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Christopher Anderson was recently named director of sales & marketing of Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?
I look forward to collaborating with the team to further position Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas. The hotel is so unique to the Las Vegas market given that it is gaming-free and smoke-free, yet in the center of the Strip. Our intimate size (389 rooms) allows for unparalleled luxury service. With renovation plans in the works, it is very exciting to know we will not only be the benchmark for the Waldorf Astoria brand but for what the luxury customer expects when visiting Las Vegas.
2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?
Every destination and hotel are unique and there are always takeaways from each experience that prepare you for the next opportunity. I am most grateful for my rooms division background as it provided a better understanding of the day-to-day operation. As a sales leader, I am focused on setting the hotel up for success today and in the future.
3. How did you get into the industry?
As a college student I valeted cars. From there I moved into banquet bartending and jumped at any opportunity for on-call work. I was constantly learning. The more I volunteered the more I was encouraged to grow. Eventually I was given the opportunity to open a resort in my hometown of Huntington Beach and work in Guest Services. That experience cemented my path in hospitality.
4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?
To help position and secure Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas as the premier luxury location for meetings and events. And of course to have some fun along the way!
5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?
I love growing talent and helping people achieve their professional goals. Working with my team to create a plan and seeing them achieve success is the best part of my job. This industry is so small and seeing people I have worked with move into different roles and grow their careers is an awesome feeling.