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Woodmark Hotel Appoints Howard Jacobs as General Manager

Woodmark Hotel Appoints Howard Jacobs as General Manager

Kirkland, Wash. (June 21, 2013) – The Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa, located 15 minutes east of Seattle on the shores of Lake Washington at Carillon Point, is excited to announce the appointment of Howard Jacobs as general manager. In his new position, Jacobs will oversee all operations at the Woodmark Hotel and assist Destination Hotels & Resorts on other assignments as needed.

“We warmly welcome Howard’s return to the Pacific Northwest and look forward to having him on board at the Woodmark Hotel,” said Tom Luersen, executive vice president of Destination Hotels & Resorts. “Howard is an energetic and enthusiastic leader with an extensive background in the boutique industry, which will serve the hotel and the community well.”

“I’m thrilled to be back in the Seattle-area managing the acclaimed Woodmark Hotel,” added Jacobs. “There will be a great deal of excitement at the property this year, from our annual Clambake on the Lake event this summer to our guestroom renovations scheduled to be completed this fall, and we look forward to continuing the exceptional intimate service that the Woodmark is known for.”

Jacobs brings more than 25 years of experience in the hotel management industry to his role as general manager at the Woodmark. Most recently, Jacobs served a dual position with the Goodman Group in Albuquerque, N.M. as multi-unit development manager and general manager for the AAA Four Diamond – LEED Gold historic hotel, Hotel Andaluz. While there, Jacobs’ focus on exemplary service and attention to detail produced significant improvements in profitability and recognition for the property.

In addition, Jacobs spent more than 10 years in Portland, Ore., including serving as president of the Provenance Hotels and as a principal for Continuum Consulting Group, a hospitality development and consulting firm focused on urban boutique hotels. Prior to Provence Hotels, Jacobs served as the worldwide conference center manager for R.R. Donnelley across the United States, Europe and Asia and as general manager for the Alexis Hotel in Seattle and the Flamingo Hilton in Laughlin, Nev. Jacobs earned his bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and completed the hotel professional development program at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

The Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa provides incredible views of Seattle and the Olympic Mountains with 79 expertly crafted guestrooms and 21 luxurious suites, rejuvenating medi-spa treatments at Northwest Face Spa and delectable Northwest fare at bin on the lake and the Beach Café. The Woodmark also offers wedding, meeting and banquet space in addition to a variety of activities including beach cruiser bike rentals, kayak rentals and a private boat for guests. For more information about the Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa and to make reservations, call (425) 822-3700 or visit

About The Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa:
The Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa is the only hotel on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington. Personal and comfortable, the Woodmark features 100 rooms, including 21 suites, most with views of the lake, and all with luxury amenities. The Woodmark is the ideal in-town retreat only minutes from downtown Bellevue and other Eastside destinations. It offers a full-service spa, two exceptional restaurants, distinctive event spaces and an intimate, residential, waterside ambiance.  Most importantly, the Woodmark’s associates are warm and genuine, anticipating guests’ every need. Popular for corporate events, weddings and important family occasions, the Woodmark is ultimately a place where everyone feels at home, and home is a relaxing and rejuvenating place set apart by the water.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts:
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With nearly 40 independent luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fourth largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 9,100 guest rooms, 18 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.

For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit

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Media Contacts:          
Sarah Ducharme Fulghum / Jessica Dawson 
Richmond Public Relations / 206-682-6979 /


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