New Top Executive Named at Largest Waterfront Hotel on the West Coast, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

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John Schafer named as Vice President Managing Director at 1,625-room hotel on San Diego Bay

The largest waterfront hotel on the West Coast, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, has named John Schafer as Vice President Managing Director. In this new role, he will manage the 1,625-room hotel on San Diego Bay, which is San Diego’s largest hotel.

Schafer comes to San Diego from the 2,019-room Hyatt Regency Chicago, where he served as the Vice President Managing Director since October 2008. Prior to Chicago, Schafer spent 19 years in Colorado, including serving as General Manager of the 1,100-room Hyatt Regency Denver.

“John’s substantial hospitality-industry experience positions him perfectly to lead the team at Manchester Grand Hyatt,” said Jordan Meisner, Senior Vice President, Field Operations for Hyatt.

Schafer began his career with Hyatt more than 25 years ago and has since served in ten different cities. He has hosted presidents, political dignitaries, heads of state, international delegations, and the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Schafer has been on the opening team of seven different Hyatt properties, and in 1997 and again in 2007, was awarded the distinctive honor of General Manager of the Year for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.

Schafer graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Hotel Administration. With a strong commitment to charitable and civic organizations, he has served on numerous tourism, hospitality, and charity boards. Schafer and his wife Sue are the proud parents of four children.

About the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego 2010

Located on the Gaslamp Quarter’s waterfront, the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego overlooks San Diego Bay and many rooms offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean too. This urban resort defines San Diego’s skyline and is comprised of two stylish towers, the 33-story Seaport Tower and the 40-story Harbor Tower, the latter of which is 497-feet tall, making it the tallest building on the west coast waterfront. Connecting the two towers is a four-story building that boasts a rooftop pool with a 25,000 square-foot deck. The stylish Hyatt includes 95 one- and two-bedroom suites, Kin Spa with full-service salon with an adults-only pool at adjacent Kin Oasis, tennis courts, bay-view pool and deck, a fitness center and several award-winning restaurants and lounges –most all overlooking the bay. It is adjacent to Seaport Village, near Horton Plaza and convenient to San Diego International Airport, San Diego Zoo and Sea World. For more information, call (619) 232-1234 and visit The hotel’s latest news, special offers and information on upcoming events is also found at on twitter @ManchGrandHyatt.

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