Stephen Power is the general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, which is found in the prestigious Nob Hill neighborhood overlooking the San Francisco Bay and city skyline. The luxe resort, in fact, is the city’s only AAA Five Diamond hotel. Learn about Stephen Power…
Hometown: Marin County, Calif.
First job: I learned hospitality at a young age. My first job was hosting dinner parties for my parents and their friends in Atlanta when I was 10 years old.
Favorite ways to spend your free time in CA: California has so much to offer. I love being outdoors, running, swimming, fishing, anything on the water and preferably with my family.
Your biggest accomplishment and why: Being appointed as the general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. I am humbled to lead such an iconic hotel with the most outstanding ladies and gentlemen (staff).
The biggest obstacle you overcame: I started in hourly ranks with Marriott 17 years ago and had to climb a lot of mountains and put in the work along the way to get where I am now.
Someone who inspires you and why: My mother – she is a lover of life, ardent feminist, has a passion for everything and a constant thirst for knowledge.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Strive for perfection but do it with a sense of humor.
Favorite quote: “We’re like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice, really like licorice.” –Jerry Garcia
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I collect vintage Grateful Dead concert posters. Over the last 20 years, I’ve collected more than 50.
What makes someone fabulous: Integrity.