Ross' Open Road

ROSS KLEIN

President
W Hotels

“I could have never, ever, ever planned the stops along the way.”

INTERESTS:

Business Travel

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Pressure Planning

TAGS:

advertising, career decisions, college, marketing, odd jobs, retail

BIOGRAPHY:

Growing up, Ross Klein was always working. Starting at his uncle's gas station in Melbourne, FL and, Burger King, Ross worked his way through college at Sears. Realizing that he liked working in the retail sector, he majored in advertising and marketing. Reflecting on his jobs since college, Ross feels that his career goals didn't really manifest themselves into anything until his second or third post-college job. How did he end up as President of W Hotels? Ross believes that at the heart, all of his jobs have fallen into the broad category of retail. To him, "its still a store."

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