Greg Schmidt has been named general manager of the AC Hotel San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point Waterfront, opening in October.
Located just 10 miles south of downtown San Francisco and 10 minutes from San Francisco International Airport, this European-inspired property features 187 rooms and offers a stylish, relaxing respite for travelers to this booming area.
Schmidt’s main responsibilities as general manager include leading the property in revenue generation, managing costs within the hotel, ensuring core elements of service strategy, analyzing service issues, identifying trends, and facilitating the development of creative solutions to continually improve guest satisfaction.
Schmidt’s hospitality career spans 25 years, beginning at the ripe age of 17, when he accepted his first job in the hotel industry as a waiter at the Courtyard by Marriott in Brentwood, Tenn. Since then, Greg has held positions at five brands under the Marriott umbrella, including The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn and, most recently, the Residence Inn by Marriott in San Diego, where he served as general manager.
“When I first heard of the AC Brand, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of,” Schmidt said. “Founder Antonio Catalan calls this brand ‘A New Way to Hotel.’ This statement immediately resonated with me, as I’ve always prided myself on trying new and innovative ways to provide service to our guests.”
Schmidt strives to connect with guests on a deeper level, getting to know their interests, what brings them to the area, and how he can make their stay more memorable. His extensive travel experience – which ranges from running three international marathons in Florence, Paris and Berlin, to going on a safari in Kenya and Tanzania – helps him relate to guests in a more personal way.
As a Bay Area resident for more than 20 years, Schmidt also prides himself on being able to share with visitors how to experience the City by the Bay the way locals do.
Schmidt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from San Jose State University, and is a certified life coach through Marriott.
The AC Hotel San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point Waterfront will offer 180 guest rooms and 8,150 square feet of meeting space, including six rooms and capacity for up to 250 guests.