Lori Hutchinson founded Hutchinson Consulting in 1993 and before her untimely death from cancer in January, 2016, she built it into a worldwide brand. Along the way she made countless friends in the worlds of Spa and Hospitality, mentored hundreds in their career paths, and placed scores into new positions. She also assembled a team of hospitality recruiters and infused us all with her high standards, enthusiasm, and professionalism. There is no replacing Lori . . . but in her memory Hutchinson Consulting continues and prospers as a recruiting firm placing the best people at the best properties in the United States, and around the globe.
Bill Hutchinson served as Associate Campaign Director for United Way of the Bay Area in the 1970's. In the early 1980's, as a partner in Otter Hutchinson & Associates, he provided consulting services to Bay Area nonprofits, and then directed The Interfaith Task Force on Central America. Bill is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and an award-winning author for his book: When the Dogs Ate Candles: A Time in El Salvador. He is a graduate of Pomona College, holds advanced degrees in Education and Theology, and lives in Sonoma, California with his wife and business partner. Together, he and Lori have built Hutchinson Consulting into a nationally recognized hospitality recruiting firm.

Bette Kolstad came to Hutchinson Consulting in 2002 and has successfully focused her recruiting efforts on the hospitality industry for several years. Bette led the Customer Care department at Verio Web Hosting during the "dot.com" boom. Prior experience included managing offices at various Architecture and Planning firms in the San Francisco Bay area. Bette was instrumental in implementing a new database for Hutchinson Consulting which today facilitates sourcing and matching 14,000 hospitality management candidates for our clients nationwide. Bette has also managed "the Patch", a four-acre organic fruit and vegetable farm in the town of Sonoma since 1990.

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Michael Tompkins joined Hutchinson Consulting in 2016. For more than two decades Michael has led celebrated teams in the luxury hospitality, wellness, and spa industries, earning world recognition for visionary leadership. Most recently he has served as Chairman of the International Spa Association (ISPA). Former CEO of Miraval Resorts, Hilton Head Health, and PALM Health, Vice President of Hotels & Spa at Turning Stone Casino and an executive with Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, his diverse background and ability to create global brand leading teams in the three converging market segments uniquely positions his understanding of operations and staff management. He resides in St. Louis, MO.

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Peter Henry
has over 30 years of hospitality experience. During his illustrious career, he was General Manager of Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Silverado Resort & Spa, Pier House Resort & Spa, Cheeca Lodge & Spa, Williamsburg Lodge & Conference Center, Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, Palmas Del Mar Resort in Puerto Rico and Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Peter also owned and operated a very successful seafood restaurant in the Caribbean for three years. He retired from the resort industry in 2008 and recently relocated to Henderson, Nevada, with his lovely wife, Susan. Peter joined Hutchinson Consulting in 2012. He has been close friends with Lori and Bill for over 20 years and gladly accepted their invitation to join their hospitality recruiting firm.

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Julie

Julie Ambrosini, originally from Monterey, California, began her hospitality career in rooms operations at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. She spent four years with Hyatt Hotels, and then moved into Human Resources with The Pebble Beach Resorts and The Resort at Squaw Creek. Julie spent thirteen years working for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, where she was Director of Human Resources at many domestic and international properties. Julie also spent three years working in the Day Spa Industry for Burke Williams Day Spas in Southern California as their Corporate Director of Human Resources. Julie was certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) in 1999. She resides in Austin, Texas with her husband Marc and two children.

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Julie

Sheri Claflin began her career on board the luxury ships of Princess Cruises.  There she developed a passion for the core concept of wellness. Sheri started her hospitality career as Spa Director at the Westin Century Plaza and St. Regis Los Angeles. She then launched the largest spa / wellness center to date for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and opened the Five-Star Montage Resort in Beverly Hills. Later, she was Executive Spa Director at Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and at the Golden Door Spa at the Waldorf Astoria. Prior to joining Hutchinson Consulting in 2015, Sheri was the Executive Director of Spa Development for a new brand of organic day spas on the West Coast.

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 Robin

Robin Stewart joined Hutchinson Consulting in 2017.  Spanning more than two decades, Robin has been a business solutions architect and operations leader with several network offices of Northwestern Mutual from NY to LA.  Robin successfully built a thriving consumer financial services organization, orchestrated a business launch and expansion to full-time, commission-based businesses.  She was repeatedly recruited throughout a progressively responsible career to Director of Operations.  Robin has sharp executive leadership skills in business management and development, operations, profit and loss, employee capital and client portfolio management.  Her astute business acumen and relationship building skills have transferred seamlessly
into the luxury hospitality, wellness and spa industry.  Robin resides in Los Angeles, CA. 

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Jennifer Copeland is originally from Southern California where she began her career at Korn/Ferry International in the IT department. With her background in technology and business, she moved to Boulder, Colorado to co-found and run a start-up food company.  In 2012 Jen moved with her family to Northern California, and joined Hutchinson Consulting as an Associate in 2017.

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