Vision Hospitality Group was founded in 1997 by Mitch Patel with one goal: To become the best, most respected hotel company in America. The company is well on its way there! Vision Hospitality Group is one of the largest hotel management groups in the South-East United States. Currently operating in 9 states, Vision offers a wide variety of hotel experiences to its customers by owning and operating numerous brands. There are unique and innovative brands such as the Moxy and The Edwin as well as more traditional full-service brands such as the DoubleTree by Hilton, Courtyard by Marriott, and The Hampton Inn and Suites.
Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, Vision Hospitality Group devotes time and energy into making its communities better. The initial decision to partner with us at Watcep was due to Vision’s executive team recognizing the benefits of working with an agency positioned within the Chattanooga community that was focused on bringing a more diverse and inclusive work-force to the city. By partnering with Watcep, Vision is supporting its values of teamwork, excellence, and community by extending its reach across the world, creating a new level of diversity amongst its brands.
We are Watcep are very humbled and grateful for our partnership with such a well-established and caring company. Thank you, Vision Hospitality Group, for helping us create global opportunities in our community!
Mad Priest Coffee Roaster is known for its diverse work force and its passion to create employment opportunities for those from various ethnic backgrounds. With the guiding vision coming from its founder Michael Rice, Mad Priest is focused on caring for the community while simultaneously putting out a damn good cup of coffee. Michael and his company support refugee families, speak and host community leadership events, and consciously devote energy and passion to promote acceptance and love throughout the city.
Located in the Southside district of Chattanooga, TN, Mad Priest is in the heart of a diverse community, primed to make a difference. When Watcep was in its initial networking phase, Mad Priest Coffee and Michael Rice were mentioned multiple times as “someone we have to meet!” We found out, that recommendation could not have been more true. Michael immediately recognized the value in our mission to help international students get to the USA through the J-1 Visa Program. His intentionality to create opportunities for immigrants, refugees and those less fortunate in the community mirrors what Watcep it trying to accomplish: lead the charge of helping the world become a more inclusive place.
Michael, we thank you for listening to two “suits” share out story and purpose, and we are grateful to have such a powerful activist be in our corner. Cheers!
Office Furniture Warehouse is one of the most well respected companies in Chattanooga. The company specializes in selling, repairing, and customizing office furniture/floor plans for businesses big and small. But the company is so much more than that! OFW was runner up in 2011 for the Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year, and they won the award in 2014. With continued growth projected in the coming years, OFW plans on future business expansion.
The company’s values are centered around community and business relationships as well as the development of its people. With these core values, Watcep is grateful for the opportunity to become business partners with such positive influencers in the city.
The mission of the Chamber is to champion the member businesses and promote regional economic growth. It is safe to say that this organization is living up to its potential. It is recognized by the United States Chamber of Commerce as a five star organization. Additionally, the Chattanooga Chamber was voted by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives as the Chamber of the Year in 2017. These awards and accreditations were earned through the Chamber’s commitment to supporting and developing the community. Some of the programs the Chamber supports are Leadership Chattanooga, the INCubator, Young Professionals of Chattanooga, and Chattanooga 2.0. These programs highlight the Chamber’s focus to increase diversity and inclusion throughout the city. By partnering with the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, Watcep has extended it reach and commitment to spreading international diversity throughout Chattanooga.