Bell Harbor International Conference Center offers 100,000 square feet of conference, meeting, and event space featuring 180-degree views of the Olympic Mountains, Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound's Elliott Bay and the Seattle skyline. Bell Harbor is a true meeting destination that can accommodate up to 200 trade show booths. As one of only two IACC certified conference centers in Washington State, International Association of Conference Centers standards mean you’ll experience state-of-the-art technology, ergonomically designed chairs and dedicated conference rooms - most with natural light and amazing waterfront views.
Offering award-winning cuisine and the opportunity to book an easy-to-understand inclusive Complete Meeting Package (CMP), Bell Harbor is an ideal space for meetings from 25 to 1,000. If your meeting requires overnight accommodations our waterfront neighbors The Edgewater and the Seattle Marriott Waterfront are just steps away. With 180-degree panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains, Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound's Elliott Bay, and the Seattle Skyline, Bell Harbor International Conference Center is Seattle’s destination waterfront venue.
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Nov 6, 2013
Bell Harbor International Conference Center Announces Brian Flaherty as General Manger and Ashley Asher as Director of Sales
Seattle, WA (Nov. 6, 2013) Bell Harbor International Conference Center is pleased to announce the appointments of Brian Flaherty as general manager and Ashley Asher as director of sales. Both bring unique backgrounds and experience to their positions, with more than 20 combined years working in the Seattle hospitality industry.
“We are thrilled to have gained the local hospitality expertise of both Brian and Ashley,” said Lenny Zilz, Vice President of Operations at Columbia Hospitality. “Their leadership, dedication to the community and ability to motivate their teams make them ideal leaders for the Bell Harbor International Conference Center.”
Brian comes to Bell Harbor from years spent at the Bellevue Club and Hotel Bellevue, where he served as general manager. Previously, he held the position of vice president of operations at MTM Luxury Lodging, where he led the team that opened Hotel 1000. He first came to Seattle to be General Manager at the Olympic Hotel when it flew the Four Seasons flag. Prior to relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Brian worked in a variety of North American locations with both Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and The Mariner Group.
As general manager of Bell Harbor, Brian will oversee the conference center and additional waterfront event spaces including World Trade Center Seattle, the Maritime Event Center and Smith Cove Event Center for Columbia Hospitality and the Port of Seattle. Brian resides on Mercer Island, Wash., with his wife Kitty and two adult daughters. A graduate of the University of Washington, Ashley joins Bell Harbor after four years with Washington Athletic Club, where she served as director of catering sales. Her well-rounded hospitality background includes positions with the Santa Barbara Four Seasons and the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, as well as the esteemed New York City Waldorf Astoria.
As director of sales, Ashley will manage all sales endeavors for the conference center, World Trade Center Seattle, the Maritime Event Center and Smith Cove Event Center. Ashley currently lives in Seattle with her husband Kyle, daughter Chloe and Labrador Painter. Together they enjoy cheering on the Seahawks and dining at downtown steakhouses.
About Bell Harbor International Conference Center Bell Harbor International Conference Center, including the World Trade Center Seattle, the Maritime Event Center, and Smith Cove Event Center, is Seattle’s premier waterfront conference and event venue.
Bell Harbor boasts 18 meeting and function spaces totaling nearly 100,000 square feet, accommodating up to 6,000 guests. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including the exclusive option of isolation booths for multi-language translation, Bell Harbor provides the highest level of technical support available for Seattle’s meetings, conferences and events. Bell Harbor International Conference Center is owned by the Port of Seattle and managed and operated by Seattle-based Columbia Hospitality, Inc. To learn more visit ww.bellharbor.com.
About Columbia Hospitality
Columbia Hospitality, Inc. (Columbia), a Seattle-based hospitality management and consulting firm, was founded in 1995 by John Oppenheimer. Columbia’s growing portfolio of premier properties, including the award-winning boutique hotels of the Columbia Collection, conference centers, public and private golf courses and distinctive venues offer world-class service in memorable destinations. Columbia creates exceptional experiences for guests and team members while achieving phenomenal results for property owners. The company’s continued success has led to an international expansion of the consulting division and more than 100 hospitality projects worldwide. For more information about Columbia and a full list of properties visit ww.columbiahospitality.com.
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