NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Jan. 13, 2014 – Island Hotel Newport Beach® today announced the appointment of long-time Orange County hospitality executive Dieter Hissin to general manager. An esteemed personality in the Newport Beach community, Hissin brings more than 30 years of experience to the Five-Diamond, coastal luxury property, where he will lead day-to-day operations and an extensive team of skilled professionals at Orange County’s premier business hotel.
With a new signature restaurant, lounge and vibrant outdoor gathering space set to debut later this year, Hissin will be instrumental in the continued development of Island Hotel’s innovative reinvestment project. In 2013, the hotel introduced 23,000 square feet of reinvigorated meeting and event space, including the largest ballroom in Newport Beach, an intimate al fresco wedding venue and the popular Island Club lounge to discerning guests and business travelers from near and far.
“As we prepare to unveil the newest social and culinary destination at the heart of Newport Center – a place to see and be seen by global jetsetters and local trendsetters – Dieter’s extensive hospitality and food and beverage background will be essential,” said Ralph Grippo, president of Irvine Company Resort Properties. “The lasting impact he has made on the local community over the past two decades is a testament to his amiable personality and eloquent leadership style, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our team during this exciting time.”
Hissin, a seventh generation hotelier, grew up in the small town of Friesenheim, Germany where his passion for the culinary and hospitality industry began at an early age. At just 10 years old, he worked under the guidance of his father in the kitchen of Gasthof Krone, his family’s quaint hotel in the Black Forest region of Southern Germany. Passed down from generation to generation since its inception in the mid-1800s, the hotel served as a guide for Hissin’s subsequent hospitality career, with his parents and grandparents as enduring mentors.
A discerning palate and keen culinary expertise led Hissin to embark on a three-year apprenticeship as chef at the Michelin-starred Colombi Hotel in Freiburg, Germany at the age of 17. Throughout his career, his love for fine wines and exquisite cuisine followed suit, leading him to develop established local events such as the annual Newport Beach Wine Festival.
Prior to joining Island Hotel, Hissin served as general manager at Balboa Bay Resort. During his 18-year tenure with the Newport Beach resort, he held roles as executive assistant manager, director of food and beverage and restaurant manager. He moved to California in 1992 when he accepted the position of restaurant manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, which led him to a brief overseas relocation to open The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. Previously, he held management and culinary roles at Hotel Gravenbruch Kempinski in Frankfurt, Germany and the Michelin-starred Zähringer Burg restaurant in Frieburg, Germany.
Hissin earned his bachelor of arts degree in hotel economics from the Hotel Management School in Heidelberg, Germany after serving a mandatory 15-month tour as a paratrooper in the German Airborne division. He resides in Laguna Niguel with his wife and six-year-old son Lucas.
About Island Hotel Newport Beach
Situated in Newport Center, the heart of Newport Beach and coastal Orange County, Island Hotel Newport Beach is a Five Diamond luxury coastal hotel offering breathtaking city and harbor views. Island Hotel features 292 guestrooms and suites, more than 23,000 square feet of event space, the largest ballroom in Newport Beach, a spa, fitness center and resort-style pool. Located just steps away from Fashion Island®, Orange County’s premier outdoor coastal shopping and entertainment destination, Island Hotel is the social center of Newport Beach, one of California’s most desirable beach cities located about 45 minutes south of Los Angeles.
The Irvine Company Resort Properties owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to Island Hotel, the portfolio includes The Resort at Pelican Hill, a Five-Star, Five-Diamond coastal resort in Newport Coast; Hotel Irvine, the city’s only Four Diamond hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.
About the Irvine Company
The Irvine Company® is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management. The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch® in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.