Meet the Team: AJ Jones

1. Where are you originally from?

I was born and raised in Nacogdoches, TX, “The Oldest Town in Texas.”

2. What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is almost anything Mexican. Favorite Mexican dish is Chicken Chimichangas.

3. What do you like/dislike about Dallas?

What I like about DFW is the city life atmosphere and how there is always something to do or see. I grew up in a small town, where activities were limited. That doesn’t seem to be the problem here in the DFW.

4. What do you miss the most about home?

What I miss about home is the personal connection to my town and how peaceful it is. I miss the country life to a certain degree!

5. What college/university did you attend?

I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University, where I majored in Hospitality Administration with a minor in Business Management.

6. How long have you worked for Kriya RevGEN?

I joined the Kriya RevGEN Family in June 2019

7. Did you have any previous experience?

I have been in the Hospitality field for over 9 years since graduating. It started with my internship at the Grand Teton National Park, where I worked at the Visitors Bureau. Following my graduation and until now, I have worked with several Hotel Brands, including Marriott, Radisson, and Choice. Along with my experience in those brands is hotel management with them including Asst. General Manager, General Manager, and Dual Property General Manager.

8. What made you want to join the RevGEN team?

One of my previous hotel’s was a client of Kriya RevGEN and I experienced firsthand the success of this company and what it has to offer. I was impressed on how detail oriented the team was and their continued strive to provide excellent results. Upon researching the Kriya RevGen, I saw where it was young and up and coming but I did witness over time the growth that this company has achieved. This and the challenge of entering the Revenue Management side of the hotel, lead me to explore a career with Kriya RevGEN.

9. Favorite hotel chain/brand to manage?

My favorite Brand is Marriott and my favorite Hotel is the Worthington in beautiful downtown Fort Worth, TX.

10. The most challenging and most rewarding part of your job?

The most challenging part about my job is having to stay on top of managing multiple different brands/systems at once while still grasping how each individual hotel runs. Each hotel is going to be located in its own market, have their own unique competitive set, and booking window. It is our job to be the expert on these different variables to set up the hotel for success. The most rewarding part of my job is being able to have a relationship with each client. It is a special thing when you get to the point where you incorporate yourself as part of a hotel’s team, where you aren’t just some revenue manager that they get on a call with for thirty minutes to an hour every week. Once you build that trust and get there with each client, it’s really rewarding.

11. Favorite genre of music? 

My favorite music genre would definitely be the 70’s & 80’s soul. I do like the R&B days of the 90’s, early 2000’s. I haven’t forgotten about a little bit of Hip Hop but not this new line of music that they have nowadays!

12. What genre of music sets the mood for your workday?

When working, I’m usually listening to a Sports Podcast. If I play music, it’s definitely some type of oldies soul music.

13. What is your favorite office lunch spot?

Well, I’d definitely say if it’s not with the rest of the Kriya Family, then it is on the porch. It’s so relaxing on a nice day.

14. What are some of your hobbies?

I’m a very competitive person and love to play sports. I also enjoy fishing and attending car shows with my very own classic car.

15. Name one thing about yourself that most people wouldn’t guess.

One thing that most people don’t know about me is that I’m on the Wheaties Box!

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