What is a Hospitalitarian?
White Lodging is a company of Hospitalitarians.
A Hospitalitarian brings the virtue of hospitality to life. Someone who, in their DNA, feels good by making other people feel good.
Here at White Lodging, we know that business, like life, is how you make people feel.
There’s no one type of Hospitalitarian, and the diversity of our people is what makes every experience unique.
Learn about some of our Hospitalitarians here – how they inspire, grow and thrive through their natural drive and heart for hospitality.
Persona of a Hospitalitarian
What makes up a Hospitalitarian? At the core is the inherent spirit to serve. Our Hospitalitarians also embody White Lodging’s values. Click on each number to learn more about our values and how each associate brings them to life.
61% of all director-level and above leadership roles in the Louisville market are held by females, including some who have been nominated as the “Most Admired Woman in Hospitality”. These Hospitalitarians blaze trails and allow others to look up to follow similar successful career paths. We couldn’t be prouder of all the talented women driving a supportive and successful culture in their hotels and restaurants.
A Hospitalitarian needs to dynamically adjust to their environments to provide the best personalized service possible. Jennifer first started at White Lodging in 2007 and now oversees 4 hotels in her role as Market Director of Sales & Marketing, each with a distinct customer base. From sophisticated travelers to party animals to families needing a long-term stay, she is able to ensure each guest has the type of experience they expect and deserve.
Being a Hospitalitarian in the field of Human Resources is taking that genuine care for others and investing it into the people that we work with. In her 13 years with the company, Kim has been a part of so many employees’ transformational journeys, where they start their career as a trainee and develop into successful leaders. She believes this is the most beautiful part of her role.
As the Director of Human Resources for the Whiskey Row Hotel Collection, the hotel’s associates are Tiffany’s guests. She has the opportunity every day to make a difference for them, big or small. When her associates are engaged and have the chance to thrive in their work environment, that will reflect on the guest’s satisfaction with the hotel. As a Hospitalitarian in HR, her most important goal is the growth of her associates’ careers.
Being a Hospitalitarian is just as essential behind the scenes as it is when in front of our guests. In almost 11 years of working in finance and accounting at White Lodging, Jeanette doesn’t have as much opportunity to interact with guests as other areas of the hotel do, so it is especially important for her to provide extraordinary support to all teams. Her goal is to ensure that they can do their very best every day.
As the General Manager of Aloft Louisville Downtown, Sarah’s own definition of what a Hospitalitarian is has evolved to encompass the ability to impact people’s lives through ongoing development and mentorship. Being a Hospitalitarian is as much about taking care of her people and fostering their growth as it is about taking care of her guests.
Hospitalitarians feel good just by making others feel good…and fed. Whether back-of-house or front-of-house, this Indianapolis-based culinary team is like a well-oiled machine serving thousands of guests on their busiest days.
After 15 years of putting guests first and working hard at his craft, Emilio is now the Executive Chef for OP Italian. He is a successful Hospitalitarian who finds satisfaction in providing quality food consistently and upholding high standards. It doesn’t matter what situation he is given, he puts being hospitable to his guests and associates above all else.
Rachel believes that true hospitality starts with those behind the scenes. The ones who prepare the dishes, fold the napkins and polish the glasses. The ones who braise for hours, cook with 800-degree broilers and place garnishes with precision on perfectly crafted plates. Each shift in her last 12 years at White Lodging she strives to bring her best self to work. As Executive Chef, Banquets, she is able to translate that into delicious food that creates an excellent experience.