NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Daniel Willis

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Daniel Willis Daniel Willis is the General Manager of the Aloft Nashville-Cool Springs. Dan has 16 years of General Manager experience from several different properties primarily within Marriott branded hotels. Dan has expertise in managing both full service and select/limited/focused service operations. Dan has earned accomplishments over the years to include the Silver Award for exceptional Overall Satisfaction from Marriott International, the Excalibur Awards from White Lodging Services highlighting his teams’ excellence in the areas of Guest Focus, Employee Relations and Profitability, and the Gold Award for Overall Satisfaction from Marriott International. Dan was also recognized as Service Excellence General Manager of the Year [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Jennye Williams

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Jenneye Williams Jennye Williams is Senior Sales Manager at the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown Hotel. Jennye is a native Nashvillian and has spent her entire career in the Hospitality industry. She graduated from McGavock High School in Nashville with Honors, and started her hospitality career at Opryland USA theme park at 16 years of age, while still in school. She continued her path in hospitality, moving into the Hotel sector when Union Station Hotel was converted from a train station to a beautiful hotel. That move led her to the Sheraton Music City Hotel where she held many Manager and Director positions. After serving [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Billie Joyce

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Billie Joyce Wine educator Billie Joyce is passionate about the grape. An avid student of oenology, Ms. Joyce holds the WSET*DIPLOMA; and is now officially a student of the prestigious Institute of Masters of Wine program. After an extensive background in the food and wine industry, which included both front and back-of-the-house experience in Fine Dining and Catering, Billie moved into retail several years ago, and quickly found herself enjoying two years as Assistant Manager and Buyer at Mallory Lane Wine and Spirits in Franklin, TN followed by two years as General Manager and Buyer at J. Barleycorn Wine and Spirits in Nashville, TN. [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Meghan Michel

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Meghan Michel My first job was a barista at a local coffee shop when I was 15. I have been hooked on the hospitality industry ever since. Throughout my life I have worked as a host, cashier, server, bartender, lead trainer, “fill-in” cook, banqueter and manager. Currently, I am a Manager of Real Estate for Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores, Inc. While I definitely enjoy the travel component, the best part of my job is that, if I do my job well, I help to create 200 jobs in every community that we go in. That is a feeling like no other, to be [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Philip Forte

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Philip Forte Philip Forte is general manager of 21c Museum Hotel Nashville where he oversees all hotel operations, sales, and community and guest relations. The property, which opened in 2017, is a historic rehabilitation of downtown’s Gray & Dudley Building and features 10,500 square feet of contemporary art exhibition and event space, Gray & Dudley restaurant and bar, and 124 hotel rooms. Forte has honed his skills in a number of leadership posts with both boutique and branded properties. Most recently, he served as general manager of 21c Museum Hotel Louisville. During that time, he led the property to achieve its highest revenue month, [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Bret Hoffman

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Bret Hoffman Bret Hoffman resides as the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown Conference Center, located in the heart of Music City. As DOSM of the largest Holiday Inn Express in the nation, Bret leads a highly effective and motivated team by pulling from over 12 years of sales and leadership experience within the hospitality sector. Coming from a proud family lineage of Boilermakers, Bret himself attended Purdue University, majoring in Hospitality Management with a minor in Business. His continued passion for hospitality led Bret to an internship in Fort Lauderdale, subsequently resulting in him joining the opening [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Shemeka Hamilton

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Shemeka Hamilton I have over 10 years’ experience working in the hospitality industry. I began my career working at the Holiday Inn Express on Broadway and I am currently apart of the opening team at the Fairlane Hotel. I have become well rounded in the hospitality industry throughout the years working in both the Front Office and Housekeeping departments. I have a strong passion for service and attention to detail. My goal has always been and will remain to make a lasting impression and build relationships with others.

NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Kim Vann

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Kim Vann I grew up on Long Island New York, the youngest of three in an Italian family. My extended family is very large and our celebrations were even larger. I moved to Tennessee in 1986 at the age of 18. I met my husband David who is from Texas, we married in 1992 and have two sons Billy and Jesse- I am now the proud grandmother of two grandchildren. I started my Career in Hospitality Industry at Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in 1986. My goal was to become the Food and Beverage manager for the entire hotel. Throughout the years I held [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Ariele Foster

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Ariele Foster Ariele is a sales and marketing professional and a self-driven, dynamic and enthusiastic team player with a track record of creating and delivering memorable experiences and positive interactions with both external and internal guests. Ariele's impeccable written and oral communication skills have allowed her to cultivate beneficial relationships with clients while connecting them with resources to best fit their needs.

NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Persons In Personal Services, Food & Hospitality Recipient 2018: Kim Ferguson

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading Persons In Hospitality Kim Ferguson “Kim Ferguson works for the corporate office of La Quinta Hotels as a Regional Field Sales Manager. She has 30 plus years in the Middle Tennessee hospitality industry. Her hospitality career started while attending college at Belmont University. She started working at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt while in college and worked her way up to the Sales Department. Just a few of her accomplishments, Director of Sales and Marketing for the historic Hermitage Hotel Downtown Nashville, Opening Director of Sales for the Homewood Suites in the old historic Doctor’s building downtown Nashville and Director of Sales for the Hyatt Place Brentwood. She [...]