Hired August 19, 2003
First Evo Position: Front Desk Agent
Current Evo Position: General Manager
HOW DID YOU COME TO WORK WITH OUR COMPANY? TELL US YOUR STORY.
I was 19 years old and had already held numerous jobs but hadn’t found my true calling yet. My best friend was a front desk agent at the DoubleTree San Diego – Hotel Circle and referred me for an open position on the desk. Three interviews later and I was hired. From there I never looked back: hospitality had won my heart.
Mark Lewis, General Manager of the DoubleTree at the time, recognized my interest in growing in the industry and took me under his wing. I was allowed to fill in as the Front Office Manager when the hotel’s Director of Operations was sent to open another property. Within six months, I led the team to success, achieving the highest guest satisfaction score the hotel had ever seen. I was officially promoted to Front Office Manager but took every opportunity to task force at new hotels, learning the business from the ground up. My first GM jobs were interim positions at new acquisitions or hotels in transition, but I was recently promoted to permanent GM at the Hampton Inn & Suites San Diego/Mission Valley.
THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB OR WORKING FOR EVOLUTION HOSPITALITY
I learned to trust the process and knew if I worked hard it would be recognized and rewarded. I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve received. I like that the company is constantly evolving and growing, since things never get boring. Evolution takes really good care of their associates and I enjoy all the wonderful people I get to spend my time with.
FAVORITE GUIDING PRINCIPLE: NONE OF US IS AS GOOD AS ALL OF US.
My favorite Guiding Principle is “None of us is as good as all of us.” I feel that the collaboration and strength in working together is the reason we can accomplish so much more.
MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT YOU THAT’S NOT WORK-RELATED
I can sometimes be a goof, but I find that my self-deprecating humor usually is a good way to win over my team.