• Meet Adam DePree, Kimpton Canary Santa Barbara

    POSTED November 15, 2017

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Adam DePree was recently hired as group sales manager at Kimpton Canary Santa Barbara.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?

I look forward to acclimating myself to the Santa Barbara area and all it has to offer.  In addition, I welcome the opportunity to be a part of such an illustrious group of individuals that comprise Kimpton Hotels, especially at the Kimpton Canary.

2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?

My past experiences, especially with a luxury boutique property in Santa Monica (The Georgian Hotel), had set the foundation for the level of expertise required to effectively manage top level accounts. My roles at some of the larger properties in LA have allowed me streamline processes and prioritize my day.

3. How did you get into the industry?

My first experience in the hospitality industry was 10 years ago, when I met a Regional DOS for a Marriott franchised property while attending a networking event. He mentioned that a Sales Manager position was available, and the rest is history!

4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?

My primary objective is to ensure the hotel runs as a successful, profitable entity. Aside from the financial aspects of the Sales Department, I anticipate to expand the Canary’s clientele well beyond the key players in Santa Barbara.

5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?

I enjoy meeting people from all walks of life, all over the world. Also, to work and live in a city that is as well-renowned and revered as Santa Barbara is an absolute dream come true!

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