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Founder and Chief Executive Officer

John Oppenheimer

John Oppenheimer is a travel and tourism visionary and entrepreneur with a passion for the hospitality industry.

Over the past 25 years, he has founded five successful, private hospitality-related businesses. John was a founding general partner of Seattle Hotel Group, the investment group that developed the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Seattle. In 1995, he founded Columbia Hospitality to manage Bell Harbor International Conference Center for the Port of Seattle. In this role he established the company's consulting division, which has completed more than 80 hospitality development projects throughout the United States and abroad.

In addition to serving on the Virginia Mason Health System Board, John serves on the Virginia Mason Medical Center Foundation Board as chairman, The 5th Avenue Theatre Board of Directors and co-chair on The 5th Avenue Governance and Nominating Committee, the Western Region Advisory Board of Northern Trust, Fritzky Leadership Co-Chair at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, Anthony's Restaurants Board of Directors, and is a past chairman and current member of the World President's Organization. He is a past board member of several organizations including the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Washington Council on International Trade and past chairman of the Woodland Park Zoo. He and his wife Deanna were recently included on Puget Sound Business Journal's 2019 Power 100 list of leaders.

John is also author of the book, Keys to the Room: Unlocking the Doors to Opportunities and Possibilities.

He earned his bachelor's degrees in urban affairs and political science from the University of Puget Sound. John is married to Deanna Oppenheimer and the proud father of two adult children, Jeni and James.

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