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Downtown Palo Alto Hotel appoints new sales leader

Downtown Palo Alto Hotel appoints new sales leader

A hospitality veteran with more than 15 years of direct hotel experience has been appointed to the role of Director of Sales and Marketing for the Garden Court Hotel.  Dean Gonzalez, named to the post, is leading the sales and marketing teams at the property and will work to increase the hotel’s presence in the area.  The European feeling hotel located in downtown Palo Alto has 62 guestrooms including one penthouse suite, open-air tile floored courtyards, outdoor fountains and French doors.

“Gonzalez has a proven track record of working as a strategic team leader and collaborating effectively with other hotel executives and clients,” said Jan Henningsen, representative of the HotelCrafters, the management company operating the hotel. “He is adept at developing winning sales teams and providing memorable guest experiences, and we are confident he will be an integral part of our hotel’s continued success in the area,” said Henningsen.

Most recently, Gonzalez was the Director of Sales for the Hilton Garden Inn in Palo Alto which gives him a wealth of current knowledge of the region.  Prior, he honed his business and operations efficiency skills at The Beverly in Milpitas as the Business Development Manager and as the Director of Corporate Travel for the Sainte Claire in San Jose.  Other Northern California hotels where Gonzalez held financial and sales leadership roles include, The W Hotel Silicon Valley in Newark, Larkspur Landing in Campbell and the Candlewood Hotel Company in Santa Clara.

“I am thrilled to work at such an intimate, exclusive, high-touch hotel after many years at larger properties,” said Gonzalez, “Everything I do is relationship based and I pride myself on my ability to take care of my clients and my employees is a meaningful way.”  Gonzalez lives in the area with his two school aged children.  In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, soccer and spending time with his family.