by Kaylee Hultgren | December 01, 2007

Steve VissotzkyI believe in providing a spirited environment in which associates can succeed.”

Steve Vissotzky, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Dallas, was the recipient of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts’ 2006 Donald N. Pritzker Award of Excellence, an accolade that honors the chain’s most outstanding GMs. Prior to arriving in Dallas, Vissotzky managed Hyatt properties in Miami and Cambridge, Mass. The Hyatt Regency Dallas features 1,122 rooms and 160,000 square feet of function space.

Why do you think you won the Pritzker award? It was for years of work -- 28 to be exact -- my entire career. What I’m most proud of is being involved in people’s careers. I’ve learned that if you provide an environment in which employees and managers can enthusiastically dedicate themselves to the art of service, wonderful experiences occur. And 2006 was the best year in the history of the Hyatt Regency Dallas in terms of revenue, profit and service scores. I am very proud of this hotel and each of our 600-plus associates.

How would you describe your management style? I believe in providing a spirited environment in which associates can succeed. I encourage managers to become active in directing their own business.

What has been the key to your professional success? My sense of humor and competitive nature. I’m very team-oriented and truly believe in surrounding myself with talented people.

If you weren’t a GM, what would you do? I’d be an artist. Architecture or design takes a close second.