Shari Sako-Bojan – Director of Banquet Operations

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From overseeing a summit meeting that included six foreign heads of state, a former president and Henry Kissinger, to helping manage a $9.5 million country club renovation, Shari Sako-Bojan, The Townsend Hotel’s director of banquet operations, has seen and done more than most in her 40+ years in the food and beverage/hospitality industry. Sako-Bojan, who… Read more »

Drew Sayes – Executive Chef

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In 2007, Drew Sayes, The Townsend Hotel’s executive chef since December 2012, earned the title of youngest ever executive chef with his then employer, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.  During his tenure with Ritz Carlton, Sayes’ served at various property locations throughout the U.S., including Dearborn, Mich., Marina del Rey, Calif., New Orleans, La. and Buckhead,… Read more »

Steven Kalczynski – Managing Director

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Steven Kalczynski, now a hospitality industry veteran, didn’t know a single soul in all of Asia when he hopped a flight to spend a month there looking for work to bolster his burgeoning resume with international experience.  He ultimately landed in Shanghai, serving as resident manager of the Portman Shangri-La.  Since then, Kalczynski, who has… Read more »

Adrienne Cousins – Business Travel Sales Manager

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Adrienne Cousins, The Townsend Hotel’s business travel sales manager, is so good at her chosen profession, she was given an award by a company even AFTER she no longer worked there! Cousins was part of the team that received the first-ever “CEO’s Award for Innovation” from Hyatt Hotels, even though by then she had moved… Read more »

Jason Hawkins – Director of Front Office Operations

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Jason Hawkins, The Townsend Hotel’s director of front office operations since January 2012, would encourage any recent graduate following in his career footsteps to never fear trying new things.  A Michigan State University graduate with a degree in hospitality business, Hawkins owes his variety of professional experiences to his willingness to step outside of his… Read more »