Davidson Hotels & Resorts Reinforces Commitment to Attract and Retain Best-In-Class Talent by Growing Corporate Team
Laura Presnol Appointed Vice President of Talent & Culture and Vicki Maldonado Named Director of Talent Acquisition
Davidson Hotels & Resorts, one of the nation's leading hospitality management companies, announces the appointment of Laura Presnol as Vice President of Talent & Culture and Vicki Maldonado as Director of Talent Acquisition. The newly created roles bolster Davidson's continuing commitment to being the best place to work and grow one's career in the hospitality industry.
In her leadership role, Presnol oversees all talent acquisition, training and development across branded hotels, Pivot Hotels & Resorts and Davidson Restaurant Group verticals. With a vast career in hospitality, Laura has a proven record of planning and leading talent strategies in support of its business goals. Most recently, she served as market director of human resources at Marriott International, where she was responsible for talent acquisition, succession/workforce planning, performance management and development for property team members and executives for both Renaissance Hotels and W Hotels brands.
Prior to that, she held several leadership positions at White Lodging spanning 17 years. Her career started in operations, where she quickly rose to the role of general manager. The company recognized her passion for talent and teambuilding and she transitioned into above property Human Resources. During her tenure as senior director of talent acquisition & development at the company, she partnered with senior executives to build a proactive, full cycle talent acquisition infrastructure. Her tenure at White Lodging was preceded by several years overseeing regional operations for Starbucks Coffee Company, where she was consistently recognized as a top performer in the Florida region and Eastern division. Laura holds a B.A. in Hospitality Management & Business Administration from Washington State University.
A strategic addition to the team, Maldonado is responsible for talent acquisition by researching new source solutions, cultivating relationships with industry professionals and networking to recruit and recommend for all levels of talent. Most recently, she served as senior talent acquisition manager at While Lodging. During her tenure, she collaborated with hiring managers and HR business partners at more than 15 tier one college campuses and reduced recruiting spending while creating new processes, expanding digital efforts and improving workflow. She also held talent acquisition positions at Marriott International for five years, supporting Midwest and Southeast division leadership by sourcing talent for critical operational openings utilizing 100% virtual and digital solutions. She holds a B.S. in Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Management from University of Wisconsin.
"Our vision, mission and success will always be centered around people - guests, owners, and of course, team members," said Davidson Hotels & Resorts Chief Operating Officer Pete Sams. "Through the visionary leadership of Laura and Vicki, we are committed to building bench strength in the field, deploying innovative strategies to attract new talent and ultimately champion the Davidson employment brand as truly the best place to work in the industry."