Debra Rosenberg Matsumoto’s passion for the hospitality industry has taken her to Europe and some of the finest restaurants in Los Angeles where she has left her professional stamp through her penchant for perfection and consistently exceeding guest expectations. She brings more than two decades of luxury hospitality experience to the new Hotel Wilshire, which opened in September 2011.
We at Greystone Hotels believe the combination of her prior hospitality experience, management ability, people skills, energy and enthusiasm will play a key role in the future success of the Hotel Wilshire and we are thrilled to welcome Debra Matsumoto as one of our team!
The Hotel Wilshire is a stylish 74-room boutique hotel designed as a LEED property by the award-winning Killefer-Flammang Architects. The fresh and contemporary, eco-friendly boutique hotel includes a rooftop pool and a bar and restaurant counterpart: The Roof on Wilshire. Matsumoto is the inaugural General Manager of the property, and as such she oversees daily hotel operational duties for the property.
In her most-recent past role, Matsumoto had been a Director of Sales and Marketing for JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot. There, through her expertise, strategically sound, creative and resourceful plans and long-standing relationships with group, transient and catering guests, she grew occupancy, ADR and REV/PAR an average of 10 percent annually and assisted the GM with many operational responsibilities on a daily basis.
Matsumoto joined Le Merigot in 1999 during the hotel’s opening year as Director of Catering and Special Events, where her background in the culinary arts benefitted clients on a daily basis. Prior to joining Le Merigot, Matsumoto was Assistant Director of Catering for Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.
Matsumoto is a Certified Meeting Professional, member of Meeting Planners International, PROST and the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association (HSMAI). She served on the board of Paralysis Project of America for almost twenty years before it disbanded this year and currently is involved with the Santa Monica Symphony as an active board member as well as the Santa Monica High School Choral Committee . She resides in Los Angeles with her husband Chris Matsumoto, son Jamie and her dog Talulah. When not at the hotel you can find Matsumoto spending time with her family, including stepsons Michael and Matthew, cooking, taking yoga, fine dining, attending cultural events and playing tennis.