Meet the Team: Grace the Ace!

Grace is one of our new Revenue Analysts having started 3 months ago. Read below to learn some fun facts about Grace, and check back in our newsletter over the coming months to learn more about our growing team. If you’re interested in a position as a revenue manager, analyst, or intern at Kriya RevGEN, see our Career page here for more information.

Tell me a little about where you came from and your previous experience.

I grew up in Cambridge, MA where I had my first real job at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge where I handed out Ice Cream and rented out bikes to the hotel guests. From there I went to Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration where I became interested in business modeling in Excel. I spent two summers in Ithaca doing an assortment of jobs from being a Teaching Assistant for an introduction hospitality course, to managing a local bed & breakfast. The last summer before I graduated I went back home to Boston and worked at the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

You’re from the Northeast? Why the move to Dallas?

Growing up near Boston, I really grew to love its proximity to the ocean, its dynamic seasons and its walkability… so I moved to Dallas. No, actually I wanted to try something completely new and I had never been to Texas before and didn’t really know much about anything in the area so figured that counted as being completely new, so I took the leap and here I am!

How long have you worked for Kriya RevGEN, and what is it about Kriya RevGEN that you enjoy the most?

I have been with Kriya for almost 3 months, and I definitely love the culture. The people are all really fun and have good energy, and working for a smaller, newer company is really cool because my ideas are recognized and the comradery is exciting.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?  What is the most exciting?

So far the pure amount of information I have had to learn is crazy. At first it was a little hard to keep up, but I am starting to get a hang of it. Getting to  dive into many different areas right away and have the ability to be creative coming up with new ways to analyze data is really exciting.

What’s your favorite hotel?

It is a tie between the Liberty Hotel in Boston and the Clarion Hotel Post in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Liberty Hotel was transformed from a prison to a really beautiful unique hotel on the Charles River keeping tasteful elements of a prison in order to add character to the property. Similarly, the Clarion Hotel Post was transformed from an old post office and now has a flattened mail delivery car on the wall on display in the Atrium. I really like how both hotels were transformed from one unique building and maintained its history to add something interesting to the experience.

What is your favorite brand to manage?

So far I only manage Hiltons and Marriott’s, but if I had to choose I would say Marriott because I can do everything on my own computer instead of having to log into a remote computer – there are way fewer complications.

What’s your favorite office lunch spot?

I love Tex-Mex and after tasting the enchiladas at many different places I have decided my favorite is Tio Carlos. It also helps that we have met Tio Carlos, the legend, himself!

What’s your favorite Pandora station to listen to in the office?

I personally prefer Spotify actually because I really like its playlists. Some of my favorites are Tropical Morning, Happy Hits!, and dancePop. However, Laura is the only person who really appreciates this type of music so we are usually stuck listening to something random like Kenny G or Flamenco.

What would you do with $10 million?

I would probably be really overwhelmed at first if I had that much money at my disposal and end up buying a pet tiger. Eventually once it sunk in how wealthy I was, I think I would use it to travel. Maybe by the time I have $10 million to spend I will be able to go on a weekend trip to Mars or something.


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