The Heathman Hotel Announces Leadership Transition

Jeff Jobe Assumes Responsibilities for New Heathman Hotel Kirkland,Wash. Chris Erickson Hired As Ge

. October 14, 2008

PORTLAND, OR, August 23, 2006. Rim Hospitality, manager of the historic Heathman Hotel, announces a change in leadership at the downtown Portland destination. Jeff Jobe, general manager of the Heathman Hotel since 1998, is taking on responsibilities for the Heathman Hotel and Spa Kirkland, slated to open in spring 2007 in downtown Kirkland, Wash. Chris Erickson, former general manager of Portland's Paramount Hotel, has been named the new general manager of the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Ore. as of August 1. The Heathman Hotel Portland is owned by Taylor Clark, Inc., who is developing the Kirkland hotel with partner Corbett Holt Properties, Inc.

Jeff Jobe, an institution in the Portland hospitality industry and significant presence in the community, Jobe is currently serving a term as a commissioner to the Oregon Tourism Commission. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, Oregon Historical Society, Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts, POVA, PICA, Friends of PCPA and the Tri-County Lodging Association. During his eight year tenure at the Heathman Hotel, Jobe oversaw three major renovation projects to the historic property, instituted a number of customer service oriented innovations and led the Heathman to national recognition with Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, The New York Times and other national publications. Jobe is now the general manager for the new Heathman Hotel and Spa in Kirkland, WA. The property currently under construction will feature 91 deluxe guest rooms, a 3,000-square-foot spa and 3,000 square-feet of meeting space. Jobe is also responsible for the concept and development of the new hotel's 98-seat restaurant and bar.

"Leaving the Heathman and Portland is bittersweet," said Jobe. "My time at the Heathman has been an amazing experience. It's a hotel unlike any other and I feel fortunate to have been a part of its history and for the opportunities it provided me to work with so many talented and passionate people throughout Portland's hospitality and cultural communities." "I will miss Portland but am excited about the new opportunity to bring the style, service and luxury that the Heathman has become known for, to this new hotel we're creating in Kirkland."

Chris Erickson brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience to his role as General Manager of The Heathman Hotel. Previously, Erickson was a strategic manager for the Paramount Hotel consortium, where he gained valuable experience managing critical properties in four different states over a seven year period. In 1999, Erickson was tapped to open the company's new Portland property, the Paramount Hotel, where his responsibilities included overseeing the multimillion dollar ground-up construction. Throughout his tenure at the Paramount Hotel, Erickson was engaged in Portland's hospitality and cultural communities and developed close ties with many arts groups. He served on the Executive Board of Directors for POVA and the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the chair for the Cultural District Council and Cultural District Development committee. Most recently, Erickson refined his guest service expertise as an on-site director for a Fortune Top 130 company.

Erickson guided the 27 million dollar operation and his team of 200 - to achieve the West Coast's top guest experience ranking. Erickson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, and earned his Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) credential from the American Hotel and Motel Association's Educational Institute.

"The Heathman has an impressive legacy of tradition and luxury and I'm thrilled to become a part of the team, said Chris Erickson, new general manager. "It is my goal to ensure that the Heathman will continue to be an industry leader in service and innovation and that the hotel is well positioned for the future by making technology an ongoing focus of this continued commitment to innovation."

About Rim Hospitality

Rim Hospitality is a 21-year old, Modesto, Calif.- based hotel management and development services company for boutique, branded, independent hotel and resort hotel properties. Currently the company manages more than 3,000 rooms at 20 hotels, resorts and boutique properties throughout California, New Mexico, and in Portland, OR.. Rim is recognized as a preferred management company for Starwood, Hilton, Marriott and LaQuinta.

Since its inception in 1983, the Rim Hospitality management company team has built an infrastructure second to none. Through its proprietary software Home Office2, Rim offers online, real time reporting to management and ownership allowing results that exceed owner expectations.

About Taylor Clark Inc.

Founded in 1938, Taylor Clark Plc. is a London-based, family-owned property investment group. The group's investments include commercial, residential, and agricultural developments in the U. K. and North America. Taylor Clark Inc., the company's U. S. subsidiary, has invested in hotels and restaurants on the West Coast from British Columbia to Central California.

About the Heathman Hotel

Built in 1927 and located in the heart of Portland's cultural district, this 150-room luxury hotel maintains strong partnerships with local arts and culture organizations. An independently owned property, The Heathman Hotel is a member of the Carino Collection and Historic Hotels of America. 2006 marked the 22 consecutive year that The Heathman received the prestigious Four Diamond distinction from AAA, one of only 19 hotels in the US to achieve this distinction. Additionally, the Hotel has been recognized for overall excellence on Travel+Leisure's 2002 Readers' Poll World's Best Awards: Top 100 Hotels, Cond'e Nast Traveler's 2005 Gold List and on Travel+Leisure's World's Best Hotels list from 2002 through 2006. Please visit the Hotel's Web site at or call 800.551.0011 for reservations.


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