• Kimpton Seattle and Portland Locations Welcome New General Managers

     
    POSTED February 27, 2019
     
  • Kimpton Seattle and Portland Locations Welcome New General Managers

     
    POSTED February 27, 2019
     

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle and Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland both recently hired new general managers.  

The Seattle location has welcomed Mike Hill back to the property as the new general manager. Hill first joined Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle as an engineer in 2011, he returned in 2014 as the assistant general manager, and now he assumes the general manager role.

Travis Williams has joined the Portland location this winter as its new general manager. Williams joined the Kimpton brand four years ago, first in Seattle, then in Aspen and Salt Lake City. Now, Williams brings his hands-on leadership back to his hometown.

Most recently managing The Grand Hotel in Minneapolis, Hill returns to a rapidly growing Seattle. His focus is to maintain Hotel Monaco’s relevancy and leadership as a best-loved hotel in Seattle by fostering employee culture, delivering memorable guest experience and managing the on-going profitability of the hotel.

Williams built his career in hotel sales and operations, and he is focused on making his hotel the best in guest experience and Portland hospitality. The historic downtown hotel is known for its service, and Williams will guide employees to deliver on those expectations, while also overseeing sales and revenue strategies. 

Steve Faulstick has been named interim general manager of visitor venues for Portland Metro, the regional government. In this role, announced less than two weeks after Broadway shows returned to area theaters and conference attendees gathered again for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, Faulstick will oversee the region’s portfolio of venues, including the Oregon Convention Center, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts and Portland Expo Center. He has agreed to serve until a permanent general manager of visitor venues is in place.

 

After a hiatus, the Washington County Visitors Association is back in the meetings business. Wendy Popkin will be joining the organization as vice president of destinations on November 1, 2021, to lead the organization’s direct group sales efforts to meeting professional, sports, organizers and travel professionals.

“We are extremely excited to have a leader of Wendy’s caliber joining our organization and are confident that she will bring measurable success to our destination,” says Dave Parulo, president and CEO of the WCVA.

 

Michael Grande has been named executive chef at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, the city’s only Forbes Five-Star property. In this new role, Grande will direct all culinary at the downtown hotel, including catering at the property’s 10,570 square feet of event space, in-room dining for the 147 guest rooms and suites, helming day-to-day operations at signature restaurant Goldfinch Tavern and overseeing seasonal pop-up restaurant and private cabana dining at the outdoor infinity-edge pool.