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Santa Barbara New Hire News: Canary Santa Barbara Hires Two Seasoned Professionals to Grow Events and Catering Business

Canary Santa Barbara Hires Two Seasoned Professionals to Expand Management Team

Kecia Kelly Joins as Director of Catering and Codie Blue as Sales Manager

Santa Barbara, Calif.—Sept. 6, 2016—Kimpton’s Canary Santa Barbara announced today the addition of two new members to its management team, Kecia Kelly as Director of Catering, and Codie Blue as Sales Manager.

As Director of Catering, Kelly will focus on leading the catering team, event planning and new business development. Kelly has nearly a decade of hospitality industry experience in sales and catering. Prior to joining the Canary in July 2016, Kelly served as the Associate Director of Catering for The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Her previous roles include serving as Senior Catering Sales Manager at Double Tree by Hilton Golf Resort San Diego and a Catering and Conference Services Sales Manager at L’Auberge Del Mar in San Diego, Calif.

Kelly grew up in San Diego and now lives in Santa Barbara with her husband of 15 years and three beautiful daughters. When Kelly isn’t busy creating custom catering experiences and executing one-of-a-kind events for Canary guests, she can be found spending time with her family, golfing, baking and camping.

As Sales Manager, Blue will be responsible for fostering customer relationships and optimizing group and corporate business performance. Blue comes to the Canary from Sheraton Nashville Downtown, where she served as Specialty Sales Manager. Prior to moving to Nashville, Blue served as Sales Manager for UCLA and Market Sales Manager for Care Providers LTD, both in Los Angeles, Calif.

Blue earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in anthropology from UCLA, where she also worked for the Daily Bruin newspaper in advertising sales. A Venice Beach native, Blue recently moved back to California, and spends her free time at the beach, riding her beach cruiser, painting, doing yoga and DIY projects.

“We’re thrilled to welcome both Kecia and Codie to the Canary team to help drive our events and catering business to the next level,” said Ryan Parker, General Manager at Canary Santa Barbara. “It’s our vision to deliver unmatched experience and service to our guests—and we’re confident that Kecia and Codie’s hands-on industry experience, tenure and leadership will support us in delivering on this vision.”

ABOUT CANARY SANTA BARBARA

The Canary Santa Barbara is enviably situated in the heart of downtown, steps away from the city’s beaches, bistros, and world class shopping. The 97-guestroom boutique hotel offers postcard-perfect views from the rooftop pool and terrace, locally sourced cuisine and a world-class wine list to create an inviting retreat with unmistakable local flavor. The hotel caters to social and corporate events with more than 7,300 square feet of flexible event space and full catering and banquet services from its famed Finch & Fork Restaurant. For more information, visit www.canarysantabarbara.com.

ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to the United States. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travelers feel genuinely cared for through thoughtful perks and amenities, bold, playful design and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local.

Kimpton is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a FORTUNE magazine “Best Place to Work” six times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates over 60 hotels and 70 plus restaurants, bars and lounges in 30 U.S. cities. In January 2015, Kimpton was welcomed into the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands, bringing together two special cultures and sets of values to create the world’s largest boutique hotel business. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.

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