The Langham, Melbourne’s much cherished doorman Laurie Bellizzi is celebrating 21 years on the job.
Both guests and colleagues know Bellizzi as ‘Laurie the Doorman’, a moniker that was given to him when he was papped in a photo with former US president Bill Clinton in 2011 visited the hotel.
Laurie has been described by colleagues as “not your ordinary hotel employee”.
“He comes to work at 5am for a 6:30am start with a big smile on his face to greet guests at the hotel’s grand entrance.”
“He is consistently cheerful, courteous, inquisitive and always smiling,” the hotel wrote in a release about Bellizzi’s tenure.
Sadly, Laurie has announced he will retire at the end of year at the golden age of 66, with The Langham, Melbourne now on the lookout for his replacement.
“To replace Laurie will be difficult as he such as an integral member of the Langham family. However, we are optimistic that there is a like-minded individual who will step into Laurie’s role and become a much-loved team member admired by guests and staff alike, just like Laurie,” says The Langham, Melbourne’s Managing Director, Ben Sington.
Applicants must have an upbeat, can-do attitude, be friendly and able to work outdoors in Melbourne’s unpredictable weather. The Langham, Melbourne is regarded as a reputable employer and has a strong track record of staff retention.