Jennifer Bonnett has been selected as the new chief of concessions for Intermountain Region. Her career in hospitality and business as a chef, owner of a catering business, kitchen designer and food-and-beverage director of a hotel give her significant insight into working with National Park Service concessioners and satisfying customer needs.
Bonnett, who also has served the IMR as a concessions management specialist and as acting chief of concessions, will guide and assist the largest concessions program in the NPS. The IMR now manages 211 concession contracts that gross approximately $500 million annually.
"Intermountain Region is fortunate to have someone of Jennifer’s caliber working with our parks and concessioners," said Rena Fugate, IMR associate regional director for business and technology. "Her thoughtfulness and consideration of all sides of the many complex issues that our concessions operations face contributes to the development of successful relationships."
Bonnett holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, a diploma in culinary arts from Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School, and a master’s degree in hospitality management from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
"I feel that working in NPS commercial services allows me the best of all worlds by combining my passion for hospitality with the mission of the Park Service," Bonnett said. "I am honored to be selected for this position and look forward to our work ahead."