Area General Manager - Kalamazoo
Carrie Oberthaler is the Area General Manager - Kalamazoo for Odyssey Hotels. Carrie comes to Odyssey Hotels with over 25 years in the hospitality industry. She has gained knowledge and experience by working in almost every facet of a hotel. Carrie started her career with Marriott in sales and has held various positions throughout her carrier such as Front office Manager, Director of Sales, Assistant General Manager, General Manager, and Regional Director of Sales. Carrie is an inspirational leader and has taken an active role in educating others in the industry through the Hospitality program at the local community college along with mentor programs through Davenport University. Over 80% of the students that have gone through this mentorship program have been successfully placed in the industry upon completion of the course.
Carrie has been an active member of community groups within the city of Kalamazoo. Carrie was a board member of the Kalamazoo Advisory board made up of community leaders in several industries. Additionally, she has held the position of Vice President of the Greater Kalamazoo Lodging Association. She has lead various efforts to build a strong hospitality community through training and communication. Carrie leads fundraising efforts annually for the West Michigan Cancer Center and the ALS Foundation.
Carrie’s approach to personal challenges is to focus on the positive, define the problems and take action. She is a strong believer in converting mistakes into learning opportunities. Her strengths are in developing strong teams, problem solving, and commitment. Carrie builds her teams through motivation, leading by example, and her ability to manage personal differences.
Carrie is a strong believer in family values. She been happily married for 30 years and loves to spend time with her family. She also enjoys spending time in the outdoors which include kayaking, and camping.