KONSTANTINOS LALIOTIS a.k.a. "Gus"
VP/Food & Beverage
Gus is Greek. He left his home in 1970 as a very young man and arrived in the United States seeking the American dream. Things weren't easy at first, but through very hard work, honesty, dedication, and a passion for food, wine and celebration Gus has accomplished his dream. As Evolution Hospitality's Vice President of Food & Beverage, Gus spends each and every day doing what he loves most. He loves to help orchestrate a great party or serve up a delicious meal, but Gus also enjoys the learning opportunities associated with taking on new hotels, meeting new people, and fixing things that can benefit from his expertise. First stop for Gus during any new property visit is the kitchen and back of the house; it's where he feels most at home.
Gus is also a perfect example of Evolution's mantra: "It's not how we work, it's how we live™." Food and wine are equally important to him outside of work. Gus and his wife Karrie enjoy trying new restaurants but when he really wants to relax Gus heads to his half-acre garden in Temecula to tend his rose bushes, pear and olive trees. Gus is equally passionate about his three children: Jordan, Chase and Acacia. And in a brilliant move to combine both of his loves, each of his children is named after one of his favorite wines or wineries: Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, Chase Cellars, and Acacia Vineyard.
Honesty is part of Gus' inner fiber and one of the reasons he really enjoys working with Evolution Hospitality. Having the freedom to be yourself at work and to speak your mind freely are as important to Gus as having plenty of opportunity to grow and the tools you need to do your job.
Gus' favorite Guiding Principle is "None of us is as good as all of us." Growing up Gus was rated one of the top soccer players in his state. His soccer coach continuously stressed that success was a team effort, not an individual thing - and the message stuck. Gus knows his success today is directly related to the great teams he works alongside at each of Evolution Hospitality's properties and is thankful to his coach for teaching him such an important lifelong lesson.
- Evolution Hospitality, 2011 - Present - VP, Food & Beverage
- Tarsadia Hotels, 2005 - 2011 - Director of Food & Beverage
- Destination Hotels & Resorts, 2002 - 2005
- Starwood Hotels & Resorts, 1990 - 2002
- Richfield Hospitality Service, 1980 - 1990