40 Under 40: Chris Howard, Hyatt Regency Austin

By Connect Staff, February 28, 2017

Chris Howard, 31, works in Austin, Texas, as director of sales and marketing at Hyatt Regency Austin. As a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree, Howard discusses his passion for the events industry

What I do: I lead a team of sales professionals to drive top-line revenue for the hotel—and have fun doing it!

How I got here: I was recruited from Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration into Hyatt’s Corporate Management Training Program, where I was placed at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells in California. Fast-forward 10 years and I have been blessed to work at seven amazing hotels in seven incredible cities.

My greatest career accomplishment: My goal since starting with Hyatt was to become a director of sales and marketing before my 30th birthday. After a lot of hard work, some incredible mentors, a very patient wife, and countless customers and sales professionals fueling my success, I accomplished that goal when I was promoted to DOSM of Hyatt Regency New Brunswick in New Jersey at 29. It wasn’t the title I was proud of; it was all the work that went into obtaining it. More importantly, every time I am able to promote someone who reports to me is my latest and greatest career accomplishment. Watching them achieve their goals is far and away more satisfying than achieving mine.

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