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Wojcik comes home to run hotel

"When Silverdale thinks of going out, Kevin Wojcik wants them to consider coming to his place.We got a patio and we're right on the water, Wojcik said, looking out his window. There is no other place like this in the Puget Sound region.Wojcik wants to share his place, the WestCoast Silverdale Hotel, with everyone who comes to or lives in Silverdale. As the new general manager of the WestCoast, Wojcik is ready for anyone and everyone to come and see what he has to offer.We want people to know that we have a casual atmosphere, Wojcik said. It's not just for executives.Hospitality is in Wojcik's blood. The Olympic High School graduate worked his way through Washing-ton State University with hotel jobs. Figuring that he had what it takes to be in the hotel business, Wojcik jumped at the opportunity to study hotel and restaurant management when he learned WSU offered a degree in it.I figured it was my destiny, Wojcik said. So why fight it?While studying at WSU, Wojcik worked for six months at a hotel in Tokyo. He said that it was during this internship he realized what he was supposed to be doing.It was a total hospitality experience, Wojcik said. There were 400 rooms and 1,200 employees. That's three people to every room. I was almost overwhelmed with the people.When he returned to graduate and to start working, Wojcik wanted to incorporate what he learned in Japan into his work here. He got a job at the WestCoast in Silverdale, working in various parts of the hotel and working his way through the managerial positions. Eventually, he was invited to the WestCoast in Wenatchee, where he was the banquet manager for four years.I have a little experience in everything, Wojcik said. That caught management eyes and Wojcik was brought home to take over the WestCoast in April. Although Wojcik cannot yet offer three people to every room, he wants the WestCoast to be the premier hotel, for both locals and visitors, in the area.I want a lot more daily traffic and to cater to the local clientele. I know what it is going to take to get people to come here, Wojcik said. Wojcik believes he is on some hot property - his wedding even took place on the patio - and he wants to invite everyone else in for the experience.When people think of socializing, we want them to think of here, Wojcik said, looking out his window. We want them to think of this as their patio.Wojcik replaces Ric Rabourn as general manager of the prominent hotel, located on Bucklin Hill Road. Rabourn is now the general manager of the Hallmark Resort in Newport, Ore."

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