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Mr. Armstrong

John Armstrong

Executive Chef, Sheraton Seattle

John W. Armstrong IV serves as Executive Chef at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. A member of the Marriott International America's Culinary Council and legacy member of the Starwood North America Food & Beverage Council, Chef Armstrong is proud to lead exceptional teams in planning and executing menus for major events, including the 21st through 25th years of the Sheraton Seattle Gingerbread Village benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. His other accomplishments include building the 2015 Sheraton & Official MLB Partnership Menus, developing the 2015 Marketplace Concept for Starwood Hotels at New York Times Square. 

Chef Armstrong was a Corporate Teacher at the 2014 North America F&B Conference at Sheraton Phoenix and successfully planned and executing the first-ever Sheraton Global General Managers Summit in 2014. In 2013 executed the Rooms, IT, Six Sigma & Engineering Conference as well as creating and executing the 2013-2014 Westin & Sheraton Global Brand Phase XIII Menus.

Chef Armstrong was awarded the 2017 Marriott Award of Excellence for Outstanding Performance & Leader of the Year.  He has received numerous awards and honors, including: 2016 America's Award of Culinary Excellence Nominee, March of Dimes' 2013 Lead Signature Chef, 2012 Food Cost Operational Excellence Award, and 2012 & 2013 Ecosure achievements. He has also been instrumental in making contributions to Food Lifeline, a hunger relief agency.

Previously, Chef Armstrong served as Executive Chef at Westin La Cantera, where he led the operation of multiple AAA Four Diamond restaurants spanning the La Cantera PGA Course and Arnold Palmer Course. At Westin, he successfully executed eight years of the PGA Tour Texas Open. Before joining Starwood, Chef Armstrong worked for Marriott Hotels & Resorts, during which he was named the youngest senior banquet chef in Marriott corporate history and was chosen to be on a specialized taskforce team that worked on high-profile events around the country. Prior to that, he worked at five major restaurants at Lake Buena Vista Resort & Spa and was selected to work at the five-star Arthur's 27 restaurant.

Chef Armstrong was educated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under Master Chef Dieter Kiessling where he received the President's Honors Awards for Achievement.  Most importantly, he has the love and support of his family, his wife Sonia and his two beautiful children, John V and Elena, who are the reasons for all of his hard work.

Mr. Armstrong can be contacted at 210-365-8254 or John.ArmstrongIV@sheraton.com

Coming up in April 2020...

Guest Service: First Impressions Matter

Hotels spend large amounts of money on marketing their operation and brand, but sometimes they fail to remember that guest service is the lifeblood of their business. It is outstanding guest service that allows a hotel to create an amazing and lasting impression, one that will remain with guests far beyond the duration of their stay. In pre-internet days, first impressions were formed the moment a guest walked through a hotel's front door. These days, first impressions are created long before a guest arrives at a hotel property. They begin when a customer visits a hotel's website or social media pages for the first time. When a guest connects with a property online, they immediately form an opinion of the hotel. First impressions matter and because of that, a hotel website should be mobile-friendly with blistering fast speed; it should be graphically appealing; and it should provide visual representation of the kind of experience a guest can expect. It is also vital to engage the customer; to actively solicit and respond to guest feedback. When a hotel personally engages with someone, it is demonstrating to other customers that guest opinions matter, and that management is willing to go the extra mile to provide superior guest service. Similarly, when a hotel sends out personalized emails with satisfaction surveys attached, it demonstrates that management values guest feedback, so that service can be improved at every level. Additionally, social media messages can be sent out prior to a guest's arrival to learn more about them, so their visit can be personalized. It's the small touches and details that are most remembered and appreciated. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate excellent guest service in their operations.