Sandals Resorts exec resigns after partner sacked over caught-on-video brawl: sources

They had trouble in paradise.

A Sandals Resorts executive and his colleague’s girlfriend caught on video A violent brawl erupted in the Caribbean, resulting in both men losing their jobs, The Post has learned.

On March 2, Sandals art curator Rafael de Vasconcelos attacked his partner, hotel chain chief development officer Eugene Staal, on a highway in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, pushing him into a ditch. He allegedly climbed on top of her and punched her.published picture And my colleagues.

Former Sandals art curator Rafael de Vasconcelos attacked his co-worker’s girlfriend, former Sandals executive Eugene Stahl, while in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. YouTube @iWNSVG1

The couple, who finished the event around 11 p.m., were on the island ahead of Sandals’ construction of a new resort. opened there last weeksaid the executive.

During the altercation in the village of Lowman’s Hill, footage showed Mr de Vasconcelos pushing Mr Stahl into a concrete ditch along the highway as the black car was idling in the middle of the road.

He then screamed as he jumped on top of Stahl, slamming his head into the concrete repeatedly.

According to the video, Mr. de Vasconcelos got into his car and drove away, while Mr. Staal got up and began walking along the highway. De Vasconcelos was then seen yelling and lashing out at Staal again.

De Vasconcelos repeatedly slammed Stahl’s head into a concrete ditch, then got into his car and drove away. YouTube @iWNSVG1

Local media outlet iWitness News reported that police responded to the incident, but officials said it was unclear what sparked the conflict.

“I don’t know if they drank too much, but [but] When I saw the video, it was very brutal,” a senior official told the Post, adding that Stahl received medical treatment after the attack.

“I remember watching the video and thinking, ‘This guy is lucky to be alive’…I was amazed he could get up and walk,” he said.

Mr. Stahl is a veteran hospitality executive who previously held positions at Hyatt Hotels and Penta Hotels, and joined Sandals in 2022. According to his LinkedIn.De Vasconcelos Previously worked as a fraud analyst The representative from Apple in Lisbon, Portugal, joined the company in January.

Eugene Surat (above) resigned after his partner asked him to leave, according to an email sent to Sandals Honchos, a copy of which was obtained by The Post. Linkedin Eugene PE Stahl

A senior Sandals executive said Mr. de Vasconcelos was asked to resign days after footage of the couple’s fight began circulating within the company.

Shortly thereafter, on March 11, Stahl resigned for “personal reasons,” according to a copy of the email obtained by the newspaper.

“At the top, it’s a little embarrassing to have something like that exposed,” said one senior employee.

A Sandals spokeswoman confirmed that Stahl and de Vasconcelos are no longer Sandals employees, but declined to comment on the reason for their departure.

Mr. Staal and Mr. de Vasconcelos did not respond to requests for comment.