Executives, Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, the Ascension Parish Tourist Commission, and Kairos Prison Ministry International.
Susan’s goal is to elevate Nottoway Plantation to a new level of distinction for both the domestic and international group traveler.
Jennifer arrived from her hometown in Costa Mesa, California to join the Nottoway team in 2010. From the minute she arrived, she has demonstrated her abilities and customer relations skills, honed through her long career history in the hospitality industry, by holding several key positions at our Plantation.
In her time with us, Jennifer has always distinguished herself, to the point of earning numerous promotions along the way. After first joining us as a tour guide, she was quickly promoted to Assistant Restaurant Manager and eventually to Restaurant Manager. She then assumed control and responsibility over the entire Guest Services department, from front desk staff to bellmen to the reservations department. She is also responsible for all our guests’ needs and communications as well as being in charge of all of the Plantation's special events, from planning to execution.We are fortunate to have Jennifer as part of our team as we continue to distinguish ourselves as a premier destination in the Southeast.
For more than 25 years Randy has been the go-to person for all things related to utilities, maintenance and construction. He joined Nottoway’s staff in 1986 as an accomplished finish carpenter, and has played an active role in past renovations to the plantation, as well as in the most recent improvements and additions. Randy’s knowledge and commitment are invaluable, as he knows every pipe, wire, drain, nook and cranny throughout the property.
Randy is also a talented artist and painter, and works in oils, charcoals, watercolor and pen and ink. His work is popular among the locals and beyond and adorns the walls of the restaurant and the mansion. It is also for sale in Nottoway’s gift shop. Another hobby, taxidermy, brings together Randy's love for the outdoors and his talent for creating art from nature.