Howard Cohen, a SHA board officer since 2004 and vice president and general manager of Clise Properties - Hotel Division, will take his new position as the 2010-2011 board president. David Watkins, general manager at the Inn at the Market, will be SHA vice president. Don Dennis, general manager of Hotel Deca and David Sullivan, general manager of the Pan Pacific Hotel, will remain as treasurer and as secretary, respectively.SHA also appoints two new members: Shannon Sheron, general manager, The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue, and Jenne Neptune, general manager, Alexis Hotel Seattle.
“Tourism matters greatly in Seattle and as a group we’re poised to leverage our strengths and create an impact on the community,” said Howard Cohen.
This year, Cohen and the SHA board will be responsible for engaging member hotels in the following:
Highlighting the important contributions of the hotel industry and its employees to local economies
Creating a sense of community among member hotels
Creating a safe and clean city environment for residents, workers and tourists alike through philanthropic endeavors
Cohen has been in leadership roles at Seattle’s Clise Properties – Hotel Division since 2002. Prior to that, he held positions throughout Washington, including Sunstone Hotels and Red Lion Hotels & Inns. Over the past 30 years Cohen has dedicated his expertise in the hospitality and lodging industry. In addition to serving on the board of SHA, Cohen has also served on the board of directors of the Washington State Hotel & Lodging Association and is a current board secretary of the HERE Local 8 Union Pension and Health & Welfare Trusts.
President: Howard Cohen - Clise Properties - Hotel Division, vice president/general manager
Vice President: David Watkins – Inn at the Market, general manager
Treasurer: Don Dennis - Hotel Deca, general manager
Secretary: David Sullivan - Pan Pacific Hotel, general manager