Meet Our Team

Our people are our greatest asset.

At the Mission Bay Conference Center, we believe our people are our most valuable resource and the key to our success. It's our policy and our mission to recruit and hire people at all levels of our organization that have the highest levels of integrity, talent and motivation. We know these qualities are essential in every aspect of our business. Whether it's providing exceptional customer service, protecting and preserving the environment, or ensuring a safe experience for our guests and employees, it all comes down to our team.

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Ryan Coate - General Manager

Ryan Coate comes to the Mission Bay Conference Center with more than 18 years of hospitality experience, a native of Buffalo, New York and until his recent move to San Francisco has been actively working in the industry on the east coast. Beginning his career in 1997 at the 500 room Buffalo Hilton, Ryan helped transition that property into an Adam’s Mark Hotel and Resort in 1998. With 72,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, Ryan held many positons for the property including Banquet Captain, Banquet Manager and finally, Convention Service Manager in 2007. The Buffalo Niagara Convention Center was Ryan’s next endeavor as the Director of Convention and Event Service from 2007 through 2010. In July of 2010, while holding this position Ryan was certified by the Convention Industry Council as a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), a title he still holds. Since 2010, Ryan worked for Spectra Venue Management formerly known as Global Spectrum, a division of Comcast Spectacor, the public facility and events subsidiary of Comcast Cable. Most recently, as the General Manager for the IACC certified Conference and Event Center in Niagara Falls, New York and for Canalside Buffalo, a premier waterfront public space and evolving entertainment district. Ryan is credited for many of the achievements contributing to the success and resurgence of Buffalo’s inner harbor.

Ryan graduated in 2002 from the State University of New York College at Buffalo with a degree in Hospitality Administration concentrating in both Food and Beverage Management and Travel and Tourism. In 2005, earning a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Medaille College, a focus on theories, models, tools, and techniques that develop effective leadership.  Upon earning his graduate degree Ryan was an adjunct professor and active board member in the Hospitality Administration Department at the State University of New York College at Buffalo. Ryan is also a member of the International Association of Venue Managers and is a 2012 graduate of IAVM’s Venue Management School, considered one of the best professional education programs available to venue managers.


James Long - Director of Sales

James Long has built his hospitality career at some of the countries most iconic hotels including the Plaza Hotel in New York, the Helmsley-Harley Hotel, the New York Marriot Marquis, the San Francisco Marriot, the Los Angeles Omni Hotel and most recently the LA Hotel Downtown.  His industry experience includes restaurant management, banquet and catering operations, catering sales and conference services.

At Mission Bay, James is focused on building high performing teams, developing outstanding customer relations and delivering best in class, state of the art events at the beautiful, high tech Mission Bay Conference Center. In his role of Director of Sales and Marketing at the Mission Bay Conference Center, James oversees catering sales and conference planning.


Kelin Shaw - Sales Manager

Kelin Shaw started at Mission Bay Conference Center in July of 2015 as our Conference Planning Manager with over 8 years of hospitality management experience in both operations, as well as conference planning. She transitioned to our Sales team in February 2017. Kelin previously worked for Hyatt Hotels in the San Francisco bay area, as a Banquet Manager at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, and then as an Event Planning Manager at the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf. Both properties brought unique and challenging experiences to her evolution in the industry, from managing event space of over 54,000 square feet at the Hyatt in Burlingame, to handling smaller more intimate board meetings and events at the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf.

Kelin graduated from Colorado State University with a Degree in Liberal Arts and a double minor in Spanish and Sociology. Kelin is driven to help make Mission Bay Conference Center a top tier location for meetings and events in San Francisco.


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Romie Saclolo started her hospitality career in Las Vegas NV as a graduate from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in the Hotel Administration and 10 years of work experience in catering & wedding event sales for Las Vegas Casino Strip Hotels. She has worked with Marcus Hospitality at the Platinum Hotel, Station Casinos at the Green Valley Ranch Hotel, Starwood Hospitality at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Flamingo Hotel & Casino as a catering/wedding manager servicing social and corporate groups. Most recently, Hilton Hotels at the Embassy Suites as a Catering Sales/Conference Service Manager specializing in SMERF & Wedding Market and has now joined the team as Sales Manager for Mission Bay Conference Center.

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Anthony Gonzalez is a bay area native from Daly City, California working in the service industry for the past six years. Highlights to his career experience are having worked with Japanese cuisine, and organic sustainable food for Hilton Corporation and most notably opening the kitchen at the AirBnB headquarters in San Francisco in 2015. Anthony Gonzalez started at the Mission Bay Conference Center in October of 2015 as a food service worker at The Pub and has most recently been promoted to his new role as Sales Coordinator in the sales and marketing department for the operation.  Possessing a high level customer service skill from his experience in hospitality and retail, Anthony is ready to bring his first rate approach to customer needs in this new role.

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Holly Szeto brings more than 14 years of professional experience to this role, having most recently worked as the Senior Convention Services Manager at the InterContinental San Francisco Hotel, and as the Catering and the Convention Services Manager at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Holly’s hotel career has taken her to properties on both coasts of the US and her leisure travel has taken her to six of the seven continents.

As Senior Conference Planning Manager at Mission Bay Conference Center, Holly will be working with guests to plan corporate, University, and social events at the Conference Center.


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Marina Stamas - Conference Planning Manager

A recent graduate of Florida State University’s Dedman School of Hospitality, Marina Stamas brings fresh perspective and a diverse portfolio to Mission Bay Conference Center. Marina has 5 years of experience in the sales industry and began her hospitality career in operations at the Forbes top rated Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. She has since used this experience working large scale events at Florida State’s Donald L. Tucker Civic Center and now at Mission Bay Conference Center. Eager to begin her post-grad career, Marina hopes to learn more about the event industry from the high caliber Mission Bay team.


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Chef Bill Cornelison, a 25 year culinary veteran comes to the Mission Bay Conference Center as Executive Chef. A native from the Central Valley of California, where farm to fork, was second nature to his rearing and contributed to his affection and connection with to high quality, fresh and innovative food.  A graduate of the California Culinary Academy in 1987 graduated, Chef started his career with Marriott Hotels and Resorts at their Flag Ship property in Palm Desert, where the first adventure into classical French baking techniques, purchasing & receiving, and restaurant leadership took place. After his tenure in Desert Springs, the Irvine Marriott was next in Chef Bill’s as Banquet Chet, then Executive Chef from 1997 to 2006. Marriott trained Chef Bill for his next roles working for Compass Corporation (University Dining), and Private Country Clubs until 2010. Upon his 2010, return to the Bay Area, Chef worked for Hilton Corporation, most recently at Double Tree by Hilton at the Berkeley Marina.


August Olson - Executive Sous Chef
phone: 415.514.4749

With over twenty years of experience in all facets of the food service industry, August has been the Mission Bay Conference Center's Executive Sous-Chef for the past six years.
Prior to joining MBCC, August was the Vice President and Executive Chef for one of the top catering companies in the Bay Area.



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Larry Gottfried brings extensive experience in food and beverage management to the Mission Bay Conference Center team.  He has worked in the industry for over 20 years, specializing in corporate contract food service.  Larry is a San Francisco Native and has spent his career working in the Bay Area. He has managed the cafes and catering programs at many major corporations including Broadcom, Aruba Networks, Silicon Valley Bank and Texas Instruments. Most recently he worked in the education sector as the Director of Dining at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo.  Larry has a BA from San Francisco State University and an Associate Degree from the California Culinary Academy.

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Jasmine Thompson - Food & Beverage Manager

Jasmine Thompson comes from a background of Hospitality, graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She has a passion for people and helping them in any way possible, which is why she joined the industry. Her experience with waitressing is what started her journey, however she has gained much experience in management.

She started at the age of 19, where her first internship was with Eat'N Park, a restaurant chain based on the East Coast.  She gained management experience that allowed her to understand the basic fundamentals of the food industry.  Two years later, she completed an internship in Florham Park, New Jersey in business dining and her management gave her high recommendations in order for her to join the leadership program.  She moved to California to complete the one year "Accelerate to Leadership" program with the same company, Aramark.  This is where she received a "fast track" rating and experienced working as the Front Desk Manager and retail buyer at the historic beauty, Asilomar Conference Grounds.

Jasmine was promoted to a full time position, where she holds the title Food and Beverage Catering Manager at UCSF. Jasmine has plans to grow in the industry, becoming a well-rounded professional in hospitality.

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Matthew Miller - Operations Associate Manager

Matthew Miller a recent graduate from The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, completed his Bachelor’s Degree in International Business. With his passion to travel the world, he is eager to bring a new and diverse perspective into the hospitality business. While in St. Paul, Matt was an intern in Aramark’s ‘Step up to Leadership’ program at the 3M World Headquarters. The top interns are then moved into to the ‘Accelerate to Leadership’ program where he was able to pick San Francisco as his new home. Here at Mission Bay Conference Center, he has a role on the operations team as the Operations Associate Manager.

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Scott Boudreau - Controller

Scott Boudreau has worked as a Controller for twenty years here in San Francisco; eight of those years being in the restaurant industry.  He is glad to be returning to the Food and Beverage industry and is excited for the opportunity to apply his skills here as Controller of Mission Bay Conference Center.  He earned his BA in Economics from St. Lawrence University, served two years in Peace Corps Togo and earned his MBA from San Francisco State University.  In his free time he enjoys exercising at Chrissy Field, going to restaurants and art events in the city, hiking and fly fishing in the mountains.


Tony Dee - Accounting Assistant

Tony brings over five years of accounting systems and financial experience to his role as Accounting Assistant for the Mission Bay Conference Center where he is responsible for payroll, check processing, and collections.

Prior to joining MBCC, Tony was in customer service at the Holiday Inn, Fisherman's Wharf, handling guest check-in/check-out, daily reporting, and billings.

Tony holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Catherine.jpgCatherine Alesna - Accounts Payable

Catherine Alesna works as the Accounts Payable Clerk- Vault person for the Mission Bay Conference Center Accounting Department. She has been part of the Finance and Accounting Department since June 10, 2010. Catherine Alesna received the Encore Award during first quarter of the year 2014. The Accounts Payable Clerk- Vault takes care of all accounts payable, sets up change for vault, sets up deposits, reconciles receipts, weekly meals report, reconciles credit card transactions, purchase orders, reviews vendors statement, counts bank and month end inventory review. Education and Certificate Bachelor of Science in Biology from Southwestern University, Philippines, Medical Billing Coding and Health Claims Examining, Los Angeles, California.

Catherine Alesna upholds company missions statement: "Deliver Experience that Enrich and Nourish Lives."