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Gene Riley Appointed Controller and Raymond Stiehl Appointed Director of Food and Beverage for the Sorrento Hotel, Seattle
SEATTLE – Jan 12, 2007 — Gene Riley has been appointed Controller of the Sorrento Hotel and Raymond Stiehl has joined the Sorrento Hotel as the newly appointed Director of Food and Beverage according to Michael Rawson, the hotel’s Managing Director. Riley will be responsible for directing the financial operations of the renowned Seattle hotel. Stiehl will lead all hotel restaurant, catering and banquet operations. 

Riley’s hotel background spans experience in three distinct regions of the United States. He began as a night auditor and front desk clerk in Bloomington, Illinois in 1990. He worked in progressively ascending positions, serving as an accounting manager for Jumer’s Hotel in Urbana, Ill., in 1995. Noble House Hotels and Resorts hired Riley in 1999, where he worked at both the corporate level as an accountant in its Kirkland, Wash., home office and he served two appointments (assistant controller and later, controller-at-large) with its Inn at Loreto in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“The experience Gene brings the Sorrento is an ideal fit because he understands the needs of a smaller scale hotel, but he also knows the ins and outs of working with a group of hotels and can flex as the Sorrento becomes affiliated with others nationwide--hotels its ownership will eventually manage,” Rawson said, referring to the Sorrento Hotel’s managing interest, Acumen Hotel Group, LLC. 

“Raymond’s extensive hospitality background fits perfectly with the needs of our growing restaurant and bar business,” Rawson said. “His organizational talent, revenue-generating creativity and personable nature will further enrich the hotel.”

Stiehl enters during an exciting period in the Sorrento’s 98-year history. In addition to enjoying a brisk private dining and catering business, the hotel’s legendary Hunt Club restaurant is undergoing a remodel, the Amalfi-inspired Café Palma opened this fall, and the Fireside Room recently bolstered its entertainment roster, drawing a larger cocktailing set.

Among his professional credits, Stiehl was Shucker’s general manager at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, a promotion from his former hotel post as maitre d’ of The Georgian. He has also managed locally for Anthony’s Restaurants, Pacific Coast Restaurants, and received two Meritorious Army Achievement Medals serving as a Specialist in the United States Army. Stiehl holds an associate of applied science degree in Hotel and Tourism Management. 

The Sorrento Hotel is Seattle’s oldest operating luxury hotel, located atop Seattle’s First Hill at 900 Madison Street, just four blocks from the city center. An atmosphere reminiscent of a fine estate, the Sorrento embodies a rich heritage of European hospitality and ambiance. 


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Also See: Michael A. Rawson Joins The Sorrento Hotel, Seattle, As its Managing Director / October 2006
Lori C. Main Appointed General Manager for the New Pan Pacific Seattle / January 2006


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