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Tara Wurtz and David Noel were recently hired as director of sales and marketing and general manager of Cambria Hotel Milwaukee Downtown.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?
Tara Wurtz: I am looking forward to the uniqueness of this property. It is upscale and sophisticated and it will really WOW travelers and residents of the greater Milwaukee area. Being part of the team opening the first Cambria property in Milwaukee is truly exciting, and I cannot wait to begin serving our guests.
David Noel: I am looking forward to developing an incredible team of A Players that super service the guest at every opportunity. As the general manager, I also aim to create an inviting and elevated culture in the hotel. We are hiring teammates that are nice, highly engaged and accountable, and I look forward to seeing how we all develop together.
2. How do you think experiences have prepared you for this role?
TW: I have opened hotels in the past, and each one goes differently. Having been part of the process from start to finish has taught me to be prepared for uncertainty and change but also has shown me how rewarding opening a new hotel can be. Now as director of sales and marketing, I can truly say with 100% certainty that nothing can come close to this amazing property. We are able to bring pieces of Milwaukee’s history into this hotel and will enjoy telling our story to all of our travelers in a way other luxury hotels have never done.
DN: I have been surrounded by positive, mature and high performing professionals since I started in the industry more than 10 years ago. I am thankful to them, and I am excited to build a new team from the ground up. I have spent 8 years as a general manager and have coached teams to achieve the highest quality guest experience and quality assurance and know this will assist in cultivating a wonderful hotel experience at the Cambria Hotel Milwaukee Downtown.
3. How did you get into the industry?
TW: I began my career in the hospitality industry more than 15 years ago as a director of catering sales for two different properties in Madison, Wisconsin. While at those hotels, I started down a path that is so fulfilling, as the opportunities are endless in this industry.
DN: I moved to Oklahoma City for a job with a reputable hotel company as a front desk agent. It was my first job in the service industry following my first career, which was in the manufacturing industry. While in these original roles, I yearned to get into the service industry and into hospitality because I had worked throughout high school, college and graduate school in the industries in different fashions.
4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?
TW: I am hoping to be able to share a story with our travelers and guests and bring great success to the Cambria Hotel Milwaukee Downtown. With this, we ultimately hope to make a great impact on the Milwaukee economy and the hospitality and tourism industries as the newest property in the city. This property represents an evolution that is happening in Milwaukee that everyone is a part of, whether they simply live in Milwaukee or are staying in town for a business trip.
DN: I am hoping to run an efficient hotel with clean rooms and kind, caring teammates.
5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?
TW: I enjoy the fast-paced diversity of every day. Nothing compares to hospitality sales and marketing because I get to interact with a wide spectrum of clients for different reasons.
DN: I enjoy that I have the opportunity to develop leaders and see them flourish. As someone who has changed careers and adjusted my path to join the hospitality industry, getting to assist people on their own professional journeys is extremely fulfilling. There is so much comradery in the hospitality industry, and the strong sense of loyalty and teamwork is the best part of the job.