President and CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)
Based in: Plano, Texas
Additional roles: Executive committee, U.S. Travel Association; executive committee, Meetings Mean Business Coalition; board member, ASAE; co-chair, EIC’s APEX Task Force on COVID-19 Recovery; FICP, Influence Committee
How I got here: I am one of the many who fortunately fell into the industry by pure accident. My career started bussing tables in San Antonio, and a world of opportunity and an industry I love was introduced to me from that point on.
A specific improvement I’ve made: This year in particular allowed ALHI the opportunity to become a resource to both our member and client community. So many people were in search of a place to be part of a support community for education, information and encouragement. We made sure to offer a place for people to come to learn and maintain a bit of hope in the most difficult time our industry has ever experienced.
What I'd tell my younger self: First, ‘Get over yourself’—your success will be dependent on those you inspire, guide and lead. It’s not about you! Second, know that life will go much faster than you could ever expect, so it is OK to be patient with others and yourself.
Greatest career accomplishment: There have been so many successes along the way that it is difficult to pinpoint a single accomplishment. As with all great success stories, it is filled with the work of so many amazing, talented team members who I have been fortunate to call my teammates throughout the years. My most fulfilling moments are seeing the many individuals who I have in some small way helped along the way develop their careers and assisted in achieving their life goals. It really is all about the people—as cliche as that may sound.
What I do outside of work: I love to read, watch senseless TV, listen to music and enjoy culinary journeys of all types.
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