Meet The Team : Rachel Jacobson
Name: Rachel Jacobson
Title: Corporate Sales Manager
Hometown: Bridgewater, Iowa
1.How long have you been with Hotel Julien Dubuque?
A little over 2 months!
2. What path brought you to Hotel Julien Dubuque? Please share a little bit about your professional background and what led you to this industry.
I’ve always been a planner; planning my day, my future, my grocery list! It was just a constant skill that I found so much joy in, so choosing Event Management as a major at Iowa State University was one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made. From studying a semester at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to completing various internships in different locations, my love for hospitality only grew.
After graduating from Iowa State University, I started my career in Wisconsin Dells where I would have a 7-hour drive to my home town which consisted of driving right through Dubuque. With the glow of the Hotel Julien sign always welcoming me into the city, I would imagine what it would be like to work there someday and now that day is today!
3. What are you most passionate about professionally?
I am most passionate about helping people feel at home. Yes, we are a hotel but creating an atmosphere that is welcoming and comforting is a feeling that people remember.
4. What are you passionate about personally? What is your favorite way to spend a free weekend?
I love re-doing furniture! There’s something special about bringing life back to a classic piece.
5. What are some of your favorite things to do in the Dubuque area?
My favorite thing is Saturday mornings spent at the Farmer’s Market or watching barges lock through the dam!
6.What do you love most about Hotel Julien Dubuque?
The atmosphere. I’ve only been here a couple of months but I feel like I’ve been here for years. It’s hard to beat that feeling!
7. What is your personal motto?
Be the person you want to meet.
8.Describe your typical workday.
There’s no “typical” workday in hospitality, but my favorite part of the day is completing prospecting calls to potential clients. There’s something about the challenge of trying to build a relationship over the phone or email that lights my fire. Making a good and memorable first impression is everything and a little nerve-racking too!
9. Please share a go-to fun fact about yourself.
My mom’s a flight attendant so we would always go on short trips spontaneously like Australia for a weekend and Italy for 3 days!