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Founder and Chief Executive Officer

John Oppenheimer

John Oppenheimer is a travel and tourism visionary and entrepreneur with a passion for the hospitality industry.

John has founded five successful, private hospitality-related businesses. In 1995, he founded Columbia Hospitality to manage Bell Harbor International Conference Center for the Port of Seattle. Today, Columbia Hospitality manages properties in over 30 communities and also operates a consulting division, which has completed more than 80 hospitality development projects throughout the United States and abroad. John was a founding general partner of Seattle Hotel Group, the investment group that developed the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Seattle.

In addition to serving on the Virginia Mason Health System Board, John serves on the Virginia Mason Medical Center Foundation Board and is immediate past chair, The 5th Avenue Theatre Board of Directors and co-chair on The 5th Avenue Governance and Nominating Committee, Anthony's Restaurants Board of Directors, is a past chairman and current member of YPO Gold. He is a past board member of several organizations including the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Washington Council on International Trade, former member of the Western Region Advisory Board of Northern Trust, and past chairman of the Woodland Park Zoo. He and his wife Deanna were included on Puget Sound Business Journal's 2019 Power 100 list of leaders.

John is also author of the book, Keys to the Room: Unlocking the Doors to Opportunities and Possibilities.

He earned his bachelor's degrees in urban affairs and political science from the University of Puget Sound. John is married to Deanna Oppenheimer and the proud father of two adult children, Jeni and James.

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