MONTEREY, CA—The Four Sisters Inns management group here has been acquired by an in-house executive team led by company veterans Tamara Mims and Joni Costa.
Mims, formerly VP, has been named president; Costa retains her position as chief financial officer.
Shelley Post, one of the original four sisters for whom the group is named, moves from president to a new role: founder and senior consultant. Post will continue to work on company strategy and ensuring a smooth transition.
Under Post’s stewardship, Four Sisters Inns has grown from its 1970s roots as a Pacific Grove bed-and-breakfast inn to a boutique hotel group with 18 properties throughout California with more than 300 employees. Post, who ran her first inn during the summer when she was only 16, said, “The time has come for me to pass the reins to a new generation, and I’m thrilled to be handing them to two trusted senior employees who have been part of our team for so long.”
Mims joined Four Sisters Inns in 2002 as director of marketing and was named VP in 2012. In addition to overseeing marketing efforts, Mims has been involved in operations, hotel transitions, consulting, technology solutions and staff training.
Since 2013, Mims and Costa have taken leadership roles as several properties joined the Four Sisters Inns collection.
“We’ve been actively working on a succession plan to ensure continuity for our guests, employees and investors,” said Mims. “Our team is committed to keeping what has worked so well all these years, in addition to looking at ways to innovate and improve upon the guest experience.”
Costa joined the company in 1987 as a bookkeeper and executive secretary. She was subsequently promoted to office manager and, in 1995, named VP of accounting and human resources. In 2014, Costa was named controller and two years later became CFO.
“Shelley has created a legacy that I am proud to have helped craft over the last 30 years,” Costa said. “I am excited for the company’s next chapter.”
Established in 1975 by the Post family, Four Sisters Inns includes the 1906 Lodge (Coronado), Blue Lantern Inn (Dana Point), Newport Beach Hotel (Newport Beach), Hotel Casa 425 (Claremont), Channel Road Inn (Santa Monica), Coachman’s Inn (Carmel-by-the-Sea), Gosby House Inn and Green Gables Inn (Pacific Grove), West Cliff Inn (Santa Cruz), Diablo Mountain Inn (Walnut Creek), Milliken Creek Inn and Spa (Napa), Maison Fleurie and Lavender (Yountville), Inn at Sonoma and Sonoma Creek Inn (Sonoma), Gaige House (Glen Ellen), Kenwood Inn and Spa (Kenwood) and Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza (Healdsburg).