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Cathy Doyle was recently appointed director of sales for Hotel Vin, opening in summer 2020.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?
I am most looking forward to sharing the story about all that Grapevine has to offer. I think people who may not be familiar with the area will soon realize that Grapevine—as part of the larger Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex—has a small-town charm that offers locals and visitors alike experiences filled with history, culture, discovery, and adventure.
2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?
Being in this industry for nearly two decades, you pick up a few things along the way. I have had some amazing career experiences and have had the opportunity to work with some great mentors and colleagues who have helped shape me into the professional I am today. I’m extremely familiar with the Oklahoma and Texas markets, as nearly my entire career has been spent in those two states. I feel like being the Director of Sales at Hotel Vin in Grapevine is the perfect role for me!
3. How did you get into the industry?
My first hospitality job was at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel as a convention services and catering assistant. I absolutely fell in love with the job, the industry, and the hotel – and it truly launched my career! The hotel professionals that first introduced me to the industry still remain as friends and mentors.
4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?
I want to set the standard for Hotel Vin as Grapevine’s first boutique hotel. Being attached to Harvest Hall, a European-style food hall with seven kitchens, two bars, and a stunning public/private as well as a 38,000 SF plaza for outdoor activities, all make this such a unique property that serves as the perfect complement to the city and all it has to offer. Travelers visit Grapevine for many reasons – the arts, culture, festivals, etc. – and my goal is for them to be absolutely taken aback by their experience to the point that they cannot wait to return!
5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?
The opportunity to meet and interact with people from all over the world and with different backgrounds is what I enjoy most about the industry. I've met some amazing and fascinating people throughout my career, and my life is enriched because of it. With Hotel Vin being just six minutes away from DFW International Airport—the third most connected airport in the entire U.S.—I believe I am going to have so many more wonderful opportunities.