Randy Venard, Vice President and General Manager of the Inns of Monterey,is a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry. He possesses the ability to successfully operate within various disciplines, including operations, employee development, new property orientation, finance, sales and revenue management and civic involvement. Mr. Venard strives to ensure maximum financial potential of these Monterey, California properties and to achieve industry prominence. During Mr. Venard’s 21-year tenure with Inns of Monterey, the portfolio has included up to five properties. Currently, the collection includes the Monterey Bay Inn, Spindrift Inn, Victorian Inn, and Casa Munras Garden Hotel and Spa. Chicago-based Portfolio Hotels and Resorts operate the Inns of Monterey and in 2015 awarded Mr. Venard its “Heart of a Servant Award”, recognizing excellence by a General Manager. Mr. Venard came to the Inns of Monterey in December 1993.
Each of the four boutique properties provides an authentic and intimate Monterey experience for guests. Under Mr. Venard’s leadership, The Spindrift Inn was named“Best in Romance in the United States” by Tripadvisor in 2010 and 2011. In addition, three of the Inns of Monterey properties have received a Green Seal Silver Level Certification under the GS-33 Standard for Lodging Properties. The Inns of Monterey demonstrate environmental leadership in hospitality by meeting the rigorous standards for waste minimization, water and energy efficiency, hazardous substances handling and environmentally responsible purchasing established by Green Seal Environmental Standard for Lodging Properties. There are currently less than 100 hotels worldwide that have earned this Green Seal certification.
A graduate from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Business Management, Mr. Venard began his career in hospitality at the 513-room Fairmont Hotel in Denver. Prior to joining the Inns of Monterey, Mr. Venard worked at the Monterey Plaza Hotel, a 290-room, luxury resort/convention hotel. At the Monterey Plaza Hotel he gained 13 years of management experience in each facet of the hotel’s operation including Front Office Manager, Assistant Hotel Manager, Rooms Division Manager, Resident Manager and Director of Food &Beverage. Throughout his career, Mr. Venard has embraced and enhanced a culture that provides a balanced focus on guests, co-workers, owners, and community.
Dedication to the Industry
In 2002, Mr. Venard was honored as the "Hospitality Professional of the Year" by the Monterey County Hospitality Association in recognition of his contribution and service to the hospitality industry of Monterey County. An avid contributor to the community, Mr. Venard served 13 years as a board member for the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau and has twice served as Chairman of the Board. In addition, he has served as a member on the Monterey County Travel & Tourism Alliance Task Force, the Board of Directors of the Cannery Row Association and was the Hospitality Chair of the United Way of the Monterey Peninsula fundraising campaign.
An active and vocal proponent of destination marketing, Mr. Venard understands the value of marketing the entire County. In addition to the 13 years he served on the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, he has also served on the Monterey County Hospitality Association marketing committee as well as that of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce & VCB.
Key Community Partnerships
Since 1990, Mr. Venard has been actively involved with the Monterey Peninsula sister-city relationship with Nanao, Japan. He visited Nanao as a delegate from Monterey, and continues to build on the business and cultural components of this valuable relationship.
Monterey is famous for its Jazz Festival and in its 58th year is the longest continuing festival in the world. Mr. Venard and the Inns of Monterey have always been supportive of the festival, becoming the Monterey Jazz Festival's Official Hotels in 2010, and the Festival's first hotel sponsor.
A Commitment to Education
A life-long commitment to learning motivates Mr. Venard to continue his education. His specialized training includes completed coursework at Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association: Sales and Promotion, Hotel Information Systems, Forte Management Training School and California Culinary Academy. In 2012, Mr. Venard was accepted to The Professional Mentorship Program at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. The program is designed to enhance the undergraduate experience through hands-on learning and professional development opportunities with business executives. The program strives to create a tradition and appreciation of mentoring within the Leeds School that will ultimately prepare Leeds students to become actively engaged business and community leaders.
A native of Colorado, Mr. Venard resides with his wife Becky in Salinas, California. He and his wife enjoy being outdoors, including bicycling and long walks. Mr. Venard travels back to Colorado to visit family and friends and enjoy the splendor of the Rockies. A passionate supporter of the University of Colorado, Randy and Becky are loyal “Buffs.”