SAN FRANCISCO

The InterContinental Mark Hopkins announced Michael Pace as the hotel’s new General Manager. Pace was previously area general manager for Sonesta Hotels, based at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco.

“My first hotel job in America was Convention Services Manager at the Mark Hopkins and my first apartment was ten blocks away,” said Pace. “I have great affection for the hotel and the neighborhood – it is really special to be able to come back to where I started in the States.”

Throughout the last 20 years in San Francisco, he has worked with some of the finest hotels and hospitality companies including Kimpton hotel group, W Hotel, Evolution Hospitality, CLIFT Hotel, sbe Group, and Sonesta Hotels.

In addition to his diverse management and operational experience, Pace has been a leader in sustainability efforts across San Francisco hotel properties, first in co-creating and launching the “Earthcare” program at Kimpton and later driving the W San Francisco’s sustainability efforts. For his work with W Hotel, Pace received Starwood’s Sustainability Leader Award in 2010 recognizing his efforts in helping the hotel become the 7th property worldwide to achieve LEED EB Silver status.

Pace currently serves as president for the Hotel & Restaurant Foundation where he oversees the granting of more than $200,000 a year in scholarships throughout California and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the California Hotel and Lodging Association and is on the board of Hotel Council of San Francisco.

Information based off a news release from the InterContinental Mark Hopkins.