Kimberly Esch, corporate catering sales manager for The Townsend Hotel, didn’t exactly arrive to her new role in June 2013 via the “traditional path,” but that’s precisely what makes her so qualified.
Esch grew up on a farm, which she says taught her the value of hard work, dedication and selflessness – characteristics that are key to success in the hospitality industry. Additionally, Esch didn’t decide to attend college to study hotel administration and hospitality management until the age of 25. “Within a month of receiving my acceptance letter from University of Nevada Las Vegas, I packed up my life and moved across country,” said Esch. “I was so excited to be in the city that represents the ‘best of the best’ of what the hospitality industry has to offer.”
At The Townsend, Esch is responsible for establishing new relationships among the area’s business community to further grow the property’s corporate catering clientele. Prior to joining The Townsend, Esch served as the off-premise catering sales manager for Epoch Events Catering in Novi, Mich. Prior to that, she worked in Las Vegas as the special events operations manager for TAO Group, and before that as the special events sales manager at B&B Hospitality Group, the joint venture of Chef Mario Batali and Winemaker Joe Bastianich.
Esch, who takes great pride in providing clients the highest level of quality and service, also dedicates her time and resources to several non-profit organizations. She serves as a committee member for The Charles A. Main M.D. Pediatric Cancer Survivor Scholarship Fund of Beaumont Children’s Hospital, and also as an annual teammate for several cancer research fundraising events.