For as long as she can remember, Julie Tenge has yearned to see new places and understand new cultures. The quote, “You’ll never know until you go,” best defines her motivation in traveling—she believes in learning from experience.
A career in hospitality has allowed Tenge to share her love of travel and the discovery of new places with others. Her career began with Hilton and then excelled at Destination Hotels, where she worked at three properties over 11 years: Pointe South Mountain Resort (now Arizona Grand Resort), Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, and Royal Palms Resort and Spa. At Pointe South Mountain Resort, she excelled as a conference services manager before being promoted to director of destination services. She was then transferred to Lake Tahoe to oversee the catering and conference planning department in Lake Tahoe and later became the sales manager at the historic Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix.
Finding her calling in sales, she joined Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North in 2013 and was later honored as a top-five sales professional for Four Seasons Americas in 2016. After five years with Four Seasons, Tenge founded her own company, J Hospitality Group, before being tapped by CoralTree in 2019 to join as Global Sales Director.
Tenge feels fortunate to work with companies from different industries, from technology to pharmaceutical. She enjoys meeting clients and colleagues around the world, as many have become lifelong friends.
Giving back to the industry that’s given her so much is important to Tenge. In July 2020, she was appointed marketing chair of Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, Mountain West Chapter. In this volunteer role, she handles all marketing and communications for the chapter and promotes the educational programming and motivational meetings the organization hosts.
Her love of travel spills over into both her personal and professional lives. She has danced with her husband, Brad, on the Great Wall of China, snowboarded in the Grand Tetons and zip lined past howler monkeys in Costa Rica. She thinks of countless adventures she’s taken as part of her job, including being flown by helicopter over Lake Tahoe with a client to scout event locations. It’s these little moments with a guest, a colleague or a stranger that are her career highlights.