Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations
Ryan Kingston brings a unique and diverse background to SMASHotels. He was born in Scotland and attended school in England, Pakistan, The Bahamas, Italy and the United States. Mr. Kingston brings a global experience of life and travel to our organization.
Mr. Kingston has enjoyed success in almost every operating environment within the hospitality industry including Luxury Cruise ships, Private Clubs, Hotel & Condominium Development, Mega-Resorts, Airport Hotels and Convention Hotels in exciting destinations that include Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.
In addition to Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations of SMASHotels, Mr. Kingston also serves as General Manager of theWit Hotel. Prior to joining SMASHotels, Mr. Kingston worked for several years as Hotel Director for Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice Class of five 3,000 passenger ships creating extraordinary travel experiences aboard some of the world’s finest cruise ships. His experience living with and managing people representing 68 different nationalities speaks to his ability to motivate and focus a multi-national leadership team to achieve outstanding results.
Mr. Kingston also worked for Hilton Worldwide in several capacities over the course of 12 years. He served as Director of Sales and Catering, Director of Sales and Marketing and Resident Hotel Manager at premier hotels including Pointe Hilton Resorts in Phoenix, Arizona and the flagship Hilton San Francisco and Towers.
Before joining Hilton, Mr. Kingston worked for several restaurant and corporate food service entities in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Lake Tahoe, California and Denver, Colorado. He also served as General Manager for the historic Quadrangle Club at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. In Dallas, he worked with Matthews Southwest Development as General Manager at South Side on Lamar, a historic condominium development project. Mr. Kingston was also engaged in the master planning of the South Side area of Dallas to include the Downtown Dallas Convention Center Hotel project and various other facilities.
Mr. Kingston worked in Arizona on several occasions, the most recent as the Chief Operating Officer for Abercrombie and Kent Towne Clubs. In Nevada, Mr. Kingston opened and operated the present Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino as Vice President – Hotel Operations (formerly Aladdin Gaming and London Clubs International). He also served as Vice President and Managing Director of The Stirling Club and Turnberry Place in Las Vegas.
Mr. Kingston is very active in the hospitality and local community, including serving as a board member of the Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA), and a member of the Illinois Hotel Lodging Association (ILHA). He is also involved in the ChicagoLand Boy Scouts of America- BSA.
Mr. Kingston holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Chico where he graduated with Honors in English.