Rivertide Suites Hotel in Seaside, a 70-room hotel presently under construction with plans to open in early August, recently named three people to professional positions in the organization.
Jim McDonald was selected as Rivertide's General Manager. Terry Bichsel, Rivertide owner, said McDonald is an experienced senior hospitality executive with over 20 years in the industry. He holds America Hotel and Lodging Association's highest achievement certification as a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA).
McDonald has lived in Oregon since 1969, and has a work history on the coast, including serving as the Director of Operations for the Hallmark Inn in Cannon Beach when it first opened, and later for a Newport, Ore., hotel owned by Hemstreet Development.
"I've been bringing my daughter to this area since she was three years old, and now she's 37," McDonald said. "I have webs growing between my toes."
Sue Meyers has been named to the position of Sales and Marketing Manager for the hotel.
"My job is to put heads in beds," she said.
To accomplish that task Meyers has been working closely with the Seaside Convention Center, and introducing Rivertide Suites to groups attending events at the center.
Bichsel said Meyers has over 20 years management experience in sales, public relations, marketing and advertising. She also has extensive media experience in the newspaper and radio industry as an editor, account executive and air personality.
In the hospitality industry Meyers served as Marketing Manager for Sunriver Resort. She is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, and received a degree in communications.
"I've been living in Oregon for over 20 years, and every time I come to the coast for a vacation I think about living here, so I'm glad to be here," Meyers said.
Meyers also said the new management team plans to be very active in the local community.
Janet Dollinger, CHA, has been selected by Rivertide as the Front Office/Revenue Manager. Dollinger has over 18 years of management experience in the hospitality industry.