Noble House Hotels reveals three West Coast appointments

The Hotel Viking. Photo credit: Noble House Hotels & Resorts

Noble House Hotels & Resorts announced three leadership and management appointments.

Don Dennis has been named the company's new VP of operations for the West Coast, and will be based in San Diego. Jason Molls has been named the new VP of rooms, based in Seattle, while Kelly Commerford moves into a new position as the regional director of marketing for the West Coast, and is also based in San Diego. The three hospitality veterans are longtime members of the Noble House team.

“We’re thrilled to promote our own team members and watch them flourish within the company,” Pat Colee, founder & chairman of Noble House Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement. “Don, Jason and Kelly bring so much enthusiasm to their positions and we’re looking forward to following their successful future.” 

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Dennis has been with Noble House Hotels & Resorts for more than 15 years. During his time with Noble House, he has worked with key properties within the portfolio including Hotel Viking, The Portofino Hotel & Marina, Hotel Deca, Monterey Beach Resort and Hilton San Diego Hotel & Spa.

Before joining Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Dennis served as the front-office manager at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Penn. He holds a bachelor of business administration and finance degree from the University of Texas. Additionally, he is on the San Diego Tourism Authority board of directors.

Molls is entering his 11th year with Noble House Hotels & Resorts. For eight years, Molls provided operational leadership to LaPlaya Beach & Golf in Naples, Fla., before relocating to the Noble House headquarters in Seattle in 2015 as the corporate director of rooms. Previously, Molls held numerous leadership positions at Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, Fla.  

Molls provides the Noble House Hotels & Resorts’ properties with expertise across a spectrum of experience ranging from hotel operations, development and construction, as well as condo and homeowners association programming and private club management. Additionally, Molls ensures that Noble House Hotels & Resorts’ brand standards span across the portfolio. Molls actively works with property teams on budgets and forecasts, and provides hands-on support in many aspects of hotel operations. Molls is also focused on guest-facing and associate-facing technology, and leads teams on all system installs.  

Commerford was promoted from the director of sales and marketing at Kona Kai Resort & Spa to regional director of marketing for the West Coast, where he manages the overall sales, marketing and catering teams for Kona Kai Resort & Spa, The Portofino Hotel & Marina, River Terrace Inn, Hotel Zoe Fisherman’s Wharf and The Argonaut Hotel. Commerford is responsible for overseeing the topline revenue for the properties as well as driving customer acquisition through strategic sales and marketing efforts including social media engagement. Commerford has 33 years of hospitality experience, and his expertise spans across many travel sectors including corporate, national, regional, leisure and convention and trade shows.

Before joining Kona Kai Resort & Spa, Commerford held the position of director of sales and marketing at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis, a former Noble House Hotels & Resorts property. Commerford had increased the hotel’s revenue from $12.4 million to $17.1 million since joining The Commons in 2013, and also increased revenues in food-and-beverage operations along with group bookings. Commerford formerly served as director of sales and marketing for numerous properties, including the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center & Spa in Fort Lauderdale and Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose.

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