Women in Leadership: Kathy Egan of Beaver Hollow Conference Center

June 5, 2013 Updated Jun 5, 2013 at 4:12 PM EDT

By Joanna Pasceri

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June 5, 2013 Updated Jun 5, 2013 at 4:12 PM EDT

JAVA CENTER, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Beaver Hollow Conference Center's big sign stands out in the small rural community of Java Center. It's a retreat for employees from this region and all over the world.

Its roots trace back to Bethlehem Steel when the company started building the facility as a getaway for its workers.

Hard times, however, hit the steel industry and the project stalled.

Kathy Egan's father Paul Snyder took over in 1987. Snyder, the owner of the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Buffalo, fell in love with the natural beauty. Kathy, a graduate of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and the Culinary Institute of America, went from the Hyatt to Beaver Hollow.

Since then, the facility has grown, recently adding wellness to its mission by becoming the East Coast location of The Biggest Loser, offering a fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle program to groups and individuals.

Its kitchen not only serves up healthy meals, but trains those who want to learn to make their own. The facility features a fully equipped workout room and the Independent Health Aquatic Center.

The peaceful, lush environment is also a big attraction for companies looking for a place where workers can strategize, problem solve, and team build away from the distractions at the office.

Though the hospitality business is 24/7, Egan has been able to juggle it all and raise two children. She's learned women can be their own worst critic.

She is ready for her next challenge. Despite the growth of Beaver Hollow, she believes its possibilities down the road are even bigger.

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