Hilton Garden Inn Southfield- We Are on the Move!

Happy Friday!

    We have amazing plans for this weekend. Our staff is on the move!

Some of us are going to the Tigers VS Royals game. Others are seeing Fiona Apple at the Fillmore downtown.

Awesome hint: Drive into Downtown and park your car.  Then you can hop on the People Mover for 75 cents! It will take you wherever you have to go and you don’t need to worry about finding multiple parking spots!

One of our manager’s just had a meal   at Fishbones in downtown Detroit and she was raving about it. Then she was off to the Astoria Pastry Shop in Greektown for a treat! She hopped right on the People Mover and was there in no time!




Our Food and Beverage Supervisor  Javon loves Metro Beach! There is so much to do from swimming in the beautiful lake, taking in the sun, relaxing by the gorgeous boats, BBQing and picnicking or playing volleyball!

Whatever it is you might do enjoy yourselves! Come and visit us for a hotel stay, a drink and a swim!



A Featured Staff Moment

Good Evening Bloggers All Over the World!

Our Sales and Marketing Manager has been featured on www.mo.com.

She discusses her big move from New York City to Michigan as well as her Career.

Check it out here:


~Please contact her directly with any questions or inquiries regarding events.

Jana Urban

(248)-357-1100 ext 2307


To All of the Dads and Father Figures Out There: Happy Father’s Day!

Fatherhood is about unconditional love, sacrifice, strength, and dependability.
The Hilton Garden Inn Southfield Team would like to wish all of the Dad’s out there a very happy Father’s Day! We also would like to acknowledge all of the wonderful Father’s and Father Figures that have passed on as well.
We have done a a little research and discovered how and when Father’s Day was established:
  • Father’s Day was founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Arkansas from Spokane, who was also the driving force behind its establishment. Its first celebration was in Spokane Washington on June 19, 1910. Her father, the CivIl War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children. After hearing a sermon about  Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors hadn’t enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.

How interesting!

Sandy Boyagian is our Director of Sales and Marketing. Her father has passed on but, she thinks of him everyday. She remembers all of the great moments they shared together and is grateful to have had a great dad! “I wear my fathers wedding band everyday to honor him and keep his memory alive. My mother’s wedding band is on the other hand”.

Jana Urban our Sales and Marketing Manager considers her dad her best friend. “He is a great man. Always there for his family and a wonderful person. I am very aware that I am a lucky daughter and thank God everyday that he is in my life. I love you Dad”.

Stephanie Knutson our Finance Manager is very close with her father. She thanks him for always being by her side and for being a wonderful man!

Javon Finklea our Food and Beverage Manager “I have the best Pops in the world. So, get ready for steaks and BBQ at Dad’s house!”

 “Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad.” — Anne Geddes


 – The HGI Southfield Team

From New York to Michigan: Jana Urban

We would like to introduce our Sales and Marketing Manager Ms. Jana Urban (pictured above). She is a New Yorker who had moved to Michigan this past March of 2012.

Michigan’s New Addition-

My name is Jana Urban and I am the Sales and Marketing Manager here at the Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Southfield. I love my position here and really enjoy working at a Hilton Property. New York is my hometown and I have been living in Michigan since March 2012, a recent addition! The common question that I get asked is “Why would you move to Michigan from New York City”? And my answer is for love. My boyfriend works for General Motors and he was promoted which included a move to the Detroit Area. There was no question in my mind, I was going with him. So, here I am all settled in and happy!

I have been in hospitality since 2006, working in many different fields including Travel and Event Planning for a small independently owned business as well as Group Coordination for large conventions and exhibitions. I have planned travel and events all over the city of New York and eventually started traveling all over the USA in my Group Coordinator position. Working for the Hilton Garden Inn Southfield is great. I am strictly the Sales and Marketing Manager for the one property; planning events in one place. I have made the necessary adjustments and I continue to learn more each day. I think that knowing all of the dimensions of this business will absolutely benefit my career in the future.

Since working for the Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Southfield Hotel I am most proud of starting the social media marketing plans for the property. We have finally entered the Twitter, Blog and Facebook world. I just leaped right into posting facts and descriptions of what I believe make this Hotel great and so far it has been quite a success. It is a great feeling to know that we are getting our voice out there. I feel excited about it! Every follower and fan is important. Every comment and visit is appreciated. We have a long way to go but we finally launched and it feels fantastic!

At the new Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Southfield hotel in Southfield, Michigan guests will find everything they need, including deluxe accommodations, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere. We specialize in hosting events large and small from corporate meetings to lavish weddings.

Please contact our Sales and Marketing Manager Ms. Jana Urban for further information.


Tel: 248-357-1100 ext 2307