J. Grady Colin

Grady began his hotel career in 1985 as part of the opening team of the NY Marriott Marquis where his first position was that of Banquet Server. Within six months he became a Lead Waiter, supervising smaller events and assisting the management team wherever he was assigned. His passion and dedication was obvious and Grady was soon asked to enroll in Marriott’s Management Development Program. During his eight years with The Marquis he held several positions within Food & Beverage and established many professional relationships and personal friendships that remain a part of his life today. He continued on with Marriott at their newly managed Marriott at Glenpointe property in New Jersey where he assumed the assignments of Director of Banquets and later Catering Director. In 1996 his Regional Director of Operations asked Grady to come back to NYC to become the Director of Catering Operations at the Marriott World Trade Center. He jumped at the chance be part of Marriott’s newest property in NYC. During his tenure, The Marriott WTC attained some of the company’s highest rankings for guest satisfaction in the areas of meetings and events.

In 1998 he transitioned to Interstate Hotels and was tasked with the role of Director of Catering Operations at the recently re-launched, historic Roosevelt Hotel.  After five successful years he sought out a new challenge and joined the legendary Waldorf Astoria as the Director of Beverage.  Within a half year Grady was promoted to Assistant Director of Food and Beverage and shortly thereafter was appointed to Executive Director of Food and Beverage where he was responsible for the oversight of a $109M F&B operation.

In 2009 he joined the company’s flagship property, the Hilton New York, as Executive Assistant Manager/Director of Food and Beverage.  This year Grady was also recognized by Hilton to pilot a hotel GM development program for the U.S. and was a H.A.N.Y. Big Apple Award finalist in the category of Manager.

Grady’s wife Susan is also a hotelier enjoying her tenth year as Director of Accounts for The Ritz Carlton Resorts of Naples.  Those who are close to him know him as a very proud and dedicated father to his sixteen year old daughter Jennifer, a consistent honor student with aspirations of a career in fashion, as well as Sue and Grady’s six year old son Evan, who keeps them busy with his forays into sports and his fun loving personality.  Grady considers himself among the lucky to have such a rewarding career, but most of all to be blessed with his fun and wonderful family.