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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!
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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
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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!
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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.
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Here is my story:

I held many different jobs as a teenager, I worked in the agricultural industry, worked in retail, food service, office environments.  I attended 3 different colleges with 3 different majors and was having a difficult time finding my niche in life.  I decided to try out the hotel business and filled out an application at the Comfort Inn in Concord, NH, a Linchris property at the time.  I was hired for the 3-11 shift and absolutely loved it....I had definitely found my niche.  

While working as a desk agent, my hotel attended the AAA travel show and invited me to participate.  I jumped at the opportunity and while there, I met Brett Loehr and his team from the Comfort Inn & Suites in St. Johnsbury.  A few weeks later, I was asked to meet with Brett to discuss a Front Office Manager position for his hotel and soon after the interview, I moved to St. Johnsbury to be the FOM.  

Brett was my mentor over the next 4 years while I learned everything I could about hotel operations.  I was eventually promoted to Regional Director of Sales for the Hampton Inn of Littleton, NH and the Comfort Inn & Suites and Fairbanks Inn of St. Johnsbury, VT.  Brett had earned his sabbatical during this time period and I took over the Comfort Inn & Suites in his absence.  Upon his return, Linchris offered me a General Manager position at the Comfort Inn of Hyannis, MA.  I operated this hotel for two years and learned a lot about cost controls and efficient labor operations.  From here, I moved to Springfield, Vermont to operate the Holiday Inn Express for 3 years until I was given the full service responsibilities of the Holiday Inn of Salem, NH.  After about a year in Salem, I was offered a multiple property opportunity and have been operating the Holiday Inn & Holiday Inn Express in Manchester, NH for the last 3 years.

Overall, I have been employed by Linchris for 15 years and have been a General Manager for 10 years.
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Here is my story:

I held many different jobs as a teenager, I worked in the agricultural industry, worked in retail, food service, office environments.  I attended 3 different colleges with 3 different majors and was having a difficult time finding my niche in life.  I decided to try out the hotel business and filled out an application at the Comfort Inn in Concord, NH, a Linchris property at the time.  I was hired for the 3-11 shift and absolutely loved it....I had definitely found my niche.  

While working as a desk agent, my hotel attended the AAA travel show and invited me to participate.  I jumped at the opportunity and while there, I met Brett Loehr and his team from the Comfort Inn & Suites in St. Johnsbury.  A few weeks later, I was asked to meet with Brett to discuss a Front Office Manager position for his hotel and soon after the interview, I moved to St. Johnsbury to be the FOM.  

Brett was my mentor over the next 4 years while I learned everything I could about hotel operations.  I was eventually promoted to Regional Director of Sales for the Hampton Inn of Littleton, NH and the Comfort Inn & Suites and Fairbanks Inn of St. Johnsbury, VT.  Brett had earned his sabbatical during this time period and I took over the Comfort Inn & Suites in his absence.  Upon his return, Linchris offered me a General Manager position at the Comfort Inn of Hyannis, MA.  I operated this hotel for two years and learned a lot about cost controls and efficient labor operations.  From here, I moved to Springfield, Vermont to operate the Holiday Inn Express for 3 years until I was given the full service responsibilities of the Holiday Inn of Salem, NH.  After about a year in Salem, I was offered a multiple property opportunity and have been operating the Holiday Inn & Holiday Inn Express in Manchester, NH for the last 3 years.

Overall, I have been employed by Linchris for 15 years and have been a General Manager for 10 years.
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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.
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I started working at the Radisson in Milford MA in 2005 as a banquet house person and bartender.  I was 21 years old.

Rumors started to arise in early 2008 that the hotel was for sale.  Come to find out the rumors were true.  We got word that a small hotel management company named Linchris was to buy our hotel.  In the summer of 2008 rumors became reality.  We were taken over by Linchris and were going to be rebranded a DoubleTree.  I even called the corporate office and spoke to Bob Anderson.  I wanted to make sure my job was secure.  He probably does not remember but it is true! The future was uncertain but I kept the most positive attitude.  He assured me not to be worried and calmed my nerves.

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 and working in at the hotel.  This company kept saying that there was great opportunity and 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.  This was a huge opportunity for me and everyone at the hotel and in corporate was hugely supportive.  After a few years of Food and Beverage I decided to inquire about a different path.  The late nights and long hours were getting to me.  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
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I started working at the Radisson in Milford MA in 2005 as a banquet house person and bartender.  I was 21 years old.

Rumors started to arise in early 2008 that the hotel was for sale.  Come to find out the rumors were true.  We got word that a small hotel management company named Linchris was to buy our hotel.  In the summer of 2008 rumors became reality.  We were taken over by Linchris and were going to be rebranded a DoubleTree.  I even called the corporate office and spoke to Bob Anderson.  I wanted to make sure my job was secure.  He probably does not remember but it is true! The future was uncertain but I kept the most positive attitude.  He assured me not to be worried and calmed my nerves.

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 and working in at the hotel.  This company kept saying that there was great opportunity and 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.  This was a huge opportunity for me and everyone at the hotel and in corporate was hugely supportive.  After a few years of Food and Beverage I decided to inquire about a different path.  The late nights and long hours were getting to me.  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
Gianni
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I started working one day a week in the Sales office interning.  I would answer calls, go on site visits, prospect for new business, sit in on meetings, go over reports, etc.  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 especially the Linchris corporate office.  I was able to excel in the position due to all of the support I received.  After a year and a half, 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.  I was again able to excel due to the amount of support I received from everyone.  From there, in 2017, I was notified that a Director of Sales position became available at the DoubleTree in Rockland.  It was a perfect match.  Same brand, closer to my home, a promotion, etc. 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 did it slow.  Linchris is a company that you can grow with quicker if you have the desire.  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 one day a week in the Sales office interning.  I would answer calls, go on site visits, prospect for new business, sit in on meetings, go over reports, etc.  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 especially the Linchris corporate office.  I was able to excel in the position due to all of the support I received.  After a year and a half, 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.  I was again able to excel due to the amount of support I received from everyone.  From there, in 2017, I was notified that a Director of Sales position became available at the DoubleTree in Rockland.  It was a perfect match.  Same brand, closer to my home, a promotion, etc. 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 did it slow.  Linchris is a company that you can grow with quicker if you have the desire.  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!
Maureen Lee
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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
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