Meet Our Team

Our people are our greatest asset.

At the Mission Bay Conference Center, we believe our people are our most valuable resource and the key to our success. It's our policy and our mission to recruit and hire people at all levels of our organization that have the highest levels of integrity, talent and motivation. We know these qualities are essential in every aspect of our business. Whether it's providing exceptional customer service, protecting and preserving the environment, or ensuring a safe experience for our guests and employees, it all comes down to our team.

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James Long - General Manager

James Long has built his hospitality career at some of the countries most iconic hotels including the Plaza Hotel in New York, the Helmsley-Harley Hotel, the New York Marriot Marquis, the San Francisco Marriot, the Los Angeles Omni Hotel and most recently the LA Hotel Downtown.  His industry experience includes restaurant management, banquet and catering operations, catering sales and conference services.

At Mission Bay, James is focused on building high performing teams, developing outstanding customer relations and delivering best in class, state of the art events at the beautiful, high tech Mission Bay Conference Center. In his role of Director of Sales and Marketing at the Mission Bay Conference Center, James oversees catering sales and conference planning.


Kelin Shaw - Director of Sales and Marketing

Kelin Shaw started at Mission Bay Conference Center in July of 2015 as our Conference Planning Manager with over 8 years of hospitality management experience in both operations, as well as conference planning. She transitioned to our Sales team in February 2017. Kelin previously worked for Hyatt Hotels in the San Francisco bay area, as a Banquet Manager at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, and then as an Event Planning Manager at the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf. Both properties brought unique and challenging experiences to her evolution in the industry, from managing event space of over 54,000 square feet at the Hyatt in Burlingame, to handling smaller more intimate board meetings and events at the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf.

Kelin graduated from Colorado State University with a Degree in Liberal Arts and a double minor in Spanish and Sociology. Kelin is driven to help make Mission Bay Conference Center a top tier location for meetings and events in San Francisco.

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Marina Stamas – Sales Manager

A recent graduate of Florida State University’s Dedman School of   Hospitality, Marina Stamas brings fresh perspective and a diverse   portfolio to Mission Bay Conference Center. Marina has 5 years of   experience in the sales industry and began her hospitality career in     operations at the Forbes top rated Ritz-Carlton New York, Central   Park. She has since used this experience working large scale events at   Florida State’s Donald L. Tucker Civic Center and now at Mission Bay   Conference Center. Eager to begin her post-grad career, Marina hopes   to learn more about the event industry from the high caliber Mission Bay team.

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Bill Cornelison – Executive Chef

Chef Bill Cornelison, a 25 year culinary veteran comes to the Mission Bay Conference Center as Executive Chef. A native from the Central Valley of California, where farm to fork, was second nature to his rearing and contributed to his affection and connection with to high quality, fresh and innovative food.  A graduate of the California Culinary Academy in 1987 graduated, Chef started his career with Marriott Hotels and Resorts at their Flag Ship property in Palm Desert, where the first adventure into classical French baking techniques, purchasing & receiving, and restaurant leadership took place. After his tenure in Desert Springs, the Irvine Marriott was next in Chef Bill’s as Banquet Chet, then Executive Chef from 1997 to 2006. Marriott trained Chef Bill for his next roles working for Compass Corporation (University Dining), and Private Country Clubs until 2010. Upon his 2010, return to the Bay Area, Chef worked for Hilton Corporation, most recently at Double Tree by Hilton at the Berkeley Marina.


August Olson - Executive Sous Chef

With over twenty years of experience in all facets of the food service industry, August has been the Mission Bay Conference Center's Executive Sous-Chef for the past six years.
Prior to joining MBCC, August was the Vice President and Executive Chef for one of the top catering companies in the Bay Area.



larry g proofLarry Gottfried – Food & Beverage Manager

Larry Gottfried brings extensive experience in food and beverage management to the Mission Bay Conference Center team.  He has worked in the industry for over 20 years, specializing in corporate contract food service.  Larry is a San Francisco Native and has spent his career working in the Bay Area. He has managed the cafes and catering programs at many major corporations including Broadcom, Aruba Networks, Silicon Valley Bank and Texas Instruments. Most recently he worked in the education sector as the Director of Dining at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo.  Larry has a BA from San Francisco State University and an Associate Degree from the California Culinary Academy.

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Scott Boudreau - Controller

Scott Boudreau has worked as a Controller for twenty years here in San Francisco; eight of those years being in the restaurant industry.  He is glad to be returning to the Food and Beverage industry and is excited for the opportunity to apply his skills here as Controller of Mission Bay Conference Center.  He earned his BA in Economics from St. Lawrence University, served two years in Peace Corps Togo and earned his MBA from San Francisco State University.  In his free time he enjoys exercising at Chrissy Field, going to restaurants and art events in the city, hiking and fly fishing in the mountains.


Tony Dee - Accounting Assistant

Tony brings over five years of accounting systems and financial experience to his role as Accounting Assistant for the Mission Bay Conference Center where he is responsible for payroll, check processing, and collections.

Prior to joining MBCC, Tony was in customer service at the Holiday Inn, Fisherman's Wharf, handling guest check-in/check-out, daily reporting, and billings.

Tony holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Catherine.jpgCatherine Alesna - Accounts Payable

Catherine Alesna works as the Accounts Payable Clerk- Vault person for the Mission Bay Conference Center Accounting Department. She has been part of the Finance and Accounting Department since June 10, 2010. Catherine Alesna received the Encore Award during first quarter of the year 2014. The Accounts Payable Clerk- Vault takes care of all accounts payable, sets up change for vault, sets up deposits, reconciles receipts, weekly meals report, reconciles credit card transactions, purchase orders, reviews vendors statement, counts bank and month end inventory review. Education and Certificate Bachelor of Science in Biology from Southwestern University, Philippines, Medical Billing Coding and Health Claims Examining, Los Angeles, California.

Catherine Alesna upholds company missions statement: "Deliver Experience that Enrich and Nourish Lives."