Maybe you can go home again, after all.
Katie Ogden is a shining example that proves that twist on an age-old adage.
After seven years in Memphis, Ogden is home in the Hilltop City and she has found a new work home as well, recently becoming the front desk manager at the Grand Summit Hotel.
And, if there's a smidgen of a 'twang' seeping into the welcomes, can I help yous and thank yous emanating from the front desk staff, you can thank Ogden for the delightful dialect.
The Pingry School graduate left Summit for the city that made the Blues and barbecue famous -- or maybe its vice-versa -- and attended Rhodes College. After graduation, she worked at The Peabody Hotel, which -- if there ever was a foreshadowing as to where she would make her place of employ when she eventually returned -- check out this description from their website:
"With a style and tradition befitting one of Memphis' grandest, most legendary hotels, The Peabody Memphis offers a magnificent bridge between the "Blues City's" celebrated past and cosmopolitan present."
Sounds like the DNA of Summit's "Legendary Lodge -- The Grand Summit Hotel.
"It was time to be with my family," says Ogden, adding "I was looking to work for a privately-owned boutique hotel, and The Grand Summit was number-one on my list."
As they say, 'In life, timing is everything.
You see just about the time Ogden was matriculating back to Summit, the front desk manager position became available. Before you can say 'match made in heaven', Ogden was on board.
"We always want to create that welcoming experience when you arrive and stay at The Grand Summit," Ogden notes. "I am looking to bring some of the Southern Hospitality I experienced -- and was offered guests at The Peabody -- to our guests. For our staff that means really reinforcing the basics and enjoying the interaction with our customers and, for our guests, getting them to slow down a bit and relax."
Like the other new hires that have preceded her, Ogden was impressed by the way the entire staff "jumped in to teach me the ropes and help in any way they can." That dynamic is a Grand Summit tradition, where every employee takes pride in every area of the Hotel.
Welcome Home, Katie.
With 149 guest accommodations and over 10,000 square feet of recently-renovated event space, The Grand Summit Hotel -- the shining star in the town of Summit -- remains one of the area’s most prestigious addresses for social and corporate events.
The hotel’s culinary reputation is unmatched in the area and has been extended to the wildly popular HAT Tavern in the hotel’s lower level. The management team built on this success recently with the grand opening of the Arts and Crafts Lobby Bar serving private label coffee and espresso, Ironbound Nitro Brewed Iced Coffee, a selection of hard to find craft beers, and wine.
The Grand Summit Hotel is located at 570 Springfield Avenue in Summit, New Jersey 07901. For more information call the hotel at 908-273-3000 or visit our website at grandsummit.com.
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