Posts in Leadership
Brett Orlando

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.

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Justin Fields

Growing up, Justin absorbed the essence of hospitality. His mother demonstrated the power of people-first kindness and incredible food. His father made it clear that both hard work and generosity yield reward. His brother imparted open mindedness and a deep appreciation for the arts. While graduating culinary school enabled Justin to pursue his passion of becoming a chef, his family gets extra credit for the early seeds of inspiration.

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Scott Simms

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.

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Lisa Welch

Lisa is a born matchmaker. Relationships, both personal and professional, mean the world to her. So while discovering dream talent may be work to some, Lisa considers the pursuit a passion and an obsession. Her kitchen table serves as her home office, and a sacred place for spending quality downtime doing what she loves: Seeking out amazing people, enjoying good wine, and indulging in fabulous meals prepared by her husband.  

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Liz Katz

Liz knows people. Her curiosity and patience have guided a lifelong study of their strengths, shortcomings and spirit. Part detective, part explorer, she understands the importance of experiencing other cultures and doing things differently. And she knows full well the value of hard work—that it’s a means, not an end, for defining what we love to do. 

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Codi Rich

To Codi, happiness comes in many forms. Nachos, podcasts and Harry Potter top the list, alongside time at home with her fiancé, daughter, son, dog Cannon, and lovebird Phoenix. Codi also loves helping others, solving problems, and making sure everyone’s experience on our team is something to smile about. Even when work requires a little extra elbow grease, Codi knows just what to do: Stay positive. Work hard. And make nachos.

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Kathryn Piepho

Kathryn spends weekdays and days off in the same place: Outside the box. A hiker, gardener and explorer of new cities, she’s known for creative problem solving and masterful multi-tasking—and, always keeping her cool under pressure. A steadfast believer in her own personal growth, we’re thrilled to have Kathryn helping to push the limits of what we can achieve together.

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Kathi Lavine

Whether heading to Paris, France or Paris, Texas, Kathi adores adventure. Closer to home, alongside her daughter or friends, she explores museums, galleries and restaurants. Her love for travel explains why Kathi’s worked in hospitality for over 30 years. And her appreciation for numbers and new worlds explains why Monopoly (played as banker, naturally) will always be her favorite game. Kathi’s the perfect teammate to keep us growing—and playing by the rules.

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