HSG is excited to announce that Hotel Services Group has reintroduced dedicated sales and marketing support at the office. Kristen Keltz, formerly our Regional Director of Sales for our two Candlewood Suites hotels, has accepted the position of Sr. Director of Sales & Marketing.
Keltz first joined our team in May 2016, and has since raised our awareness about new market opportunities, and proven her strength and collaborative leadership in community and client relations. She has become an integral part of our hotel teams and the guest experience over the past year, and we’re excited about the future of our portfolio with Kristen in this role. She will ensure we continue to deliver increasing value to our hotel owners and investors as we continue to enhance our programs – bringing more guests to our hotels to serve and satisfy.
Keltz’s start date will be on June 1st, and she will begin immediately to support sales and marketing efforts at the recently opened Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites and Northwater Restaurant in Bellingham. Once we come closer to stabilizing the new hotel, she will turn her full attention back to our entire portfolio and continue to bolster and support all hotels’ sales efforts.
This is the second position filled at HSG this month, and marks a new chapter in HSGs development as a Hotel Management Company.
We are excited to announce the creation of a new position at HSG: Senior Director of Hotel Performance. Mark Bentley is new to our organization and excited to take on the new role. He is in the process of moving to the Pacific Northwest after spending a few years in Hawaii.
A large part of Mark’s role at HSG will be to make sure that the process of continuous improvement never slows down. From his Mount Vernon office, he will be identifying areas of opportunity in the way we work, how we spend money and where …generally all areas that ensure that things run as smoothly and efficiently as possible at all our managed hotels. Mark will not only draw upon his many years of experience as a hotel/resort controller, but a wide range of other disciplines that will bring fresh new thought to the group. In the longer term, Mark’s contributions and our collaborative effort will deliver greater value to our hotel owners and an accelerant to our mission to identify areas of opportunity to improve our performance, and work together to strengthen the best practices of our organization.
We look forward to learning and growing through Mark’s contributions and to see where his work will amplify our portfolio’s performance. We have already discussed a variety of new topics that will deliver greater value to our owners, and also to our guests – efforts that will enable our Key Team Members to spend more time delivering excellent guest experiences throughout our portfolio of nine hotels.
We are pleased to announce that Kim Straight has been promoted from Director of Sales to General Manager at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Sumner. Ariel Schonberg has tendered her resignation and leaving us for new adventures, but has agreed to stay on until the end of the month to help Kim to settle in to her new role.
Kim will take the helm as General Manager on June 1st, 2017. She has nearly 4 years with us at this hotel and over 12 years in the hospitality industry overall. Her education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Administration from Washington State University, and she completed our Management Training Program last year.
Thank you, Kim, for your passion for hospitality and dedication over the years. We wish you the best of luck and more success for you and your team.
We are pleased to announce today our new General Manager for the award-winningCandlewood Suites – Burlington. Please join us in congratulating Austin Dudley for taking this next step in his hospitality career!
Austin began his hospitality career with us at the Hampton Inn & Suites – Burlington in early 2013, and has since been determined to take on and learn as much as we can give him. We appreciate his dedicate to his team, and his ongoing commitment to customer service excellence. This is a natural next step for Austin, and his new team at the Candlewood Suites – Burlington is excited to have him.
Therese Lundvall, the hotel’s past General Manager, is taking on a new position as Director of Hotel Operations at our Bellingham Holiday Inn & Suites slated to open in January. Therese has been available for Austin for a couple of weeks to help him acclimate to his new position, and begins her new role today. It’s been like a game of checkers for the past month, as our Front Office Manager at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Marysville, Veronica Verge, has taken Austin’s former role to pick up a different experience with a new hotel Brand at the Best Western Plus in Arlington.
We are pleased to announce that Kelly Robinson has accepted the General Manager position at the Best Western PLUS Park Place Inn & Suites in Chehalis, WA.
Robinson is not new to HSG. She joined the team at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Chehalis shortly after the hotel opened in 2009, and has since worked through the front office and primarily in sales for the past 7 years. For the past two months, Kelly served both Chehalis hotels in an Regional Sales capacity for HSG. She also completed HSGs inaugural Management Training Program that concluded in May, this year, and has hit the ground running.
HSG was hired in May to manage the hotel after a group of our key investors/owners acquired the 60-room hotel. Kelly will be taking over for Terra Green who has plans to move to Alaska.
We appreciate Kelly for her hard work and dedication over the years. We’re excited to see her continue the journey of creating hospitality excellence.
We are excited to congratulate our inaugural Hotel Management Training Program graduates – class of 2016.
For the past 9 months, Lennart and Andy have worked with one or two individuals from nearly all portfolio hotels to deepen their understanding of key areas of hospitality management. The goal of the program is to enable participants to have a rounded understanding of hospitality management as it relates specifically to HSG’s approach to running hotel operations. At its conclusion, program participants presented their key takeaways from the program, and shared with all current General Managers and participating hotel investors their desired career path.
HSG is excited about the outcome of this program, and will be continuing to create opportunities for both graduates and other hotel team members to facilitate their career advancement.
This year’s program graduates are:
Amanda Zimmerman, Front Office Manager at Best Western Plus Harbor Plaza in Oak Harbor
Jamie Rueb, Guest Services Representative at Candlewood Suites in Burlington
Fercie Cabrera, now General Manager at Hampton Inn & Suites in Burlington
Chelsea Thornton, Director of Sales at Hampton Inn & Suites in Burlington
Poonum Sandhu, Family/Ownership at Best Western Plus in Arlington
Austin Dudley, Front Office Manager at Best Western Plus in Arlington
Veronica Verge, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Marysville
Kim Straight, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Sumner
Kelly Robinson, now HSG Regional Director of Sales at both hotels in Chehalis
We are excited to announce that Hotel Services Group and the owners of the Hampton Inn & Suites – Burlington have hired a General Manager.
Damian Humphreys will be joining the Hampton Team on Monday, May 20, 2013. Damian brings nearly 30 years of both National and International hospitality industry experience to the position and has earned many awards throughout his career. With his strong and broad-based experience in hotel operations and marketing, combined with his Bachelors Degree in Hotel Operations and Catering, we’re excited to see Hampton’s performance escalate to new levels.
Damian joins the team during a complete lobby renovation, and at the front end of a busy summer season; two tenets of the industry with which he is completely comfortable.
Marshall Smith recently accepted the General Manager position at the Oak Harbor Best Western PLUS. HSG is excited to introduce Marshall to the team as he brings a strong history of over 20 years in hospitality sales and operations management. We look forward to seeing his goal-oriented leadership to solidify and grow our spirit of hospitality at the Best Western, and wish him the best of successes.
The Best Western will be undergoing a complete computer system upgrade in the coming weeks, a transition that Marshall is entirely comfortable with. The transition will be facilitated by HSG’s Hotel Performance Support Manager. This is one of many property improvement project that the ownership has committed to in recent months and years.