Over the last 40 years, Steve Schwartz has built a reputation as a leader on the cutting edge of the hospitality industry nationwide. He has been recognized time and again for his vast repertoire of accomplishments since his first start working the front desk at a Holiday Inn owned by his father. However, no one is more familiar with his award-winning attitude and relentless drive than Team FHG. That is why, with great pride, it is my pleasure to congratulate one of the finest men I’ve ever known on winning Hilton’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.
In the 20 years that I’ve worked alongside of him, I’ve never seen Steve have a bad day. Any challenge thrown our way has been met with an unflappable positive attitude and a sense of humor. The way in which he approaches our team and people in general is nothing short of incredible. To this, I attribute the solid reputation that he has been able to build with the Brands, affording First Hospitality Group the opportunity break the mold and produce astounding results. Having Steve behind a project is as good as a guarantee that the job will get done right – when Steve talks, everybody listens.
His relationship with Hilton in particular spans all the way back to the founding of Promus Hotels and was a developer of some of the first Hampton hotels. Stretching into the present day, Steve continues to stay on the edge of everything that Hilton rolls out. In some cases, one could say that we’ve even been a few steps ahead of the brand, pioneering projects such as the Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Downtown, where we broke the mold with a premier rooftop bar and original paintings by local artisans, and the Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown, where a vision of infusing modern Hilton style into a historic venue was completed with nothing less than genius.
Steve Schwartz has been our guiding light for over 30 years. The seed of inspiration instilled within him by his father, James Schwartz, and his partner, Mel Lieberman, has germinated throughout First Hospitality Group. We have grown up healthy as a result. I can’t think of someone more deserving of this recognition than my dear friend and colleague. Team FHG’s enthusiasm is unparalleled. So, raise a glass in honor of our fearless leader. In my eyes, there is no one more deserving.