Christine Magrann is a gardener. A garden takes care, it takes hard work and respect, and even if you get it just right, a garden takes time. It is not something that happens overnight, because the secret of the successful garden is not just what you put on the surface, it’s the work you put into the soil.Read More
At first blush, you might think Brett Orlando is a bottom-line guy. His fierce get-the-job done attitude is as much a part of him as his native New York accent and infectious cheshire cat grin. But spend more than a moment with him and you’ll quickly realize what gets him out of bed in the morning goes well beyond the task at hand. Brett is driven by his desire to inspire those he works with—every single day.Read More
Stay positive, and anything is possible. A perfect mantra, and Brian’s guiding force in all he does, not just for himself, but in leading others. While sales and marketing tend to be goal- and results-oriented, Brian’s personal goals include celebrating, teaching and inspiring his team every day.Read More
Rebecca is a pioneer. An explorer. And a believer that good hospitality is inherent—that people either have it in them, or not. Having grown up in Saudi Arabia, traveled all over the United States, attended college in England and spent time with family in both the UK and Denmark, we believe she’s beyond qualified to make that call.Read More
Places — and people — inspire Eric’s altogether industrious and adventuresome spirit. The crystal clear lakes of his native Canada. Ambergris Caye, just off the coast of Belize. The hotel GM who changed Eric’s career path by inviting him to step out of audits, and into hospitality.Read More
In both Brian’s professional and personal life, he is a strong leader. Whether he’s tucking away ideas to help his teams succeed, or showing his son that Stockholm is best enjoyed by bicycle, guiding people comes naturally. Brian understands people intimately well. So well in fact, he’s trained others on the topic.
Shalina may work behind the scenes, but the sights, sounds and scenery of hotels are what first sparked her fascination with the world of hospitality. An avid traveler, first by her parents’ sides and now on her own, she’s as enchanted with going and seeing new places as ever before.Read More
At age 10, Christine found her creative soul in Greenwich Village. Growing up near New York City, Washington Square Park and Bleecker Bob’s Record Shop became hideaways she’d sneak to as often as possible, absorbing the street style, visually cataloguing ideas she could make her own. The cool, creative energy was magnetic.Read More
Kristie will be the first to tell you that inspiration comes with variety. And it probably won’t surprise you that someone with a curator’s eye and skill set seeks that inspiration in her travels. Whether abroad or just down the street, Kristie is always paying attention. She puts a high value on what she can learn from the materials, cultures, and people surrounding her. Most especially those with a different point of view.
In her own words, travel tunes Madi’s senses. Also drawing steady inspiration from people and their stories, she channels her well-fueled imagination into helping others feel welcome and inspired when they step into one of our shops. When she’s not helping us look our best, she’s probably enjoying an uncommonly good cup of coffee, humming a new indie tune, or basking in the company (and stories) of her favorite people.Read More
Michael doesn’t speak Italian, but his fluency in creating remarkable culinary experiences took root during tireless hours worked in a Florence, Italy kitchen. His secrets? Scratch-make everything. People before process. Employ systems. Practice empathy and open-mindedness. Fear routine. When he’s not putting this recipe into practice with our teams, Michael enjoys exploratory dining, winding down over oysters and beer after a day of fishing, and returning to Italy every chance he gets.Read More
Every chef has a secret ingredient. Elliot’s repertoire runs deep, down a special blend of talents that keep him (and his teams) sharp and steady. He can jump from barista to bartender, leader to coach, then back to chef. Outside the kitchen? From ski slopes to campsites and mountain bikes to motorcycles. He also builds his blend by dining out and studying local culture, always open to a dash of something new.Read More
Growing up in the great wide open can teach you a thing or two. For Scott, the steady fresh air of his Alabama upbringing taught him the importance of slowing down, and appreciating the world around him. The essence of hospitality, he now helps others do the same, whether he’s making our team or our guests feel completely at ease.Read More