• Meet Randi Talmage

    POSTED June 25, 2017

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Randi Talmage was recently hired as sales manager at JW Marriott Grand Rapids.

1. How did you get into the industry? 

More than 11 years ago, I was bright eyed, fresh out of college and like most … needed a job. I opened a phone book and starting calling, I thought 'Sure let’s give hotels a shot, it’s only temporary.'  Little did I know the job I thought would be temporary would ignite a love for the hospitality industry that I never knew existed. I felt at home and knew this was where I was meant to be. I became determined to extract every drop of knowledge from the hospitality professionals surrounding me. Every decision I made, every position I held, every task I took on I used as an opportunity to grow. While my career journey did not begin on path of hospitality, I like to say the hospitality industry found me.

2. What do you enjoy most about the industry?

Every day we welcome guests into their home away from home and it is up to us, as hospitality professionals, to make that experience something extraordinary. We learn about their job, their life, their hobbies and find ways to provide a superior level of excellence that ensures they walk out of our doors feeling special. The power of crafting these powerful experiences and long-lasting memories is in our hands and it is nothing short of incredible.

3. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role? 

The last nine years of my hospitality career have been in the convention services field, most recently as assistant director of conventions services. There is a level of creativity, expertise and insight that comes from several years of hands-on meeting planning. These skills have equipped me to sell the dream because I know we can deliver the dream.

4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?

I have the pleasure of serving my local and state market.  I desire to cultivate relationships throughout my community, allowing others fall in to love with the brand of hospitality I fell in love with.

5. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as sales manager? 

The privilege of spending my days talking about two of the things I love most: my fabulous city and our campus of luxury.

What’s better than Dippin’ Dots ice cream on a hot summer day? How about a daiquiri topped with the delicious treat? You read that right: The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is treating guests at the River Bluff Water Experience to an unusual, but delicious beverage while they enjoy the expansive 9-acre water park oasis.


–4 oz. light rum 

–1/2 cup fresh strawberries 


Grapevine’s event venue options are expanding. This summer, the community will welcome Hotel Vin to its historic district. Part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, the 120-room Hotel Vin embraces the city’s historic past, while offering the innovation and amenities of today. The hotel will feature 10,327 square feet of indoor meeting space—including a 4,232-square-foot ballroom with panoramic views of Main Street and the community plaza—and 4,140 square feet of outdoor event space.


The Santa Maria Sipper is courtesy of Crooked Branch, the lobby bar at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. It’s the trifecta of cocktails: easy to make, refreshing to sip and oh-sodelightfully delicious!

—5 fresh blueberries
—3 fresh raspberries
—5 oz. La Marca Prosecco
—lemon wedge or mint sprig for garnish

Fill a rocks glass with berries. Top with ice, then top with prosecco. Garnish with a lemon wedge or mint sprig.