Enterprising Hospitality
Date PublishedSep 06, 2019

Congratulations Casi Johnson for being named one of this years Business Woman of the Year award winners by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Business Woman of theYear honors Tampa Bay's most powerful and influential businesswomen. These women are from a variety of industries and professions who have made a difference in their communities and blazed a trail for others to follow.

More than 300 were nominated and over 120 applications were successfully submitted and our COO/Innovations Leader was one of the 27 selected for this honor!

Find out more about Casi Johnson below:

Casi Johnson
Chief operations officer and innovations leader at M3.

Educational background:

University of Tennessee — bachelor of science, hotel and restaurant administration
University of South Florida — Master of Business Administration

What was your first ever paid job?
Server at Bonanza Restaurant

What is your favorite movie of all time?
"Splendor in the Grass"

What drives you to succeed?
My drive to succeed began during my humble upbringing. Both my grandparents and parents worked very hard but having limited higher education, their employment and future opportunities were scarce. Watching them struggle paycheck to paycheck instilled in me the desire to break the cycle. I had some amazing teachers along the way who helped me see my potential and through struggle, found my strength in work. My profession has always kept me motivated to do more than expected and ensure that I leave everything better than how I found it. My desire to help others succeed, too, impels me to learn from my mistakes and pass along any wisdom that I can gleam.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to young women just starting out their careers?
The best piece of advice I could give young women just starting out is to take as many opportunities as possible to learn and do something new. Early on in your career, the value in having varying experiences is more important than the value of your bank account. If you can say yes to new responsibilities, do it. Do not be afraid that you may not have all the answers or knowledge for the task at hand, because you can learn as you go and be stronger having done that.

What do you do for fun or to relax?
My family and I are huge Disney fans so we try to frequent the parks at least once a quarter. I enjoy traveling, especially to new places we have yet to explore. On quiet days, I like to read and play board games. Any games involving strategy are my favorite.

What are your goals (personal and/or professional) for the next year?
My goals in the next year are to focus on my team and ensuring they have the necessary tools to advance. I work with exceptional people who given some guidance and experience, can really help propel our company to the next level. Within the next year, I’ll also be helping my mother fulfill her plans and hopefully helping her move to Tampa. With any luck, my sister will move here, too.

What is your favorite place in Tampa Bay?
My favorite place in Tampa is the Riverwalk and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, especially when there are events taking place. It’s amazing to walk along the waterside and enjoy the scenery. My second favorite place is Amalie Arena, especially when there are Lightning games or concerts.

What's a talent you have that not many people know about?
This may not be a hidden talent, but I am great at logistics for traveling to any city. I can find the best route, hotel, restaurant, itinerary, and make sure that every possible moment is enjoyed. I also make for a great Disney tour guide if you ever need one.

Part of this article was sourced from Tampa Bay Business Journal.