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Ms. Barradas

Eliane Barradas

Director of Sales, CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

Eliane Barradas recently joined the executive team at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa as director of sales for the four-diamond resort. Ms. Barradas strengthened the resort team with more than 16 years of hospitality sales and event experience. As the strategic business leader of the beachfront property's sales department, Ms. Barradas' role involves development of on-property sales functions to build long-term, value-based customer relationships to achieve the 433-room property's sales objectives. She is also responsible for implementing strategies to meet and exceed the needs of guests in the leisure and group sales functions. Ms. Barradas has achieved an array of professional success at various Marriott properties throughout Mexico and Portugal by increasing social sales and creating loyalty with top companies Ms. Barradas began her career with Marriott in 1996 as food and beverage director assistant for JW Marriott Mexico City. She also spent time at the Marriott Ixtapan de la Sal Hotel and Spa, Lisbon Marriott Hotel Portugal and Airport Marriott Hotel Mexico City. Prior to joining the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta team, she spent three years as associate director of sales for groups and events at The St. Regis Mexico City. Highlights of her accomplishments include receiving Manager of the Month (February 2012) at The St. Regis, Mexico City and the Continental Europe Event Management Team Special Achievement Award. Ms. Barradas is a graduate of Universidad Veracruzana and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Tourism Business Administration. She also holds a post-grad degree in Tourism Specialization from the Scuola Internatiozionale di Scienze Turistiche in Rome, Italy and earned her MBA from the Universidad Chapultepec in Meixco. She speaks Spanish, English, and Portuguese fluently.

Ms. Barradas can be contacted at 52-322-226-0000 or eliane.barradas@marriott.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.