The general manager of 115-room Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center in Fayetteville has seen a lot of ups and downs throughout his career.
Alex Jerde, a native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, started in the hotel industry 37 years ago when his brother found him a job in the kitchen of a hotel in his hometown.
He worked his way through the Sunwood Inn & Convention Center until becoming general manager.
As he was climbing the ladder, a property manager had acquired the hotel, and a position opened up in Fayetteville.
“Down I came and stayed,” Jerde said. “I love Northwest Arkansas.”
He moved to Northwest Arkansas in the early 1990s to work as the general manager for the 235-room Hilton in downtown Fayetteville, a full-service hotel.
While there, he directed the hotel’s... [ MORE ]