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Jena Thornton

Principal - Hospitality

Jena Thornton

Quick Facts

I love hotels! I’ve had the great fortune to work with so many interesting and talented people in the hospitality space.

Theme song: Love & Happiness by Al Green
If I weren’t doing real estate, I’d be: Designing and making furniture
What five things are always in your fridge: Grapefruit juice, Bubbe’s kosher dill pickles, spreadable butter, bagels/cream cheese, hummus

Contact Info

She not only specializes in hotels, she owns one.

Hospitality is in Jena Thornton’s blood. Naturally outgoing, she loves being with people and seeing that they enjoy themselves.

Jena brings more than 27 years of hospitality experience to Kinzer. She got her start when she worked for the developer of Hawaii’s Grand Wailea and Ko Olina hotels.

Since then, she has earned a reputation for successfully managing a large variety of complicated hospitality-related real estate projects. Altogether, she’s been involved in more than $3 billion of hotel transactions in the roles of developer, operator, and owner, including her own Lodges on Vashon.

Jena grew up in Chicago and New Jersey, and attended American University in Washington, D.C. Since 1996, she has called Seattle home.

Outside of the office, Jena never stops moving. In addition to raising two kids with her husband, Scott, she skis, swims, hikes, dances and attends live music festivals around the world.

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