When Josh Fields was given the advice, “The best way to learn any business is to start at the bottom,” he took that to heart. And even at the ripe young age of 15, Josh knew that he wanted to find a job that he would love working at, and then figure out how to make a lot of money doing it. And that’s exactly what happened!
Josh started his hospitality career as a Bellman at The Westlake Village Inn, a privately-owned prestigious property in Westlake Village, California, just 20 minutes from Malibu. As a client favorite, Josh used his genuine love of what he was doing, along with his friendly, outgoing and exuberant personality to make his guests feel welcome. The interaction & acceptance let Josh quickly know that a career in hospitality was in his future.
Within the next 6 years of working there, he was promoted to the Front Office, Reservations and Sales. Having been fortunate enough to do some extensive traveling around the world with his family, he paid close attention the high-end properties he stayed in, and studied every element of what makes the perfect guest experience. With a clear vision in sight, he enrolled in Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island and studied Hotel Management. During this time, he also worked at the historic, upscale Providence Biltmore Hotel property as a Front Desk Agent, as well as helping the parent company re-open and train new staff for their various seasonal properties.
After college, Josh headed back to Los Angeles, where he spent a short time at the popular Shutters on the Beach and Casa Del Mar as the overnight manager, but realized he was missing the interaction and financial opportunities he got from sales.
As luck & timing would have it, in 2012 he was offered the position of Director of Sales & Marketing at the Palm Garden Hotel & Spa, leading the team to a re-opening of the property after a $2-million dollar renovation.
In 2013, Josh learned that his mentor and GM from the Westlake Village Inn moved to the Luxe Hotel in Bel Air, California, and quickly hired him as an Area Sales Manager for their Luxe Sunset and Luxe Rodeo Drive properties. He spent 5 years traveling around the world representing those properties, as well as a collection of their other hotels.
In 2017, Josh was approached to move to New York, and work for a hospitality consulting company representing a collection of hotels in France, Switzerland and Italy. However, when he pandemic hit and the borders closed, all business came to a stand-still. Not being one who was willing to idly sit by and wait for his next opportunity to come along, Josh contacted Jacob from Luxury Meetings Inc., and started working with him on the Virtual Meetings Hosting Events, Virtual Happy Hours and Virtual Private Events, which has been a huge success!
And now, with Luxury Meetings, Inc. going back to Live events, Josh is ready to get back on the road with the team and help get our industry back on track. He looks forward to interacting in person with his clients and helping them grow their businesses again in a safe & positive environment.
Although Josh is from Oak Park, California, he recently moved to Dallas, Texas, a spot that’s been on his bucket list for quite a while. He enjoys traveling on the weekends, cooking, binging his favorite Netflix shows, listening to live music and spending time with family & friends.