Thursday, June 27th, 2019
Celebrate our incoming Board of Directors with a formal dinner at the gorgeous Pendry San Diego. Fitting with the evening's theme of leadership, we welcome local industry-leader and special guest, Brian Hughes, to speak about his years of well-respected experience and his guide to success.
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
Brian Hughes is currently managing director at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. He recently returned to Omni after serving as executive director for the San Diego Tourism Marketing District since early 2016. Prior to this, he spent nearly three decades in the hotel industry with over 11 years of experience serving as general manager. Brian served as general manager at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa from 2014 to 2016. Before leading the resort, Brian served as general manager at Omni San Diego Hotel from 2008 to 2014. Brian has also served in leadership capacities with Starwood Hotels in San Francisco, California and with Four Seasons in Toronto, Ontario and Seattle, Washington.
In addition to his high ranking hotel roles, he holds multiple accolades. In 2009, he was awarded with the People’s Choice Award, which is presented to the general manager who best demonstrates mentoring, retention and associate satisfaction. In 2012, he was the recipient of San Diego's ‘Hotelperson of the Year’ Gold Key Award, presented by the San Diego Hotel Motel Association. In 2014, Brian was honored with the Dick Mason Award spotlighting his mentoring and development focus. During his time at both Rancho Las Palmas and San Diego, Brian consistently led each property to strong profit and market share results while reducing turnover and improving associate and guest satisfaction. Under his leadership, Omni San Diego scored No.1 in group Medallia in 2013.
Brian attended Cornell University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration. Brian met his wife of 25 years, Liz, at Cornell, and together they have two children, Jake and Eva, who both attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Brian became a United States citizen earlier this year having grown up in Canada. In his spare time Brian loves hiking with his wife and dog, Ty, watching baseball and visiting Major League Baseball stadiums. He has visited exactly half the stadiums so far and looks forward to adding more to the list!
ILEA Member: $55.00
Future ILEA Member: $70.00
Ticket includes appetizers, plated dinner, dessert, and 2 hosted drinks.
Entree' choices are: Braised Short Ribs + Crispy Risotto, Miso Sea Bass + Bok Choy, or Vegetarian (Chef's Choice).
Be sure to add opportunity drawing tickets to your cart during registration for the chance to win one of two possible prizes! Tickets can be purchased for: 1 for $5, or 5 for $20.
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Located downtown, on the block of 5th, 6th and J, Pendry San Diego is just blocks from the San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park, as well as dozens of bars and eateries, vibrant nightlife, beaches, shopping and more. In the heart of the Historic Gaslamp Quarter, Pendry San Diego strikes a balance between modern and traditional, providing seasoned travelers with a home away from home set within a stunning environment. Pendry San Diego features 317 guestrooms, including 36 suites offering stunning views of the city skyline and harbor, the historic streets of the Gaslamp Quarter or views of The Pool House outdoor deck.
With 35,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, Pendry offers a variety of luxe meeting rooms and private event spaces that deliver on-location, comprehensive planning services, state-of-the-art technology and, of course, impeccable service. Whether it’s a corporate conference, wedding or a cocktail soiree, your needs will be anticipated and fulfilled with precision and grace.