Deborah Blizzard

General Manager, Hampton Inn Newberry-Opera House, Downtown Newberry

My role model was Harshad Desai, who was like a father figure to me. He started me in the hospitality business and taught me everything I know about the business. Unfortunately I lost him to cancer on April 5, 2012. Now I work for another amazing family that I continue to learn from.

My vision for Newberry is to continue to grow and develop as a prosperous community. I would like to see business and local communities come together and raise awareness for drowning prevention. It is one of the number one leading causes of death in children ages 1-4.

The advice I would give my 20-year old self is to stay true to what you believe in and never lose focus on what you want out of life. Always believe in your dreams and never give up -continue to have self determination.

You would be surprised to know that I have been in the hospitality business for 26 years. I started as front desk clerk and worked hard to move up to where I am now. I also have 3 wonderful children and I am a grandmother to 8 grandchildren.

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