Management Profile

Profiles of key members of the management team at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel.

 

Jill Plemons

Director of Sales 

Jill Plemons

With a 17-plus year career in hospitality and service operations, Jill Plemons brings extensive brand experience, a passion for sales and strong leadership skills to her position as director of sales at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel. Her specialty in boutique and independent hotels catering to leisure, business and group travelers make her the ideal person to lead her team.

As DOS, Plemons elevates the property’s sales initiatives. In addition, with a keen understanding of tourism trends, Plemons is committed to raising The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel’s profile as it pertains to sustainability and community involvement within the San Francisco market and beyond. Furthermore, Plemons enjoys focusing efforts on enhancing the core customer experience of The Clift, whether it’s related to food & beverage programing, meeting & events offerings or implementing unique guest interactions.  

Most recently, Plemons served as director of sales and marketing at Hotel Zephyr, where she was responsible for spearheading the sales and marketing efforts for the Fisherman’s Wharf 361-key property following its transformative $32-million redesign in 2015. Prior to her three-year stint at Hotel Zephyr, Plemons led the successful $12 million renovation, development and re-launch of Le Méridien San Francisco.

Plemons also held the position of director of sales and marketing for five years at Hotel Vitale, a Joie de Vivre Hotel in San Francisco, where she led revenue strategy across all segments of the property, restaurant and spa for the sales team. Additional Joie de Vivre Hotel experience includes serving as the brand's regional director of sales in Northern California and as director of sales at Galleria Park Hotel, both in San Francisco. Plemons also held various positions with Kimpton Hotels, including area director of sales and marketing, where she managed initiatives for the brand's three San Francisco locations.

Plemons currently sits on the Union Square Business Improvement District Marketing Committee. The Union Square BID serves members and creates a high-quality visitor experience by managing and activating public spaces, attracting new investment, and advocating for the District’s future success.

Plemons graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. When not onsite at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, Plemons enjoys avidly reading cookbooks and testing recipes, entertaining, and spending time with her husband at their home-away-from-home in Palm Springs.

 

Daniel Corey

Executive Chef

Executive Chef Daniel Corey of The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel brings nearly two decades of experience and multiple Michelin stars to the role. As an accomplished and creative hands-on chef, he cooks with the seasons, using all the best ingredients the Bay Area has to offer. Currently, Chef Corey oversees the iconic Redwood Room and the new Fredericks eatery at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, as well as the culinary offerings in the posh private event space, Spanish Suite, and all in-room dining.

Most recently, he was Executive Chef at LUCE Restaurant and Bar 888, where he was awarded one Michelin star for nine years in a row. Chef Corey’s responsibilities there included menu and recipe development and supervision of over 20 employees. During his tenure, the restaurant, bar and room service collectively generated over $7 million dollars per year. Prior to that, he was Sous Chef on the team that launched the restaurant at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. Other previous professional experience includes Chef de Cuisine at the now closed NUA Restaurant in San Francisco and Sous Chef at The Campton Place Hotel in San Francisco, where he worked with acclaimed Chef Daniel Humm and stayed on through a transition to work with Chef Peter Rudolph.

Chef Corey perfected his culinary talents at various restaurants on the West Coast, using his environment as his muse. At The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, Chef Corey continues to build on the restaurant’s ingredient-driven, sustainable approach to cuisine, incorporating his experience in fine dining and, naturally, his love for California. 

Chef Corey has an A.A. Certificate in Culinary Arts from the California Culinary Academy. He enjoys traveling, surfing, snowboarding, working on his golf game and collecting and reading cookbooks, both old and new.