Joseph Kirtley Named General Manager of Timber Cove Resort and West Coast Vice President of Operations, Ironwave Hospitality

/Joseph Kirtley Named General Manager of Timber Cove Resort and West Coast Vice President of Operations, Ironwave Hospitality

Joseph Kirtley Named General Manager of Timber Cove Resort and West Coast Vice President of Operations, Ironwave Hospitality

|2018-05-03T14:06:38+00:00May 3rd, 2018|

Seasoned Hospitality Executive to Play Key Management Role and Lead World-Class California Resort

JENNER, Calif. (May, 2018) – Timber Cove announces Joseph Kirtley as general manager of the nationally acclaimed Sonoma Coast resort located off California’s Highway 1. Kirtley has also been appointed vice president of operations for its hospitality management company, Ironwave Hospitality, as the brand looks to strategically expand its presence on the West Coast.

In his new role, Kirtley oversees the day-to-day operations at the 46-room Timber Cove resort. Additionally, he is tasked with spearheading partnership development and relations for Ironwave Hospitality as the company prepares to grow its portfolio from Oregon to San Diego, creating new opportunities for current and future guests to experience its superior accommodations and legendary hospitality.

“We are beyond excited to welcome Joseph to our award-winning property and look forward to the future of Timber Cove, in addition to growing Ironwave’s footprint under his leadership,” says Jens von Gierke, co-owner of Timber Cove and partner in Ironwave Hospitality. “Joseph is known for his communication skills and keen eye for detail, making him an excellent asset to the Ironwave Hospitality team and to starting a new chapter for Timber Cove.”

Kirtley brings over 20 years of hospitality management experience to his role as general manager of Timber Cove. He began his career in hospitality with the Morgans Hotel Group in Miami, Fla., where he eventually became a member of the hotel task force, opening properties in New York, Los Angeles and the United Kingdom, amongst others. Since then, he has worked with a variety of international and domestic boutique & luxury hotels including five-star hotel, The Hari in London, Mama Shelter Los Angeles and most recently for The Sydell Group’s Freehand Los Angeles.

About Timber Cove

Situated on a dramatic bluff high above the Pacific Ocean lies the iconic, yet reimagined Timber Cove. Nestled among 25 acres of beautiful Sonoma coastline, Timber Cove is where the redwoods meet the sea. The hotel features 46 re-designed guest rooms, including eight premium suites, offering a variety of ocean, coastline and forest views. The new iteration of the storied resort retains the famous architecture and artisan features of this 1960s legend while bestowing all the comforts and amenities of a brand-new hotel. Coast Kitchen, Timber Cove’s restaurant, features fresh, seasonal fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Timber Cove is a Conde Nast Traveler 2017 Hot List winner, Sunset Magazine’s Best of the West 2017 Travel Awards winner, 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Silver Award winner for Hospitality Elements and winner of AFAR’s Where To Go In 2017. Visit or

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About Ironwave Hospitality

Founded in 2016 by Principals Jens von Gierke of Wave Hospitality Advisors and Michael Barry of Ironstate Development, Ironwave Hospitality, LLC’s mission is to enrich the lives of our guests, our employees and owners. We accomplish this through superior guest accommodations, legendary customer service, revenue growth, cost controls and treating both our guest and employees with respect, courtesy and affection.

Ironwave Management is the third-party hotel and restaurant management division of Ironwave Hospitality. At Ironwave Management, we believe that our employees are our most important resource, and our success depends upon creating and retaining a staff capable of delivering an exceptional hospitality experience to every customer, every time.  Exceptional service is a refined craft and something that must be developed to master at its highest level. One cannot expect that mere friendliness and good intentions will result in a level of service that distinguishes our properties from the competition. Ironwave Management is an approved Marriott Hotels and Resorts third party management company.

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