Employee Spotlight

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Valeria Sanchez

Two years ago I made the decision to work for HEI Hotels & Resorts at the Westin Pasadena. It was my first time working at a hotel and working at the Front Desk. Throughout my time with the company my experience with my hotel has been wonderful. So many opportunities have opened up and made my journey that much more thrilling. In two years I've learned so many different positions working in the Front Office Department. From starting at the Front Desk, learning Gift Shop, and Service Express I feel like I have a more well-rounded idea of the hotel and the department itself.

In 2018, I was able to start cross training for our sales department and discovered that it was my passion and a future career interest for me. After going through the cross – training I was able to cover a full position during a leave of another associate and it was an amazing experience that only confirmed my love for Sales! I have grown so much and gained so much knowledge in just two years, and I could not be more grateful. Most importantly, I can say the best part of this journey has been the people I've worked with. They are truly the ones who have made the greatest impact in my growth and have made my experiences that much brighter.

William MacGregor

I started working for HEI Hotels & Resorts at the Marriott Fullerton as the Chief Engineer in September 2008. While working at the Marriott Fullerton I was lucky to be there for the roll out of many of the safety, engineering and energy programs that are still in place today. I felt honored when I was invited by the corporate office to attend the 20 year anniversary of Energy Star Awards held in Washington DC. I witnessed HEI receive their Sustained Excellence Award from the US EPA.

I was promoted to the Westin Pasadena to take on a larger hotel that led to more exciting challenges. In January 2015 I was promoted to Senior Chief Engineer by HEI for the west coast properties. This exciting promotion led to many great experiences in my career that helped develop me even more. As part of my new duties I had the pleasure to be part of the HEI transition team bringing 5 hotels under our management and working with some of the best associates in the business while still continuing to learn at the same time. While being a Senior Chief for HEI, I had the privilege of training many new Chief Engineers at different hotels, brands and states for our company. I'm heading into my 11th year with HEI and look forward to many more..

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Nora Puga

I started working for HEI in 2008 in the Front Office Department as a Front Desk Agent. My experiences since the very first moment I walked in to The Fullerton Marriott looking for a job, has always been positive. I have always considered myself a lucky person for the kind of people I cross paths with. I started to cross-train in the Human Resources Department and was promoted to the HR Coordinator position at The Westin Pasadena Hotel in 2014. It was a dream come true not only have found my passion in HR but also to be given the opportunity to learn something completely new.

I have been asked to go on task force and transitions of other HEI hotels and be an ambassador to our new hotels joining the HEI Family. HEI has not only provided me with a job but with a family. I am very thankful for all the opportunities that have helped me grow, learn and develop into the person that I am now. I know that my learning will never end. I also know that I have had the best teachers and mentors through my career and because of them, I will always be confident on doing the best job possible. The support and knowledge I have gotten from them is priceless and I will forever be thankful. .