Kitty Adler is a senior sales manager at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan.
In her role, Adler is responsible for booking corporate group business for clients including automotive suppliers, government, pharmaceutical, third party planners, retailers, media, technology and the Preferred Hotel Group.
Seasoned in the sales and catering profession, she has worked within all sectors of the market including corporate, entertainment, sports, social and association. Adler joined The Townsend Hotel in 1987 on the pre-opening team, where she worked on grassroots efforts to develop the marketing and sales procedures, operating systems and service standards. After working in both room and catering sales for Marriott inTexas and serving as a director of catering for Pine Lake Country Club and MacRay Harbor, Adler rejoined The Townsend Hotel in 2004.
Adler volunteers her time to fundraising projects at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School and is a Leadership Oakland Graduate serving on the committee for the Junior Leadership program. She is a member of the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACCMI) and a Leadership Oakland alum.
Adler is a graduate of Central Michigan University.
Jason McGrew, director of engineering at The Townsend Hotel in
Birmingham, Mich., manages the maintenance and upkeep of the hotel’s
physical assets as well as the building’s utility usage and
Before joining the Townsend in 2003, McGrew was facility manager
of a large private estate in Orchard Lake, Mich. During that time,
he was responsible for the care of a 15-acre manicured property as
well as a 10,000 square-foot home.
Prior to his employment with the private estate, McGrew worked
for Marriott International in a variety of engineering capacities.
He began his career as a shift engineer with the Marriott Hotel in
Southfield, Mich., and was later promoted to chief engineer for the
Residence Inn of Southfield, Mich. His final position with Marriott
was as assistant chief engineer for the Southfield properties, where
he assisted in the management of engineering departments of a
Residence Inn, a Courtyard and a full-service Marriott.
McGrew is a 2002 graduate of Wayne State University located in
Detroit, Mich., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business
administration. He also received training in heating and cooling
systems from Henry
Ford Community College, in Dearborn Mich. McGrew holds a
Certified Engineering Operations Executive (CEOE) designation from
the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging
A Michigan native, he resides in Dearborn, Mich.
Pastry Chef Taylor Brockenshire is a veteran baker with more than 15 years experience. Brockenshire was appointed to his current position at The Townsend Hotel in 2002 and is responsible for bakery menu design, specialty pastry creation and oversight of all bakery items for the Rugby Grille and The Townsend Hotel’s renowned Afternoon Tea, catering and banquet departments.
Prior to his appointment as pastry chef, Brockenshire gained experience throughout the Metro Detroit area. From 1994 to 1997 he worked as an entry-level cook at two country clubs in Windsor, Ont. In 1997 he was hired as a cook for The Townsend Hotel and transferred to the bakery within a year. As an entry-level baker, Brockenshire was responsible for all bakery item production for the hotel – bread, brownies, cookies, cakes and muffins. In 1999 Brockenshire was promoted to sous chef for the bakery. He was responsible for overseeing all aspects of production and for the ordering and finishing of all cakes and pastries.
“I love watching my customers’ faces light up after biting into one of our pastries, tortes or cakes,” said Brockenshire. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to create the wedding cake of a bride’s dream or the rich torte that becomes the centerpiece of a special banquet.”
Although Brockenshire manages a hectic schedule, he finds work-life balance as a competitive cyclist.
Brockenshire resides in Oakland County and is a graduate of Oakland Community College with an associate’s degree in culinary arts.
Tracy Fashing is the director of sales and marketing for The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Mich. In this position, Fashing provides leadership and direction for the sales team, and oversees marketing and sales initiatives, including all Internet sales and marketing functions.
Fashing has been with The Townsend Hotel for over ten years and brings nearly twenty years of exceptional experience in the sales and hospitality industry to her role.
Prior to joining The Townsend Hotel, Fashing worked as the senior sales manager for the Troy Marriott Hotel in Troy, Mich. Her efforts there resulted in a transition from franchised operation to corporate management. In addition to the Troy Marriott, Fashing worked in Marriott Hotels in Michigan and Ohio, holding several positions that included sales coordinator, guest service manager, executive meeting manager, sales manager and senior sales manager. Fashing began her hospitality career with a coveted internship at the Michigan-based National Sales Office of Marriott International serving Ford, Dow Chemical, United Technologies and other key accounts.
In addition to her work at the hotel, Fashing also makes time to support her local community. She serves as a board director for the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber and also is a director on the board of the Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit. During her time on the board of directors for the Michigan Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, Fashing served as the co-chair for the Camp-Catch-A-Rainbow program – a day camp for children with cancer sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Fashing holds a degree in Commercial Recreation and Business Administration from Central Michigan University. A native of southeast Michigan, she has been a resident of Pleasant Ridge for the past twelve years.
Marsha Clark is director of human resources at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Mich. As the HR director, she is responsible for various management services including recruitment and retention, safety, wage and benefit development, payroll administration and
Since 2001, Clark has lead The Townsend in the implementation and execution of the community-based vocational instruction program. The program establishes The Townsend as an approved training worksite for students with disabilities from the Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills public school districts.
Clark resides in Grand Blanc, Mich., where she is studying to receive a Bachelor of Science in organization administration from Central Michigan University. She is currently a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and its Genesse County Local Chapter. Clark received the human resource generalist certification from the American Society of Employers