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New GM, sales manager hired for Kitsap Conference Center

Arne BakkerLauren LomaxColumbia Hospitality has hired Arne Bakker as general manager and Lauren Lomax as sales manager for Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside.

Bakker comes to Kitsap from the Regus Group in Tacoma, where he served as general manager and was responsible for sales and operations including marketing activities, business development and fostering client relationships. A native of The Netherlands, Bakker has spent much of his career working internationally.

At Kitsap Conference Center, Bakker will oversee the facility’s entire team and lead initiatives related to strategy of overall operations, and relationships with the Kitsap community. He fills the position left open by the February departure of Ken Millsap, who was GM at the conference center for about 15 months.

Lomax recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest from North Carolina as the sales and event director for The Arbors Events, where she oversaw all sales and event initiatives. As sales manager, Lomax will manage all corporate and sales endeavors, including developing client relationships, sourcing new business, and event execution.

Columbia Hospitality, Inc. (www.columbiahospitality.com) is a Seattle-based hospitality management and consulting firm contracted with by the city of Bremerton to operate Kitsap Conference Center and Gold Mountain Golf Club.

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