We’re pleased to welcome back Catherine Jindela to the Inn on Boltwood. Previously, Catherine worked at the Inn as Sales Coordinator before leaving for a short while to persue another opportunity. Coming back to her true passion of events, Catherine is now back at the Inn on Boltwood and we couldn’t be more excited to have her. During her time with us, she has assisted in the execution of a number of events – large tented weddings, intimate dinners, business conferences, and festive celebrations of all sorts. Now in her role as the Catering Services Manager, Catherine will see you through the entire event planning process – from start to finish. Menu details, rentals, room setups, timelines, and everything else to help your event run smoothly.
How did you get started in your career?
When I was younger, my father would always share typical “dad stories” about how he used to work at a members-only club in the Adirondacks in the summers when he was in college. Although his stories were always about some preposterous scenario that he found himself involved in, they were always filled with laughter. Because of this, I chose to major in Hospitality and Event Management in college, and after my first intro course, I knew I had fallen in love. Fast forward to over a decade later, and I’m confident that I’ve chosen the right path.
What do you love the most about the hospitality industry?
The people. I love meeting new people, learning about their event vision, and turning that vision into a reality.
What is the most valuable piece of career advice you have been given?
One of the most important things I’ve been told is the importance of playing to your strengths. I work with such a diverse and talented team here at Inn on Boltwood, everyone has their own strengths. Teamwork makes the dream work.
It seems like every year a different trend or set of trends emerge. How do you stay on top of current trends to be able to advise your clients?
Wedding trends come and go like the tide. I always recommend to my clients to stay true to their own personal style and not to worry about having the “trendiest” wedding. It’s fun to incorporate one or two trends (I’m totally on board with the cinnamon bun trend of 2019.) but stressing over incorporating every single trend of the year will make your own wedding feel unnatural.
What’s something that we should know about you?
I love to travel. However, I don’t spend hours researching the “must-see” attractions in a new spot. I prefer to read local travel blogs and try to experience the area as if I were local. Finding and experiencing the hidden gems is much more exciting in my opinion.