“Kris’ optimism coupled with his ability to motivate and inspire the staff make him a great addition,” said Rusty Middleton, general manager at Andaz San Diego. “He brings fresh ideas and great energy to the team, and we are excited to see the dynamic initiatives to come under his leadership.”
Umstattd’s passion for the industry stems from his father’s career in hospitality, which inspired him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from Northern Arizona University. His career began at Marriott where he spent nine years, most of them working in the company’s resort division in California and Arizona. He later transitioned into the luxury hotel market working in senior sales positions for Four Seasons and Fairmont. Most recently, Umstattd served as associate director of sales at the Hyatt Grand Champions in Indian Wells, Calif.
“While my goal is to set revenue records for Andaz and continue building the profile of the brand locally, I also want to enjoy my time here,” said Umstattd. “This business is fun, and our job is to create enjoyable experiences for our guests as well. ”
Outside the office, Umstattd can be found cruising San Diego’s streets on his skateboard, hitting the slopes on his snowboard or cheering on his hometown basketball team, the Los Angeles Lakers.
ABOUT ANDAZ SAN DIEGO
Andaz San Diego is an urban escape known for friendly and uncomplicated service, sophisticated design and unpretentious style. Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, the cornerstone of the property is a 159 room hotel with 17 suites, each with custom fixtures and amenities, flat panel televisions and generously sized glass-enclosed bathrooms. Guests can enjoy complimentary welcome beverages while being checked in via iPads® as well as complimentary amenities such as wireless Internet, local phone calls, and a mini-bar with non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. A center of nightlife, Andaz San Diego offers guests the Ivy Entertainment experience including the Ivy Nightclub, Ivy Wine Bar and Ivy Rooftop, a sultry rooftop bar and lounge with stunning skyline views, pool and private cabanas. Additional amenities include 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting and function space. For more information about Andaz San Diego, visit www.andazsandiego.com or call 619-849-1234.