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Nicholas D. Davaz Appointed General Manager of
Simpson House Inn, Santa Barbara, California


June 23, 2005 - Nicholas D. Davaz has been appointed general manager of the historic landmark Victorian estate Simpson House Inn.  With extensive experience in hotel operations including rooms division, food and beverage, sales and marketing and human resources, Davaz joins Simpson House Inn as a hotel professional with a proven leadership record. 

Davaz was the general manager of El Encanto Hotel & Garden Villas in Santa Barbara.  While in the aftermath of 9/11 and the untimely death of the hotelís owner, Davaz was able to increase profitability in total revenue, hotel profit, food and beverage revenue and average rate.  He instituted yield and revenue management programs and developed effective marketing and advertising plans that led to television and print media exposure.  His successful efforts to re-position the hotel through immediate and accurate situation analysis, sound strategic planning, cultural realignment, and the adoption of an approachable first-class service orientation were crucial in preparing the hotel for its recent sale. 

Prior to El Encanto Hotel & Garden Villas he served as the executive assistant manager of Bacara Resort & Spa.  In this role, Davaz oversaw revenues of up to $40 million and more than 400 employees. 

Davaz ran his own special event promotions and logistics business from 1999 to 2001.  He has also worked as the director of catering for both Sheraton Seattle Hotel & Towers and The Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon and has worked for Westin Hotelsí human resources department. 

Davaz holds a bachelorís degree in Journalism/ Public Relations from the University of Kansas. 

The Simpson House Inn, located at 121 East Arrellaga Street in Santa Barbara, CA, is a privately owned Victorian Estate within walking distance of downtown Santa Barbara.  It was built in 1874 by Robert Simpson and restored by the Davies family in 1976.  The Landmarks Commission honored the property with a Structure of Merit Award and Landmark status for its unique architecture and period setting.


Simpson House Inn


Also See: Orient-Express Hotels Acquires El Encanto Hotel in Santa Barbara, California for $26 million / November 2004
One of Santa Barbara's Oldest Hotels Will Drop its Radisson Franchise, and Return to its Historical Roots as the the Hotel Mar Monte / March 2005

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