Lizz Smith – Catering Sales Manager...

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Whether planning an intimate event for five, or a massive celebration for 5,000, Lizz Smith, one of two social catering sales managers at The Townsend Hotel, will ensure that every single last detail is attended to meticulously.  “My attention to detail is above average,” notes Smith, humbly.

The 5,000-guest event is no exaggeration either, as Smith and her team spent months planning for that size crowd in conjunction with the Red Bull Race Events.  On a slightly smaller scale, Smith, who joined The Townsend team in 2010, regularly works with clients to implement unforgettable weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, showers and non-profit fundraisers…all of which are infused with a bit of her creative celebration “magic.”

Prior to joining The Townsend, Smith, who boasts more than 25 years of industry experience, most recently honed her expertise as the director of catering for the Matt Prentice Restaurant Group.

In addition to lots of practical experience (“Be ready [...]

Stephanie Hudson – Conference Service Manager...

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To any students or new professionals just starting out in the hospitality industry, Stephanie Hudson would send along this dose of reality as her best career advice… “It’s not as easy as it may appear.  Be ready to buckle down and work hard.”  She makes sure to add, however, “Along the way, remember to have fun!”

Hudson certainly knows a thing or two about working hard.  Early in her career at just age 23, while working as the convention services manager for the Embassy Suites Chicago-Downtown, Hudson managed the execution of World Wines Meeting America, a huge, international event, which required her to navigate time differences, language and cultural barriers and ever-changing event details.  Although a real trial by fire, Hudson says the experience solidified for her that she had chosen the right career path.

And that path lead Hudson to The Townsend Hotel in 2010.  As conference service manager, she works [...]