Dream Hotel Group appointed Norbert Mede general manager of the Heritage House Resort & Spa in Little River, Calif., where he will be overseeing the management of the resort’s operations.
Mede is a 30-year hospitality industry veteran of the hospitality industry. Early in his career he started a party staffing company and a brewpub tour company, gained experience as a GM for lifestyle, independent and boutique properties and worked as a consultant, startup advisor, speaker and educator.
Mede grew up in Northern California and attended Golden Gate University in San Francisco, graduating from the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management program. Upon graduation, Mede moved to Newport, R.I., to manage the town’s Cliffside Inn.
After returning to the West Coast in 1994, Mede worked for Red Lion Hotels, Doubletree Hotels and Silver Cloud Inns in the Pacific Northwest before embarking on a four-year stint as a chef in Washington State. Mede served as president of the local Snohomish County Lodging Association, treasurer of the Snohomish County Visitors Bureau, served on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee for Lynnwood, Wash., and taught hospitality courses at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash.
In 2001, Mede purchased the Jamestown Hotel in California. He owned and managed the 11-room historic boutique hotel and restaurant until 2005, also serving as president of the Tuolumne Country Bed and Breakfast Association during this period. In 2005, Mede returned to his roots in San Francisco to take over as GM of the Stanyan Park Hotel, where he resided until 2008 when he was hired by Greystone Hotels to assume the reigns of the Hotel Griffon, and shortly after, the Inn at Union Square as well.
In 2012, Mede was named General Manager of the Year by Luxe Hotels Worldwide, a Los Angeles-based boutique hotel brand. In June 2015, Mede joined the Dunton Hot Springs and Dunton River Camp in Colorado as GM, the former of which was a part of Relais & Chateaux. In 2016, Mede started his own consulting and management company focusing on providing guest experiences through unique programs.
Most recently, Mede served as SVP of Pivot Agency, a multi-tiered sports marketing and travel company, where he led the travel division serving professional sports team with their travel programs.