S. DALE HESS
A storied career
Dale Hess’ storied career as a San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB) executive blooms with accolades and honors. But his legend sprouted early, when his corporate journalism professor at Boston University suggested he attempt a “warm-up” interview at the Boston Statler Hilton Hotel—without an appointment. Two hours later, he was hired in Catering Sales for Hilton Hotels in Boston, Washington, D.C. and Florida.
Despite his reserved, ultra-private personality, Dale served as a benchmark of excellence for SFCVB staff, the hospitality industry and community leaders.
Widely respected for his calm, steady leadership, depth of experience, and volunteerism, Dale was driven by his insatiable curiosity to explore the world and gain knowledge.