In this podcast Denny Fitzpatrick teaches us through everyday examples how effective, compassionate leadership comes down to serving your team & involving yourself in face to face relationships.
Dennis (Denny) Fitzpatrick | General Manager | Hotel 1000
Denny Fitzpatrick joined Hotel 1000 as the general manager in May 2008. His daily responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the mixed-use luxury destination, the first in downtown Seattle to combine the services and amenities of a world-class hotel with exquisite condominium residences.
Local Husky fans might recall Fitzpatrick’s star-turn as starting quarterback for the University of Washington football team in the early 1970s. He played his last game for the Huskies in 1974, a 24-17 season-ending victory over rival Washington State Cougars to win the coveted Apple Cup. His 249 yards rushing in that game earned him “National Player of the Week” honors (and his single game rushing record still stands). For 33 years, he also held the conference single-season rushing record for quarterbacks of 697 yards until Jake Locker topped that last season.
After leaving the University of Washington, Fitzpatrick brought his competitive spirit and his highly developed leadership skills to his new pursuits in hospitality. After his illustrious football career, he quickly embraced the world of possibilities available in hospitality: His first opportunity was at the venerable Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle, where he worked in a variety of roles for approximately five years. From there he moved to the East Coast to open the five-star Boston Harbor Hotel. Subsequently, he accepted an opportunity with Hilton Hotels, where he has worked for more than 22 years managing properties large and small and effecting positive change in every assignment.
For the past six years, just prior to joining Hotel 1000, Fitzpatrick was general manager of the Beverly Hilton, after being recruited by the hotel’s former owner, renowned entertainer and game show mogul Merv Griffin. As general manager, Fitzpatrick oversaw a multi-million dollar, multi-year renovation at this famed Beverly Hills showplace. He also orchestrated the rebranding and repositioning of the hotel enabling it to, once again, earn accolades as a host venue for the world’s elite and for high-profile Hollywood events, such as the Golden Globes. Fitzpatrick has recently helped to steward another complex, multi-million dollar proposal through a very challenging approval process to expand the Beverly Hills campus to include a new Waldorf Astoria and a luxury condominium residence.
Fitzpatrick is a native of Spokane and attended the University of Washington, where he and his wife Karen, first met. They have three adult children all of whom reside in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout his career Fitzpatrick has been involved in many community and civic organizations including: President and Member of the Board of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau; Century City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; the recipient of the Man of Achievement Award by the Century City Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Board of the Spokane Convention and Visitors Bureau; Member of the Board of Directors for the Pasadena Center; and Member of the Board of Directors for the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau.