• Meet Gregory Leinweber

     
    POSTED January 16, 2017
     

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Gregory Leinweber was recently hired as general manager for Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC.

1. What are you most looking forward to in your new role as general manager of Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC? Beyond a doubt, I’m excited to work with our fantastic guests every day in addition to our amazing and dedicated staff. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC is located exactly between the White House and the United States Capitol, placing us in the midst of a diverse and engaging group of guests that swing through for anything from sightseeing to business or even just to settle up to the bar for a drink at our restaurant, Dirty Habit. Every day is different, challenging and exciting.

2. How do you think past industry experiences have prepared you for this role?
I’ve been fortunate enough to work in every type of hotel throughout my career from large convention hotels to city center and suburban hotels and resorts. I’ve gotten to see how each niche operates. I believe it has made me very well rounded in experience and more easily able to anticipate and respond to our guests’ every need.

3. What made you want to get into this industry?
I’m the oldest of five kids, and my mother and father took our family every winter to a northern Michigan resort for a ski weekend. We practically grew up with the team there as the front desk manager, executive housekeeper and restaurant staff all knew each of us by name and our preferences. That level of personalized service created a special environment for my family and has always stayed with me.

4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?
Washington, D.C. is such a fantastic and complex city to be in the hotel business. If I can make every day matter and be of service to our guests and employees then I will feel like I’ve done my job well.

5. What do you most enjoy about this industry?
It’s a fast-paced and crazy, but fun business. If you’re ever having an off day, you have the opportunity to make a guest’s day brighter by doing something special for them. It makes a world of difference.

 

First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 

 

A conference or convention venue might be described by meeting planners as offering ease and convenience for multiple reasons. It may be because its address is easily accessible from numerous compass points. Or perhaps it’s the destination—with a variety of opportunities for activities and entertainment close-by. And of course, it could be that the venue itself offers a peaceful, easy setting with all the comforts you could want. 

Well, at Treetops Resort, it’s all of the above. 

 

Options for unconventional seasonal gatherings abound across the state. 

From cities teeming with bright lights to snowy small towns, Michigan is a winter wonderland. If you’re looking for a way to make your event or post-event outing more festive, consider these unique holiday offerings. 

Peacock Road Family Farm 

Laingsburg