TORONTO — Kosta Tomazos, president of Toronto-based CK Atlantis Hotel Management and hotel industry icon, passed away last week at the age of 58.
Tomazos was recruited by ITT Sheraton in 1994 while working as a management consultant with Deloitte and Touche in Greece and was appointed regional director of Finance North America, based in Toronto. He quickly moved through the ranks and in 1993 was appointed VP regional director of Finance for ITT Sheraton Hotels. He worked on the Canadian expansion of the Sheraton brand and was responsible for the finance team at a number of Sheraton hotels in Canada and the U.S.
In 1998 he became the general manager of the Sheraton Centre Toronto hotel, a 1,400-room hotel with 100,000-sq.-ft. of meeting space. During this time, Tomazos was appointed area managing director for the Sheraton brand in Canada with direct operations and financial responsibility for the corporate-owned and managed Sheraton hotels in Canada.
In 2002, Tomazos joined the senior management team of the Starwood North America division. As VP Six Sigma, North America, he had direct responsibility for leading the Six Sigma effort across the 220 owned and managed hotels in the division. At the end of 2003, Tomazos left Starwood to pursue business opportunities and since then has worked on a number of hospitality projects in Canada.
Tomazos is survived by his wife Mary and children Nicholas, Stephani and Leonidas.
Kosta was a wonderful person and great business man. He will be missed.