Yogi Hutsen has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. In his role as executive vice president, Yogi focuses on Columbia’s growth in larger-scale and branded hotel and resort properties.
Before joining Columbia, Yogi led Coastal Hotels as President and CEO for thirteen years. Prior to leading Coastal, he was Chief Operating Officer at Noble House. There he created a "culture of excellence" among diverse Four and Five-Star resorts. Yogi also held senior management positions with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and ITT Sheraton, including Vice President of Operations - Washington and Oregon and General Manager of the Seattle Sheraton and the Sheraton Tucson El Conquistador Resort.
Yogi presently sits on the Visit Seattle Board of Directors and is a former Executive Committee member of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Downtown Seattle Association, Board of Governors for King County Boys and Girls Club and past President of the 101 Club of the Washington Athletic Club.
He is married to his wife of 39 years. They have three sons and four grandchildren. He enjoys golf, kayaking, fishing and anything outdoors, along with spending time with his family and grandkids.
Yogi is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Urban and Regional Development.
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