CEO Light & Warmth Spotlight: Kevin Barker
Meet Kevin Barker, Chief Engineer at Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
Meet Kevin Barker, Chief Engineer at Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile and one of our 2016 CEO Light a& Warmth Award Winners.
Over the past 16 years, Kevin has demonstrated a diligent work ethic and practiced a trustworthy attitude. His primary strength, according to other Team Members, is his close attention to detail - making sure all tasks and projects are completed in a timely manner.
Last year, Kevin was hugely instrumental in a 455-room renovation where he was responsible for restructuring a Preventive Maintenance program for the hotel's guest rooms. Additionally, he spearheaded the hotel's new Great Team Committee and was recently recognized for recycling 114,250 pounds of mattress sets.
Aside from the skills he applies to his role, he is a selfless leader and puts guests and other Team Members before himself. He has always been willing to change his schedule and work the hours it takes to complete a project even if they are overnight hours after a long day. One day, after a long morning shift Kevin received a call about a situation at the property. An oversized, heavy piece of glass had shattered and was in danger of falling 13 stories down to the street. Kevin quickly called necessary backup to address the situation and blocked sidewalks. Most notable, he waited outside through the night until 7:00am the next morning, guiding walk-through traffic to ensure no one would get hurt.
Kevin's drive and thoughtfulness inspires us all. Kevin, thank you for embodying the very best of what hospitality means, and for truly bringing our Purpose to life! Congratulations for being one of our 2016 CEO Light & Warmth Award recipients and for epitomizing our H-I-L-T-O-N values!
Team Members like Kevin, bring the light and warmth of hospitality to our guests every day. We are committed to cultivating a workplace where Team Members of all backgrounds and abilities can be their very best.
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