San Diego

It's All Happening Downtown in California's Urban Centers

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New hotels: check! Updated arenas and convention centers: check! Restaurants offering every global cuisine imaginable: check! Urban parks with sprawling outdoor space: check! And everything within walking distance to make planning multiday events easier: absolutely!

California’s varied downtown areas are thriving. Here’s a look at the urban renaissance, from south to north.

SAN DIEGO

Horton Plaza Park Restored to Glory

Meet Tim Hermann

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These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Tim Hermann was recently hired as the general manager of Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as general manager at Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina?

New Sales Director for Snowmass Tourism

Alan Palmer has landed the job of group sales director for Snowmass Tourism. He brings 30 years of experience in ski area and hospitality to his position.

“We are thrilled to bring Alan on board as the new group sales director at Snowmass Tourism,” says Rose Abello, tourism director. “Alan’s wealth of experience in the ski and hospitality industries, not to mention his experience with the leisure travel and the tour operator market, make him a wonderful addition to our group sales team.”

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s Rachel Strong Receives Award

Rachel Strong, a member of Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s group sales team, was named Hotel Site Experience Sales Person of the Year by the San Diego Tourism Authority. SDTA is a non-profit organization with the goal of presenting San Diego as a prime location for meetings and vacations. Strong received the honor at SDTA’s 2016 Sales and Marketing Workshop on Sept. 28 at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina.

Unbridled Solutions Moves to New Historic Landmark

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What happens when a company outgrows its trendy downtown office space in LoDo on Blake Street and faces a booming Denver real estate market? Unbridled Solutions LLC, an event management, production and creative agency headquartered in Denver and with offices in Boston, San Diego and Grand Rapids, bought the 16,000-squarefoot Grant Street Mansion in 2014 and relocated its growing family of businesses to the historic landmark in May 2016. The property has 36 rooms and 14 fireplaces and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

Two New Hires for Fairmont Austin

Thomas J.W. Voss has just been appointed managing director of the 1,048-room-Fairmont Austin, opening the summer of next year. He will be responsible for overall operations, performance and strategic direction for the newest and largest Fairmont hotel in the U.S.

With more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Voss has held a number of positions, including executive roles with Starwood Hotels.

Whova Takes the Work Out of Networking

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Developed by a San Diego tech team that spun off from UC San Diego, the Whova app is designed to boost networking and contact swapping at events and conferences of any size. It offers a platform that connects organizers, attendees and sponsors before, after and during an event. With Whova, eventgoers can plan who they want to meet before the event; a superior strategy to relying on randomly bumping into people. During the event, Whova provides real-time notifications on updates like room changes or reminders that cocktails are being served.

Living Centerpieces Grown in Oakland

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Centerpieces don’t get any more sustainable than the Garden-in-a-Can from the Oakland-based company Back to the Roots. The cans or mason jars of flowering basil, dill, sage and cilantro were used as table decorations at a San Francisco entrepreneur summit sponsored by Inc. Magazine, at a forum of the nonprofit Social Venture Network held in a San Diego hotel ballroom and, not coincidentally, at the wedding of the brother of the company’s co-founder Nikhil Arora.

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