In Trying Times, It Pays to Be Gumby

With Seattle hotel occupancies still hovering down 20 percent or so from this time last year, why is Bret Matteson such a happy guy? After years with hospitality industry giants such as Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton, Matteson now is vice president of Seattle-based Columbia Hospitality, a management and consulting business that oversees Bell Harbor International Conference Center, the World Trade Center Seattle, Pier 66 Cruise Terminal space, the Cruise Terminals of America business line,

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