San Antonio, Texas… I come!

By on October 8, 2012

One of our favorites is on the move again!  Samantha Konner, former Corporate Management Trainee, is making the move to a new Hyatt location.  Here she gives us an update on the latest events in her Hyatt career! 

I remember my Assistant F&B Director in Washington, DC telling me all about Lake Tahoe before I moved here. He called this place home for a few years during his career and said that it was “majestic” and that it would be a place I would love.  Well Ben, I give you permission to tell me “I told you so” the next time I see you because I have in fact fallen in love with Lake Tahoe. It’s a place that is hard to leave, because again my co-workers became my friends, my bosses became mentors and it was here, at this hotel and in this city that I took the jump and became a department head.

I’ve spent the past 16 months learning about myself and letting the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe shape me into the type of manager I will be in the future.  Managing managers was a whole new experience, training a new staff every season due to seasonality was the most foreign of experiences, and managing associates that were my own age, and not older, is harder than you think.

It was a resort world however, a 3 traffic light town, a 45 minute drive to the closest Target, a 2 hour drive to the closest Chipotle and instead of days off at street fairs and enjoying professional sports, I took to paddle boarding and skiing.  In a blink of an eye my world had changed and here I go about to change it again and just when I was getting comfortable.

The conversation about leaving the High Sierra was a bit different then it was in DC. As the Director of Outlets, my greatest accomplishment was the reopening of the 3-meal restaurant, Sierra Café. This restaurant was my life for the last year, I picked out the uniforms, salt and pepper shakers, sugar caddies, and retrained the staff. I am 500% invested in its success because I had a part of making it what it is today.  However I have come to learn that at the department head and above level moving is the norm.   I have also found a common theme with moving within Hyatt; bosses that care, current and past.  Now I have four food & beverage directors and two assistant directors who are on my side and all rooting for me to make the best possible career choices.

While talking with a colleague yesterday, she pointed out that I talk about moving like “it’s just another day”, and that’s because I love it!  It’s fun and exciting to be plucked from everything you know and find new things to love in a new city. This move will bring me to the south, a place I have just passed through. It’s been great being close to my college friends, sister and extended family but it’s time to try Texas for a while.  I only hope “Southern Hospitality” embraces my fast talking New Jersey ways like “Tahoe Time” did.

Yes if you’re counting this will be my 3rd Hyatt property since graduating college and the 6th state I have called home in my life.  Again I will sit waiting for the moving company to come see my mountain apartment before they move my belongings to San Antonio, Texas next week. What I am going to do with a kayak in central Texas I am not sure, but if my life so far has told me anything….who knows where I will end up next.


About Ronisha

One of Hyatt's Regional Talent Acquisition Managers, Ronisha recruits for Hyatt's College Programs and supports our full-service locations within the East Coast and Midwestern regions of the United States. A lover of all things "social", you can follow her on Twitter at @ronishagoodwin


  1. Samantha

    October 10, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Thanks for posting :) Today is my last day at the Hyatt in Lake Tahoe… Texas here I come!!

  2. Lizeth Jaramillo

    October 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    So excited for you! I was a CMT in Houston Texas, then transfered to HR-Greenwich CT. I love it, but my heart belongs in Texas, you will love it there!! good luck to you!

  3. Emily Graff

    October 15, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    You are a great inspiration! I’m wrapping up my college career in Florida, and am hoping to find a CMT position! I noticed that you said it’s hard to manage people your age.. Did you find it easier to manage the people older than you? I’ve always questioned that, and wondered what a struggle that would be. It would be great to hear your input. Thanks!

    • Samantha

      October 18, 2012 at 6:13 am

      Hi Emily-

      Thank you! I personally think its easier to manager people who are more my senior. I urge you to reach to me via email and I will give you some insight!