Industry Update
Appointment13 October 2021

Colleen Huther

Appointed General Manager
At Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver - CO, USA

Colleen Huther

Combining decades of inspiring leadership and deep roots in luxury hospitality, hotelier Colleen Huther has been tapped to lead the team at Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver, which is expected to open later this month. Formerly the general manager of luxury Forbes-rated Belmond El Encanto, Huther is welcomed to her role as general manager of Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver following several executive hotel positions from coast to coast.

Huther's love for hospitality started at age 15 at a small resort in Pennsylvania where she took on any job she was tasked with, from server to landscaper. Shortly after graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she quickly moved up in the ranks where her strong work ethic guided her through various sales and marketing roles at Grand Heritage Hotels, until her promotion to general manager of Thayer Lodging Group's Annapolis Waterfront Hotel in 1994. That role culminated in her appointment as Vice President of Asset Management where she oversaw eleven full and select service hotels and received recognition as an award-winning top revenue producer. Huther then moved to Southern California, where she served as general manager for several hotels including Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort, Hilton Santa Clara and Hilton Checkers Los Angeles.

Huther received the Marriot Mustang Award for excellent leadership as general manager of Annapolis Marriott Waterfront when Hurricane Isabel struck in 2003. With water up to her waist and a Naval reunion group on property, she led a team to keep the hotel open without a third floor. Her team managed to move the restaurant up to the second floor where they candidly called it "Hurricane Cafe."

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 20 premier brands. As of September 30, 2019, the Company's portfolio included more than 875 properties in over 60 countries across six continents.
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