Hilton Worldwide hotels in the Caribbean & Latin America Celebrate Women’s History Monday and International Women’s Day
April 4th, 2013
In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Hilton Worldwide hotels in the Caribbean and Latin America are paying special tribute to three female hotel leaders throughout the region. Managing properties in Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico, these women have rocketed to success with humble beginnings in the industry, launching their careers as a training manager, a housekeeping supervisor and an administrative assistant.
“These three general managers set the bar high with consistent results and continued efforts to ensure their hotels succeed,” said Danny Hughes, senior vice president, Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America for Hilton Worldwide. “Their positive results are directly linked to their passion for hospitality that can only be outdone by their dedication to Hilton Worldwide and our company values.”
With years of experience under their belts, these female powerhouses include:
Laura Castagnini, General Manager, Hilton Lima Miraflores
Laura Castagnini took on her current role as general manager of the Hilton Lima Miraflores in Peru in April 2012. Prior to her current role in Lima, Laura served as general manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari San Jose in Costa Rica for three years. A Brazil native, Laura was recruited by Hilton Worldwide to participate in the company’s Elevator Training Program in 2000, giving her an opportunity to gain experience in key areas such as accounting, human resources, sales, training and operations, among others. After successfully completing the international management development program in 2002, Laura accepted her first assignment as training manager at Hilton São Paulo Morumbi. This was followed by a move to Hilton Curaçao, where she spent over three years in positions such as director of human resources and operations manager. A graduate of Florida International University, Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management. limamiraflores.hilton.com
Wendoly Sancho, General Manager, Hilton Garden Inn Tuxtla Gutierrez
Wendoly Sancho was appointed as general manager of the 167-room Hilton Garden Inn Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas, Mexico in October 2012. Wendoly joined the team in Chiapas after nine months as general manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Queretaro, where she led the hotel team in Queretaro as the property transitioned to a Hilton Worldwide management agreement. She joined Hilton Worldwide in 2004 as housekeeping supervisor at Hilton Marquette Hotel. Since then, Wendoly has filled several key roles acquiring the experience she brings to Hilton Garden Inn Tuxtla Gutierrez today. After two years in housekeeping operations at Hilton Marquette Hotel, she moved to Costa Rica and joined DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari in San Jose as executive housekeeper. hgi.com
Marisol Colon, General Manager, Embassy Suites San Juan Hotel & Casino
In August 2012, Marisol was appointed as general manager of Embassy Suites San Juan Hotel & Casino in Puerto Rico. Prior to her current role, she acted as general manager, Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar – Beach & Golf Resort in Puerto Rico since 2006 – a hotel she joined as assistant general manager in 2001. The hotel she now calls home was also a part of her past, as Marisol spent time there between 1997 and 2001 as leisure sales manager and then director of sales & marketing. She has also held roles at Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort and the legendary Caribe Hilton – both in Puerto Rico. Marisol began her career in the hospitality industry at age 18 as an administrative assistant to the general manager of the Beverly Hotel in NYC, during which she completed her business degree. The Beverly Hotel was across the street from the Waldorf Astoria New York and Marisol recalls visiting the “majestic hotel” – as she described it – during her high school ring ceremony and realizing then that she wanted to form part of the hotel industry. embassysuites.com
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