With an impressive twenty years of experience under his belt, Kari Koskela returns to Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, where he took on his first hotel job following graduation from the renowned Hotel Management School Les Roches in Switzerland. He’s come a long way from Assistant Chief Steward, earning his new role as Hotel Manager, with many hotels, destinations and increasing management roles along the way.
Kari has enjoyed various positions with a six other Four Seasons properties since including those in Nevis, Tokyo, Seattle, Toronto and Las Vegas. With a focus on food and beverage, Kari’s career path has aligned well with his extracurricular interests. Kari is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
In 1996 he returned Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver as an Assistant Manager at Chartwell before continuing to explore the world with an appointment as Consulting Restaurant Manager with Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so. In 1997 he was promoted to Studio Cafe Restaurant Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, then dipped his toe in the catering pool as Catering Sales Manager in Toronto. In 1999 he was promoted to Assistant Director of Food & Beverage at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle.
In 2001 Kari was appointed director of food & veverage with Delta Pinnacle Hotel in Vancouver and became its director of operations later that year. He returned to Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver in July 2003 as director of food & beverage, and in 2005 transferred laterally to Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. Kari’s career continued to grow as he gained experience as a hotel manager with Ritz Carlton Washington in 2007 and as general manager with Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver where he has been for the past two years.
Kari notes his time with in Washington during the years that marked the campaign and historical inauguration of President Barack Obama as an inimitable life highlight. An opportunity to provide first class hotel experiences for the President and many high profile guests took his skills to a new level.
This array of experiences has prepared him well for the position of Hotel Manager with Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, and creates a solid bridge to the food & beverage team. Kari will oversee the operational areas of the Hotel including rooms, food & beverage and engineering.
Professionally, he is a past member of the BC Children’s Hospital Tourism and Hospitality Committee, VCC Professional Hospitality Advisory Board, and Epicurean Charitable Foundation of Las Vegas. Personally, he is director of the Chena Swim Club in North Vancouver where one of his two daughters swims professionally. To keep fit, Kari enjoys running the odd 10K, half marathon, and heading out on the slopes skiing.