About my experience:
I began my Hospitality Career in 1995 by taking a front desk position with the Double Tree Guest Suites Southfield MI. I transferred colleges and cities and began at the Radisson Lansing MI as a front desk associate and worked my way through the hotel’s departments until I ended up in the kitchen. I found my passion for food and started a career as a line cook for Dusty’s Wine Cellar in Okemos MI. After a few years of managing restaurants around MI. I transferred to FL and began my career as a Food and Beverage Director/ Chef of Country Clubs, Yacht Clubs, and a Holiday Inn Resort on Ft Myers Beach. Since moving back to MI in 2018 I restarted my career in hotels as an area sales director for 3 hotels in MI, moving up in the company to Corporate Revenue Manager, overseeing 12 properties from IHG, Marriott, Choice, and Wyndham properties.
How I would describe my management style:
I enjoy collaborating with a team to identify opportunities within the comp set and market to increase market share and RevPAR for our portfolio of hotels. I am competitive by nature and look at budgets as a minimum performance always trying to outperform not only the market but ourselves YOY. I like to reflect on results of our strategy but continue a forward looking strategy with the property’s knowledge and input.
Why do business with me?
I quickly become a team player to begin getting to know the property, its leaders and the local market and am diligent about supporting them. With 20 years of experience with operations, sales, and management, I always have the bottom line and success of the property in mind. I utilize best practices and strategies as well as market comparisons to make sure market knowledge is as current as possible so we can be as competitive as possible. I am honest and open with my communications and am always open to suggestions.
Personal: I love animals and currently have 2 dogs, a cat, and 3 chickens and will pretty much try and pet anything within arm’s reach.
Food: I love all food; I am still a Chef at heart and now make almost everything I can from scratch with organic (homegrown when I have time) and clean ingredients. That does not mean I do not indulge, because I love making homemade cakes, cookies and ice cream too!
Hobby: Anything to do with the water, I paddle board, love walking through new state parks or preserves, I also love traveling (Mexico is my new adventure)
Artist: There is not one particular genre or Artist, although Bob Marley and old school reggae music is my go-to Happy Place.
TV Show: I do not watch a lot of TV outside of local news to keep current. There are a few Netflix series I have watched just this last winter.
College/Degree: Hotel/Restaurant and Business Management Degree from Lansing Community College in Lansing MI. with hotel brand certifications in IHG RMAC/RMEC, Marriott One Yield Certified, with RM experience in Choice and Wyndham.