San Francisco's hospitality industry generates tons of reusable materials, furnishings and more that are shared with the non-profit community
Thomas Wilmer

  Ms. Jo Licata spends full-time working with San Francisco’s non-profit organizations in partnerships with the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and numerous other SF hospitality enterprises.

Licata's mission as Hilton's Community Projects Manager is to provide non-profits with essential goods and supplies from food to furniture, mini-fridges and so much more. Items that otherwise might have headed to the landfill.

The "new" Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco (circa-1910)
Palace Hotel


When the Palace Hotel first opened its doors in 1875 it was proclaimed the largest hotel in the world and San Francisco’s first luxury hotel. Destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, the hotel was rebuilt in 1909 and the grand dame of San Francisco lives on as the city’s most historic hotel and the place to see and be seen. Join Renee Roberts as she shares the hotel’s century long history that includes hosting luminaries from kings and queens, to Nikita Khruschev and the incubation of the United Nations.

Hawaiian Ho’okipa Ambassador of Culture and Activities, Nani Kupihe
Thomas Wilmer

A visit with Sheraton Kona’s Hawaiian Ho’okipa Ambassador of Culture and Activities, Nani Kupihe on the Big Island of Hawaii. I will forever remember Nani and her sweet lyrical-way of teaching Hawaiian culture, and her most touchingly infectious Aloha Spirit. 

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Room with a View at St, Regis Princeville
Thomas Wilmer

When I first arrived I didn’t quite understand the reason why so many people rave about the Butler service that’s a standard compliment when you book a St. Regis Princeville suite accommodation. To unfurl the mystique behind the St. Regis’s premier Butler Service, I decided to meet with Stephanie Reid, the St. Regis Director of Public Relations and the resort’s Head Butler, Robert Ancheta for an in person tutorial in the art and science of butlerdom.