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Makeready is guided by a carefully collected group of independently-minded leaders. We are committed to empowering curiosity through all that we do. With expertise ranging from strategy and design to branding and operations, we are equipped to do any job. But above all we are consummate students of our craft—dedicated to learning from every endeavor, and building momentum along the way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re heading to New York City, call Deirdre first. A Long Island native, pro traveler and professed Big Apple lover, you can bet she’ll happily assemble an itinerary like no other. One thing she loves, be it for herself or others, is a good plan.
Free-spirited. Wholehearted. Powered by something we all possess and should tap into more often: Perspective. Even with a creative vision in sharp focus, Riley sees the big picture, making him the perfect keeper of all Makeready brands.
Maybe it’s his Southern roots, or his abiding love of people. Either way, William is big on relationships. Being one of ten siblings, both biological and adopted, and all of whom he loves dearly, could have something to do with it, too.
Before it was a name-branded thing to do, young Leigh and her parents spent summers in others’ homes around the globe. Worldly travels and otherworldly hospitality galvanized Leigh’s appreciation for both — and, her bravery. She once moved from NYC to San Francisco without knowing a Cali soul. Today, she maps seamless online experiences for our guests, hosts dinner parties, reads feverishly, and still leaps at every opportunity for adventure, big or small.
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.
Molly loves design. And dancing.
Dance, much like design, is at its best when familiar meets freestyle. When repetition meets the unpredictable. When one woman is moved by both old-school hip hop—and Irish music.
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.
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.
Amanda knows that to truly lead people, you have to understand them. So it’s with a deep understanding and appreciation of her team that she describes them as food and beverage ninjas. We say it takes one to know one.
Comfort food comes in all forms, all rich with flavor. The best recipes are rich with historical and cultural significance, too—maybe even a few family secrets. Crab stew comes to mind when Wes Morton thinks of comfort food and of his own history.
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.
Work hard. Stay humble. That is Frank in four words. Since the principle of simplicity has inspired his life’s work as a chef, we couldn’t help but try and boil down exactly what makes Frank so good at what he does. Dedication. Humility. And, a lot of practice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When she’s not brain-deep in budget planning or forecasting, you can find Gia doing what she loves best–being home with her family, reading, playing and sharing stories of her childhood in Ecuador. She enjoys helping our team make wise long-term financial decisions.
Kendra lives to travel. Following a three week trip to Europe, she set a goal to visit one new country every year. Wandering independently helps her remain both a big-picture thinker, always able to see the global view, and also one who can zoom in and analyze nitty-gritty details. When she’s not journeying or problem-solving, she’s likely exploring the latest binge-worthy show or happy houring on a sunny patio somewhere.
From minding the books to backing our on-site accounting teams, this Gun Barrel City, TX native stays ready for anything. Placing a high value on kindness, she tackles challenges with a smile, and whether she’s wrangling expenses or shaping her two daughters into strong young women, Heather’s determination keeps her (and us) going. Her reward for a job well done? Napping like a pro, or dreaming by way of a good book.
Matt’s more than a numbers guy. He’s a true believer in hospitality, understanding that humbly caring for others is the most gratifying work there is. He champions teamwork and bringing people together, whether bridging Makeready’s finance and operations teams, or planning dinner for his wife and friends. During downtime, Matt refuels outdoors: Cycling, golfing, hiking, snowboarding—taking on any physical challenge requiring positive momentum, much like he brings to Makeready every day.
Chris has loved computers since he was young. A father now himself, and a California-born, Hawaii-raised appreciator of French hospitality and culture, he also loves connecting with people. At Makeready, Chris wires up everything we need to keep our teams humming and to give our guests the best Wi-Fi possible. At home, he unplugs with family barbecues, music and his guitar—or by watching the Kansas City Chiefs do what they do best.
John sees how things work from the inside, out — whether it’s a two-way radio or the connections that keep our team up and running. His toolkit? Attention to detail, patience and perseverance. When this Austin native isn’t taking things apart, he disconnects from it all on a golf course, fishing dock, or by assembling something delicious for his wife, son and friends. The dream? Smoking a brisket in Bora Bora.