|Ann Alba, Resident Manager, The Broadmoor Hotel|
|Jeff Zelkin,General Manager,|
Embassy Suites, PPLA Board Member
In 1986, I moved from the mountains to the Embassy Suites Hotel in Colorado Springs (where ironically I am today) as the Executive Chef for the Velvet Turtle Restaurant.
Marriott purchased Saga who owned the Velvet Turtle Chain; there was a conflict of interest with a Marriott owned restaurant in an Embassy Suites Hotel, so an opportunity was presented to stay with Marriott and move to New York City as a restaurant chef at the Marriott Marquis. My tour of duty with Marriott Hotels continued on from NY City, to San Antonio TX, and then to the Teneya Lodge in Fish Camp, CA. I finished my culinary career with Marriott in Cleveland, OH.
In 1996, life moved me to Phoenix, AZ working as an Executive Chef for the next five years at various resorts and restaurants eventually finding my way back to the Embassy Suites Phoenix Scottsdale as the opening Executive Chef in the year 2000. My General Manager at the Embassy Suites in Phoenix Scottsdale was a gentleman by the name of Bob Yeoman, Bob promised me the opportunity to move UP AND out of Culinary Arts and into the hotel side of the business as long as I could successfully get the hotel opened and develop or hire someone to take my place as the Executive Chef. In 2002, Bob made good on his promise as I did on mine. I was given the opportunity to be the hotels Revenue Manager, and then onto the AGM position.
In 2006, I got my first opportunity to be a General Manager and opened the Embassy Suites in Tucson Arizona. After seven successful years in Tucson it was time to make my way back home to Colorado. In March of 2014 I moved my family to Colorado Springs and am currently the General Manager at the same Embassy Suites that I was an Executive Chef at nearly 30 years ago. Hard work, dedication and a passion for serving others can definitely take you from the bottom to as high as you choose to go in this amazing and rewarding profession!
General Manager, The Mining Exchange
PPLA Board Member
President/CEO Colorado Springs
Convention & Visitors Bureau
PPLA Board Member
|Zan Wagner, General Manager|
Radisson Hotel Colorado Springs
PPLA Vice President