One name links multiple riverfront hotel projects: Stevenson

12 Aug

North Pacific Management Inc. is apparently in line to run the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel. Interesting. That would put two riverfront hotel properties in Hood River under managment by the same family.

Who? Well, the Stevensons, from across the river. North Pacific is just one arm of the family reach. The same Stevensons own SDS Lumber. The same SDS that owns 70,000 acres of timberland on both sides of the river. The same Stevensons who are exploring the placement of wind turbines along the ridge west of the White Salmon River.

Hmm, wonder if guests could see the towers from the rooms of the Gorge Hotel?

From the web site of the Oregon Lodging Association, we learn that its current president, Chuck Hinman, is ” General Manager of Columbia Room, Inc. and DM Stevenson Ranch who are the owners and operators of the Best Western Hood River Inn, the Marketplace Building, Marina Chevron, Hood River Shell and Marina Mart.Columbia Room Inc.”

Tom Stevenson is currently Development Manager at DM Stevenson Ranch and formerly Production Manager at SDS Lumber Co. You go to his LinkedIn page, and click on “my company,” and you learn that he is owner of the Best Western Hood River Inn.

Do a little more Googling and you learn that he has also been actively leading efforts to develop condos on the site of the former Meredith Motel in Hood River, astride the easement for the historic Columbia River Highway trail. Whenever he flies to Bend, he can land at his own private airport.

Here’s some more interesting reading. Campaign contributions by people named Stevenson (and others, to be fair) in White Salmon, Wash.

Now, I’m not saying there’s a single thing wrong with any of this. It’s just fascinating, the way the web weaves around and around. Lodging. Columbia River. Money.

Oh, I did mention that Broughtan Landing thing, didn’t I? If you got it, spend it. Why didn’t the local paper report any of this? Must be too boring.

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2 Responses to “One name links multiple riverfront hotel projects: Stevenson”

  1. Milly Brodin February 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    You know that was a captivatinggood post. I think I’ll create a blog post and link to it.

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  1. Cross-promotion happens in the hotel biz « Hood River Biz Buzz - August 27, 2009

    […] Well, not exactly. As reported here earlier, North Pacific — out of Portland — is owned by one wing of the powerful Stevenson family. Another wing of the family owns the Hood River Inn. So it would make sense for them to pimp each other’s businesses. If you knew the connection, that is. If you didn’t, you might have wondered, Hey, why weren’t the Comfort Suites and Hood River Hotel invited to shill their product? See the earlier post to learn more. […]

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