31, Director of Sales & Marketing, Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News
Business and Civic Involvement:
Virginia Business Travel Association Sponsorship Chair; MPI Virginia; Virginia Society of Association Executives; Newport News Hospitality Association; Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, LEAD Peninsula Class of 2020; tHRive Young Professionals; Virginia Peninsula Foodbank; LINK of Hampton Roads
What is something that makes you stand out professionally?
I’m not sure that fitting in has ever really been a strength of mine, so there’s that.
Who or what keeps you motivated or inspires you?
I do my best to embrace a growth mindset which keeps me motivated and focused on continuous improvement. As a new leader over the last few years, watching my team continue to grow has been inspiring in ways that I didn’t anticipate.
Tell us about an accomplishment that you’re proud of.
I had the opportunity to help establish two global task forces, Diversity & Inclusion and Digital Innovation, for Meeting Professionals International. Both were incredible opportunities to collaborate with people from around the world in areas that I am passionate about.
How do you feel your industry can best respond to the effects of COVID-19?
COVID-19 has obviously had a major impact on the hospitality industry. Based on what I have seen so far, I think we have the opportunity to come out of this an even more collaborative and connected industry if we continue to create the future rather than wait for it.
What new idea or development are you excited about in Coastal Virginia?
I’m really excited to see new projects come to life here in Coastal Virginia from organizations like NASA. Through my experience in the LEAD program, I came away with a new appreciation for the amount of innovation and advanced technology we have in the area.
What’s the most important aspect you look for in a workplace?
I think that company culture and work environment are important aspects to consider, but I would argue that the leadership style and management style of your direct boss are the most important.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in your current position?
I’ve been in the hospitality and travel industries for most of my life, so I am not sure if I would be too far. But, if I had to choose something different, I think I would be interested in commercial real estate and asset management.
What’s your favorite spot to relax in Coastal Virginia?
I would put a sunny day on Fort Monroe at Oozlefinch Brewing up against any of the other suggestions.