Chris understands the importance of good first impressions – as a well-trained associate and as a new hotel property. Responsible for making sure each LBA property is ready before opening its doors to guests, he oversees the myriad of details involved with bringing each hotel and each team member in line with LBA standards.
Before joining LBA, Chris worked in the food and beverage industry, learning patience and developing invaluable communication skills. He first put this experience to work for LBA in 1999, working the front desk at one of the company’s hotels. Putting in many years of hard work, Chris thrived in LBA’s “promote from within” culture, moving his way up to become Director of Openings and Procurement
In his current role, Chris works as the liaison between suppliers, new employees, revenue management and hotel leaders, ensuring that associates are properly trained, and facilities fully stocked and fully functioning prior to opening. In addition to facilitating negotiations and transactions with suppliers, he develops systems and procedures to maintain fiscal responsibility, quality assurance and company standards across all LBA properties.
Sharing the company’s commitment to serving the community, Chris was the first-ever recipient of the LBA CARES Award. He was the recipient of the Marriott Service Award while at the Residence Inn Huntsville, Alabama.
Chris loves the sunshine and takes every opportunity he can to be outdoors, whether at the beach, boating or completing a daily Fitbit challenge.