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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.