Doorman at Four Seasons Hotel Austin
George Brickhouse is the kind of man with whom even the Dali Lama feels a connection. After the legendary Four Seasons doorman greeted His Holiness, the Secret Service agent assigned to accompany the Dalai Lama returned to say how happy the monk was to meet him. “It tripped me out,” Brickhouse says, laughing.
Anyone who has walked through the doors of Austin’s Four Seasons Hotel understands what the Dalai Lama was feeling. For nearly two decades, Brickhouse has served as Austin’s unofficial ambassador, welcoming out-of-towners and locals alike with a mixture of friendliness and professionalism. In May, friends, colleagues, and locals organized a celebratory luncheon for Brickhouse on the lawn of the Four Seasons for no other reason than they just like him that much. “I have a lot of friends I don’t consider guests, I consider friends.”
A Wichita Falls native, Brickhouse landed in Austin when his first wife came to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Texas. Having worked in various service industry jobs in his hometown, Brickhouse eventually landed at the Renaissance Hotel where he quickly rose to the role of guest services manager.
After Brickhouse was named Austin’s best hotel employee in 1996, the Four Seasons came knocking. “Craig Reed was the general manager here, and he came over and said, ‘George, you have to come work at the Four Seasons.’ All they had was an overnight bellman [position].” He applied and five interviews later, Brickhouse landed the gig. Today he is as synonymous with the Four Seasons as the crunchy bar mix they serve with cocktails.
In addition to devoting his career to the service industry, Brickhouse is a devoted Christian, husband, father, and grandfather. When he remarried his second wife (they met while working in a hotel, naturally), Brickhouse inherited five stepchildren and, eventually, 17 grandchildren. Despite a busy home life, Brickhouse has no plans to retire. “I enjoy the service industry,” he explains. “I love the people, especially getting to know the people.”
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