Hometown: Originally from the Austin TX area, I moved to Fort Worth about 6 years ago.
Occupation: Area Director of Sales for the Hampton Inn and Residence Inn Fort Worth Alliance Airport
Ideal Day in Fort Worth: I have two small boys who love the outdoors just as much as I do. A typical day in Fort Worth would be to grab lunch at Central Market at Fort Worth's West Side. The boys love the slide so we would then head over to Trinity Park to play on the playground and enjoy a ride on the Train! We may catch dinner at Jakes Burgers and then walk it off with a nice stroll in Sundance Square.
How would you describe Fort Worth to a visitor? Fort Worth is a rapidly growing city with a smalltime feel. This city has reserved the culture of "Where the West Begins" offering live bull riding, cattle drives, the best shops for western wear and the best country dancing ever! Fort Worth also offers Scat Jazz Lounge, the best spot for Jazz, The Bass Concert Hall to catch an opera, an array selection of museums and a diverse selection of restaurants- City of Cowboys and Culture!
What do you like most about working in the tourism/hospitality industry? Every day is an adventure in this industry. One day, I could be in the dining room to assist with cleaning tables and picking up dishes. In the next few minutes, I'm back on the phones or in my car to find new business opportunities. I meet new people on a daily basis and each day offers a new batch of challenges. At the end of the day, "another satisfied customer!" and that's the most rewarding part of my career!
What is the biggest surprise visitors have about Fort Worth? There's so much to do in Fort Worth and it has something for everyone!
What makes Fort Worth different than any other destination? Fort Worth is an extremely diverse city offering a small-town feel with so much to do including adult nightlife, entertainment for the family, bull riding to catching an play at the concert hall.