In early 2012, Whim Hospitality founders, Kim and Whit Hanks, perceived a need in the burgeoning Texas Hill Country wedding and special events industry. The number of venues was growing but there were no truly local rental companies to effectively service them.
To fill this need, Whim’s first division, Whim Event Rentals, moved into a showroom and warehouse in Dripping Springs, just off of Highway 290, ideally situating Whim “just down the road” from the Hill Country’s premier venues in Dripping Springs, Wimberley, southwest Austin, Lake Travis, and Fredericksburg. Recognizing a need for an even more complete wedding and special event services experience, Whim Florals and Whim Catering joined the Whim Hospitality family in 2013.
Since our launch, Whim has set about distinguishing ourselves by offering unique products in a unique way. While we may offer traditional services – party rentals, tent rentals, party supply, florals, catering, venue management, and event management – the company is innovative by offering all of them. Whim has brought to the special events industry the unique experience of being able to work with a connected family of premier vendors. Co-founder Kim Hanks previously worked in the special events industry as a wedding planner, where she became well-versed in the challenge of bringing together different companies – this floral designer, that caterer, this rentals company, that tent company – to create one seamless event. Through a thoughtful expansion plan, Whim grew from rentals to offer a suite of event services to create a far more stress-free experience for the client. In terms of unique products, Whim has utilized co-founder Whit Hanks’ international buying connections to bring to the rental market products not otherwise found locally, or in even nationally.
Ultimately, the Whim Hospitality company culture is defined by family. As a company helmed by a married couple, and one that is dedicated, in large part, to serving two families coming together to witness the start of a new family, the familial theme is a constant and genuine one.
We look forwarding to serving your family!
Whit Hanks – Co-Founder and CFO
A consummate business man, entrepreneur, husband, father and true Austin native, Whit’s family history is rooted in the city and state of Texas. A former real estate developer and antiques dealer, Whit had fun importing a church from Vietnam on a lark, decided to set it up on his parents’ weekend place in Dripping Springs, met Kim and the rest is history.
Whit works for fun, generally about 60 hours a week! He enjoys tennis, hiking, photography, and spending a lot of time with his wife. They love to travel to places they have never been, often gathering inspiration and goods to enhance the company’s offerings. Together the couple has 5 children and four dogs.
While Whit has had a long, colorful career, it is this phase of his life in the hospitality industry where he is able to postively impact the lives of so many people -- employees and guests--in a positive way, helping make their dreams come true. He’s really enjoying this chapter of his life.
Unofficial title - "Kim’s Handler"
Steddie - "Chief Motivational Officer"
Kim Hanks – Co-Founder and CEO
Born in Dallas, Texas but raised in rural Arkansas and California by her mother and both sets of grandparents, family is of the utmost importance to Kim, and plays a critical role in how she and Whit run their company. A lover of all things living, Kim has always been interested in zoology and television broadcasting and dreamt of becomming the next Jack Hannah or Crocodile Hunter!
Her path to the hospitality industry was a serendipitous one, taking her from years at a Biotech to a world where she could help bring families together for their most important celebrations. For Kim, nothing is more thrilling than wrangling 300 guests in the unpredictable Texas weather. She loves hiking with Whit and their two dogs, white water rafting and fly fishing with her family and traveling the world. She and her sons love the movies and have been known to dabble in karaoke shows too. One of her best kept secrets is her ability to spot a good bargain. She buys all of her designer clothes on EBay because she loves buying second hand.
Unofficial title - “Jazz Hands Experience Creator"
Beau- "Chief Officer of Treat Procurement"