The St. Regis San Francisco Appoints Gena Chen as Director of Catering and Event Management
SAN FRANCISCO (July 29, 2013) – Toni Knorr, general manager of The St. Regis San Francisco, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gena Chen as the hotel’s new director of catering and event management. Ms. Chen will oversee all catering and events at The St. Regis San Francisco, the City’s premier address for unparalleled luxury and bespoke service. From elegant wedding receptions and intimate luncheons to business conferences and board meetings, Ms. Chen will create unforgettable experiences tailored to suit any occasion at San Francisco’s most celebrated address.
“At The St. Regis San Francisco, we strive to create personalized experiences that surpass our guests’ highest expectations,” said Knorr. “Gena is a seasoned professional with a wealth of luxury experience from some of the country’s most prestigious hotels, including the iconic St. Regis New York. Her proven creativity and dedication will ensure that each event at our hotel is flawlessly executed. We look forward to leveraging her keen expertise to lead our distinguished event services team.”
Since its opening in November 2005, The St. Regis San Francisco has hosted some of the city’s most impressive galas, events and weddings that demonstrate the scale, style, and overall range in bespoke amenities available. The property features over 12 special event rooms and meeting suites totaling 15,000 square feet and spanning three floors, as well as the al fresco delights of the 5,548 square-foot Yerba Buena Terrace. A team of culinary and catering professionals collaborate with each client to create a personalized menu reflecting individual tastes and character. From sophisticated design and state-of-the-art technology to bespoke flower arrangements and a personal St. Regis Specialist, The St. Regis San Francisco provides all of the elements necessary to surpass client expectations and create a truly enchanting occasion. Under the direction of Ms. Chen, The St. Regis San Francisco will continue to customize one-of-a-kind events and conferences to best service the hotel’s discerning global clientele.
“I am very pleased to join the esteemed team here at The St. Regis San Francisco,” said Chen. “I look forward to working closely with Executive Chef Paul Piscopo and the rest of the staff to continue to elevate the hotel’s exceptional events capabilities and showcase the extraordinary service for which is what The St. Regis brand is known.”
Ms. Chen boasts nearly ten years of experience within the luxury hotel industry planning elegant weddings, social gatherings, and business meetings in the country’s most dynamic cities. Most recently, she served as the director of catering and conference services at the landmark Palace Hotel in San Francisco, where she forged strong relationships within the regional meetings and events community. Prior to this, Ms. Chen was director of conference services at The St. Regis New York after joining as catering sales manager of the flagship hotel. She has also held positions at The St. Regis Washington, D.C. and The St. Regis San Francisco when she served as taskforce conference services manager in 2007. Ms. Chen launched her catering career in Washington, D.C. at the Four Seasons Hotel and is a graduate from the School of Hospitality Administration at Boston University.