DENVER – Sage Studio, the in-house branding and creative company within Sage Hospitality Group, announced the appointment of Ryan Kibler as creative director. In this new leadership position, Kibler will oversee key growth initiatives for the Sage Studio team, including new developments, adaptive reuse and major repositioning projects within Sage Hospitality Group’s extensive portfolio of restaurants, branded hotels, soft brands and independent properties.
“Ryan is a true visionary with an acute cultural awareness, and we’re extremely excited to see him bring his talents to the Sage team,” said Jessica Werner, executive vice president of Sage Studio. “With his remarkable background and innovative hybrid approach, I’m confident he will propel our work forward as we continue to set a new standard in hospitality by creating places people go to, not through.”
The driving force behind notable projects such as Denver’s Catbird Hotel, The Nines in Portland, Oreg. and The Elizabeth Hotel in Fort Collins, Colo., Sage Studio delivers a full suite of creative and development services, fostering experiential hospitality through vision, brand architecture, design and community programming and partnerships. The team is dedicated to creating spaces that fuse creativity and ingenuity and works closely with leadership at each concept to execute experiences that feature the local area and encourage community partnerships while emphasizing the individual brand story.
“I couldn’t be happier to take my next career step with Sage Studio,” said Kibler. “I’m very passionate about the art of communicating a brand’s story through experiential hospitality and look forward to playing a role in expanding Sage’s footprint by bringing intriguing new concepts to life.”
Sage Studio focuses on the creation of transformative concepts that forge human connections and become institutions within their markets. Specific ventures currently include the innovation and growth of strategic brands for programmatic rollouts; multiple full city block, ground-up, mixed-use projects; and the repositioning of an iconic lifestyle hotel.
The child of two artists and a lifelong creative, Kibler began his career working in fashion and branding in New York City, and previously served as creative director at culture-driven hospitality groups including Foreign National in Washington, D.C. and most recently, Eaton Workshop in Los Angeles.