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John Schafer was recently named the managing director for Hyatt Regency Houston.
1. What are you looking forward to most in your new role?
I am excited to be back in Texas again in a completely renovated hotel with a great team of experienced colleagues as the economy rebounds and business returns to normal in Houston.
2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?
In my career with Hyatt I have had the great fortune to work in many large cities and convention hotels to prepare me for this latest opportunity.
3. How did you get into this industry?
My father was in the hotel business so I literally grew up in it. My first job many years ago was washing pots and I have worked in every position in a hotel over the years.
4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?
After the complete renovation of our hotel I look forward to reestablishing Hyatt Regency Houston as the city’s premier destination for business travel, corporate meetings and events.
5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?
I have a genuine passion for hospitality and love that no two days are alike –there is always a new challenge that makes this business new and exciting every day.