Santa Barbara, California—Hilton Hotels Worldwide Area Vice President-California Michael Dunne has announced the appointment of Neil Poisson as General Manager of The Fess Parker, a DoubleTree By Hilton Resort located at 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara. Dunne remarked, “Neil will oversee all day-to-day operations of our beautiful, 360-room Mission-style beachfront resort on 24 acres, the city’s largest, named after the American television icon Fess Parker.”
Poisson (pronounced PWA-ssen) provides leadership for 300 employees in all aspects of the Resort including guest services, food & beverage operations, sales & marketing, reservations, revenue management human resources and administration.
Most recently, Poisson was General Manager of the DoubleTree San Jose where he directed daily operations of the 505-room full service hotel with 48,000 square feet of meeting space. Prior to that, Poisson was at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu where he served as the executive assistant manager and was responsible for the overall operations of this 2,860 room full-service hotel. Previously, he was with the Hilton Family in San Francisco where he worked as the resident manager of one of the largest hotels in the Western U.S.—the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.
A hospitality industry veteran with over 30 years of management experience, including 20 years with Hilton Worldwide, Neil has taken a lead role in brand conversions, renovation projects and new openings. His diverse background includes management positions with full and select service hotels, major convention hotels and resorts. He also served as vice president of operations for San Diego, California-based Packard Hospitality Group and Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Marcus Hotels Corporation.
Poisson graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and is an active member of the American Hotel Lodging Association. He is an avid sports fan and married with two adult children who also chose a career in the hospitality industry.
About The Fess Parker, a DoubleTree By Hilton Resort
Set on 24 lush acres overlooking the Pacific, The Fess Parker, a DoubleTree by Hilton Resort, offers 338 guestrooms and 22 suites complete with patio or balcony views, a full-service spa, award-winning Rodney’s Grill and 45,000-square feet of functional event space. Opened in 1986 by Hollywood legend Fess Parker, the property is set in a Mediterranean footprint with vaulted ceilings, airy courtyards, expansive gardens and seven mission-style guestroom buildings. The AAA Four Diamond resort embodies Santa Barbara’s eye for elegance with a casual seaside charm. Ideally located just blocks from Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Harbor and the vibrant new Funk Zone. The Fess Parker offers immediate access to the Cabrillo Art Walk, beachfront biking/inline skating, sailing/kayaking, whale watching, volleyball and wine tasting. Nearby the destination features Mission Santa Barbara, downtown shopping/cultural venues, seven golf courses and Santa Ynez Valley wine country. Info: www.fpdtr.com; 800.879.2929.