Our Team

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Meet our seasoned team of leaders representing all aspects of the hospitality world. Guiding Provenance and its portfolio of unique, boutique properties, our collective industry knowledge runs deep, spanning real estate and development initiatives, financial acumen, to building memorable brands on an international playing field.  Together, laser focused on the bottom line to remain an ever-vigilant partner and collaborator. Our experience makes us uniquely qualified to monitor, maintain and grow valuable investments.  

Gordon Sondland

Gordon D. Sondland

Founder & Chairman

An early adopter of the lifestyle hotel concept, Mr. Sondland started his career in hospitality when he formed Provenance in 2000. What started as a real estate venture, he built into a successful, full-service hotel management and development company, comprised of 14 assets and growing. His extensive and impressive history of service spans his post on the Executive Committee of the Portland Art Museum to serving as the 20th United States Ambassador to the European Union.

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Katherine Durant

Katherine Durant

President & Chief Executive Officer

Accomplished real estate developer, community philanthropist and hotelier, Ms. Durant shepherds the strategic direction, portfolio growth and revenue health of Provenance. Ms. Durant is also acting President of RTG Property Management and Managing Partner at Atlas Investments in Portland, Ore., and served nearly 15 years as Chairman of the Oregon Investment Council, one of the largest hotel investors in the U.S. and the body responsible for overseeing and investing State Pension Funds.

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Ernest Glidden

CPA, Chief Financial Officer

A seasoned financial and operations leader with vast executive experience, from real estate to international luxury hotel collections like Rosewood, as well as major hospitality and entertainment corporations like Caesars Entertainment Corp. Mr. Glidden provides careful oversight on property finance, capital management, compliance, budget and forecasting

Ralph Aruzza

Ralph Aruzza

Chief Marketing Officer

A sharp eye for brand development and strategic marketing have guided Mr. Aruzza’s successful career in the hospitality industry working with renowned multi-national operators like Belmond LTD and Rosewood. He oversees marketing, communications, sales and revenue, aligning each to further grow Provenance’s position on the travel stage.

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Fran McGee

VP of Operations

With a history that spans the luxury, resort, upscale, and boutique hospitality markets, Fran understands the art of being intentional, and creating and delivering memorable guest and employee experiences that align with a company’s brand, culture, and key performance objectives. Through engaged leadership, Fran’s passion and strength is aligning people, processes, and performance in both small and large-scale operations.

Fran enjoyed sixteen years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts before joining Four Seasons at the Ritz Carlton Chicago. From there she transitioned to the glitz of Las Vegas at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa, and subsequently, Kokua Hospitality. During her career, Fran served as Hotel Manager, General Manager, Vice President of Operations in both hospitality and healthcare, and Vice President of Training and Consulting.

Maribel Olmeda

Maribel Olmeda

Director of Human Resources

Sitting at the heart of the company, building trusted connections in human resources for more than 20 years, Ms. Olmeda is a resilient resource for shaping company culture throughout all organizational levels and hotels. Her extensive training and experience ranges from recruitment, coaching and counseling to employee and labor relations, diversity training and compliance.