Linda Upton
Director of Purchasing

Linda Upton, Director of Purchasing for Steckroth Hospitality Group, Inc. earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Robert Morris University in 1983. As a student volunteer, she organized and supervised a 30 hour fundraising event to benefit Muscular Dystrophy. Because of her efforts, she was invited by Robert Morris to participate in the first Graduate Assistant position for Student Activities while concurrently receiving her Master of Science degree in Business Administration/Education in 1985.

Upon completion of her education, Linda began her purchasing experience with Colwell Systems in Champaign, Illinois in April 1986. It was her responsibility to develop and implement a centralized purchasing function, which exceeded $20,000 savings monthly. She also initiated a full scale evaluation of direct ship purchasing and documented procedures for proper handling for five major departments affected.

Colwell Systems was purchased by Deluxe Check Printers in March, 1988. During that time, Linda was promoted from a Management Trainee position and eventually assisted the Manager of Methods and Procedures. She served as a liaison between system users and technical support while scheduling, training, and supervising a staff of four people.

In 1989, Linda was introduced to hotel purchasing through Claudette Bonville Associates, Inc. in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Responsibilities included purchasing, accounting, scheduling, and supervising a staff of five interior designers. Maintaining and allocating expenditures through difficult sales years eventually encouraged Linda to seek new employment.

Linda was hired by Steckroth Hospitality Group, Inc. in 1995 as Director of Purchasing. Her responsibilities include procurement of all hotel FF&E. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of “SPT”, which has become the cornerstone of all of SHG’s purchasing projects. She has established and developed positive customer relations resulting in strong client loyalty and repeat business.

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