Born and raised in South Texas, Fernando made his way back to Austin after starting his White Lodging journey more than 7 years ago at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis. He quickly moved in to leadership roles giving him more responsibility in that hotel.
When the opportunity to advance his career AND get back to South Texas presented itself, Fernando jumped at the opportunity – anxious to help open one of White Lodging’s first Hyatt-branded hotels in Downtown Austin. Fernando’s experience helped lead a very successful opening that ultimately received the Best Development Project and Operational Excellence awards from Hyatt and led to Lopez receiving the Engineering Manager of the Year Award.
The leadership qualities he displayed in his three years at the Hyatt Place, led Fernando back to the JW brand where he now serves as the Chief Engineer for the JW Austin. His co-workers know Fernando as the guy that can fix anything but he attributes his success to the teams he works with. In his words “success is what we can make happen as a team. One person cannot be successful without a whole team backing them up.”