Announcing Ariel Schonberg, General Manager, Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Sumner

We are excited to announce that Hotel Services Group and the owners of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Sumner have hired a General Manager.

Ariel Schonberg is excited to return to the hospitality industry after successfully managing a multi-million dollar and award-winning clothing store in Marysville. She has extensive operational and management experience and has worked at both our Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Marysville and our Hampton Inn & Suites – Burlington.

“We are excited to have Ariel at the helm in Sumner” says Lennart Bentsen, adding that “Ariel brings a strong combination of essential skills to the hotel and is exactly what we need”.

SOLD: Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Burlington, WA

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Burlington, WA (HIEB) was sold by HSG Members Don DeBode and Dan Mitzel on Friday, June 28, 2013. HSG will no longer be overseeing the operation, so Friday was met with mixed feelings as we supported the transition to the new ownership team and said goodbye to our hotel team members.

The Burlington hotel has been a valuable contributor to HSGs success for 6 years, and we suspect that the hotel will continue to do quite well. The property was purchased by Mr. Chung Kim, whom we understand also participated in the purchase of the Best Western PLUS Cottontree Inn – Mount Vernon, WA on June 27, 2013. Mr. Kim has invited HIEB’s employees to remain on the team.

HSG is continuing to work on new opportunities, and see that the next few years are going to be busy.

Announcing C. Marshall Smith, General Manager, Best Western PLUS Harbor Plaza & Convention Center – Oak Harbor

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.

Hotel Services Group selected by Port of Bellingham to build a Full Service Holiday Inn

The Port of Bellingham’s Board of Commissioners accepted a Letter of Intent agreement with Hotel Services Group, LLC. As reported by the Port of Bellingham, “Hotel Services Group is proposing construction of a Holiday Inn Hotel that would include: a full service restaurant, about 7,000 square feet of conference/meeting space, an indoor pool, underground and surface parking and approximately 156 guest rooms.

“The company estimates the construction cost for the facility would be approximately 18.5 million. It estimates that about 40 full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees would work at the completed hotel and another 40-50 would work in the restaurant.

“The proposed development site is approximately 3.77 acres of Port property, just south of the Pacific Cataract Laser Institute on Mitchell Way, across the street from the commercial air terminal. The proposed lease is for 50 years, with a 25- year renewal option. (read full press release)

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Announcing Rachel Ralson, Director of Sales, Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Marysville

We are excited to welcome Rachel Ralson back to Hotel Services Group on April 15, 2013. Rachel first joined Hotel Services Group in late 2008, but left our realm with the sale of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Everett in October 2012. Later this month, Rachel will be working with the team at Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Marysville to carry forward the success of this award winning hotel. Welcome home, Rachel!

Announcing Karen Mills, Director of Sales & Marketing, Hampton Inn & Suites – Burlington

Karen Mills, formerly the Vice President, Member Services at the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce has joined the Hampton Inn & Suites – Burlington as Director, Sales & Marketing. We are very excited about the array of skills and experience that Karen will bring to Hampton. Karen will be responsible for the overall Sales & Marketing function of the hotel, and she will work closely with the hotel team to ensure that product and service fulfillment exceeds our guest and client expectations.

Announcing Damian Humphreys, General Manager, Hampton Inn & Suites – Burlington

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.

Announcing C. Marshall Smith, General Manager, Best Western PLUS Harbor Plaza & Convention Center – Oak Harbor

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.