• Q&A: Kelly Snyder, general manager, Emery

     
    POSTED June 24, 2019
     

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 kassidy.tarala@tigeroak.com.

Kelly Snyder was recently appointed general manager of Emery.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?

I am mostly looking forward to developing my team and watching them do what they love. 
 
2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?

This is what I have been working toward since I started in this industry 22 years ago. Having spent years moving around the country and working every position within the hotel, you truly realize what it takes to run a hotel. It takes a village and to be a leader you need to remember where you were. I do always say that I don’t need to be the smartest person in the room – I just have to hire the smartest people and that is what makes a great GM; being humble is imperative. 

3. How did you get into the industry?

I got into this industry kind of by chance. When I had to pick my major in college I was not quite sure what my calling was, as most 19-year-old kids don’t! At the time, I thought that working in this industry sounded like one big party! Nothing sounded better than traveling and meeting new people, so I went for it. I started in the front office and worked desk shifts (and even bartended) throughout college.
 
4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?      

What I hope to accomplish is what any GM hopes to, and that is success. Competition drives me and is something that I have grown to love. It helps having a unique product like Emery, which presents limitless opportunities for our team to provide unparalleled experiences for our guests.
 
5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?

I think my father said it best: “ They pay you to have that much fun.” I say that only as he was a vice president for Kraft Foods, and his days were very different than what my days are! Overall, I enjoy getting to develop talent, connect with amazing people, and being a part of something that is unique and special. Understanding that you are not on an island you must include your team and work to develop your talent. I love when I hear that someone wants my job. It reminds me that it's my responsibility to develop our future leaders!

Clayton van Hooijdonk was fficially appointed to the new role as director of food and beverage at The Resort at Pelican Hill on Oct. 21, 2019.

 

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 kassidy.tarala@tigeroak.com.

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?

 

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 kassidy.tarala@tigeroak.com.

Feisal Jaffer was recently appointed global head of Hilton.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?