Valerie Waeltz is an experienced hospitality professional, with nearly 20 years of experience. A New Jersey native, Valerie moved to South Louisiana 20 years ago and began her hospitality career in New Orleans. She has worked for several major hotel chains, in Food and Beverage, Convention Services and Sales. When offered the opportunity to open a new hotel in the Central Business District of New Orleans, she took the occasion to expand her career with that challenge. Years later, that opportunity would come again as she was on the opening team of the Homewood Suites by Hilton Slidell, where she successfully operated and maintained the Sales Department.
Her experience and passion for hospitality has been recognized, and her efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. She is a graduate of Homewood Suites by Hilton MVP Elite Program, and received numerous accolades for success over the years. Valerie believes in top notch customer service, and understands customer needs. Her philosophy is “hospitality is like shipbuilding. Building relationships and nurturing friendships is a key part of building the ‘ship’ that is an event and hospitality”.
Valerie is actively involved in our local community. She is a member of the Stennis Space Center Rotary Club (past Treasurer), St. Tammany Hotel, Motel and Campground Association (past Secretary and Treasurer) and is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Northshore. She was a recent representative for the St. Tammany Hotel, Motel and Campground Association to the St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission Board of Commissioners. She is also active with the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, and is involved in the Slidell Chapter of Business Women’s Network.
In her leisure time, Valerie enjoys spending time with her 2 sons and friends. She often travels to Florida to visit family and enjoy theme parks.