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PALM BEACH - December 11, 2015 - Kimpton's Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa, Palm Beach, announced the appointments of General Manager, Abe Liao, and Director of Sales, Kate Connor, as the hotel makes its official transition to Kimpton management. 

The only boutique hotel of its kind on the island of Palm Beach, Tideline serves up a guest experience tailor-made for the discerning traveler looking to go against the grain. Delighting guests with its relax-into-abandon sensibility, Tideline embodies a coy yet rebellious spirit, as well as a dramatic, contemporary style within a seductively tranquil setting. Led by its highly experienced management team, and together with Kimpton's hallmark focus on highly personalized service, Tideline redefines the Palm Beach vacation experience for today's traveler. 

"The appointment of these two hospitality industry pros comes at an exciting time as the Kimpton brand expands its Florida portfolio by making its debut on Palm Beach," said Eric Jellson, Area Director of Sales and Marketing, Kimpton Hotels. "Abe and Kate each bring tremendous energy and enthusiasm, experience, and an invaluable and specialized skillset to the management team-Abe, from the perspective of the Kimpton brand, and Kate, as an expert in launching hotels within the destination. Together, we know that they can 'change the tide' within the market and deliver the resort's signature service, style and spirit as a new mainstay of Palm Beach's global appeal."  

Liao began his career in hospitality 13 years ago as the Assistant Banquet Manager at the Colony South Hotel in Clinton, Maryland, and joined the Kimpton Group as the Hotel Monaco's Banquet Captain in 2004. He transitioned through several Senior Management positions in operations and sales before serving as Assistant General Manager at Hotel Rouge and Donovan House, and later Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton Hotel in Washington, D.C., where he served as Hotel Manager. As General Manager of Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa, Liao hopes to utilize his extensive sales and operations experience to bring the Kimpton culture and highly personalized service approach to Palm Beach, elevating the resort and the destination that defined sophisticated travel with amenities that meet the demands of a new and spirited traveler. A first-time Florida resident, Liao takes full advantage of the year-round mild temperatures, jogging on the beach whenever he gets the chance-a routine he plans to carry over into a Tideline program - "Morning Jogs with the GM." A father of two, Liao remains a self-proclaimed D.C. sports enthusiast, enjoys dining out, bourbon cocktails and craft beers.

Originally from Atlanta, Connor is a longtime resident of Palm Beach County, and has been a seasoned sales professional and leader within the hospitality industry for almost 22 years 

when she landed her first sales management position in 1994. Since then, she has worked for the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors' Bureau, along with four other area hotels including most recently, the Hilton Cabana in Miami Beach. A proven leader of revenue generation, Connor frequently restructures and redevelops sales organizations to keep pace with the industry's ever-changing demands and trends. She prides herself in her ability to consistently deliver results. As Tideline's Director of Sales, she hopes to utilize her close relationships in the destination to make the hotel an inviting place that the community turns to for business meetings, weddings, last-minute getaways, a memorable evening out with friends for drinks or dinner, or a special place to return to year after year. In her spare time, Connor enjoys golfing and cooking with her 15-year-old daughter. 

Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa sits on the Atlantic Ocean's edge along 6,900 total square feet of oceanfront on the island. The hotel's dramatic and soothing interior design, destination restaurant and culinary experiences - a Kimpton signature, along with a full service spa and modern day pool deck, combine to create a uniquely Tideline guest experience, while creating a seductive setting for sipping cocktails, sun-worshiping, or enjoying a sumptuous spa treatment. Tideline houses 134 guest rooms and suites with luxurious Sobel Westex bed linens and featured bath products by Paya.

Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa is located at 2842 S. Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach, Florida.  Visit www.tidelineresort.com

About Kimpton's Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa, Palm Beach

Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa, a Kimpton hotel, launched in December 2014 and is the only beachfront boutique hotel on the island of Palm Beach. With 134 guestrooms and two suites, Tideline embodies the escapist in everyone by combining an unpretentious air of sophistication with the inviting glow of the sun and continuous flow of fresh ocean breezes. Perched at the Atlantic Ocean's edge along more than 200 feet of white sand beach, Tideline Ocean Resort's dramatic views and soothing interior design, expanded signature spa, destination restaurant and infinity pool create a seductive setting for sipping cocktails, sun-worshiping, or enjoying an indulging renewal of the mind, body, and spirit. Tideline serves up a guest experience tailor-made for the discerning traveler, delighting guests with its "relax-into-abandon" sensibility, coy yet rebellious spirit, dramatic and contemporary style, and tranquil setting. Together with Kimpton's hallmark focus on highly personalized service, Tideline redefines the Palm Beach vacation experience. For reservations and information visit www.tidelineresort.com or call (855) 523-5455 or 1-800-KIMPTON.

About Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants in the United States and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to America. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travelers feel genuinely cared for while away from home through thoughtful perks and amenities, distinctive design that tells a story and inspires a sense of fun at each hotel and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local. Kimpton also leads the hospitality industry in eco-friendly practices that span all hotels and restaurants, and is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a Fortune magazine "Best Place to Work" five times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates more than 60 hotels and nearly 70 restaurants, bars and lounges in 26 cities and counting. For more information, visit www.kimptonhotels.com.

Contact: M. Silver // A Division of Finn Partners - Rosalie Hagel or Lauren Dunaj

tideline@finnpartners.com / (954) 765-3636

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