Advisory Board Bio – Benjamin McCarney

Benjamin McCarney

Benjamin McCarney

General Manager, Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando

Benjamin McCarney was Born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and graduated from Michigan State University. He is a partner at Bridges & Bourbon, a molecular mixology bar in Pittsburgh, and a certified Sommelier. McCarney Joined the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, May 2023, his third Kessler property. He was the Director of Food and Beverage at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston and, most recently, General Manager of the Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront. He also held senior leadership roles with the PGA TOUR, Concord Hospitality, and Gerber Group. McCarney has proven leadership skills focused on developing and empowering staff to achieve goals, along with a thorough understanding of the market trends. He is committed to ensuring guest satisfaction through efficient hotel operations.


With an unwavering passion for his local community, McCarney is proud to serve on the board for several organizations including Downtown Orlando Partnership, Orlando Economic Partnership, Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, and the Greater Orlando Sports Commission. He also believes in the purpose of mentorship in youth, and is actively involved in volunteering by adapting a period of culinary class at Jones High School.


In his free time, McCarney enjoys exercising at F45 Training, playing golf, hiking, trying new restaurants, reading, and cheering for his favorite sports teams from Detroit.