Hall Of Fame Inductee — 2008
During his tenure with Hyatt Hotels, John Schafer has enjoyed one of the longest and most distinguished hotel careers in Denver’s history. He has been chair of the Bureau, served on the Colorado Tourism Board and has been a representative of the hospitality community on virtually every board and commission in the city for the past decade. Schafer was a leader in the separate campaigns to expand the Colorado Convention Center, to build a 1,100-room headquarters hotel and to secure more tourism marketing funds for the Bureau. In 1997, Schafer was named the national Hyatt hotel chain’s General Manager of the Year – an honor he received again in 2007, making him the only general manager in Hyatt’s history to ever win twice.
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