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Manager in Training Program Testimonials

I am so thankful to Linchris for giving me the opportunity to grow within the company.
My Linchris career began in 2004, shortly after my son was born. I left a full-time position in the biotech field for a more flexible part-time position at a Linchris managed hotel as a Sales Manager. That's also around the time I fell in love with the hospitality and travel industry…
 
My Linchris career began in 2004, shortly after my son was born. I left a full-time position in the biotech field for a more flexible part-time position at a Linchris managed hotel as a Sales Manager. That's also around the time I fell in love with the hospitality and travel industry. Since marketing was my previous work experience and education, I approached my new Sales Manager position from a marketing perspective in a time when hotels were just getting their own independent websites. We, like many other hotels, had just launched a new website. My first hurdle to tackle was to make sure our hotel website was linked on every college and hospital website in Boston. Unknowing at the time, this proved to be an incredible revenue source.
 
From there I expanded my link building work and learned as much as I could about a new term called, Search Engine Optimization. It was not long before other General Managers within Linchris heard about our hotel's online success and asked if I could assist them too. One by one, this grew into the position I hold today. When I began working for Linchris, most of the social media sites we know of today did not exist. I learned by trial and error and reading non-stop, everything and anything I could find on SEO and SMO. Almost 15 year's later, I'm still in a constant state of learning and could not be more thankful to Linchris for giving me so many opportunities to grow within the company throughout the years.
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My Linchris career began in 2004, shortly after my son was born. I left a full-time position in the biotech field for a more flexible part-time position at a Linchris managed hotel as a Sales Manager. That's also around the time I fell in love with the hospitality and travel industry…
 
My Linchris career began in 2004, shortly after my son was born. I left a full-time position in the biotech field for a more flexible part-time position at a Linchris managed hotel as a Sales Manager. That's also around the time I fell in love with the hospitality and travel industry. Since marketing was my previous work experience and education, I approached my new Sales Manager position from a marketing perspective in a time when hotels were just getting their own independent websites. We, like many other hotels, had just launched a new website. My first hurdle to tackle was to make sure our hotel website was linked on every college and hospital website in Boston. Unknowing at the time, this proved to be an incredible revenue source.
 
From there I expanded my link building work and learned as much as I could about a new term called, Search Engine Optimization. It was not long before other General Managers within Linchris heard about our hotel's online success and asked if I could assist them too. One by one, this grew into the position I hold today. When I began working for Linchris, most of the social media sites we know of today did not exist. I learned by trial and error and reading non-stop, everything and anything I could find on SEO and SMO. Almost 15 year's later, I'm still in a constant state of learning and could not be more thankful to Linchris for giving me so many opportunities to grow within the company throughout the years.
Stacia Miele
Stacia Miele
- Online Marketing Director
Linchris Corporate Office
Linchris treats employees well and provides opportunities for professional advancement.
My interest in working for Linchris (11 years ago) was largely due to the company culture CEO and Founder, Chris Gistis, had established. As Linchris had a history of promoting talent from within the organization, and was a growing company, I felt I would have an opportunity to advance…
 
My interest in working for Linchris (11 years ago) was largely due to the company culture CEO and Founder, Chris Gistis, had established. As Linchris had a history of promoting talent from within the organization, and was a growing company, I felt I would have an opportunity to advance through the ranks. Fortunately for me, the Linchris executive team has allowed me to achieve steady growth throughout my tenure with the company.
 
I started out as a Guest Service Agent at the Best Western Boston in August of 2007. Soon thereafter, I became Front Office Supervisor and eventually the Front Office Manager. As this was my first experience in the industry, this hotel provided me the foundation for how Linchris operates and the importance of excellent customer service.
 
In October of 2008, I was hired as the Executive Housekeeper at the Holiday Inn Rockland, a position I held for nearly a year before leaving for 9 months to complete my Master's degree in Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Massachusetts. In June of 2010, I accepted my first General Manager role at the Comfort Inn Cape Cod a role I held for 2.5 years. In January 2013, I was promoted to General Manager of the Holiday Inn Salem, NH, a position I held for 1.5 years. In May 2014, I accepted the General Manager position at the Holiday Inn Rockland, a position I held for 1 year before taking over as the General Manager of the Doubletree by Hilton Milford, Ma. After Linchris purchased the Sheraton Tampa, Linchris asked if I would be interested in relocating down south to take over as the General Manager in July 2016. After 1 year in Tampa, Linchris purchased the Crowne Plaza Nashua in July 2017, a position I have held for just over a year now. After a $10 million renovation, we officially converted to the Doubletree by Hilton Nashua in late April 2018.
 
In my opinion, the reason Linchris has been so successful is largely due to their ability to retain talent. By treating employees well and providing opportunities for professional advancement, individuals like myself enjoy working for Linchris. Personally, I have always tried to surround myself with high quality and motivated individuals and this has allowed each of the hotels listed above to perform at a high level.
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My interest in working for Linchris (11 years ago) was largely due to the company culture CEO and Founder, Chris Gistis, had established. As Linchris had a history of promoting talent from within the organization, and was a growing company, I felt I would have an opportunity to advance…
 
My interest in working for Linchris (11 years ago) was largely due to the company culture CEO and Founder, Chris Gistis, had established. As Linchris had a history of promoting talent from within the organization, and was a growing company, I felt I would have an opportunity to advance through the ranks. Fortunately for me, the Linchris executive team has allowed me to achieve steady growth throughout my tenure with the company.
 
I started out as a Guest Service Agent at the Best Western Boston in August of 2007. Soon thereafter, I became Front Office Supervisor and eventually the Front Office Manager. As this was my first experience in the industry, this hotel provided me the foundation for how Linchris operates and the importance of excellent customer service.
 
In October of 2008, I was hired as the Executive Housekeeper at the Holiday Inn Rockland, a position I held for nearly a year before leaving for 9 months to complete my Master's degree in Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Massachusetts. In June of 2010, I accepted my first General Manager role at the Comfort Inn Cape Cod a role I held for 2.5 years. In January 2013, I was promoted to General Manager of the Holiday Inn Salem, NH, a position I held for 1.5 years. In May 2014, I accepted the General Manager position at the Holiday Inn Rockland, a position I held for 1 year before taking over as the General Manager of the Doubletree by Hilton Milford, Ma. After Linchris purchased the Sheraton Tampa, Linchris asked if I would be interested in relocating down south to take over as the General Manager in July 2016. After 1 year in Tampa, Linchris purchased the Crowne Plaza Nashua in July 2017, a position I have held for just over a year now. After a $10 million renovation, we officially converted to the Doubletree by Hilton Nashua in late April 2018.
 
In my opinion, the reason Linchris has been so successful is largely due to their ability to retain talent. By treating employees well and providing opportunities for professional advancement, individuals like myself enjoy working for Linchris. Personally, I have always tried to surround myself with high quality and motivated individuals and this has allowed each of the hotels listed above to perform at a high level.
Jeff Lang
Jeff Lang
- General Manager
DoubleTree by Hilton Nashua
I was offered the position and fell in love with my job!
I began my career with Linchris in 2011 as a part time front desk agent by Brett Loehr (Tybee). Although I started as very part time, Brett offered me the opportunity to take a leadership course within the community and train at the then Linchris owned Fairbanks Inn to become the FOM. After two years I decided to leave the Fairbanks to pursue a different path... It didn't take long for me to begin " helping out" when needed at the Comfort again. ( We can never stay away for long!) within 6 months I was offered the FOM position from the GM Brandy Donahue(San Antonio) and fell in love with my job. I worked as the FOM for the next 3+ years learning and training under Brandy. When the opportunity to move into the GM seat became available I made it clear I wanted the position and I've been happily managing the property since then! read more
I began my career with Linchris in 2011 as a part time front desk agent by Brett Loehr (Tybee). Although I started as very part time, Brett offered me the opportunity to take a leadership course within the community and train at the then Linchris owned Fairbanks Inn to become the FOM. After two years I decided to leave the Fairbanks to pursue a different path... It didn't take long for me to begin " helping out" when needed at the Comfort again. ( We can never stay away for long!) within 6 months I was offered the FOM position from the GM Brandy Donahue(San Antonio) and fell in love with my job. I worked as the FOM for the next 3+ years learning and training under Brandy. When the opportunity to move into the GM seat became available I made it clear I wanted the position and I've been happily managing the property since then!
Kirsten
Kirsten Goodhue
- General Manager
Comfort Inn St. Johnsbury Near Burke Mountain
I have participated in takeovers and recoveries for the company.
I started with Linchris at the Brighton property as an FOM in 2012, and then in November I became the GM there. In June of 2013 I accepted the GM position for Westerly. It was one of the first hotels Linchris purchased. I have been here since and in the winter I have participated in takeovers and recoveries for the company for these properties- Hotel 1620, Middletown, Daytona, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Chelsea, Myrtle Beach and Ashworth read more
I started with Linchris at the Brighton property as an FOM in 2012, and then in November I became the GM there. In June of 2013 I accepted the GM position for Westerly. It was one of the first hotels Linchris purchased. I have been here since and in the winter I have participated in takeovers and recoveries for the company for these properties- Hotel 1620, Middletown, Daytona, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Chelsea, Myrtle Beach and Ashworth
Alison
Alison Sperry
- General Manager
Pleasant View Inn
I have since relocated and am working as the General Manager in Myrtle Beach!
I started with Linchris in 2013 as the FOM at the DoubleTree in Milford.  I worked there for 2.5 years before I was promoted to Assistant General Manager at the DoubleTree Rockland where I worked for 3 months before being promoted to the General Manager at Hotel Boston where I worked for about a year and a half.  I have since relocated and am working as the General Manager at the Best Western Plus Gran Strand Inn and Suites, Myrtle Beach! read more
I started with Linchris in 2013 as the FOM at the DoubleTree in Milford.  I worked there for 2.5 years before I was promoted to Assistant General Manager at the DoubleTree Rockland where I worked for 3 months before being promoted to the General Manager at Hotel Boston where I worked for about a year and a half.  I have since relocated and am working as the General Manager at the Best Western Plus Gran Strand Inn and Suites, Myrtle Beach!
Garrett Smith
- General Manager
Best Western Plus Grand Strand Inn & Suites
After working at the hotel a few years prior, I started my position with Linchris as an FOM in 2007.
Started my position with Linchris as a Front Office Manager at the Hampton Inn Boston Logan in 2007. I had been employed there for a few years prior. I started as guest service agent, promoted to Reservations Manger, then Front Office Manager. I was then promoted in 2011 to Assistant General Manager.  In 2014 I became the General Manager. The hotel was sold in 2016 where I worked with the Revenue Management team for a few months until the agreement with my current Hotel Doubletree Boston Logan brought me back as a General Manager since November 2016. read more
Started my position with Linchris as a Front Office Manager at the Hampton Inn Boston Logan in 2007. I had been employed there for a few years prior. I started as guest service agent, promoted to Reservations Manger, then Front Office Manager. I was then promoted in 2011 to Assistant General Manager.  In 2014 I became the General Manager. The hotel was sold in 2016 where I worked with the Revenue Management team for a few months until the agreement with my current Hotel Doubletree Boston Logan brought me back as a General Manager since November 2016.
Cathy Cucchiello
- General Manager
DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea
A great company that believes in employees.
I have worked for Linchris for seven years. I was hired as a shuttle driver under Nick Pancoast at the 227 room Hampton Inn Boston Logan. A little over 6 months after that Cathy Cucciello promoted me to shuttle manager. In July of 2015 Danielle Otolo offered me the accounting clerk position at the Doubletree in Andover as I have a bachelor's degree in accounting from Fisher College.  I was in this position until October 2015 when Steve Gordon promoted me to the accounting manager position. After a year in that position and expressing to Steve that I wanted to grow and possibly become a GM he saw an opportunity for me to learn as his night manager position opened up. I took this position as I figured it would be a great learning experience at a 300 room hotel with 3 food and beverage outlets. Steve said to me "I will almost guarantee you within a year if you work hard you will be gone". From March-May of 2017 while still working at Doubletree Andover Nick Pancoast had me assisting at Doubletree Chelsea for two weeks and then for six weeks in the struggling Hyatt Place Austin. During my last couple days in Austin Nick called with with an offer to become the GM of the Holiday Inn Salem right before Steve Gordon's 3 month sabatical. Steve ended up being wrong though it was only 9 months not a year from being promoted to his night manager to becoming a GM. Thank you Linchris for being a great company and believing in your employees. read more
I have worked for Linchris for seven years. I was hired as a shuttle driver under Nick Pancoast at the 227 room Hampton Inn Boston Logan. A little over 6 months after that Cathy Cucciello promoted me to shuttle manager. In July of 2015 Danielle Otolo offered me the accounting clerk position at the Doubletree in Andover as I have a bachelor's degree in accounting from Fisher College.  I was in this position until October 2015 when Steve Gordon promoted me to the accounting manager position. After a year in that position and expressing to Steve that I wanted to grow and possibly become a GM he saw an opportunity for me to learn as his night manager position opened up. I took this position as I figured it would be a great learning experience at a 300 room hotel with 3 food and beverage outlets. Steve said to me "I will almost guarantee you within a year if you work hard you will be gone". From March-May of 2017 while still working at Doubletree Andover Nick Pancoast had me assisting at Doubletree Chelsea for two weeks and then for six weeks in the struggling Hyatt Place Austin. During my last couple days in Austin Nick called with with an offer to become the GM of the Holiday Inn Salem right before Steve Gordon's 3 month sabatical. Steve ended up being wrong though it was only 9 months not a year from being promoted to his night manager to becoming a GM. Thank you Linchris for being a great company and believing in your employees.
Ryan Connors
- General Manager
Holiday Inn Salem
Linchris prides themselves on fostering growth. They provide you with nothing but support.
I started working at the Radisson, Milford in MA in 2005 as a banquet house person and bartender. In 2008, the hotel received word that a small hotel management company named Linchris was to buy the hotel.
 
I was currently enrolled as a student at Bridgewater State in the Communications program with little idea of what I exactly wanted to do when I was finished. I did know that I enjoyed the hospitality industry. Linchris stressed that they were huge proponents of hiring from within. Every time I spoke to someone from the corporate office they stressed this immensely.
 
When I graduated college in 2009 I was offered the Lounge Supervisor position by General Manger Steve Gordon. I was to manage and operate Legends Sports Bar and Grille. After a few years of Food and Beverage I decided to inquire about a different path. I spoke to Steve Gordon and asked about there being any opportunities in Sales. I loved talking with people and thought my personality would fit nicely in a Sales role. With the support of the then Director of Sales Maureen Lee I started working one day a week in the Sales office interning. Maureen gave me all the support and tools I needed to be successful.
 
Once a Catering Sales Manager position became available in 2014, I interviewed for the job. I was responsible for booking corporate meetings and association functions. Again I was given full support from Steve Gordon, Maureen Lee, all of the team members at the hotel and the Linchris corporate office. In 2015, I was offered a Group Rooms Sales Manager position from then General Manager Jeff Lang and Director of Sales Amy O'Neill. I was responsible for social room blocks. From there, in 2017, I was notified that a Director of Sales position became available at the DoubleTree in Rockland. I knew it would be a challenge but I was ready for it! I reached out to our Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing John Argonish who was more than supportive. I interviewed with General Manager Jenna Bergamino and we hit it off. We shared a similar vision for hospitality and work ethic. I was offered the job and it is where I am currently.
 
I grew from a banquet set up person to a Director of Sales in 10 years. I try to tell the younger generation of college students to find a company you like; one you can see yourself growing with. Get your foot in the door and go to work. Do your job and do it well. Linchris is that type of company. They are growing and growing fast. They pride themselves on fostering growth and it shows. They provide you with nothing but support and helpfulness. I am proud to be a part of this team!
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I started working at the Radisson, Milford in MA in 2005 as a banquet house person and bartender. In 2008, the hotel received word that a small hotel management company named Linchris was to buy the hotel.
 
I was currently enrolled as a student at Bridgewater State in the Communications program with little idea of what I exactly wanted to do when I was finished. I did know that I enjoyed the hospitality industry. Linchris stressed that they were huge proponents of hiring from within. Every time I spoke to someone from the corporate office they stressed this immensely.
 
When I graduated college in 2009 I was offered the Lounge Supervisor position by General Manger Steve Gordon. I was to manage and operate Legends Sports Bar and Grille. After a few years of Food and Beverage I decided to inquire about a different path. I spoke to Steve Gordon and asked about there being any opportunities in Sales. I loved talking with people and thought my personality would fit nicely in a Sales role. With the support of the then Director of Sales Maureen Lee I started working one day a week in the Sales office interning. Maureen gave me all the support and tools I needed to be successful.
 
Once a Catering Sales Manager position became available in 2014, I interviewed for the job. I was responsible for booking corporate meetings and association functions. Again I was given full support from Steve Gordon, Maureen Lee, all of the team members at the hotel and the Linchris corporate office. In 2015, I was offered a Group Rooms Sales Manager position from then General Manager Jeff Lang and Director of Sales Amy O'Neill. I was responsible for social room blocks. From there, in 2017, I was notified that a Director of Sales position became available at the DoubleTree in Rockland. I knew it would be a challenge but I was ready for it! I reached out to our Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing John Argonish who was more than supportive. I interviewed with General Manager Jenna Bergamino and we hit it off. We shared a similar vision for hospitality and work ethic. I was offered the job and it is where I am currently.
 
I grew from a banquet set up person to a Director of Sales in 10 years. I try to tell the younger generation of college students to find a company you like; one you can see yourself growing with. Get your foot in the door and go to work. Do your job and do it well. Linchris is that type of company. They are growing and growing fast. They pride themselves on fostering growth and it shows. They provide you with nothing but support and helpfulness. I am proud to be a part of this team!
Gianni
Gianni Saltalamacchia
- Director of Sales
DoubleTree by Hilton Boston-Rockland
I look forward to the exciting future that is ahead as Linchris continues to grow!
I began my journey with Linchris Hotel Corporation in July of 2013 where I was hired to be the General Manager at a select- service Hilton Garden Inn located in Breinigsville, PA after working under another management company for 9 years in Scranton, PA.  I worked at the Hilton Garden Inn for 18 months before being promoted to a full service Holiday Inn located in Rockland, MA.  After arriving to Massachusetts in the spring of 2015, I managed the Holiday Inn for approximately 1 year while overseeing a brand conversion. On March 31, 2016, I successfully converted the Holiday Inn to a full service DoubleTree by Hilton.  I continue to work at the DoubleTree by Hilton while working on special projects for Linchis.  I am currently a member of their Manager in Training Advisory Board and I am co-chairing the development and implementation of Human Trafficking Training for the Linchris portfolio. Overall, I have been with Linchris for 5 years and I look forward to the exciting future that is ahead! read more
I began my journey with Linchris Hotel Corporation in July of 2013 where I was hired to be the General Manager at a select- service Hilton Garden Inn located in Breinigsville, PA after working under another management company for 9 years in Scranton, PA.  I worked at the Hilton Garden Inn for 18 months before being promoted to a full service Holiday Inn located in Rockland, MA.  After arriving to Massachusetts in the spring of 2015, I managed the Holiday Inn for approximately 1 year while overseeing a brand conversion. On March 31, 2016, I successfully converted the Holiday Inn to a full service DoubleTree by Hilton.  I continue to work at the DoubleTree by Hilton while working on special projects for Linchis.  I am currently a member of their Manager in Training Advisory Board and I am co-chairing the development and implementation of Human Trafficking Training for the Linchris portfolio. Overall, I have been with Linchris for 5 years and I look forward to the exciting future that is ahead!
Jenna
Jenna Bergamino
- General Manager
DoubleTree by Hilton Boston-Rockland