Director of Sales
My career in the hospitality industry all began with the airline industry.
My grandfather worked for Piedmont Airlines for 44 years. You don’t see that anymore, right? My father soon too worked for Piedmont and I traveled the world in the airline industry as a child. Remember when you used to get dressed up to travel? My favorite part was staying in wonderful hotels!
Shortly after US Airways purchased Piedmont Airlines in 1989, my family moved from North Carolina to Louisville, Kentucky. World-port (UPS Air Hub) is based in Louisville and my father took a position with the "Big Brown Machine." After education in Louisville, The University of Kentucky called. Go Cats!
A "temporary" summer job at the front desk was my first position and started my hospitality career as Front Desk Associate, then I transitioned to numerous positions such as Front Desk Supervisor, Assistant Front Office Manager, Purchasing Manager, Outlets Manager, Catering Sales Manager, Business Travel Sales Manager, Sales Manager, Senior Sales Manager, Director of Group Sales, Director of Sales and Events.
How many people can honestly say they knew hotel management was a career choice in high school? Exactly.
I have worn many hats in my career so far and enjoy working with people on a successful event. My favorite part is introducing them to the city of Louisville. My advice to anyone seeking a career in hospitality, make sure to choose an industry brand which has a proven track record of investing in their employees with proper training. Be patient and take time to master each position as you are promoted. This will prove to be extremely beneficial as you build your career.