Located in a historic region of Fort Collins, Colorado, The Elizabeth Hotel recently appointed Dragan Andrejic as general manager. A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Andrejic has a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Belgrade’s College of Hotel Management.
Andrejic’s leadership experience includes time as the general manager at the Kimpton Donovan Hotel, as well as time at the Park Hyatt Washington D.C. Andrejic is currently a student at Cornell University, pursuing a master’s certificate in Hospitality Management with a focus in Finance and Revenue Management. Andrejic’s new role will entail creating a successful, creative environment for all his team members and ensuring a superior guest experience.
Colorado Meetings + Events: What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?
Dragan Andrejic: The aspect that I am looking forward to the most in my new role is to be an active part of the Fort Collins community. This town is magical, and The Elizabeth Hotel is a wonderful representation of Fort Collins. I also have the privilege to work side by side with some of the most enthusiastic hotel professionals in the industry, in an environment like Fort Collins, where people care about every corner of our town.
COM+E: How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?
DA: My experience has taught me to hire people that know more about their job than I do. This way, all I need to do is provide a few guidelines and get out of their way.
COM+E: What drew you to the hospitality industry?
DA: This is the only career that I ever had. I truly believe that a better person you become, a better hotel professional you become and vice versa. Day in and day out, you must learn to be a part of the team; you can’t do it alone; you need to learn to listen. ... Truly listen. And, of course, pick a spot on the World map, and there will be a hotel that needs you.
COM+E: How did you get into the industry?
DA: I landed in hospitality by the suggestion of my mother, who was an angel and knew that I wouldn’t be happy in an office job. She suggested trying high school for hotel professionals, to see if I would like it. Twenty-something hotel-years later I’m still here. I still don’t like my office. I prefer to work from a hotel lobby.
COM+E: What do you enjoy most about the industry?
DA: It is rarely boring. You can see the impact of your work almost instantly. We are here to provide a service. We are here to make our team members and our guests feel welcomed, and when you do it right, you know it.