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Laura Presnol is the senior director of talent acquisition at White Lodging, headquartered in Merrillville. Although she is one of the top managers at the company that operates 170 hotels,…


Laura Presnol is the senior director of talent acquisition at White Lodging, headquartered in Merrillville. Although she is one of the top managers at the company that operates 170 hotels, her career in hospitality started when she took a front desk job at a hotel owned by another company while in college.

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White Lodging Services Corporation, established in 1985, is one of the leading ownership, development, and management companies in America. An innovative trendsetter, the organization’s portfolio includes convention, urban lifestyle, and suburban select service hotels with more than $1 billion in revenue. White Lodging operates more than 90-premium hotels, 30 restaurants and 30 brands — including a collection of independent, luxury ranches – comprised of Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt, and InterContinental Hotel Group — in 19 states. Success knows no boundaries at White Lodging, where associates and leadership have consistently earned superior guest satisfaction scores, top market share and industry-leading profit margins while recruiting the best, brightest, and most passionate professionals in every discipline for three decades. White Lodging is a proud winner of the 2018 Gallup Great Workplace Award.