Jennifer Peterson prides herself in her team-building abilities. At the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott franchise she manages in north Springfield, she’s mentored three new managers since it opened in February 2018. All have been promoted within the ranks of hotel owner O’Reilly Hospitality Management. She also holds monthly team meetings with the goal of working together to achieve financial and service goals.
“With over 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry, this career path has become my passion,” she says. “I enjoy helping others and teaching them how wonderful this career path can be.”
The mother of five also is active on the advisory board of Care to Learn and has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks and Harmony House.
What was your first job? Front desk at University Plaza Hotel. I was 16 years old and always knew I wanted to work in hotels.
How many times do you hit the snooze button? Usually two or three. I set my alarm for 4:30 a.m. to workout before work.
What’s your most treasured possession? My wedding band. I love my husband and want everyone to know it!
Have you ever met a celebrity? Working in the hotel industry, you get to meet celebrities. Kind of a perk!
What app gets you through the day? Pinterest. Sometimes, I need to zone out and look at pretty clothes and decorating.
Atlanta-based Chicken Salad Chick made its Springfield debut; husband and wife Garrett and Rose Cochran opened Heirloom Candle Bar; and mobile eatery Girldad BBQ LLC was launched.