Debbie Brown is a highly respected professional with over 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry. As senior consultant for Columbia Hospitality, Debbie assists our People and Culture team with specific training and recruiting projects for clients seeking to distinguish their own service offerings and drive their staff to generate improved business results. She also assists our ever-growing internal team with development and leadership coaching.
Debbie spent the majority of her career with Four Seasons Hotels before shifting her focus to advising and training hospitality professionals. While at Four Seasons, Debbie held both hotel and regional human resources positions before assuming her long-standing role as Vice-President Human Resources (HR), Americas, with responsibility for the company's HR functions at 50 hotels and resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as properties under construction or conversions within the Americas.
Debbie is a past member of the University of Denver School of Hospitality Executive Advisory Board, the American Hotel and Lodging Association HR Committee, the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor & Employment Relations as well as Washington State HR Executive Roundtable. She is currently on the board of The 5th Avenue Theatre, as well as an adviser to Virginia Mason Hospital on service excellence.
Originally from Minnesota, Debbie graduated from the University of Denver and began her hospitality career with Hyatt Hotels. She is based in Seattle, Washington.
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