InterContinental San Diego announced the new additions to their leadership team: Jeff Josenhans as Director of Food & Beverage and Eric Manning as Director of Sales & Marketing.
Jeff Josenhans brings more than 20 years of global wine, beer, and spirits expertise to his new role at InterContinental San Diego, where he will oversee the hotel’s comprehensive and innovative food and beverage program including: Vistal Bar + Restaurant, located on the 3rd floor and serving coastal California-cuisine by Chef Amy DiBiase, the rooftop pool bar, Starbucks, banquets, and in-room dining for the hotel’s 400 bay view guestrooms and suites.
Josenhans began his career in Sweden, where he lived and worked for several years bringing awareness of American beers and spirits to the international city. Josenhans most recently served as Director of Banquets, Restaurants and Bar for the nearby U.S. Grant Hotel, after relocating from Stockholm to San Diego. A vital force in the nation’s beverage industry, Josenhans has earned concurrent titles of Certified Cicerone and Certified Sommelier and has introduced new techniques in the mixology arena. He has received several industry awards for his work in the U.S., including CHLA Outstanding Manager of the Year, San Diego HMA Food and Beverage Manager of the Year, Nightclub & Bar Hotel Bar of the Year , and he was honored with a Silver Medal at the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition as the first hotel entrant in the history of the competition.
Eric Manning returns to InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) as Director of Sales & Marketing for InterContinental San Diego where he will lead group sales efforts for the hotel’s 400 rooms and 95,000 square feet of meeting and event space. A longstanding San Diego resident, Manning began his hospitality career in 2003 as Sales Manager for Evans Hotels and later dedicated seven years to leading the Kimpton Solamar (an IHG property) sales team towards new successes. Most recently, Manning served as the Director of Sales & Marketing for Omni Hotels & Resorts in San Diego. Now with over 15 years of professional experience, he brings strong sales leadership and extensive local market expertise to the InterContinental San Diego team, with a primary focus on driving top line revenues and building client loyalty. Manning was born and raised in San Jose, Calif., where he attended San Jose State University.
Josenhans and Manning will both play integral roles on InterContinental San Diego’s executive committee, leading overall strategic efforts. Situated on the scenic bayfront on the historic grounds of Lane Field Park, the new build InterContinental San Diego has ushered a new wave of luxury to downtown San Diego after its opening in September 2018. At 19 stories tall, the hotel boasts 400 elegant accommodations with 24 spacious panoramic suites, two noteworthy on-property restaurants, 95,000 square feet of meetings and event space, soon-to-open retail and rooftop bar, and impeccable service synonymous with the InterContinental brand.