What’s On My Desk: Chris Holdren, SVP of Starwood Preferred Guest

As Senior Vice President of Starwood Preferred Guest, Chris Holdren is responsible for global strategy, marketing, and operations for Starwood’s award-winning loyalty program supporting all nine Starwood brands, including W, Westin, St. Regis and more. Here’s what he keeps nearby as inpiration on how to make all those valued guests feel important.

Photo from Tibet
I love to travel, and Starwood’s a great match for me with hotels and resorts in over 100 countries. Earlier this year I visited our amazing St. Regis in Tibet. It was a transcendent trip and this photo reminds me of the amazing people we met.

iPad Mini
The iPad has been my indispensable travel companion for the past few years, and the new Mini puts everything I love about the iPad in a smaller and lighter package for the road.

SPG “Member in Training” Trunki
Our focus with SPG is on deepening the relationships we have with our guests, and these “Trunkis” are perfect for young travelers. One of the many facets I enjoy about travel is its ability to educate and inspire. The stories from our members describing how much their children enjoy these always bring a smile to my face, and I love that we’re helping young people get excited about travel.

Desk Toy
My Dad always kept an assortment of gizmos on his desk to keep things light-hearted. This is one he and my Mom gave me as a gift, and it reminds me of his generous and kind spirit along with his humor.

I love breaking out the Sphero robotic ball at work. SPG and Starwood are known for innovation, and I believe in showcasing other innovative creations like this one. Work and fun go hand in hand.