Cocktail Reception at EAST, Miami

Many thanks to Laurent Fraticelli, General Manager & Fernando Cerna, Director of Sales & Marketing, EAST, Miami for inviting me to a cocktail reception at the pre-opening office. The hotel will be a wonderful addition to the Brickell area and my staff and I are looking forward to their Grand Opening in the next few months.

Wendy & Martin Pittaluga, parador la huella faro jose ignacio

Wendy & Martin Pittaluga, parador la huella faro jose ignacio

EAST, Miami Pre-opening Team

EAST, Miami Pre-opening Team

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Wendy and Matt Neff, Director of Sales, TravelClick

Laurent Fraticelli, General Manager, EAST, Miami; Wendy and Matt Neff, Director of Sales, TravelClick

Laurent Fraticelli, General Manager, EAST, Miami; Wendy and Matt Neff, Director of Sales, TravelClick

Evening Networker @ Cadet Hotel 04.15.15

Many thanks to Giulia Loiacono, Hotel Manager, Cadet Hotel & Patrick Guest, Pied a Terre Manager & Wine Expert for hosting our April evening networker. This charming 1940s Art Deco boutique hotel once housed WWII U.S. Air Force Cadets and film star Clark Gable.

Cadet Hotel Networker 04.15.15

Peggy Benua, Chair of the Board, GMBHA, Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO, Giulia Loiacono, Hotel Manager, Cadet Hotel & Jeanette Borgomeo, Membership Sales Manager, GMBHA

Breakfast Panel Series: Hospitality Concepts: How to Entice Guest 04.07.15

Many thanks to 1 Hotel South Beach for hosting our breakfast panel.

The topic of discussion was: Hospitality Concepts: How to Entice Guests and Drive Revenue

Also, many thanks to our moderator Jonas Niermann, Director, Hospitality & Leisure Consulting, PwC and our incredible panel sharing with us their knowledge and insight:
– Seth Gadinsky, Owner, H3 Hospitality
– Borja Alvarez de Estrada, Brand Franchisee, Purobeach
– Liubasha Rose, VP Design, Starwood Capital
– Brian Vujnovic, Vice President & Director of Operations, Robert Finvarb Companies

We are also very grateful to all the attendees that helped us make this a spectacular event

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For more photos from this event, please click HERE

14th Annual Torch Awards

TORCH AWARDS

Mike Hampton, Ed.D., Dean, FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management; Peggy Benua, Chair, GMBHA; Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO, GMBHA; Humberto Cabañas; Alumnus of the Year Award Winner, Founder & Chairman, Benchmark Hospitality International & Shivani Joshi, ‎Director, Career Services/Corporate Relations, FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Many thanks to FIU for inviting me to the 14th Annual Torch Awards, established by the Alumni Association to honor our graduates who have had a positive impact on their profession, the community and the university. The event was held at the beautiful Fontainebleau Miami Beach Resort.

GMBHA & New American Workforce Travel to California!

Wendy Kallergis and Jennie Murray, Director of Integration Programs travel to California to meet with their colleagues to introduce the New American Workforce citizenship program to their hotels. The trip was a success and there was a great exchange of ideas and initiatives to share. Looking forward to our next meeting together.

SF Hotel Council New American Workforce

GMBHA and New American Workforce meet with San Francisco Hotel Council’s Executive Director Kevin Carroll and Jessica Lum, Manager, Programs & Communications.

San Diego HMA Luncheon

San Diego HMA Luncheon with Sam Islas District Manager, Southern California Towne Park and Barry Dorsey, Director of Rooms Loews Coronado Bay Resort & Spa

San Diego Councilman Alvarez

Kristi Walsh, NAW San Diego Site Coordinator; Jennie Murray, Director of Integration Programs, New American Workforce; San Diego Councilman Alvarez, Wendy and Namara Mercer, Executive Director San Diego Sand Diego HMA