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Paul Kessinger Joins Hotel Yountville as Director of Operations

YOUNTVILLE, CA. October 26, 2017 – Hotel Yountville, one of Napa Valley’s hotel gems, presenting charming service and genuine comfort, welcomes new Director of Operations Paul Kessinger. Amidst enhancements to the hotel’s brand identity and service, Kessinger brings 10 years of experience to lead Hotel Yountville in its continued efforts to deliver Yountville Heritage Reimagined.

“With his outstanding leadership skills and diverse experience in hotel management, Paul is well equipped to offer guests a quality of service that will exceed their expectations,” said Sileshi Mengiste, vice president of operations for Remington Hotels. “He is a welcome addition to the team at Hotel Yountville and we are excited to have him.”

California native, Kessinger most recently served in management positions with two historical hotels in San Francisco, Omni San Francisco Hotel and Stanford Court San Francisco Hotel, working his way up the rooms division at Omni San Francisco Hotel before accepting the new challenge of Director of Front Office at Stanford Court San Francisco Hotel. Under his dedicated leadership between 2011- 2016, both locations experienced increases in guest and associate satisfaction.

After graduating from Chicago State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management, Kessinger began his career at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, Calif., where he acted as assistant hotel manager. Kessinger enjoys the active lifestyle of which Hotel Yountville appeals, with interests in cooking, gardening, swimming, fishing and snowboarding.

“Through my years of experience in this industry, I have developed a passion for leading and an understanding of what makes a hotel experience positive and memorable,” Kessinger said. “I look forward to providing guests with a wine country retreat unparalleled in charm, personality and romance.”

About Hotel Yountville:

Rooted in Yountville history, Hotel Yountville presents guests with a wine country home inspired retreat anchored by a Heritage Valley Oak. Beckoning guests with stone buildings constructed of stacked Napa river rocks, heavy timber beams and copper accents, Hotel Yountville offers 80 romantic, spacious guest rooms, The Spa, Heritage Oak Café and its decadent pool courtyard and pool bar. With charming service and genuine comfort, and Oak Hall for events, Hotel Yountville creates a Vintage Yountville escape for wine country lovers. To experience or learn more about Hotel Yountville, call 888.944.2885, visit www.hotelyountville.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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