Hello and welcome to Tales From The Road. This category will house all posts from our road crew where they will share their stories from liquidation sales, both past and present. The purpose of this category will be to entertain our readers by offering stories from a hotel liquidators’ perspective.
Life As A Hotel Liquidator — Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Meredith Lunsford and I work in the marketing department at NCL. I’ve been involved in this business for as long as I can remember (and even longer). Let’s just say I was born into it. As a child, I can remember traveling with my parents from one location to the next, never once thinking it was strange that we were staying in a closed hotel. It was all I knew. Further, what kid wouldn’t want to have the run of a hotel? Talk about the ultimate playground! I can honestly say that I had a “Five-Star” childhood.
Once I turned eighteen, I began working for NCL during winter and summer breaks from college. As my break would approach, I would cross my fingers for a “cool” city to travel to and work one of our sales. I was all about location and the surrounding areas to check off on my list of places I’ve been, and to hopefully acquire great stories to share with my friends when I returned to school. My cousin and I typically worked the sales together because we went to the same school and shared the same break schedule. We had the best time together everywhere we went, especially during our afterhours scavenger hunts throughout the hotels. It’s hard to explain how big the backs of house of some of these hotels actually were unless you saw it for yourself. We would spend hours walking around, finding new unexplored areas and looking for hidden treasures to take home as souvenirs. I miss those times.
Nowadays, I primarily stay at our corporate office, but I do get the pleasure of traveling to our job sites to help with sale openings from time to time. My favorite part of working our liquidation sales these days is meeting all of the wonderful people who shop our sales. Many times, customers share stories with me about the property we’re liquidating and how they are personally connected to it. I’m always curious of the background of a property we liquidate, so I welcome these stories. Even if a customer doesn’t have a story to share about the property, it’s just nice to meet a new face. So if you’re reading this and you plan to attend one of our sales, please say hello to me if I’m there!
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