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Meet Our November A-Lister: Walter Isenberg, CEO, Sage Hospitality


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“Love what you do, and love who you do it with.” 

—Walter Isenberg, CEO, Sage Hospitality


Walter Isenberg knows a thing or two about hospitality. The co-founder, president, and CEO of Denver-based Sage Hospitality, he got into the business washing dishes at a country club at 14. His love for the industry led him to start his own company 35 years ago, and today, Sage Hospitality manages 55 hotels and 14 restaurants in 20 states. As the firm has grown, its mission to enrich people’s lives one experience at a time hasn’t changed. But Walter’s passion for serving others doesn’t end there: He also co-created the nonprofit initiatives Dollars for Dreams, Sage’s hotel giving program, and Amp the Cause, which gives to local organizations that support children and families. It’s no surprise he loves to fly Southwest®, a Company dedicated to delivering outstanding Hospitality. Thanks, Walter, for being a kindred spirit.

                     —Allison Boyce, Communications & Outreach


LUV Story “I was transferred to Houston shortly after I started dating Christie, my wife. I saw an ad in the paper for $19 nonstop Southwest flights from Houston to New Orleans, and I’ve been in LUV ever since—with both Southwest and Christie.”


Career Counsel “An early mentor of mine told me to always take the time to get to know your people.”


Model Behavior “I’ve always been amazed that the growth of Southwest® has been explosive and yet the Culture and focus on People has been unchanged. It’s a great case study for all businesses to learn from.”