SAN FRANCISCO (May 14, 2009) – The
St. Regis San Francisco is pleased to announce that General Manager
Antoinette (Toni) Knorr has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the
prestigious Peter Goldman Award
of Excellence from a pool of hundreds of San Francisco
hoteliers. Presented by the Hotel Council of San Francisco, the award is given
annually to an outstanding leader in the hospitality industry.
The award was presented to Knorr at the Goldman Award Luncheon yesterday at
The Ritz-Carlton, San
“The Peter Goldman Award of Excellence
was established in 1989 to honor an individual who exemplifies
outstanding education and devotion to our industry and demonstrates
leadership with skills and energy that raises the level of service and
perception of our San Francisco hotel
and tourism industry,” said Patricia Breslin, executive director of the
Hotel Council of San Francisco.
“For more than 32 years, Toni has done just that. From East Coast
to West Coast, Toni has
demonstrated a consistency of excellence and timeless elegance across
the country – to each company and brand that has had the good fortune
to have her at the helm.”
“Being honored by peers is
the highest compliment one can receive, and I am delighted and humbled
to be recognized by such a distinguished group of colleagues,” said
Toni Knorr is a seasoned
hotelier who joined The St. Regis San Francisco in 2007. Prior to
her appointment at The St. Regis San Francisco, Knorr served as general
manager of the W San Francisco.
Knorr’s prior assignments have included positions with Millennium
Partners, where she managed five luxury properties and the opening of
Ritz Carlton properties in Boston and Georgetown, and Four Seasons in San Francisco, as well as general managerships at
the Grand Hyatt New York
and the Park Hyatt San Francisco.
Passionate about the city of San
Francisco, Knorr is President of the Hotel
Council and was recently named one of the most influential women in
business by the San Francisco
She is an active member of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors
Bureau Board of Directors, serving as Vice Chair on the Executive
Committee, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Modern Art Council,
as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Board of
Directors. Knorr is also actively involved in the University of San
Francisco, McClaren’s School of Business
Hospitality Department Advisory Board,
where she serves as a mentor to those about to enter the highly
competitive hospitality business sector, and is a member of the
President’s Council of Cornell Women.
The St. Regis San Francisco opened on November 1, 2005, introducing a
new dimension of luxury and timeless elegance to the city of San Francisco.
The 40-story landmark building, designed by Skidmore, Owings &
Merrill, includes 102 private residences rising 19 floors above the
260-room hotel. From legendary butler service, “anticipatory”
guest care and impeccable staff training to the signature Remède
Spa, luxurious amenities and interior design by Yabu Pushelberg of Toronto, The St.
Regis San Francisco delivers an unmatched guest experience. The
St. Regis San Francisco is located at 125 Third Street.
Telephone: 415.284.4000. Web site: www.stregis.com/sanfrancisco.
The Hotel Council of San
Francisco was established in 1987 as a
non-profit organization to represent all segments of the lodging
industry. San Francisco
is home to a booming tourism sector, of which the hospitality industry
is a proud and vital part. The Hotel Council is the voice of San Francisco’s
hotels. The membership roster includes San Francisco’s leading hotels of all
sizes, in addition to more than 50 Allied Members, who are the major
suppliers to these properties. www.hotelcouncilsf.org