SpringHill Suites Grand Opening Luncheon

with guest speaker, Congressman Jimmy Panetta

Watch Jimmy Panetta’s speech here

Please join the Monterey County Business Council for a special luncheon to celebrate the Grand Opening of SpringHill Suites in Marina, an all-suite hotel.  The luncheon will be hosted on their unique new rooftop venue, with a spectacular 360-degree view of the ocean and City of Marina.  Our guest speaker is Congressman Jimmy Panetta.  The luncheon and presentation will be followed by a ribbon cutting for SpringHill Suites.

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About SpringHill Suites

SpringHill Suites by Marriott®, the largest all-suites brand in the upscale tier, offers guests the little extras to help them enjoy their time away. Featuring spacious and stylish suites, the well-designed room layouts allow guests to relax and reenergize. The prototype with Palettes décor offers a design with a broad appeal. The lobby and guest suite continue to deliver a highly differentiated experience and solidify the brand’s leadership in its tier. Fusing form and function with modern décor, the brand’s décor package features co-created furniture with design icon West Elm, as well as West Elm décor and botanicals throughout the lobby. SpringHill Suites delivers fresh, interesting and stylish hotels that provide the space business travelers need to relax and make travel more enjoyable.

About Congressman Jimmy Panetta

Growing up in Monterey County, Congressman Panetta knows what makes the Central Coast a special place. The agriculture of this area is the economic engine of this congressional district. From artichokes to strawberries to lettuce to wine grapes, the Central Coast is the epicenter of specialty crop and organic agriculture producing over $5 billion annually. The community of farmers and farm workers that till this fertile area produce more than 100 different crops and help give the area its moniker of Salad Bowl of the World.

California’s 20th District is also home to more than a dozen military installations, which are collectively referred to as Team Monterey, and includes the renowned Naval Postgraduate School and Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Through Congressman Panetta’s eight years of service with the United States Navy Reserve, he has a deep and personal connection to our nation’s veterans and military families. In 2007, he volunteered for active duty and was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He worked with Special Forces units and as a result of his meritorious service in a combat zone, Congressman Panetta was awarded the Bronze Star.

In addition to serving his nation in uniform, Congressman Panetta served as a board member of the Veterans Transition Center where he focused on ending veterans’ homelessness and improving resources for his fellow veterans and their families. He also pushed for the opening of Monterey County’s first Veterans Treatment Court to ensure veterans receive the services they earned. Moreover, Congressman Panetta worked with local leaders and veterans to establish the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery on the former Fort Ord. Based on his commitment to serving those who have served our nation, Congressman Panetta was honored to be named a Monterey County Veteran of the Year in 2015.

Stretching along Congressman Panetta’s district lies the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the largest protected ocean area in the continental United States. Anchored around this unique ecosystem are more than 40 world-class universities and marine research institutions working to better understand climate change, ocean acidification, rising sea levels, and more. Congressman Panetta knows how valuable these institutions are and before attending law school, served aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel and more recently as an Advisory Council member for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Most recently before his election to Congress, Congressman Panetta served his community as the Deputy District Attorney for Monterey County, which includes the city of Salinas. In this role, he prosecuted violent gang members to pursue justice for victims, protect families and make communities safer.

Congressman Panetta graduated from the University of California at Davis with an undergraduate degree in International Relations and received his law degree from Santa Clara University.

He is married to Carrie McIntyre Panetta, a Superior Court judge in Monterey County, and they have two daughters, Siri and Gia.


Special thanks to the County of Monterey and PG&E for their ongoing support of the Monterey County Business Council’s efforts for economic development and education.


August 11, 2017
SpringHill Suites
215 10th St, Marina, CA 93933