Say Hello Thomas Porter, our General Manager at Vintage Villas Hotel and Events Center!
Tell us about your background:
I graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Liberal Arts Bachelors Degree with a Sociology Major. While working my way through college I worked in the restaurant and hotel industry. Upon graduation, I was employed by the Harvey Hotel DFW that was later called the Bristol Hotel Company, and apprenticed in 5-star banqueting service.
What Other Hotel Experience do you have?
I got the position of Banquet Director at the Austin Hilton in 1996. During my tenure, I became the Housekeeping Director, Food & Beverage Director, Catering Director and Assistant General Manager.
How did you meet your wife, Vicky?
Vicky was the Rooms Division Manager at the Austin Hilton. We married in Enniskerry Ireland.
Tell us your Vintage Villas Story:
I 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, I eagerly took the job as General Manger with the full intent of turning the B&B into a Hotel & Event Center. Vicky and I had the opportunity to purchase the hotel in 2007.
What are your favorite hobbies?
Anything related to vegetables and reading any non-fiction (I don’t think I really ever left college).
What are some of your favorite Travel Experiences?
Diving in Bonaire, blindly pointing to a Chinese menu item in Macau and haggling over goat skins in the souks of Marrakech.
What is something you will always love to talk about?
My 3 wonderful kids and the other one, motorcycles and hand bells.