Thomas graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Liberal Arts Bachelors Degree with a Sociology Major. While working his way through college he worked in the restaurant and hotel industry. Upon graduation, he was employed by the Harvey Hotel DFW (later called the Bristol Hotel Company) and apprenticed in 5-star banqueting service.
During his youth, living near Dallas, the family took short trips around Texas. Austin was always one of the cities he looked forward to visiting or passing through. Through good fortune, Thomas got the position of Banquet Director at the Austin Hilton in 1996. During his tenure, he became the Housekeeping Director, Food & Beverage Director, Catering Director and Assistant General Manager. While at the Hilton he opened Ma Ferguson’s Restaurant and that year won “Best Menu” in the State of Texas from the Texas Restaurant Association. He also met Vicky, who worked as Rooms Division Manager, and they soon married in Enniskerry Ireland. Vicky said that marrying Thomas was the best thing that ever happened to her.
A short time later Thomas met the owner of a 40 room Bed & Breakfast overlooking Lake Travis. Encouraged by the stunning views of the lake and the never-ending sunsets, Thomas eagerly took the job as General Manger with the full intent of turning the B&B into a Hotel & Event Center. In 2005 the new commercial kitchen was added to the recently completed event center and Vintage Villas Hotel & Events was established.
Thomas and Vicky’s dream came true when they had the opportunity to purchase the hotel in 2007. Thomas still operates as Vintage Villas Hotel & Events General Manger.
- Hobbies: Anything related to vegetables and reading any non-fiction (I don’t think I really ever left college).
- Travel experiences: Diving in Bonaire, blindly pointing to a Chinese menu item in Macau and haggling over goat skins in the souks of Marrakech.
- Ask me about: My 3 wonderful kids and the other one, motorcycles and hand bells.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Katie graduated from Bloomsburg University in the spring of 2002. While attending Bloomsburg, Katie had the unique opportunity to spend a semester working as a special events intern at the United States Embassy in London. This experience was the catalyst leading to a successful career in the hospitality and events industry. After graduation, Katie quickly left rural PA for the big city spending the majority of her time in Philadelphia working for Global Events Partners; Philadelphia’s premier Destination Management Company.
While she enjoyed much success in her career with GEP Philly, Katie always felt she belonged elsewhere. Not necessarily professionally, but personally. Katie began visiting various cities throughout the US and quickly fell in love with Austin, TX.
Once in Austin, Katie immersed herself in the Austin hospitality industry while selling advertising for the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, assisting with the growth of a small marketing and events firm, working as the National Sales Manager for AlliedPRA Austin and working as the Director of Catering and Conference Services at Lakeway Resort & Spa on Lake Travis. Most recently, Katie was the Senior Program Manager for CLINK! Katie is excited to be back in the hotel world and back on Lake Travis; close to home.
Katie and her husband Jeff, who is a Private Pilot in the Austin/Lakeway area, have two little girls, Caroline & Sadie.
Fun facts about Katie:
- My pets…..Katie has a German Shorthaired Pointer named Penny, short for Pennsylvania – Kate’s home state!
- Best place I’ve traveled to…..Sri Lanka
- Ask me about…..Caroline and Sadie! Katie would love to show you their adorable pictures!