Hotel Council of San Francisco AnnouncesNew Executive Committee Members
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Hotel Council of San Francisco Announces
New Executive Committee Members
31 January 2024 – San Francisco, CA: The Hotel Council of San Francisco (www.hotelcouncilsf.org) has named its new executive committee to its recently expanded board of directors: Board Chair Michael Baier (Managing Director, Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SoMa);Vice Chair Clif Clark (Area General Manager, Westin St. Francis Union Square);Treasurer Nany Fullmore (General Manager, The Clancy, Autograph Collection);and as Secretary Raymond Vermolen (General Manager, InterContinental San Francisco).
“I am truly honored to assume the role of incoming Chair of the Board of Directors for the Hotel Council of San Francisco,” said Michael Baier, Managing Director at Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SoMa. “Being a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, I feel a deep sense of pride in witnessing the dedicated efforts of our hospitality community as we tirelessly work towards restoring our industry. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to contribute my efforts on the Board and passionately advocate for the advancement of our city’s foremost industry—hospitality and tourism.”
The Hotel Council of San Francisco is a non-profit membership-based organization advocating for the economic and social vitality of the hospitality industry in San Francisco. Their membership roster includes over 200 hotels, allied members, and partner organizations. The Hotel Council is dedicated to protecting the San Francisco hospitality industry and connecting its members to support the growth and success of the industry.
“These four professionals are the example of servant leadership,” said Alex Bastian, President & CEO of the Hotel Council of San Francisco. “Their deep experience in San Francisco’ hospitality community and years of wisdom will serve us well in this important year for our recovering tourism economy.”
Meet the newly appointed members of the Hotel Council’s executive committee, as detailed in the bios below:
(Managing Director, Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SoMa)
Michael Baier is a Bay Area native and started in the hotel industry in 1989 with opening of the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. After spending six years at the Marquis Michael grew his career as he and his family traveled from SF to Vail, Philadelphia, Austin and Dallas before returning to San Francisco in
2011. Since his return Michael moved from Hotel Manager at W San Francisco to Hotel Manager at Parc55, GM at Stanford Court, Park Central SF, Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf and then back to Park Central as it emerged from the pandemic and transformation to the Hyatt Regency SOMA. Michael is passionate about SF and looks forward to the continued effort in returning this glorious city to its rightful position! Michael lives in Pleasant Hill and as foodie, enjoys the close proximity to the wine country. He and his wife of 35 years love to travel and explore new places. Together they have three children; Trevor, Josh and Natalie who were all born in different states!
Area General Manager, Westin St. Francis Union Square
Clark’s 39-year career at prominent hotels on the west coast includes nearly three decades in the role of general manager at top-performing Marriott properties throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to the Westin St. Francis, he led the acclaimed Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Clif Clark began his hospitality career 1984 as a management trainee at the Westin Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Over the next 12 years, he held management positions in the front office, operations, and food and beverage, learning all aspects of the hotel industry. In 1996, when he became General Manager of the Oakland Marriott City Center, one of his top achievements was successfully negotiating a contract with the City of Oakland that granted the hotel permission to manage the adjacent Convention Center. Clark has also been Hotel Manager of the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, the second largest hotel in San Francisco, and the pre-opening General Manager of the San Jose Marriott. At both properties, he generated exceptional profits, elevated the service standards, and inspired passion and commitment from his teams. In San Jose, he was one of five founders of “Team San Jose,” the organization that manages the City’s convention and theatre facilities. Clark’s local leadership history includes serving on the Executive Board of Directors for the Hotel Council of San Francisco, the San Francisco Travel Tourism Improvement District Board, the Board of Directors for the Union Square Alliance, and Chairman of the Board for the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. He served on the Marriott Global General Manager Advisory Council and is the Marriott Business Council Guidance Team Leader for the business councils in San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, and Seattle.
Clif Clark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Washington State University. While studying abroad at the University of Munich, he assisted in the research of a European hotel management textbook written by Dr. Lother Kreck.
General Manager, The Clancy Autograph Collection
With over 25 years in the hospitality industry, Nany brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience to The Clancy. Her career began as an Assistant Controller at the JW Marriott Washington, DC, and a year later she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she held a variety of finance positions, including Director of Finance & Accounting at the Fremont Marriott and then at the Santa Clara Marriott. After an illustrious career in finance, Nany moved into operations as Director of Hotel Operation-Rooms at the Santa Clara Marriott, where she led the team to improve associate engagement, guest satisfaction and rooms profitability over five years. In 2013, Nany was promoted to General Manager at the San Ramon Marriott, where she led the team for eight years, hitting new highs for guest satisfaction and maintaining top rankings in key metrics. Her open-door policy with associates resulted in associate engagement increasing by 15 points to 85 in 2019. She built strong community relationships by establishing the “Discover San Ramon” business district to fund marketing efforts through collaborative work with city officials, fellow General Managers, and key stakeholders in the community. Nany embodies a Take Care culture, and during these unprecedented times, she’s led her team through the pandemic and the transition of the San Ramon Marriott from managed to franchise. Nany enjoys visiting historical sites and considers Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Ethiopia, and Israel to be among her favorite destinations.
General Manager, InterContinental San Francisco)
Raymond Vermolen has spent thirty years in the hotel industry, advancing steadily to jobs of increasing responsibility in diverse cultures. Vermolen earned a bachelor’s degree in the Hospitality Industry from the Hotel Management School in the Netherlands and an MBA from Henley Management College in the United Kingdom. Prior to his current position, he held various roles at InterContinental hotels in Amsterdam, Paris, Athens, Lebanon and Egypt, and later served as the Hotel Manager for Barclay InterContinental in New York. In 2007, he became the General Manager of the InterContinental Los Angeles in Century City. In 2009, he joined the InterContinental Houston as General Manager before transferring for a 5-year stint as the General Manager of the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in 2011. He then opened the LA Indigo Hotel and now leads the Area as General Manager/RDO at the InterContinental Hotel San Francisco. Vermolen is passionate about adventure travel, motorcycles and exploring culinary experiences and counts coaching and mentoring teams as a hobby. He is also an avid runner who loves the outdoors.