Kathleen Hollis a.k.a. “K”
Director of Development
Not many people say their favorite number is 13, but Kathleen isn’t like most people. A self-described “hotel dork,” Kathleen went to the Hotel School at Cornell University with one goal in mind – a career in hospitality. Graduating in 2013, K is a relative newbie to the industry, but has already worked for Wells Fargo and has proven to be a valuable asset to Evolution Hospitality. She admits that being exposed to so many hospitality visionaries is what piqued her interest in Evo, and was initially surprised by the lack of ego in the company. “I feel like my opinion is listened to and valued by even the most senior leaders,” she said. K loves working alongside so many industry experts to solve challenges and issues as they arise, learning from each one along the way. Driven to succeed, Kathleen’s positive attitude and boundless energy never ceases even in the face of the most daunting task. Not one to get complacent, she loves taking on new responsibilities and learning new tasks.
It’s that same energy and optimism with which K tackles her daily life. Originally from Boston, she travels back to Bean Town regularly to visit her parents and younger sister, Erin, and says she has close friends all over the East Coast. Always on the go, when Kathleen isn’t racking up air miles, she’s most at home outdoors, especially at the beach or in the ocean. In her off time she ditches the business casual look for her favorite Lululemon athletic garb in pursuit of any kind of physical activity. Whether she’s running, hiking, or biking, exercise isn’t just something she does, it’s who she is.
K’s favorite Guiding Principle is “Celebrate success wildly” because she believes that it’s important to enjoy your accomplishments and thinks that the key to a happy life is balance. “Life’s too short to be serious all the time,” Kathleen stated. We agree.
- Evolution Hospitality, 2014 – Present
- Director of Development
- Wells Fargo Hospitality Finance Group, 2013 – 2014
- Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, 2009 – 2013
- Capital Hotel Management, 2012
- Boston Financial Data, 2011
- Trump SoHo, 2010