Meet the heads of our Kleinfeld Hotel Blocks Team! Left to Right: Cathy, Laura, and Michelle.
Laura Kreuger and Michelle Donson are the founders of Kleinfeld Hotel Blocks and long time friends. Laura has been a lifelong resident of New Jersey with a background in entrepreneurship as she successfully owned health food stores, a restaurant, and a catering business for over 10 years. Michelle, a lifelong New Yorker, has always had an interest in hospitality and earned a degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management from the University of Delaware. After Laura decided to shift into the hotel industry, their paths crossed. Both have worked in the hospitality industry for over 15 years with some of the world’s top hotel brands such as Marriott, Starwood, Intercontinental Hotel Group, and the Wyndham Hotel Group. During this time, Laura and Michelle directed many sales teams and both exceeded in global sales, negotiating 1000s of contracts worldwide.
After years of working together, they noticed wedding groups were booking their hotels on their own and were often first timers at negotiating the hotel block. With their extensive knowledge, they found an opportunity to help these clients and make the process less stressful. With the idea of launching Kleinfeld Hotel Blocks they knew they’d need a larger team and brought on Cathy Ilowite. Originally from Miami, but having moved to New York City after graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Cathy had experience in event planning as well as hotel operations and sales.
The team, which has since expanded, brings their extensive knowledge and relationships of the hotel industry to help couples as they plan their big day.