Amanda Hite, STR

Amanda Hite, President & CEO, STR

Amanda Hite had a nontraditional entry into the hospitality industry. The former director of research for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce joined STR in 2006 at the behest of founder Randy Smith without a formal job description or any particular responsibilities. Her sole focus the first year? Learn the industry and the inner workings of STR. “I think it was brave on both parts,” she said. “It speaks to the culture of STR. It’s about the environment and the people and when Randy sees someone that is very good, we make sure that we seize the talent and we’ll figure out what we need and what we can teach them.” Five short years after joining STR, Hite was promoted to president and COO of the company, then was promoted again in 2016 to her current role. Her advice for aspiring leaders is to always focus on communication. “Articulating what you want and what you’re interested in is so important from day one of entering the workforce,” she said. “People don’t tell you to do that enough. For me, growing up in the South as a woman, we definitely were not taught to be super-vocal in professional settings and that was something that I learned quickly. It’s so important to make sure that people know you’re interested so that you are considered for opportunities. That’s how you learn and get the support you need to keep growing.”  

Amanda Hite, STR

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