Gordon Sondland was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 29, 2018, as U.S. Representative to the European Union with the rank of Ambassador. He arrived in Brussels on July 8, 2018, and presented his credentials at the European Commission and to President of the European Council Donald Tusk on July 9, 2018.
Ambassador Sondland is the Founder and CEO of Provenance Hotels, a national owner and operator of full-service boutique “lifestyle” hotels. Provenance and its affiliates (founded in 1985), currently own and/or operate 19 hotels in seven states and have another six hotels currently under development. Provenance creates unique, independent full-service, urban hotels, each with their own design, story and closely associated art collection. The Company employs over 1,000 associates between its hotels and its Portland headquarters. The Company has received critical acclaim for its hotels from such varied publications as The New York Times, Conde Nast, Travel and Leisure, and many other national and international publications. In 2015, Provenance consolidated more than half of its assets into a $500mm fund with a strong balance sheet and liquidity. The Fund anticipates reaching a gross asset value of approximately $1 billion in 2018.