Kimpton Canary Hotel appoints Ben Thiele as general manager

Amy Horsfield By Amy Horsfield
01 March 2019 | Updated 01 March 2019

US: Kimpton Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara, California, has announced the appointment of Ben Thiele as general manager.

In his new role, Thiele will be leading day-to-day operations, guest relations and business development for the downtown Santa Barbara hotel. 

Thiele started his hospitality career at Kimpton nearly 15 years ago, working as a valet attendant at The Hotel Monaco Seattle during his college summers. While moving up and growing within the Kimpton family, Thiele has held numerous management positions including housekeeping manager, front office manager and assistant general manager. Prior to his move to Santa Barbara, Thiele acted as general manager of the Palladian in Seattle for four years, where he led the opening of the brand-new hotel.

Sherrin Thomas, director of sales and marketing at the Kimpton Canary, said: "Ben's deep knowledge of the Kimpton brand, hard work ethic and passion for delivering high-calibre customer service makes him a great fit for the Canary. Ben knows the ins and outs of the brand, which brings great value to his new role and we look forward to watching him bring his creative vision for the Canary to life."

Thiele added: "I'm honoured to be joining such an incredible team and look forward to continuing to elevate Canary's already memorable guest experience. I've had the privilege of working at numerous Kimpton locations throughout my career, each with its own unique personality, and I am thrilled to bring that knowledge with me to my new role at this luxury Santa Barbara property."

Ben holds a bachelor's degree in hospitality business management from Washington State University.

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