After graduating from University of Richmond's Robins School of Business with a degree in marketing, de Tessan launched her hospitality career at Hyatt Regency New Brunswick in events. She quickly moved up the ranks, relocating to New York and assuming her role as event sales manager at Grand Hyatt New York in 2007. That role culminated in her 2011 move to Denver where she worked for Hyatt Regency Denver as associate director of events before her most recent role, director of events for Grand Hyatt Denver.
Following a successful year at Grand Hyatt Denver, de Tessan was honored as Hyatt Hotels 2019 Director of the Year after achieving 109% of the event sales yearly quota and exceeding customer service goals. de Tessan believes in authenticity, approaching each day with curiosity, and embracing innovative ideas. She leads a thriving sales team and creates a culture that fosters honest connections, a winning spirit, and a core value of fun.
4 October 2021 — Holston House appointed Colby Mitchell as the Director of Food & Beverage. In this role, Mitchell leads the culinary teams at the boutique hotel's signature restaurant TENN, historically-inspired cocktail bar Bar TENN and rooftop bar TENN on Top to create memorable and innovative culinary experiences for the hotel's guests and Nashville locals.
4 October 2021 — As Director of Sales & Marketing, Gillick is responsible for orchestrating strategic sales and marketing efforts of the hotel, while driving strong sales with a focus on leisure and small groups. An industry veteran, Gillick brings more than two decades of hospitality experience to the leadership team.