Randy Charran has been named the new general manager of the award-winning LaQuinta Inn & Suites Bonita Springs / North Naples.
Charran takes over from Linda Mulch, a longtime Southwest Florida hotelier whose parents Don and Dee Brownfield managed Cape Coral’s first hotel called The Nautilus in the early 1960s. “My retirement is bittersweet,” says Mulch, who spent her childhood growing up at the Nautilus property before Cape Coral even had an elementary school.
Under Mulch’s leadership, the 87-room LaQuinta Inn in Bonita Springs garnered top awards. Mulch was named General Manager of the Year twice for the region that includes 50 LaQuinta hotels. She is well-known in the hospitality industry in Southwest Florida over the past three decades, having opened the hotel that is now the Crowne Plaza in Fort Myers in 1987.
A native of Guyana, a country in South America, Charran obtained a math degree from the respected Baruch College in New York City, one of the top accounting schools in the nation. He moved to Florida in 2005 and became the controller at the Outrigger Beach Resort in Fort Myers Beach.
Charran, 40, became assistant general manager of the LaQuinta Inn & Suites in Bonita Springs in 2016. “When Linda announced she was retiring, Randy was the ideal choice to manage the award-winning hotel,” says Fred Hirschovits, president and CEO of Twenty/Twenty Worldwide Hospitality, the company that manages the LaQuinta Inn.
Charran is married with two children. In his spare time, he practices Tae Kwon Do and coaches his children at martial-arts tournaments. Charran grew up practicing Kyokushin karate in his father’s gym, a style known for full-contact, bare-knuckle sparring. Charran is humble about his martial-arts skills: “I love sparring because I always learn something new when I get my butt kicked,” he laughs.