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2017 Corporate Leader of the Year: René Neidhart

by Greater Seattle Business Association
| Dec 28, 2017

The GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards honor businesses and business leaders who are successful, exemplify the highest standards of their profession, promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, demonstrate leadership and invest time and resources into their community.

Rene_Neidhart2017 Corporate Leader of the Year: René Neidhart, General Manager, Renaissance Seattle Hotel

René started his career in hospitality at the age of 15 as a cook at a hotel in Zurich, Switzerland. Moving to Toronto (without even knowing English) and eventually to Seattle, Renaissance Seattle General Manager René Neidhart has been in hotel management for over two decades in Seattle. As an out and proud gay man, he has created diverse teams that enable employees to bring their authentic selves to work. Since coming out later in life he has been completely up-front about his orientation in his places of employment and has welcomed and encouraged LGBT groups and clients at his hotels. René has served on the GSBA Board of Directors, Scholarship committee, and the GSBA Travel & Tourism Advisory Board. He was instrumental in the creation of the Evening of Hope Gala and has served on the Board of YouthCare and the Seattle Hotel Association. René also attributes his success to his personal involvement and relationships, understanding the customers’ needs and taking a win-win attitude into every transaction.

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The 37th Annual Business & Humanitarian Awards Dinner | Feb 15, 2018


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