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I’ve been in the hospitality business for over 20 years. My career started during college, as I owned a night club while obtaining my BS in Hospitality Management at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. After breaking up yet another fight, I decided it was time to spend my time in a testosterone-free atmosphere, and migrated to the cinnamon roll business
After opening and operating cinnamon roll stores, I began my hotel management career, joining Red Lion Hotels as a Director of Housekeeping. From there I transferred around the chain as a Beverage Manager, Night Manager, Food and Beverage Manager and Assistant General Manager.
I left Red Lion to become a General Manager of a hotel in beautiful Mount Vernon, WA – where our two boys were born! After six years of managing, I transferred to Salt Lake City to oversee the construction and management of a new hotel, then become the VP Operations for The CottonTree Hospitality Group.
After arriving home from work one day, my wife asked me if I’d be open to traveling around the U.S. for a year. After much contemplation, I decided what the heck, and we left with our kids to discover the country to find the perfect place to live, bringing us back to my childhood home of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where we now live.
The trip gave me a unique knowledge of various parts and people throughout our country, which now helps me identify great destinations for our clients.
I love working with our guests and enjoy creating memorable events through our region. There is so much to See and Do in the Inland Northwest that our most difficult task is limiting the number of activities to manageable numbers!
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I have always believed that things happen for a reason – Sometimes the tricky part has been accepting that I may not always understand the reason… There have been many times in our careers that Scott and I “nearly” worked together – our careers have crisscrossed in timing, we have shared many common colleagues and for the past nine years have been happy to share clients.
Since my first job (washing dishes at weddings for a caterer!), I have been entrenched in some aspect of the meetings and events industry. I worked my way through High School and college doing banquets and student dining. After graduating from Gonzaga University in Spokane, I joined the team at Red Lion Hotels. The hotel industry afforded me the chance to work in some fantastic places: Santa Barbara, Washington DC, TriCities (Washington), Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.
In 1997, I joined The Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho, where I was surrounded by great colleagues and clients. As the Director of Catering and Conference Services, I led a team of nine powerhouse professionals who proudly served an average of 500-600 groups and events each year. I left the Resort in 2002 to be part of the grand reopening of the historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane- then rejoined my team at The Coeur d’Alene Resort in 2003.
I believe involvement in our industry is important to education and innovation – I participate in PCMA on the national and chapter level and was a member of the APEX Group Resumes and Work Orders Panel. My memberships also include Slow Food USA, IATA and the Washington Tourism Alliance.
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