Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
|San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is
pleased to announce Greg Smith has joined the company as its new senior
vice president of human resources.
Smith has significant experience directing diverse teams of employees, spearheading innovative employee programs as well as developing a systematic approach to succession planning. His background is complimentary to Kimpton’s human resource needs fueled by the company’s growth.
One of the most exciting programs Smith will oversee as senior vice president of human resources is the Kimpton University. This extensive training program introduces managers and employees to the Kimpton culture and develops leaders that are empowered to deliver a caring and personalized guest experience. Smith will also direct Kimpton’s employee benefits programs, and implement consistent channels of communication to and from employees.
“This is such an exciting opportunity – Kimpton is experiencing rapid growth, and happy, well-trained employees will be essential to the company’s continued success,” said Smith. “We’ve got great ideas to expand existing employee programs, and to implement beneficial new ones. I’m looking forward to working with the HR team to roll these initiatives out.”
Smith’s expertise in human resources leadership spans over two decades, with prior positions including senior vice president of human resources at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, and senior director of human resources at Choice Hotels. Smith also managed the eventual human resources merger of MeriStar Hospitality and Interstate Hotels, then the two largest independent hotel management companies in North America.
“Kimpton has been on a strategic mission to find the human resources professional who has technical expertise and personal values that are aligned with our philosophies and culture,” said Niki Leondakis, chief operating officer of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. “Our people are our point of differentiation and we’re confident Greg will do a great job spearheading creative programs that continue to inspire and develop our future leaders.”
Founded by Bill Kimpton in 1981, San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a unique collection of boutique hotels coupled with chef-driven, destination restaurants. While all Kimpton hotels are thoughtfully appointed and managed to help guests maintain and enrich their lifestyles on the road, each is individually designed to reflect the energy, personality, and pulse of its distinct location, history, and architectural style. Featuring highly personalized guest service, comforting in-room amenities, and one-of-a-kind specialty rooms and suites, Kimpton Hotels provides travelers with welcoming atmospheres that embrace its signature elements of care, comfort, style, flavor, and fun. Kimpton takes pride in its social responsibility, supporting select like-minded partners and is a leader in ecological practices. Kimpton currently operates 40 boutique hotels with restaurants throughout the United States and Canada. This includes the recently acquired Caleo Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona and The Muse Hotel in New York’s thriving theater district. In 2005, Kimpton launched the Hotel Solamar in San Diego and re-launched the Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove, Miami. Kimpton will debut the Hotel Palomar, Washington D.C. in mid-2006 and the Hotel Palomar, Dallas in July 2006. Several additional projects are currently underway in Southern California, Texas, Florida, and Virgina. For more information, please visit www.kimptonhotels.com or call 1-800-KIMPTON.
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