Expertise: Julie works with many different clients from weddings and meetings to large conferences and has done so for 13 years at this hotel. She describes herself as balanced, positive, and innovative: “I never want to stop learning and I continue to look for ways to improve. I enjoy going to conferences and watching YouTube videos so I can bring back new ideas and experiences to the hotel.” Julie enjoys working with front-line staff to review what customers are asking for and what they are expecting. It could be as easy as adding another wine selection to our banquet bars or setting a room up a specific way to flow better for our guests. She loves so many aspects of her role, but her favorite is crying during the father of the bride speeches at weddings: “We work so closely with our brides for several months that I truly feel I’m part of their family.” Julie likes to think of her life and her work as a puzzle and puts the pieces together: “I have three daughters that have all grown up as the daughter of an event planner. They all know how to alphabetize place cards, set tables, create centerpieces, and they know the difference between Halal, Gluten-free, and Kosher. It’s been rewarding to watch them be Social Chairs of their sororities and plan their Spring Formals knowing that they enjoyed and learned a lot about life, cultures, and food while growing up a hospitality kid.”
What do you love most about Madison? I love the many activities that happen around the square such as the Farmers Market, Taste of Madison, and Art Fair on The Square. It is such a unique venue that I love to bring my family to when they come to visit.
Favorite Madison brunch spot? I love going to Heritage Tavern. They have great food and I see the owner giving back to the community by donating his time and expertise at various fundraisers and galas throughout the city.