“Southern hospitality is alive and well!” That’s Yvette Thomas-Henry on the hotel she oversees and the city of which it is so much a part. As General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, the only AAA Five-Diamond/Forbes Five-Star address in town, Thomas-Henry is intent upon leveraging that hospitality and building upon that relationship to benefit both the property and the community around it.
Thomas-Henry arrived in Atlanta shortly after the opening of Bar Margot, taking the reins of a reinvigorated Hotel operation that included not just new dining, but a new partnership with Porsche and a newly redesigned Penthouse Ballroom on the 50th floor with stunning views across the city. She brings personal enthusiasm for click-heeled hospitality to her first turn as GM, and she’s not shy about expecting the same. The formula has worked well throughout Thomas-Henry’s run with Four Seasons, which began as Director of Rooms in New York in 2007 and then moved between east coast properties until she became Hotel Manager in Washington, DC. When she returned as the same to New York in 2013, she was thrust into the role of acting General Manger following the transfer of the Hotel’s longtime leader.
What do you do best?
I’m great at motivating others. I am able to tap into that center that allows employees to want to be their best.
What makes you the best?
I have a great deal of confidence in my abilities. I surround myself with individuals who love what they do and do what needs to be done to make things happen.
Raising two wonderful sons who are confident, fearless and have good hearts.
What are your aspirations?
Personal: To be an inspiration to young women; to be a role model for what hard work, determination and diligence can achieve both on a personal front as well as in a career
Business: To reestablish Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta as the leading hotel in the city and to have a strong presence, connection and partnership to the community and people who surround and support the hotel.
Most challenging moment?
Most challenge moment was living away from my teenage sons and my husband for three years when promoted as HM at FS Wash DC.
You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal, instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you. Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Brene Brown, Viola Davis
Amalfi Coast of Italy, The beaches in the U.S.V.I. and fell in love with Prague and Budapest
Bare Essential foundation, Jour d’Hermes perfume, my I-touch, scented and my Kindle Fire
Learning about wines, discovering Atlanta, reading vampire romance novels, exercising and community involvement