Emily Nichols has joined the Kimpton Alton Hotel in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf as general manager. She was previously the general manager of the Kimpton Buchanan in the city’s Japantown neighborhood, and prior to that served as the assistant general manager at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in Union Square. Her 15 years of experience in hospitality include roles in hotels across the country, including Mendocino, Palm Beach, New York City, and Rochester, Minnesota. Opened in May 2021, the waterfront Kimpton Alton has 248 guest rooms and meeting space that can accommodate as many as 95 guests. To learn more about opening group promotions, visit altonhotelsf.com/meetings-and-events/promotions

The Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Pasadena) has a new executive director: Kristin McGrath. She brings over 20 years of experience in the tourism industry to the role, much of that time spent specializing in destination management, sales and marketing. For the past five years, McGrath served as the vice president of sales, services, and she has held similar positions with Richmond Region Tourism and Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. She also held positions at Westin Copley Place Boston and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 

The Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA) named Paola Bowman, CMP, CMM, its new president at its 2022 annual conference held January 21–23 in Kansas City, Missouri. Bowman is destination services manager at the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau in Arlington, Texas. During her tenure, Bowman plans to focus her energy on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, as well as growing membership through outreach.

 

Timber Cove Resort is welcoming two key executives to the celebrated resort that sits on a dramatic bluff above a rugged stretch of the Sonoma coastline. Jason Reiplinger joins Timber Cove as managing director and Brendalee Vialpando as executive chef.