Milwaukee's soon-to-open Saint Kate hotel appoints GM

The Saint Kate Hotel is expected to open in Milwaukee spring 2019. Photo credit: The Marcus Corporation(Marcus Hotels & Resorts)

Saint Kate, an independent arts hotel under development in Milwaukee, appointed luxury hospitality veteran Scott Sloan as general manager.

Scott Sloan. Photo credit:
Saint Kate Hotel

As the hotel prepares for a spring opening, Sloan will be behind all daily operations of the 219-room arts destination. This includes managing all preopening and opening activities, overseeing the creation of three new restaurants, leading more than 170 team members, collaborating with community influencers and artists and shaping experiential moments for visitors.

“I grew up in a family that appreciated the beauty of the arts, and I have cultivated that same passion within my own family. Saint Kate excites me because it is not just an arts hotel, but a true creative destination that everyone will be able to participate in,” Sloan said in a statement. “At Kate’s house, our guests will be invited to partake in the arts in ways that stir their soul and encourage individual creation, ideation and dialogue, all while being supported with impeccable service. Whether it’s engaging with our resident artist, catching a ballet performance or seeing a commanding exhibition in our gallery space, many exciting artistic surprises await at Saint Kate.”

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Before joining the Saint Kate family, Sloan previously worked at Sage Hospitality Resources where he spent the past 13 years leading properties in travel destinations across the U.S. Most recently, he served as GM of The Elizabeth Hotel, an Autograph Collection, in Fort Collins, Colo. Sloan was responsible for overseeing all opening operations of the new-build, 164-room boutique hotel, which opened in December 2017.

Sloan’s hospitality background includes serving as GM of boutique hotels nationwide including The Napa Valley Marriott and Spa in Napa, Calif., and The Curtis Hotel in Denver, Colo. His career also includes serving in GM and operational roles at Marriott Minneapolis Southwest in Minnetonka, Minn.; Hilton San Diego in Del Mar, Calif.; Marriott Ogden in Ogden, Utah; and Hilton College Station and Conference Center in College Station, Texas. Sloan attended Texas A&M University and served on the board of directors of the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association.

“Scott was carefully chosen for his lead role based on his drive to create compelling experiences for guests, his personal motivation to embrace the arts as a convener and keen eye for the details large and small that welcome and envelop guests from the moment they walk in the door. His vast experience running luxury independent hotels will be extremely valuable as he executes on our vision for Saint Kate,” Greg Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation, said in a statement.

In addition to Sloan’s appointment, Tim Smith, current GM of the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, will take on oversight of Saint Kate with his promotion to managing director. Smith’s commitment to the growth of Milwaukee and more than 30 years of experience creating impeccable hospitality moments will help guide the evolution of Saint Kate. He will continue to serve as GM of The Pfister Hotel.

The Saint Kate Hotel will offer 219 art-inspired guestrooms, 13,000 square feet of meeting space, 11 event rooms and three restaurants, as well as bars and lounges. Design plans include a theater that will offer plays, lectures, classes and musical and dance performances; gallery space; a working artist-in-residence studio; and event spaces to host rotating exhibitions, screenings, workshops and more.