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Golda Mae Escalante

Golda Mae Escalante | General Manager

My name is Golda Escalante, and I am the General Manager here at the Embassy Suites Lompoc. People often mistake me for being about two decades younger than I am, but I’ve been in the hospitality industry for more than 15 years; 10 years in hotel management. I started my career as a disc jockey and newscaster for an FM music radio station after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communication. After that, I worked as a Tech Support Specialist for a well-known freight carrier and then found my way to full-service hotels - starting with a focused-service hotel and a Las Vegas casino resort. Although I don’t live in Lompoc, it holds a special place in my heart. I’m actively involved in our local community. I sit on several Boards including the Leadership Lompoc Valley and I serve as the Board Secretary for the Lompoc Tourism Business Improvement District.

The secret to me having such a happy life is about what I do outside of work, because life is not all about work. I’m a passionate amateur chef and a checklist ninja. I am lucky enough to go to Hawaii almost every year, feeding and fueling my need to enjoy tropical weather all year round. I know in my heart that one day I will move there, together with my husband Trin and my beautiful princess, Kiana (which means ‘Island Princess’ in Hawaiian).

I am so fortunate to work with a wonderful team that believes in having fun at work and providing legendary top-notch guest service. I enjoy team members who believe in doing quality work and whose personality makes it easy to come in and enjoy every day.

In a world without hotels, I would be: A Disney singer or a newscaster

Bruce Skidmore

Bruce Skidmore | Area Director of Sales & Marketing

My name is Bruce Skidmore and I am the Director of Sales at the Embassy Suites Lompoc. I started washing dishes in an Italian restaurant in Valley Forge, PA as a teenager and that is where I was bitten by the hospitality bug. I have spent over 30 years in various sales and marketing positions since then. I love working in Lompoc because the weather is great but most importantly the people I have the pleasure of working with at the hotel – their teamwork and attitude is inspirational. As for favorite restaurants in the area, Eddie’s Grill on North H Street is the best - great Tri-Tip sandwiches and wonderful salads. I like to spend my free time with my wonderful wife and our cat but after that, both road and mountain cycling, as well as hiking, are my passions; anything that gets me outside. In fact, if there was a world without hotels, my profession would be a professional bike racer. Working in the hospitality industry means moving often, I have moved 12 times in my 30 years in the industry. We are now where we want to be working with the people and a company I really like for the long term. A few fun facts about me -I played the violin as an elementary school student (I wanted the banjo but was overruled). I also played first team rugby all through high school, college at Penn State, and a few years after for a few clubs.

Judy Cadengo

Judy Cadengo | Revenue Manager

I've been in the hospitality industry for almost 20 years and have worked for multiple full-service Hilton family hotels in Southern California. I'm a Cali girl and have lived here my whole life. I have experience primarily in the rooms division departments, including; front office, reservations, sales, and revenue management. Revenue management is my passion! I help the hotel manage rates, inventory, and provide all forecasting. It's exciting to help drive top line revenues for the hotel. In Temecula, we have the advantage of being one of the few full-service hotels and enjoy offering those extra amenities that some of our competitors can't, like our famous cooked to order full breakfast! During my down time I am a mother of two teenage daughters, Vianca and Isabella. We like to travel and do weekend getaways. They keep me on my toes! When I'm not with my kids I spend time with friends and family. I come from a pretty large family and we have social events all year long. This year I'm planning a Disney cruise for my daughters and I during summer vacation. One more thing off the bucket list!

Manuel Villagomez Chief Engineer

Manuel Villagomez | Chief Engineer

I'm Manuel Villagomez, the Chief Engineer at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lompoc. You're in good hands when you stay with us, I've been in the hospitality industry for almost 14 years - all of them with the Hilton Family. Before moving to Lompoc I lived in Chicago. I love this town because it is small, quiet, and the people are very friendly. When I dine out, I enjoy Mexican and Italian food. My free time consists of spending time with my wonderful daughter Emily Villagomez. Another thing I enjoy doing is playing the trombone in a band.

In a world without hotels, I would be: A Musician


Paul Lopez | Executive Housekeeper

My Name is Paul Lopez and I'm the Executive Housekeeper at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lompoc. I been working in the hospitality industry for about 25 years. I worked from Northern California Hotels to Southern California Hotels and lived for ten years in Miami, Florida working at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as a Chief Engineer before moving back here to my home state California. I've worked as a Hotel security guard in La Jolla Ca, and F/D agent in Mission Valley in San Diego, Assist. F/D Manager both at the Hilton in Sonoma County and the Flamingo Resort Hotel in Santa Rosa, Ca. and Chief Engineer at the Marriot in Bakersfield, Ca. I've worked as a dishwasher, bellman, concierge, GSA, valet, hotel security and I want to work my way to be a Director of Operations. I love working in Lompoc because the weather is nice but most importantly the people I have the pleasure of working with at the hotel – their teamwork and attitude is inspirational. We have an awesome team here.

As for favorite restaurants in the area, I like El Toro Bronco Mexican restaurant and the Solvang Brewery. A few fun facts about me - My Father and family are involved in the sport of Boxing. Double Punches Boxing Club in Northern Cali is what we started and it’s a non-profit organization and I love the sport, I've been boxing since I was 5 years old w/my twin brother. I also love football, soccer, basketball, baseball, track and field. I ran track w/the guys in the movie McFarland USA where I graduated from also and played the cello in Jr. High. I'm happily engaged and I do love to travel as well.

In a world without hotels, I would be: A professional boxer.

 Lorna Vasquez

Lorna Vasquez | Front Office Manager

Aloha, my name is Lorna Vasquez, Front Office Manager here at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lompoc. I was born and raised in beautiful Oahu, Hawaii. I’ve been in the hospitality industry for about 10+ years. I started my career back in Hawaii working full time for my father’s good friend's bakery Hauula and then at a Bar and Restaurant called Steamers as a Hostess/Waitress. Both are now out of business. I left Hawaii in 1997 and moved to Vegas for about 4 years where I was a stay at home mom to my 3 beautiful daughters Jasmine, Teana, and Krystel. We then moved here to California in 2001, and once we got settled, I worked for a short period of time at the Albertson’s in Buellton in the bakery department. I then saw the opportunity to apply at the SYV Marriott where I got hired right away. I worked at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott as a reservations/ front desk agent and worked my way up to a Group Sales Coordinator. I then went on within the hospitality industry and was employed at the Chumash Casino Hotel as a Guest Service Agent/Front Desk and at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara as the Director of Sales. I then moved to Seattle, WA for about 6 months and worked for 2 Best Western Inn and Suites properties as a Sales Manager. I was unable to stay in Seattle due to the weather. HEY, I’m a sunshine girl. So I took a 4 month vacation back home in Hawaii before moving back to California. Upon my return, I got a job at The Landsby in Solvang as the Sales and Events Coordinator. I then saw the opportunity to work for Hilton, which I've always wanted to do. I applied here at the Embassy Suites Lompoc and got hired. I started here as a front desk agent and got promoted to the front office manager.

What I like most about Lompoc: The weather. It’s never too hot though nice and crisp at times.

My favorite restaurants to go to is Sushi Teri, Korean BBQ, La Botte and Eddie’s Grill. I love spending my free time with my daughters, cooking, and dancing hula when given the chance. I’ve lived in Henderson, NV, Auburn Washington, and Guam.

If there was a world without hotels, I would be a Guidance Counselor. I love helping people and giving them advice when needed.

Sales & Catering

Isagani Sonny Tabin

Isagani 'Sonny' Tabin | Food and Beverage Manager

My name is Sonny Tabin and you probably know me best as the man behind your complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and evening receptions. I have worked in the industry for about 20 years and am looking forward to many more! I've been at the Embassy Suites Lompoc for the entire time, and couldn't imagine a better place to work. I moved to Lompoc in 1989 after living in Manila and Hawaii, and I absolutely love the city for the beautiful weather, peacefulness, cost of living, and the scenic Central Coast views. Many guests don't realize how close the coast is, and how quickly you can access everything in the city. I really enjoyed Thailand's street food when I visited, and Thai food has been my favorite ever since. Being close to the ocean is great because you can get fresh seafood. I like to accumulate as much free time as possible and then use it all at once on a big trip - I want to try to see the world when and while I can. I am a quick learner who does my best to keep active, stay busy, and am always on the lookout for adventure.

In a world without hotels, I would be: A Jack of All Trades

Stella Wells

Stella Wells | Sales Team

My name is Stella Wells and I am part of the Sales & Catering team here at the Embassy Suites Lompoc. I have worked in the hotel industry for about two and a half years, but I bring more than 28 years of experience in the public industry, including Human Resources, Quality Assurance, Government. In all my careers, including serving proudly in the U.S. Navy, I have always enjoyed interacting with other people. Every person has a story to tell, if only people had the time to stop and listen! I had the honor of working at an Assisted Living facility/Alzheimer facility, and I learned so much from the elderly there, as they had lived and seen so much. I had the honor of meeting Ida, 96 years young, and one of the last living survivors of the Titanic. Ida was a classy lady who proudly wore her pearls every day. I loved spending time with her and listening to her life. I am a true 'native' of Lompoc, and love to share what Lompoc has to offer to our guests. I am passionate about my hometown, and know everything there is to know about Lompoc, and love sharing that with our guests. I also love the food in Lompoc, my favorite restaurant is Eddie's Grill. It has the best salads and sandwiches in town! When I am not working and have some free time, I love cooking, taking long walks, watching movies, and spending time with my boyfriend, family and friends. Although I love living in Lompoc I have lived in six other cities, but Lompoc is by far my favorite place.

In a world without hotels, I would: Be very sad! If I did do something else though it would be a three way toss between working behind the lens as a Camera person on a movie or TV set, Sous Chef or a Meteorologist.

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