|SAN FRANCISCO, June 7, 2004 - Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced
the winners of its 2003-04 Leadership Awards. The awards are given
annually to recognize those that have demonstrated extraordinary levels
of hospitality, commitment and leadership during the past year. The
awards recognize achievements in various areas.
"These award winners are just a few of the people whose contribution
is the reason Kimpton continues to be a leader in the hospitality industry,"
said Niki Leondakis, Kimpton's Chief Operating Officer. "They have
consistently provided leadership that reinforces one or more aspects of
Kimpton's signature elements of care, comfort, style, flavor, and fun,
for our guests."
Following is a list of the award winners:
Bill Kimpton: The General Manager that inspires by living the Kimpton Culture
Statement - Ron Vlasic, Hotel Allegro Chicago
Creativity: The General Manager that demonstrates the most creative approach
to operating their hotel, utilizing a creative partnership with the community
- Sandy Burkett, Hotel Vintage Park Seattle
Gracious Host: The General Manager that provides the most quality time
with their guest and consistent performance with guest satisfaction - Joseph
Schwingler, Hotel Monaco New Orleans
Leadership: The General Manager that has demonstrated a commitment to their
own personal growth as well as the development of others - Barry Pollard,
Argonaut Hotel San Francisco
Best Balance (Investor/Guest/Employee): The General Manager with the best
financial performance, guest feedback and employee survey results - John
Curnow, Sky Hotel Aspen
Positive Attitude: The General Manager that has demonstrated the most positive
attitude and commitment to the overall sales effort of the team under tough
conditions - Peter Koehler, Hotel Palomar San Francisco
Diversity: The General Manager that embraces and celebrates diversity,
principles, spirit, marketing and employee programs - Lisa Kershner, Cypress
Bravo: The hotel that has the most unique and consistent recognition program
- Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, Mass.
Survival: The General Manager that demonstrates the ability to successfully
handle extraordinary and unexpected business challenges with balance and
a sense of humor - Jorge Trevino, Hotel Monaco Washington D.C.
Focus: A sense of integrity for the restaurant's concept in all aspects
of the restaurant - Tricia Cominsky, General Manager/John Wabeck, Executive
Chef, Firefly in Washington D.C.
Passion: An intense enthusiasm for what the individual does that is evident
in his/her work - Jon Rader, General Manager/Staffan Terje, Executive Chef,
Scala's Bistro in San Francisco
Personality: The spark that sets them apart from the crowd - Belinda Chang,
Sommelier, Fifth Floor in San Francisco
Individuality: Each Kimpton Restaurant is a unique concept and this award
recognizes this person for their individual and diverse contribution -
Ricky Moore, Executive Chef, South Water Kitchen in Chicago
Creativity: In the kitchen and in the dining room, a use of inventiveness
and imagination at work - Jason McClure, Executive Chef, Sazerac in Seattle
Continuous Improvement: A commitment to making small incremental improvements
in our businesses and ourselves each and every day - Heather Blume, General
Manager/Robert Barker, Executive Chef, Bambara Salt Lake City
Culture: Consistent commitment to the Kimpton culture that inspires those
around them - Amy Svendberg, General Manager/Heather Terhune, Executive
Chef, Atwood Café in Chicago
Mentor: Demonstrates above and beyond dedication to the coaching, development
and training of others - Suzanne Halperin-McIntosh, Regional Director of
Catering, 312 Chicago, South Water Kitchen, Hotel Allegro, Encore in Chicago
Can-Do Will-Do: Willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done,
while maintaining a positive attitude - Lance Shorr, General Manager/Sharyl
Seim, Executive Chef, Kuleto's Italian Restaurant in San Francisco
The 2003-04 Restaurant Gold Service Award went to Red Star Tavern and Roast
House in Portland, Oregon.
Bravo: Restaurant team that consistently recognizes their employees with
a focus on the morale of the restaurant - Tulio in Seattle
Winners were selected by the Kimpton Leadership team and by their peers
through a year-long evaluation and nomination process. Awards were presented
at the Annual Gala earlier this spring.
Kimpton is a San Francisco-based company known for its collection of
stylish boutique hotels that are coupled with bustling chef-driven restaurants.
Founded in 1981, the company currently operates 39 hotels and restaurants
across the United States and Canada. Kimpton's combination of boutique-style,
four-star service and an adjacent destination restaurant has proven a great
success. Kimpton's signature elements are care, comfort, style, flavor
and fun. The company recently opened the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, Mass.
and the Argonaut Hotel located in the San Francisco Maritime National Historical
Park at Fisherman's Wharf. Upcoming openings include: Onyx Hotel
in Boston in May of 2004, 70 Park Avenue Hotel in New York City in July
of 2004 and the Hotel Solamar in San Diego in April of 2005.