To some, it’s merely a term used for certain intangibles that are difficult to describe. But, at Vision Hospitality Group, our unique True Blue™ culture is very real, and it starts with our seven Vision Values that represent the way of life at Vision.

True Blue™ can be defined as a feeling, a friendship, a promise, and a family. In fact, many associates shared their thoughts about our culture in Vision’s first publication, a book that honors both the company’s legacy and our family of associates. This collaborative effort gave a name to not only the book, but to our entire culture as well: True Blue™. Each of our associates is part of our True Blue™ Family.

We also believe in the Golden Rule: to treat others the way you would want to be treated. That is true in our interactions with our associates, our guests, and in our communities. At Vision, the word Community speaks to each hotel’s community as well as the broad, community-related causes that we proudly support, including environmental awareness, education and wellness.

Our hotels routinely partner and volunteer with over 95 community service organizations in our hometowns across the United States. We believe that giving back to our communities is an important part of being good neighbors.

What sets us apart is the simple belief that our people come first. Our True Blue™ Family is the heart and soul of our company. We believe that, if we are to plan for our exciting future together, then it’s important to understand our path from our very beginning. Our culture is important to us. Our foundation is strong, and is reinforced by our shared commitment to our Vision Values and the Golden Rule. We believe that if you are honest, do things with the utmost integrity, and treat everyone with respect, good things will happen. We are True Blue™.

Since I’ve been with Vision I have recognized new strengths and abilities within myself. I owe this to the culture and my mentors.

Amy Collins
Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga/Downtown

Vision Hospitality Group’s culture is unique in its sincere focus on associates, their families and the golden rule. In working as closely to Mitch Patel as I do, it is immediately evident that this comes from the top and the Patel family lives this every day. I have worked for other closely held companies, and while many “talk the talk” about having a commitment to their associates, none followed through on that promise. Not until I found my place at Vision Hospitality Group did I see a family-owned company that was truly a family.

Andrew Hibbard
Home Office Team

I have been most impressed by the passion vision has for the success and happiness of its people. This genuine care for each member of the vision team is exhibited every day from senior leadership to the line level. Whether we land in the home office or on property, it is clear that supervisors care for associates, associates care for each other, and we all care deeply for our guests.

Ashley Ewing
The Edwin Hotel

The Vision culture has reinvigorated my life as a hotelier. When becoming a gm, I had grandeur thoughts of what I was to do each day. While working for other management companies, I felt lost. I felt that my creativity and desire to go to work each day was dwindling. I was knee-deep in reports, excel spreadsheets, and had no “life” outside of my work. Vision has allowed me to be me. I enjoy every day, and I enjoy the leadership from our corporate office. I am not only allowed to dream, but I am assisted in making those dreams come true. “Vision” is not just a company name to me; it represents a way of life. I don’t allow walls to obstruct my Vision; I will continue to see past them and create the image I want for my guests and team.

Barry Volkers
Fairfield Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown At The Gulch

As a college graduate, I had big dreams of conquering the hospitality world. Vision welcomed me with open arms and has surrounded me in an environment where I am able to grow professionally and personally. Vision Hospitality Group has become family. The thing about a family is that they are there for you – through thick and thin. The opportunity to learn is ever-present and one for which I am truly thankful. I am humbled and honored to be a part of the vision family.

Catharine La Haie
Chattanooga Downtown

I love the Vision values that our company instills in our work lives and to follow in our everyday lives. Vision’s heart is in the community. From habitat to humanity, toys for tots and heart walks with the chattanooga heart association. We’re given so many resources to help with our own home town.

Chris Eaker
Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanooga/Hamilton Place

If there is one thing that my parents reiterate to me daily, it is that I should always treat people the way I want to be treated. My father says if I do this one thing every day, I will be set for life. It is inspiring to know that I work for a company who values others and lives by the golden rule in both the workplace and community. I am very fortunate to work for Vision Hospitality Group.

Christina Ankar
Courtyard by Marriott Houston NW/Hwy. 290

It’s very important to me that our guests develop personal relationships with our associates. It is equally important to me that we build personal relationships within our team. Building trust and living our values will allow our company to go far.

Corey Moore
Hampton Inn Kimball

I really like my job! We work hard, but have lots of fun, too! My favorite part of the day is our 9:30 huddle meeting. Every day, our entire staff gets together to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly adventures we face working in our hotel. What a joy it is to be part of an organization that values the opinions of their employees! I’ve been in the hospitality industry since 1998, and this is a first!

Denetra Merriweather
DoubleTree by Hilton Chattanooga/Downtown

I think a very important element of my personal happiness is to work for a company whose values are aligned with my own. This culture was evident from day one, before the vision values were officially introduced. Working for and with vision is a classic example of “walking the walk”.

Ed Mamrila
Hampton Inn & Suites Schererville

Vision Hospitality Group truly lives and breathes the culture of “treat others as you would like to be treated”. The contagious, positive attitude originates in management and can be seen in each associate, which is instrumental in providing a stellar guest experience.

Ellen Peavy
Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga Downtown

Vision culture to me means “dedication” first and foremost. It is a “do whatever takes mentality” that the entire company represents. The culture of this company is why we do what we do every day. The leadership in this company exemplifies the vision values, and I am truly proud to be a part of it.

Ethan Beard
Fairfield Inn & Suites Cleveland

What goes around comes around. Keep your circle positive. Say good words. Think good thoughts. Do good deeds.

Ish Patel
Home Office Team

It is so great to work for a company that specifically defines its values. I have worked for several companies, and if you asked me anything about their culture or their values, I would have to honestly say I am not really sure. Vision hospitality group is different. The saying “each value directs our vision” is so true! I think of our values as a compass. If we refer to our values and we put them into practice when making any decision for our hotel, we will have success.

Jeff Hollis
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chattanooga I-24/Lookout Mountain

When I think Vision culture, I think of togetherness, community, spirit. I truly think of our Vision values and how they affect the work place, and how by demonstrating them, we are creating the culture that we want for our employees to experience. I have been with Vision for 4 years now, and I can truly say that we have more culture now than when I first started. The best is yet to come.

Joclyn Foster
Doubletree Chattanooga Downtown

I began my career in this industry at Vision Hospitality Group. I know that this is where I want to be when my career comes to an end. I can tell by the reactions I receive when I attend a networking event and tell someone what company I belong to, that Vision has already made such an impact on this community. It gives me such pride to boast about who I work for and how blessed am I that I found that so early in my career.

Jordan Nix
Hampton Inn Chattanooga West/Lookout Mountain

Vision is very hands on and very involved.

Joy Hale
Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanooga/Hamilton Place

After working in hospitality for nearly a decade, I find the culture at Vision to be remarkable. To instill in each team member a genuine sense of care, for each other and for our guests, is no easy task. But this is the culture we have, a culture where valuing the best interest of all parties leads to sustainable profitability. It creates an environment that is deeply satisfying.

Kaylon Tuttle
Hampton Inn Chattanooga Lookout Mountain

Vision has true empathy and compassion for their employees. Vision has helped me visualize and attain goals more quickly than I had ever thought possible. When I think of Vision, I think - opportunity.

Megan Sorenson
Doubletree Chattanooga Downtown

Being part of the Vision team has given me a sense of true collaboration. I’m surrounded by people that understand and devote themselves to [our Vision values] each day. We come from varying backgrounds and experience levels, but we rally around one another to create a world class guest experience while we develop and strengthen our own character. I am proud to be part of Vision Hospitality Group.

Melinda Miller
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Franklin/Cool Springs

Each hotel and team has its own personality and our Vision culture allows that personality to develop while still maintaining the overall vision of our company. Vision has felt like home since the day I started, and I look forward to many more years of Vision values, and how it plays into everyday decisions and actions, both personal and professional.

Merrily Bell
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Franklin/Cool Springs

Having been hired in December, I am still new to this company, but have been in this business for some time now. I am very impressed with the focus on the guest, but also how we go about that focus. The commitment to each other, our community and our company is invigorating. The support I have felt from our associates and from corporate allows for more passion and commitment on all of our parts. I am proud to say that I am a member of our team.

Michael Grauer
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Franklin/Cool Springs

The culture found in Vision Hospitality Group is truly one of the best I have experienced. Many companies write a “mission statement” and define their “culture”, but fail to keep a front-of-mind awareness within their associates of that Vision and truly live by what they have defined themselves to be. By rewarding associates with a fun, supportive, opportunistic work environment, alongside monetary incentives to celebrate a job well done, I believe Vision Hospitality Group will retain a taskforce of genuinely happy associates who will provide an exceptional hospitality experience for each and every one of our valued guests.

Michael Vasquez
Fairfield Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown At The Gulch

Vision culture is like having a second family. It is a company that inspires you to be and give your very best. The Vision culture means commitment to perfection--passion! There is not a better feeling in the world to do what you love for a living.

Missiel Scott
Hampton Inn Cleveland

I love our Vision culture. We work together to make one big happy team. I enjoy working with a company that gives you every opportunity to grow.

Nickie Anders
Hampton Inn Kimball

Vision culture defined is, simply put, a culture in which people can realize their dreams and reach their highest potential. Vision allows me to stretch and grow as a manager, leader, but more importantly, as a person. Vision invests in their people because after all, it is the people who are the face of this company. The Vision values are interwoven and threaded in the fabric of our company culture. I moved my family from south florida to join this team, and am so thankful each and every day for the opportunity to work in such a great environment. The saying “love what you do and you will never work another day in your life” is absolutely true. Vision has allowed me to grow and stretch as a leader and manager; however, this is not as important as the ability to allow me to grow as a person. I am a better person, parent, and spouse because of this company. Thank you for investing in me!

Patty Martinez
Doubletree Chattanooga Downtown

In the 14 years that I have been working for Vision, a culture has evolved that is hard to bring to just any company. By building a stronger company culture, Vision has improved employee communication, collaboration, wellness and performance. Working with employees to supply them with the tools and training they need to be successful shows that vision knows there people will earn Vision Hospitality Group the best and most respected title.

Phil Barrow
Doubletree Chattanooga Downtown

What really hits home with me is what mitch said when i asked if he was the person who came up with the vision values “directs” acronym. He said that the values were there already, a part of us, the way we think and conduct ourselves and the “directs” acronym came later. He couldn’t have given any answer that would have made me more proud to be a part of the vision family! The vision culture is the heart of us because we truly live these values.

Phil Rigdon
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Franklin/Cool Springs

Winston Churchhill said, “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Vision has provided me with a living and multiple opportunities for advancement, but has also awarded me the chance to give to so many others. I feel accomplishment in providing our guests with clean rooms and a remarkable experience. However, I receive the most satisfaction when I can make a difference in one of my team member’s lives. Being employed by a company that encourages a work culture of caring and social responsibility has assisted me creating a life I can be proud of.

Samantha Kapellusch
Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga Downtown

Vision, as a word and company, means so many things to me. First and foremost, it means a shared commitment to excellence and service. It means family and the golden rule. Vision means growth at the right time and in the right areas. Vision is a company replete with leaders at all levels. In my 6 years with Vision, I have never had to go outside to fill supervisory/management positions. Vision means genuinely caring for our fellow associates. Vision means a strong tie with our local community. “Visionites” are eager to lend a hand for those in need in our community. Vision means being passionate leaders and service providers. We strive for excellence on a daily basis. We are resilient and resourceful during difficult moments. Vision means being an ambassador for our guests, our brands, our fellow associates, and our communities.

Scott Shepard
Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanooga Downtown

Vision’s culture is incredible. I’m proud to be a part of a company that encompasses honesty, integrity, hard work, and customer satisfaction! I am surrounded by leaders who lead by example. Vision’s values and beliefs are strong and they are a part of my life in and out of the workplace.

Stephanie Bell
Doubletree Chattanooga Downtown

A common cold over the holiday lead me to a cardiologist, and as I was sitting there talking to the doctor, he said, “I see you work for Mitch Patel,” and I replied, “yes sir, I do. I work for vision hospitality group. I have for two years now. I was with Hilton worldwide for nine years.” The doctor said, “I’m guessing this is a decision you have not regretted?” And I said, “no sir, I haven’t”. I was puzzled at this point with his questions, but then the doctor said, “Tammy, you work for a very good man. He is a good family man, and is true to his staff.” I said I would agree 100%. My Vision values came to my mind at that moment. Integrity and respect. That, Mitch, is what you show and have taught me, and have shown a complete stranger the type of man you are, and the love for vision you have. It makes me proud to be a part of it all.

Tammy Harrison
Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanooga/Hamilton Place

Ever since joining the Vision family 10 years ago this may, I have been very impressed with the way our company gives back to our communities. Not only does Vision do this through donating to a local organization when opening a new hotel, but our employees are encouraged to serve in their communities as well. Because of Vision’s rich culture and strong values, I have had the opportunity to work with the Chattanooga area food bank, habitat for humanity and Chattanooga clean and green, just to name a few. It is truly a heartwarming experience to work for a company that cares for its employees, their families and communities. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this truly amazing family.

Tim Haynes
Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga/Hamilton Place

Our Vision culture is special to me because of the potential it provides to me and all employees. Through specialized training, exposure to unique opportunities, and appreciation and encouragement, Vision provides building blocks for a sound career foundation. Everyone has a fair shot at any path or position they choose, and are free to choose differently along the way. Our team is there to encourage and support each other, to share in our victories and defeats, from property to president.

Tricia Cox
Fairfield Inn & Suites Cleveland

Vision has the culture of a family that functions by celebrating the same core values. I’m thankful for the opportunities that allow each of us to grow and make our family stronger.

Vany Ilanos
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Franklin/Cool Springs