Gordon Sondland

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Gordon Sondland
Born Gordon David Sondland
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Residence Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Businessman
Spouse(s) Katherine J. Durant

Gordon Sondland is the founder and chairman of Provenance Hotels and co-founder of the merchant bank Aspen Capital.


Sondland’s company Provenance Hotels owns and manages hotels throughout the U.S. including the Hotel Max, Hotel Theodore, Dossier, and Heathman Hotel in Seattle, Washington; Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington; Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Lucia, and Sentinel in Portland, Oregon; The Hotel Preston in Nashville, Tennessee; and Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery in New Orleans, Louisiana.[2]

In 1998, Sondland purchased and redeveloped four hotels in Seattle, Portland and Denver including Seattle’s Alexis Hotel in partnership with Bill Kimpton. Sondland also is a principal in Seattle’s Paramount Hotel.[3] Through Provenance Hotels, Sondland is developing hotel projects throughout the US, including in Seattle, Hermosa Beach, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Provenance Hotels specializes in adaptations of old buildings such as with the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA, which used to be a conference Sheraton, but now includes glass art by 46 artists including Seattle's Dale Chihuly.[4] Provenance is also known for designing or remodeling each hotel around themes that contain elements that relate to a location’s history, art, culture, and local businesses.[5]

In 2013, Sondland and Provenance completed a renovation of Portland’s historic Governor Hotel, renaming it Sentinel.[6] In December 2015, Sondland and Provenance announced the establishment of the company's first real estate investment fund, Provenance Hotel Partners Fund I. The $525 million fund was created specifically for hotel real estate investment and, at the time of its announcement, was the fourth largest fund ever launched in the state of Oregon.[7]

In 2017, Provenance Hotels expanded its practice of revitalizing and rebranding hotels with locally-inspired art and design as a service to other hoteliers.[8]

Political involvement[edit]

Sondland was a member of the transition team for Governor Ted Kulongoski's administration and was appointed by Kulongoski to serve on the board of the Governor's Office of Film & Television.[9] He was appointed the commission’s chair in 2002 and has served in that capacity until 2015.[10] During his tenure on the film board, Sondland was instrumental in bringing the production of such television series as Leverage, The Librarians and Grimm to Oregon[11] and presided over the state securing the production of feature-length films such as Wild starring Reese Witherspoon, Thumbsucker starring Tilda Swinton and The Ring Two starring Naomi Watts. Sondland also served as Oregon liaison to the White House. As an advisor to Kulongoski, Sondland suggested appointing Ted Wheeler as state treasurer, which Kulongoski did in 2010.[12] In 2007 President George W. Bush appointed Sondland as a member of the Commission on White House Fellows.[13] Sondland collaborates with President Bush and Jay Leno on an annual charitable auction of an autographed vehicle, with proceeds benefitting the Fisher House Foundation and the George W. Bush Foundation’s Military Service Initiative.[14] In 2012, Sondland was selected to serve as a member of Mitt Romney's presidential transition team.[15]

In April 2017, it was revealed that 4 companies registered to Sondland donated $1 million to the Donald Trump inaugural committee. [16][17][18]

As a result of his political involvement, Sondland and his businesses have been the subject of increased press coverage, especially among local media outlets. However, recent attempts to criticize his business practices in publications like Williamette Week and Eater Portland were later corrected. [19][20]


Sondland serves on the board of trustees at the Oregon Health & Science University foundation[9] and the board of visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.[21] Sondland joined the board of trustees at the Portland Art Museum - one of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S.[22] - in 1996 and was elected chair of the executive committee in 2009.[23] The Trustee Room, a Contemporary Gallery, and the Grand Staircase at the Portland Art Museum are also named after Sondland and his wife Katherine Durant.[24][25]

Sondland founded the Gordon Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation in 1999, which was established to "help families and boost communities".[26] The Foundation has given millions of dollars to various non-profits including $1,000,000 to the Portland Art Museum to endow permanent access for children under the age of eighteen.[27] The Foundation helped establish a Distinguished Chair in Spine for pediatric orthopedic spine research at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in 2012.[28] Sondland and the Foundation partnered with the River Club in 2013 to provide breakfast for the foreseeable future for students of the Simonga Basic School in Zambia.[29] In 2014, the Foundation gave a $1,000,000 endowment to Oregon Health & Science University to establish the Sondland-Durant Distinguished Research Conference, a cancer research summit to begin in 2016.[30] In 2017, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Duke University was created with the support of the Foundation.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Sondland is married to Katherine Durant, who is the founder and managing partner of Atlas/RTG, a holding company with a portfolio of shopping centers throughout Oregon.[citation needed] Until 2016, Durant was the Chairperson of the Oregon Investment Council, the body that oversees the over $85 billion Public Employees Retirement System Fund.[32] They have two children.[citation needed]

In January 2018, Sondland and Durant were featured as the “January Power Couple” in Oregon Business. [33]


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  2. ^ "Provenance Hotels Collection: Owned and Managed". Provenance Hotels. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  3. ^ Nabbefeld, Joe. "Developers buy share of Warshal site". seattletimes.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "A temple of glass - Glass-bottomed boats". Money.cnn.com. 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  5. ^ Samantha Shankman (August 21, 2014). "Provenance Hotels Integrates Local Products to Elevate Guest Experience". Skift. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  6. ^ Smith, Joe. "Governor hotel to get new name: The Sentinel". kgw.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
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  8. ^ Jon Bell (February 22, 2017). "How Provenance is adding hotels without buying them". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  9. ^ a b Law, Steve (2010-12-16). "'Lottery row' a magnet for crime". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
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  11. ^ George, Milo (2014-05-07). "The Surprising Success of Portland Film and TV". Backstage. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  12. ^ Kulongoski, Ted. "Letter to Gordon Sondland from Governor Ted Kulongowski dated 1/4/2011". Office of Governor Ted Kulongoski. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "White House Fellowships: Commission Members". The White House. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
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  15. ^ Liddell, Christopher; Kroese, Daniel; Campbell, Clark (2013). Romney Readiness Project. Amazon Digital Services LLC. pp. Kindle Edition, Location 2329. 
  16. ^ "Portland Executive Covertly Donates $1 Million to Inauguration After Being Shamed Over Trump Support". The Intercept. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  17. ^ "250 donors shelled out $100k or more for Trump's inauguration, providing 91% of funds". Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  18. ^ "Portland hotelier concealed $1 million donation to Trump inauguration". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  19. ^ "Records Show Contractor Payment Dispute on the Fancy, Failed Restaurant Omerta [Updated]". Williamette Week. Retrieved 13 February 2018. 
  20. ^ "Contractors Allege Missing Payments on Now-Closed Omerta Restaurant [Updated]". Eater Portland. Retrieved 13 February 2018. 
  21. ^ "Bulletin of Duke University | Sanford School of Public Policy" (PDF). August 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2018. 
  22. ^ "Museum Facts". Portland Art Museum. Retrieved February 22, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Kulongoski announces transition team". Bend Bugle. 2002-11-26. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  24. ^ "GORDON D. SONDLAND & KATHERINE J. DURANT TRUSTEE ROOM". Portland Art Museum. Retrieved February 22, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Katherine Durant and Gordon Sondland Gallery". Portland Art Museum. Retrieved February 22, 2018. 
  26. ^ "Home Page". Gordon Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation. Retrieved February 22, 2018. 
  27. ^ Terry, Lynne (2009-05-08). "$50,000 pledge may bring music back to Washington Park". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  28. ^ Devroy, Neil. "Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Establishes Distinguished Chair in Spine". www.tsrhc.org. 
  29. ^ "The River Club Delivers Water to Simonga Health Post in Zambia". Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  30. ^ Hayes, Elizabeth. Portland Business Journal http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/health-care-inc/2014/05/1m-gift-will-enable-ohsu-to-bring-together-best.html. Retrieved 24 February 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  31. ^ "Partial List of Beneficiaries". Sondland Durant Foundation. Retrieved February 23, 2018. 
  32. ^ "Outgoing Oregon Investment Council Chair Submits Her List of Pension Fixes". The Oregonian. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  33. ^ "Power Couple: Gordon Sondland and Katy Durant". Oregon Business. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 

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