We are thrilled to announce that Olivia Hoblit, the General Manager at Seaside Amelia Inn, has been selected as one of the Top Women in Lodging Leaders with the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.
Olivia has been General Manager at the Seaside Amelia Inn since 2014, but her entrance into the hospitality world happened much earlier. Her reason for choosing hospitality was simple enough.
“My love and passion for service and people,” she says.
With a love and passion for people, Olivia gets to see the fruits of her labor on a daily basis at Seaside.
“My favorite part about working in hospitality is creating memories for our guests,” she says. “Hearing their laughter and seeing their smiles warms my heart.”
But Olivia recognizes that the hospitality world is not without its challenges.
“As a manager, recruiting people that care is a challenge,” she says. “Because you can’t teach people to care.”
The hospitality world is one that only succeeds with a lot of teamwork and mentorship. Olivia was able to point out some folks who were instrumental in her success.
“I am thankful for this recognition, but I owe my success to Susan & David Caples, the previous owners of Elizabeth Pointe Lodge and James McManeman, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for their continued support & guidance in my career path.”
As someone who is being recognized as a top woman in hospitality leadership, Olivia is a wealth of knowledge and information. We wanted to know if she had any tips or insight that lead her to this point.
“Be sincere and flexible,” she says. “Think like a guest and go the extra mile. Take care of your team and they will take care of you.”
And lastly, but certainly not least, Olivia has one more method that never seems to fail.
“SMILE,” she says.
Olivia is one of only 20 women selected in the state of Florida for this award. If you want to keep up to date, look out for the April publication of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association magazine.
Please help us in congratulating Olivia on this wonderful achievement!