Fourth Street Hotel General Manager Speaks To Jamestown Rotary
The head of the soon-to-be-renovated hotel on Fourth Street wants to be an important part in the growth of Jamestown.
On Monday, Brandon Wade, DoubleTree by Hilton Jamestown general manager/chief sales officer, was the guest speaker during a Rotary Club of Jamestown meeting at the Robert H. Jackson Center.
Wade said if renovations stay on track the hotel will reopen in July 2018. He said they would like to have the rehabilitated hotel opened in time for the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which is held during the first week of August. He added the facility will have 147 rooms, a salt water pool, 4,100-square-foot ball/conference room and a gastro pub and restaurant.
So far Wade is the only employee for the hotel, but he said that will soon be changing. He said in the coming months they will be hosting a job fair to hire between 50-60 people. He added they will also be looking to hire an assistant general manger, event/wedding planner and an executive chef.
Wade said the Hamister Group of Buffalo, who purchased the Fourth Street hotel during an online auction in 2013, would like to be an important part in the growth of Jamestown. He said that is one reason they are sponsoring the World Juniors Exhibition Games that will be played in December at the Northwest Arena.
“We’re going to be very involved in the community,” he said.
Wade, who is a native of Texas, started his career in the hospitality industry after serving in the Navy. He said when he was discharged from the Navy, he wasn’t sure about his profession. He added that he was a teacher and a police officer before he started to work for a hotel in Las Vegas.
After working in Las Vegas, Wade said he moved to New York state to be closer to his mother. That is when he was discovered by the Hamister Group, who asked him if he wanted to be the general manager of their new hotel they were going to be opening in Jamestown.
Wade said when he was offered the job, he didn’t know much about Jamestown. However, after researching the city and talking to local officials like Vince DeJoy, city development director, Wade said he wanted the job so he could be a part of the exciting developments happening in Jamestown.
“I got on board quickly,” Wade said.