After nearly a decade with White Lodging, Fermin Monreal considers coworkers a part of his family — figuratively and literally. Both he and his wife work at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas.
Fermin found White Lodging when he worked for a wedding cake company that delivered to the Radisson in Merrillville, Indiana. His culinary training gave him an eye for kitchens, and he liked the hotel’s setup. So he jumped at the chance when a banquet chef position opened up. Before long, his talents led him to the newly-opened JW Marriott Indianapolis, where he spent time as both a Sous Chef and a Kitchen Supervisor. His success at the JW led to another new opportunity, helping open the JW Marriott in Austin as Senior Event Services Manager, where his wife made the family complete by joining the staff in Rooms Control.
Now he says his job helps him appreciate an event’s success beyond the kitchen and across departments. This allows him to focus on his own big-picture career goals while helping his entire team — and his family — achieve their dreams.