Winterfest 2020 Grand Marshall

The Woodinville Chamber is pleased to announce our 2020 Winterfest Grand Marshall. Our Grand Marshall does the honors of lighting our great community tree on December 1st.

In 2020, Willows Lodge is celebrating its 20th anniversary in our community, as well as the retirement of longtime General Manager, Denny Fitzpatrick. It is with great joy that we help Denny to celebrate this milestone by naming him our 2020 Winterfest Grand Marshall!

“Denny has always led with a gracious heart.  He is the type of leader that you want to respect, and you want to do your best work for him. Denny would check-in with every team member on property every day; knowing each name and having a personal interest in them. Though humble, his resume personally and professionally is bigger than life, and I know that he appreciated being able to share his vast experience with different aspects of his community. When they say ‘legends leave their mark’, they must be referring to Denny Fitzpatrick.”
Robin Akkerman, Associate Director of Sales, Willows Lodge

“Denny Fitzpatrick is the kind of General Manager that people want to work for again and again. He instills in you a desire to be better today than you were yesterday. He is a culture builder, an inspirer, a coach and mentor. He is one of my favorite GM’s of all time in my 30+ year career in hotels. We will miss his incredible passion and leadership at Willows, but look forward to carrying on his legacy of exemplary service for our guests and community.”

Janene Varden, Director of Sales, Willows Lodge

We invite the community to learn more about this year’s Winterfest Festival of Lights at and look forward to reveling in the season with our Woodinville community!

Pictured here: Robin Akkerman (Associate Director of Sales, Willows Lodge), Kimberly Ellertson (Executive Director, Woodinville Chamber), Denny Fitzpatrick (General Manager, Willows Lodge & 2020 Winterfest Grand Marshall), and Janene Varden (Director of Sales, Willows Lodge).

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