Meet the Team at Retreat Central
In 1986, Jaynie Schultz created Garrett Creek Ranch, an executive conference center with her mother more than 20 years ago. Through her work at Garrett Creek she led the International Association of Conference Centers in developing the small properties network with attention to independent centers, hosting retreat groups. She created Retreat Central with Debra Williams in 2009 and is President of the company. Jaynie is very involved in her local community, Dallas, as well as many national non-profit organizations and leadership development programs.
National Sales Director
Jeremy Harlan is the National Sales Director for Retreat Central. He is the lead staff and manages the relationships with all of our partner properties. Jeremy brings a plethora of group sales and hospitality experience to the Retreat Central pool of talented conspirators. While working for over a decade as a Director of Sales and Marketing and as a General Manager in Austin, TX, Jeremy grew a distinct efficiency at identifying a group’s particular needs and optimizing their event’s success.
Debra Williams is the Consulting Director for Retreat Central. Debra works directly with properties that seek guidance on sales and marketing and operations and serves large client groups working with Retreat Central for location searches. Debra has been in the hospitality business her entire life and was the owner of two successful hospitality venues in Dallas, Texas.
Elizabeth Allen is the Sales Director for Retreat Central. She manages all property relationships, from member properties to future member properties. Elizabeth helps grow Retreat Central by developing relationships with event planners across the United States. She brings over 25 years of sales experience from myriad of industries including hospitality, banking, technical and medical. She has a passion for travel and never meets a stranger. Building relationships has allowed Elizabeth establish a network of people from many walks of life and work across the United States. Elizabeth’s intuitive nature helps her see a need, assess the situation and make a match with the right solution very quickly. Her passion and talent for connections is a perfect match for Retreat Central’s model of connecting planners and properties.