JEANNE CRETELLA

Jeanne Cretella, President and Co-Owner of Landmark Hospitality, along with her husband Frank, own and operate many distinctive, multi-faceted venues, many of which are historic and landmarked. These include Liberty House,  Stone House at Stirling Ridge, and The Ryland Inn, among several others.

Plans for 2024 include the expansion of the hotel at the Elstowe Manor at Elkins Estate, the opening of The Mansion Inn which will feature a new restaurant, Anzu, as well as the reopening of the Grand Summit, which will be a hotel, restaurant, and events venue.

Jeanne’s focus is on operations and instilling company culture, which is based on creating memories for both our team and guests; hence all team members are given the title of memorymakers. Believing strongly in the importance of embracing the communities in which Landmark does business, a corporate giving program, “Help Us Give” (HUG) was established in 2001 and is dedicated to helping each of the communities in which Landmark operates. The efforts of HUG have been recognized by American Express and the National Restaurant Association. Landmark Hospitality has been awarded the “Good Neighbor Award” for the State of New Jersey and the “Governors Diamond Award on Tourism”.

As someone who believes in education as a tool for future success, Jeanne has devoted much of her time to working with schools around the State dedicated to students with Autism.  She has successfully spearheaded partnerships between students with disabilities and restaurants with the goal of providing these individuals with a real work experience.  Jeanne has also helped to open the Marketplace convenient store at Gerard Dynes Regional Day School in Jersey City, allowing these students to learn valuable skills that will help them enter the workforce.  In this same vein, Landmark opened a not for profit school in 2019, Art of Hospitality; Workers Alliance which is dedicated to “supporting the needs and dreams of hospitality workers by offering career paths, growth opportunities and propelling career development while offering financial support”.

In 2016, Jeanne was named “Woman of the Year” by Hudson County Dress for Success; in 2017, she was named one of NJBIZ’s “Best 50 Women in Business;” she was also awarded “Restaurateur of the Year” by the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association.

Currently Jeanne serves on the Executive Foundation Board of Hudson County Community College and the Executive Board of the NJ Restaurant & Hospitality Association. In 2020, Jeanne become a board member of the National Restaurant Association as well as the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce. She is currently serving on the Executive and Finance committees for the National Restaurant Association.