• Q&A: John Schafer, Managing Director, Hyatt Regency Houston

    POSTED January 18, 2021

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com.

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.

Seven years ago, I moved to The Woodlands from out of state to be closer to family. What I was hoping to find was a familial connection that had been missing ever since I moved away from Indiana, where I was born and raised. What I found, however, was so much more: An eclectic, diverse and welcoming community that I am so proud to call home. I also found a wonderful destination for meetings and events.


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Created by a bartender at Sheraton Dallas Hotel’s popular restaurant Open Palette, the Local Apple cocktail is made with whiskey handcrafted by Dallas distillery Herman Marshall.

To make the Local Apple, combine:

— 2 oz. Herman Marshall Whiskey

— 1 oz. egg white

— ¾ oz. lemon juice