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  • Kay Enokido To Retire From The Hay-Adams After Two Decades
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.  – After 23 years as Owner’s Representative and most recently as President of The Hay-Adams Management Company, Kay Enokido announces her retirement at the end of the year.

    Enokido was the major "architect in the planning, financing and execution of a $20 million renovation of the Hotel property in early 2000. Her experience contributed significantly to the creation of the Top of the Hay – the dramatic addition of the Hotel’s 9th floor – in 2010.

    She also launched the highly acclaimed The Hay-Adams Author Series in 2005.  The Series was designed to revive the literary tradition established by John Hay and Henry Adams in the late 19th century when they hosted Washington’s most sought-after social gatherings at their homes where the Hotel now stands.  Maya Angelou, Ron Chernow, John Grisham, Walter Isaacson, David McCullough and Toni Morrison have been among the prominent modern day authors who have engaged audiences in stimulating conversations.

    "I have had the enormous pleasure of meeting so many gracious and loyal guests and working with an immensely talented and dedicated staff.  I am grateful to the Owner of the Hotel for giving me such an incredible opportunity," stated Enokido.  "My time at The Hay-Adams has been extremely challenging, exciting, and rewarding. The Hay-Adams will remain my home away home and its staff and guests my second family. I know the Hotel will continue to excel under the fine leadership of Hans Bruland, Vice President/General Manager, and his world-class team."

    Enokido earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from New York University and her master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.  Prior to entering the business world, she worked as a photojournalist.  She joined CIG International, LLC, a private investment company, as an executive committee member and eventually a shareholder. Enokido was given the roles of asset manager and Owner’s Representative of The Hay-Adams in 1989.  She completed an Advanced Management Program at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. In 2005, she became the President of the Hotel.

    "Kay Enokido has been the heart and soul of The Hay-Adams for the last 23 years," says B. Francis Saul II, Chairman of B. F. Saul Company.  "She has been its leader as it evolved into a world-class hotel. Everyone at The Hay-Adams sends Kay our very warmest wishes and thanks on her retirement."

    Enokido will be moving from Washington, D.C. and splitting her time between Walpole, New Hampshire and the West Village of Manhattan in pursuit of her original passions – writing and photography.

    About The Hay-Adams


    Located at Sixteenth and H Streets at Lafayette Park across from the White House, The Hay-Adams is Washington’s finest luxury hotel and one of the most historic and celebrated properties in the world. The Hotel offers 145 rooms and suites, many with White House views. It has won numerous awards for its impeccable service and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, an exclusive group of discriminating luxury hotels worldwide. For more information, visit www.hayadams.com and follow The Hay-Adams on Facebook and Twitter @HayAdamsHotel.