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David J. Garon and Carrie McAllen Named General Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing at Dow Hotel
Company's Holiday Inn Select in San Francisco


July 6, 2004 - The Dow Hotel Company, LLC (DHC) announces that David J. Garon, CHA and Carrie McAllen have joined the company as General Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing at the company’s newest hotel, Holiday Inn Select in San Francisco’s Financial District. DHC began managing the hotel under a long-term contract on July 1, 2004, and plans a fifteen million-dollar renovation to begin in the fall of this year.  The hotel, an impressive downtown landmark building, is owned by Justice Investors.

“We are very pleased to begin our involvement in this project by attracting such high caliber hospitality professionals,” said Randall King, DHC’s Regional Director of Operation for Northern California.  “We have great plans for this hotel, and now we have great executives to enact the plans,” King continued.

David Garon has over fifteen years experience as a General Manager.  Most recently he was the Area Director of Operations for Wyndam Hotels, responsible for eleven hotels in the Western US, and based at The Pickwick Hotel in San Francisco.  He had been with Wyndam since 1990 in various GM assignments throughout California.  A Certified Hotel Administrator since 1989, he is a graduate of The University of California Los Angeles.  He lives in Novato, California with his wife and children.

Carrie McAllen began her hospitality sales career in the 1980’s with Fairmont Hotels.  Her most recent hotel assignment was Director of Sales and Marketing for The Oakland Marriott City Center and The Oakland Courtyard by Marriott Hotel (concurrently).  Previously, she was the Director of Sales for the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel San Francisco, and she has held key sales positions at The Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf, The Hyatt San Jose and The Red Lion San Jose.  She also co-founded Grass Shack Events, a meeting logistics and production firm, which continues operation in The San Francisco Bay Area.  She lives in Oakland with her husband.

“As our company continues to grow, our projects become more high profile and great people want to work at DHC,” said Murray L. Dow, II, the company’s co-founder and president.  “Our fundamental values of true empowerment and aligning all interest offer a dynamic alternative to the traditional corporately managed hotel workplace,” said Dow.

Founded in 1997, the Seattle-based Dow Hotel Company is an owner-operator of first class, full-service hotels.  The company offers premier systems and philosophies geared toward modern management of hotel properties for select institutional partners.  The company manages nine first-class hotels across the country, and is actively seeking investment grade acquisitions, especially those with full food and beverage capabilities.


Julie Dow 

Also See: Dow Hotel Company to Manage the 565-room Holiday Inn Select Downtown Hotel & Spa San Francisco; Will Oversee $15 Million Renovation / June 2004
Wyndham Appoints David Garon to Area Director of Operations and Jim Hollister ad GM at Wyndham Bel Age in Hollywood, Calif. / Jan 2001

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