Posts tagged: Rich Hadley
Tuesday's main business story in the SR was the announcement that Rich Hadley, CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated, was stepping down in April. That will mark a 20 year career at the helm of the region's largest chamber organization.
How large? Well, it was 1,400 business members before the recession, but then dipped notably in 2009 and 2010.
In recent years, according to an email from Hadley, the member list is back close to 1,300. Last year, for the first time in a decade, membership costs increased. The base price is now $425, up from $400. The upper membership tier is priced somewhere above $1,000. (Checking to find what it is.)
GSI board members are doing an annual retreat this week. Among the issues being discussed is whether or not the group wants to push forward with a long-running economic development idea — trying to convince voters in Spokane County to create a port district.
It was tried once before and failed terribly. Our best guess is GSI will sponsor or pay for a public opinion poll and release the results. It will take a very positive poll result for GSI to take on the project of promoting a port district.
Spokane’s Red Lion Hotels is revamping its website in hopes of getting more people to book visits there instead of through online travel sites.
Company Executive Vice President Harry Sladich said the makeover will affect the main Redlion.com site plus 44 microsites for the chain’s individual hotels.
The goal is to save money by gaining more online reservations at its own sites instead of through online companies such as Expedia or Hotels.com.
“When (guests) make reservations through online travel agents, we take a substantial discount on the money they’re spending,” Sladich said.
The discount varies depending on how big the booking site is. Big sites like Expedia or Travelocity get close to 35 percent; smaller sites are taking cuts in the 20 percent range, Sladich said.
All bookings made at Red Lion’s site stay with the company.
To read the full story, go to Spokesman.com starting after 9 p.m. on Friday, May 4.
Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels Corp. announced they're preparing to sell two of its hotels in Medford and Missoula.
Both hotels were part of a group previously leased from iStar Financial Inc. of New York.
Last week Red Lion purchased the hotels to end the leases. The company said at last week's announcement it would sell some of the hotels and keep others. Keep in touch to see which other hotels in the group will also go on the for-sale block.
Jon E. Eliassen, president and CEO, said, “We will continue to look for ways to strategically position Red Lion with hotels that fit the brand going forward. Selling these two properties also furthers our effort to restructure our balance sheet, which will give the company more financial flexibility and increase shareholder value.”
People who know Jon Eliassen say he's the busiest retired person they know.
In Sunday's Business section of The Spokesman-Review, we take a look at how Eliassen, who retired in 2002 after 33 years at WWP and Avista, has become a very busy executive around the area.
Eliassen has plenty to say about retirement and what he expected to do once he left Avista.
He continues serving, for the time being, as CEO and president of Red Lion Hotels Corp.