Barbara, California ó Tim Bridwell, CHA, General Manager of Fess Parkerís
Doubletree Resort here, has been promoted to Area Vice President, Hilton
Hotels Corporation-Central & Northern California, according to Ernest
Wooden Jr., Senior Vice President, Hilton/Doubletree Operations-West. Bridwell
will continue to provide leadership to Fess Parkerís Doubletree Resort
in Santa Barbara, which will remain as his base hotel; and additionally
will provide regional oversight to Hiltonís hotels in Sonoma, Oakland Airport,
San Jose and the Doubletree at San Francisco Airport.
Bridwell has been at the helm of Fess Parkerís Doubletree Resort since
1994, an exceptional length of service in executive lodging management.
He was named ď2003 Outstanding General Manager of the YearóLarge PropertyĒ
by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) for his accomplishments
at the Resort, in the community and the industry. Bridwell began his career
as a Hilton Hotel room service waiter 30 years ago after graduating from
Lynchburg College in Virginia. He progressed through the ranks and attained
his first General Manager position at the Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado.
Bridwell joined Red Lion Hotels in 1986 specializing in opening new facilities.
He has been active in the California Hotel & Lodging Association,
served as president in 1999 and represented California as a director on
the national board of AH&LA and is a current state Commissioner &
Executive Committee Member on the California Travel & Tourism Commission.
Locally, Bridwell has also served as an officer/director of the Santa Barbara
Region Chamber of Commerce; the Greater Santa Barbara Lodging Association
and as president of the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Conference
& Visitors Bureau and Film Commission from 2003-2005.
Fess Parkerís Doubletree Resort is the city of Santa Barbaraís largest
lodging property, offering 360 guest rooms and suites on 23 ocean-facing
acres. Guest facilities include heated outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool,
fitness suite, beauty salon, gift shop, putting green, tennis and basketball
courts, bicycle & skate rentals, business center and 50,000 square
feet of meeting & event space. The Resort has been welcoming and satisfying
guests since 1986.