Walton Simmons General Manager Westminster Tower & Spa
100 Broadway Lane, New Parkland, CA, 91010
I am sure no one ever thought this day would come. I am still finding it hard to believe myself. But as you know from our conversation earlier today, I am leaving my position. This is my official retirement letter, letting you and everyone here know that, after 42 years, I will no longer be the Senior Concierge.
It has been an amazing journey. I walked into the original Westminster building straight out of 10th grade looking for a job to help support my family. My father had just died and I thought helping my mother pay the bills was a lot more important than going to school.
To my surprise, Roger Bart, the hotel manager at the time, thought differently. He hired me on the provision that I continue going to school. He gave me odd jobs around the hotel, deliberately fitting them around my studies.
Mr. Bart has been gone near 30 years, but it is amazing how my life turned for that man. From high school diploma to associate’s degree. From dishwasher to porter to Head Concierge. From potential high school dropout to father of two, soon to be three, college graduates.
It has indeed been an amazing journey. I thank you all.