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Embassy Suites Louisville East

Grand architecture, great location, and fabulous service define Embassy Suites Louisville East.

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Meet Our People

Gary Burdette

General Manager

15 Years with Musselman

“Emanuel” Clayton Hammond

Assistant General Manager

7 Years with Musselman

Erin Fosson

Director of Sales

10 Years with Musselman

Julie Sanders

Sales Manager

4 Years with Musselman

James Gordon

F&B Manager

3 Years with Musselman

Adam Portman

Chief Engineer

8 Years with Musselman

Virgil Parr

Front Office Manager

14 Years with Musselman

Teri Peniston

Executive Housekeeper

5 Years with Musselman

Gary has been with Musselman Hotels since 2004, starting as the Executive Housekeeper at the Embassy Suites and later as the Assistant General Manager at the hotel as well as the Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport. In June 2011, Gary was named the General Manager of the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Elizabethtown. He took over as General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Northeast in February 2014 and has now moved to Embassy Suites Louisville as their new General Manager. Gary is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the hotel. Outside of work, Gary very much enjoys gardening and home improvements.

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Clay’s entire Work History has been in Hospitality / Food and Beverage. Starting his career at the ripe old age of 14 as a dishwasher at Tumbleweed in Salem, Indiana. Yes, Clay is a Hoosier but please do not hold that against him. He did not choose to be born on the Sunny Side of the Ohio River but is grateful to bring his positive attitude and strong work ethic to such an Amazing company, Musselman Hotels. Starting with Musselman at the Louisville Marriott East June 6th, 2012. Musselman Hotels is the Best Company to work for PERIOD in my opinion!

Erin began her hospitality career after graduating from the University of Kentucky. She loves all sports, especially teams from her alma mater and her hometown team, the Ohio State Buckeyes. Erin is happily married to Chris and they have expanded their family in the last few years. Their two sons Luke and Jack keep them on their toes. Outside of work, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and dining out at all her favorite local restaurants.

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Julie has been married to her high school sweetheart for over 35 years. She has 2 sons and 6 grandchildren. With her spare time, Julie likes to read and go camping in her RV with her husband and 2 Schnauzers. She has been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and loves all aspects of it. She primarily works the SMERF Market (Social, Military, Educational, Reunion, and Fraternal) but can step in with all other markets as well.

James started at the Embassy Suites/ Louisville East in December of 2015.  He started as the evening cook and was quickly promoted to his current position of Food and Beverage Manager.  “Food is my life.  Something I’ve been doing since I can remember.”   James loves to see the smiles on peoples faces after eating one of his meals- he says it’s priceless. James is a family man, he and his wife of 16 years have a blended family of four-  3 boys and 1 girl.  James’s favorite things to do in his downtime is to tend to his 65-gallon fish aquarium and go to the peddler mall with his wife. Even though James is the chef at work, his wife does the cooking at home- she kicks him out of the kitchen telling him that at home the kitchen belongs to her.

Adam has been with Musselman Hotels since 2011. He joined the team at Embassy Suites in April 2004.  He loves to help guests and teammates solve issues on a daily basis. Able to troubleshoot complex issues and come with working solutions, he is often on the receiving end of high praise from his colleagues. Adam enjoys spending time with his daughter and only child, Racquel. Adam is a self-described “huge car freak,” who has had several sports cars that he’s modified, doing all of the engine work, transmission building, wiring, and welding.

Virgil Parr started in the hotel industry in 1990 working in the banquet department as a summer job.  At the time, he was attending Kentucky State University where he was a  running back for the Kentucky State Thoroughbreds for 2 years. While at Kentucky State University in 1991, Virgil was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Majestic Psi Phi Chapter and is still active with the fraternity.  After his college days, Virgil returned to the hospitality industry and worked in all facets of the business in Frankfort, Ky.  Returning to Louisville in 1996 Virgil worked for a finance company and mortgage company.  After three years Virgil decided to return to the hospitality industry.  In 2005 Virgil joined the Musselman Team at the Embassy Suites by Hilton as a night auditor.  After 10 years of working the midnight shift, in 2015 he took on a new challenge at the hotel and joined the management team as the Front Desk Manager.

Teri started working for Musselman Hotels at the Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport in December 2013 as a Guest Service Agent. In March of 2015, she made a department change when she was promoted to Assistant Executive Housekeeper. After two years of learning the ins and outs of housekeeping, she joined the team here at Embassy Suites Louisville in May 2017. As a military brat, when she was younger, traveling was a way of life. Hotels became her second home. It was important to her that I always felt at home, no matter where my family was. In this same manner, it is important to her that our guests always feel at home. I have been married for 9 years and have two boys. Between baseball, basketball and going to school, we stay pretty busy. I play competitive kickball and sand volleyball. I love spending time with my family, traveling and going to the beach.

Your staff was wonderful, from folks who handled the reservation up front and the check in when we arrived, to the housekeeping team and the team who handled the breakfast each morning. They were all pleasant, professional and engaging throughout our stay. We had fun interacting with each of them. They very much made us feel at home. They were also a wealth of information, helping us to navigate Louisville during our stay.
Joyce & Ed Marasco

Recognizing Excellence

Associate of the Year
Olivia Alavez
2018 Associate of the Year
Associate of the Year
Tabitha Rich
2017 Associate of the Year
Associates of the Quarter
1st Quarter 2018
Elisha McDaniel & James Logan
2nd Quarter 2018
Roxanne Moss & Florina Gomez
3rd Quarter 2018
Donna Ferry & Olivia Alavez
4th Quarter 2018
Brittany Ebrecht & Sara Martinez
Associates of the Quarter
1st Quarter 2017
Maria Erika Rodriguez & Elisha McDaniel
2nd Quarter 2017
Rich Goodwin & Johnny Bell
3rd Quarter 2017
Tabitha Rich & Adam Craig
4th Quarter 2017
Amber Scott & LaShanna Brasher
Hotel Awards
Hotel Awards
Best Places to Work in Kentucky 2019
Best Places to Work in Kentucky 2018
10 Top-Rated Hotels in Louisville 2016