2007 – John Cope
Thirty years ago, John Cope made the decision to leave the world of finance and investments to become the second generation proprietor of The Huntington Hotel. He brought with him a passion for excellence for the hotel, the surrounding community, the City, and beyond. Expecting the same level of excellence for the City of San Francisco that he provides for his guests, John immediately began applying his high standards of hospitality to the world around him. As Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Nob Hill Association, John led the restoration and preservation drive for the historic Huntington Park. As Past President of the Hotel Council of San Francisco, John brought attention to the many issues that affect the our industry, from panhandlers on the city streets to the proposed Hetch Hetchy retrofit. He initiated campaigns that to this day involve the entire San Francisco hotel and tourism community. As founder of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, John identified The Huntington Hotel and San Francisco as one of the finest places to stay in the world. John’s commitment to service continues through his active participation on the Executive Committees and Boards of these organizations as well as on the Executive Committee and Board of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau and the historic Olympic Club.
Raised in Sacramento, John received his undergraduate degree and MBA at the University of Oregon. He worked for Gordon Olsen Investments and Coldwell Banker before making the switch to Nob Hill Properties, Inc. in 1977.