Ron Swidler’s career in the hospitality industry began as a case of being in the right place at the right time. Specifically, waiting tables at a Northern Italian restaurant in Chicago in 1988.
“I was waiting tables when the founders of The Gettys Group happened to come in and sit at my table,” Swidler tells A HOTEL PODCAST. “They were just starting The Gettys Group in the same building (as the restaurant) and I overheard their conversation. I kept going back to the table and refilling the water. I wanted to hear as much as I could about what they were doing.”