Heidi Scartozzi has joined the Hilton Memphis, managed by Davidson Hotels & Resorts, as director of sales. Scartozzi is a 15-year hospitality veteran, most recently serving as a regional director of sales for JQH Hotels and Resorts, servicing 13 hotels on the West Coast.
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
Experience: My hotel career started out in the food and beverage operations, and I witnessed how much fun the salespeople at the hotel had, and I wanted what they had. I moved into catering and eventually moved directly to sales. I have been in a director role for 11 years. The best part of this job is growing people and watching them become successful.
Family: The majority of my family is in Seattle and Spokane, Wash. I have a daughter who is in Wilmington, N.C., finalizing her marine biology and math degree. My fiance and I both work here in Memphis.
Favorite quote: “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Einstein
Favorite movie: This is a hard question because there are so many. But my favorite book is “Unbroken” by Hillenbrand – amazing!
The sports team(s) you root for: Mariners
What’s playing on your stereo right now? Bach, “Partitas”
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Golf, piano, cooking and reading.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could sing.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My fiance, Ghee Alexander. He is one of the highest-quality people I know, and he is always looking for ways to improve, and it pushes me to be better.
What attracted you to the Hilton Memphis? We moved here for a job. We love Memphis!
What are your goals as director of sales? To drive revenue, grow relationships and grow my awesome staff.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment is my daughter, Hannah.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Working with the remarkable people, our clients and associates. All of our associates are dedicated in providing excellent service, and it is infectious throughout all of the hotel departments. We really have something special here at the Hilton Memphis. We also just received the award for Top Workplaces in Memphis.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Be on time, keep a positive attitude, and let your manager know what your goals are in regards to your career.
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