Kimpton Hotel Solamar Appoints Laurel Thorp Senior Sales Manager and Sarah Becker Group Sales Manager

/Kimpton Hotel Solamar Appoints Laurel Thorp Senior Sales Manager and Sarah Becker Group Sales Manager

Kimpton Hotel Solamar Appoints Laurel Thorp Senior Sales Manager and Sarah Becker Group Sales Manager

|2016-12-27T12:35:37+00:00December 27th, 2016|

SAN DIEGO—Dec. 27, 2016Kimpton’s Hotel Solamar announced today it has promoted Laurel Thorp to Senior Sales Manager and retained Sarah Becker as Group Sales Manager. In their new roles, Thorp and Becker will be responsible for managing client relationships, supporting sales goals and driving new groups and meetings business to the 235-guestroom hotel.

Laurel Thorp. As Senior Sales Manager, Thorp will be responsible for fostering customer relationships and driving group and corporate business performance. Thorp joined Kimpton in 2011 as Sales Manager at Hotel La Jolla. Prior to her tenure with Kimpton, Thorp held roles serving as Event Sales Manager at Katsuya San Diego, Sales and Events Manager at Stingaree, and as Events Assistant at McFarlane Promotions.

Thorp earned her bachelor’s degree in recreation and systems management from San Diego State University. When Thorp isn’t busy sending contracts, she can be found with a spicy margarita in hand or running around Disneyland.

Sarah Becker. As Group Sales Manager, Becker will be responsible for securing new group and corporate business, maintaining client relationships and increasing customer loyalty. Becker comes to Kimpton Hotel Solamar from HEI Hotels & Resorts, where she served as Sales Manager for nearly 3 years. Prior to that, Becker held various roles at Huntington Hotel Group.

Becker earned her bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management from San Diego State University. When Becker isn’t booking business, she can be found catching a baseball game at Petco Park, running along San Diego Bay, or enjoying a glass of Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin.

“Both Laurel and Sarah have extensive hands-on industry experience and a passion for guest service,” said Shannon Foster, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Solamar. “While we’ve had the privilege of seeing Laurel’s success and growth over the last several years, we’re thrilled for her to take on this new role. We’re also excited to have Sarah onboard, sharing her sales strategies and knowledge of the local market. We look forward to working closely with both on growing the business and providing superior service and custom experiences to our guests.”

About Kimpton Hotel Solamar

Kimpton Hotel Solamar is a stylish boutique hotel in the heart of downtown San Diego. Serving as a launch pad for the trendy East Village, Petco Park and San Diego Convention Center, the 235-room hotel is steps away from the city’s sought-after dining, shopping, nightlife, and entertainment venues. Kimpton Hotel Solamar is the ideal destination for both leisure and business travelers, with a range of amenities and over 14,000 square feet of flexible event space. Located at 435 6th Avenue, the hotel is also home to Jsix Restaurant, a neighborhood hot spot known for its culinary ingenuity, farm-to-table concept and craft cocktails, and the famed LOUNGESix pool deck and bar.

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About Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to the United States. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travelers feel genuinely cared for through thoughtful perks and amenities, bold, playful design and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local.

Kimpton is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a FORTUNE magazine “Best Place to Work” six times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates over 60 hotels and 70 plus restaurants, bars and lounges in 30 U.S. cities. In January 2015, Kimpton was welcomed into the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands, bringing together two special cultures and sets of values to create the world's largest boutique hotel business.

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