Hilton Garden Inn
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
My greatest personal accomplishment is without doubt my marriage to my wonderful wife. I know I would not be where I am in my life or career without her support, patience and guidance. Professionally, I am most proud of being a leader at the Hilton Garden Inn and being a team member of the #1 hotel property in the area on TripAdvisor.
What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years I plan to be even more involved in my community with civic interests. My goal is to be on at least one additional board and I also hope to expand my volunteer opportunities. And of course I also plan on growing my talent and experiences in my field with Hotel Investment Services, Inc. Personally, I hope to convince my wife that building a house instead of buying will actually be worth the stress in the end. I have much more confidence in the professional goals.
What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?
My most philanthropic achievement (which actually relates to an ultimate professional goal) would be using my work expertise in my personal time assisting individuals/businesses to achieve their own goals and potentials. I have an extensive Food & Beverage background in Hospitality and have been using this knowledge to help assist with the culinary program at the Laramie High School. I also have helped to create menus, brainstorm ideas for events and just provide professional advice to area businesses such as The Library Sports Grille & Bar and several local, privately owned hospitality companies. I hope to grow and develop my mentorship abilities to see local Laramie businesses thrive.
What action/event that you've been a part of, that you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie?Or are you most proud of?
I take great pride in many of the events I have taken part in since my return to Laramie 3 years ago, and I know they are all very beneficial to the city of Laramie. I’ve assisted with planning, organizing and participating in two Evening at the Ivinson’s, their annual summer Garden Gala. Events like this help to bring attention and support to this beautiful historic site and works to preserve an integral part of the story of Laramie. And looking towards the future, I was an extremely proud participant of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Laramie High School. Seeing what LHS is now able to provide for our young people, and the growth that is has made, makes me proud to be an alumnus and excited to watch its future.
What excites you most about the future of Laramie?
The continued growth and development! I was away from Laramie for eight years and the expansions and progress that were made in that time are inspiring. And this growth has done nothing but continue since my return. More young entrepreneurs are breathing fresh air into the community, from arcade-themed restaurants to yoga studios. Our historic downtown features art exhibits, local crafts, festivals and so many other events that draw in visitors and provide a potential creative home and outlet that very few other areas in our state offer. All of this and more make it a very exciting time for our community. I hope to continue to be a part of it.
What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?
I feel much of my success has beendue to a positive attitude and a willingness to tackle any job that comes my way. I learned early on that to make myself valuable in the work place it will guarantee the success will come in time. Opportunities are rarely dropped at your feet, they require dedication, hard work and continuously moving forward to reach your goal. I have also been fortunate enough to have several valuable mentors in my career that have taught me by example.
What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?
Be willing to do about anything. Forget the phrase ‘not my job’. When you are in a meeting with coworkers and supervisors, be the individual that volunteers or isn’t afraid to speak up.. Be the “go to” person of your organization. Conversely, it’s also importantto know when to say “no” and to be able to ask for help when you need it.