Meet Haley – HPN Graduating Intern from ASU

The past few months I had the pleasure of being an Intern at HPN Global and work with several teams within the company. Before I begin reflecting on my experience, I want to share that I was the first intern HPN has ever taken on. HPN and I both took a leap of faith with this internship. My first day at HPN was in December and I was nervous about joining an office with forty people. I did not know what to expect. Are people going to introduce themselves to me? Do people know who I am? Am I ready to work full-time for a company I was recently introduced to?

Although all these thoughts ran through my head, my first day went great! I was introduced to everyone that I would be working with, with a welcoming, “Hello” and “Can’t wait for you to be a part of our team”. For the first few weeks of my internship I worked as the Office Administrator, where I greeted everyone as they walked through the door. I also sent and delivered mail for the office, and helped with any tasks that need to be completed. Starting off as the Office Administrator I thought my degree was not being used to its fullest potential. But I quickly realized first impressions mean everything in the hospitality industry and that everyone needs to start somewhere.

After returning from Christmas break, I was given the opportunity to be a part of the Meeting Services team. I participated in weekly meetings where past and future programs were discussed. This department is constantly on the move and busy. Because of that, some of the tasks given to me were challenging. However, I learned quickly that I had to be assertive and make myself available on daily basis for the team. I was given the responsibility of creating the monthly Meeting Services Newsletter, designing several proposal templates, and updating the database.

Towards the end of my internship, I joined the Sourcing Team. Being a part of this team, I saw everything from the Associate’s Request for Proposal, hotel selection, to the client’s final decision. Taking a role in this department was not only challenging but required me to step out of my comfort zone. I was given the responsibility to call associates and hotels, which, at first, was extremely intimidating to me. However, through practice and great training by the Sourcing Team, I gained the confidence to make the difficult calls and make sure deadlines were met. As training came to an end, I was asked to look over RFP’s, select appropriate hotels, follow up with hotels, and notify the associate once all hotels returned the bid.

In addition to helping with the Site Selection process, I was given the opportunity to visit several hotels throughout the Phoenix Area. This allowed me to see how each Hotel Brand and Property differ, as well as, the different parts of the Hospitality Industry.

HPN welcomed me with open arms and I truly felt a part of the team when I was with them. From weekly meetings to visiting hotels and social gatherings after work, I learned that HPN is all about “Family First” and that “Relationships Matter”. My role with the Sourcing Team, and more importantly, taking my Internship with HPN has allowed me to gain confidence. I am forever grateful for the experience. Moving forward, I will not be afraid to introduce myself to an unfamiliar face, take on new and challenging tasks, be assertive and asks for more. I truly love the Hospitality Industry.

Connect with Haley on Linkedin

https://www.linkedin.com/in/haley-carty-418834a8/

Chicago Hotel Sales and Marketing Rockstar Joins HPN Global

HPN Global has brought in one of Chicago’s and the hospitality industries most respected Sales & Marketing leaders Roderick A. Jao (pronounced “How”) to the team. Jao brings over 25 years of experience to HPN and will play a key role in expanding new business to the portfolio.

Prior to joining HPN, Jao was fortunate to hold Director positions within other amazing Four and Five Diamond Chicago-based hotels with Hyatt, Wyndham Grand, Omni, Elysian (now Waldorf Astoria), The James, The Affinia, The Sutton Place, The Sheraton Hotel and Towers, where he oversaw and led teams in sales, catering, reservations and banquets.

Our industry is all about partnerships and how a person/organization can give back to the community leads to his/her legacy. Throughout his career, Jao was able to build partnerships that are still engraved in the organizations he was involved with like ABC 7, Navy Pier, Northwestern University / Hospital to name a few. However, the long standing agreement with Lurie’s Children’s Hospital where his team donated as well as designed 9 sleep suites for families to stay close to their child needing extended healthcare is bar none one of his most influential and sustainable projects he was involved with.

Jao was blown away as one of the core values for HPN Global is “Family First.” Jao is the fourth of nine children. His siblings have provided their parents with 16 grandchildren and counting. In 1999, Roderick married Melissa and they are blessed with two children (Cassie 18 and Xander 16).

Roderick A. Jao

Vice President, Global Accounts

Hospitality Performance Network Global

690 Cole Drive

South Elgin, IL 60177

Phone: 312.852.9573

HPN Global adds Southern California Area Sales Rockstar to the team

Edgardo has over 20 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry. Originally from San Jose, Costa Rica, Edgardo attended Costa Rica’s National University before relocating in 2001 to San Diego, CA where he started in the hospitality industry at the Grand Colonial Hotel as a Front Desk Agent. Edgardo held several positions in operations for over 6 years including Assistant Director of Rooms at the Doubletree Golf Resort in San Diego, CA. With an entrepreneurial mindset, Edgardo opened and operated a chain of tanning salons in the San Diego market for a little over 3 years.

In 2008 Edgardo continued in the Hospitality industry, this time in Sales where he held several positions in the San Diego and Los Angeles markets in the capacity of, Corporate Sales Manager, Associate Director of Sales, Director of Sales & Marketing to his most recent position as Area Sales Leader for Marriott Burbank and Seattle Airport, handling HPN Global Network.

Edgardo’s biggest treasures, Savannah Ysabella (8) and Luka Brayden (5) are everything to him. Some of the activities he enjoys are riding his motorcycle, playing soccer, golfing and going to the beach.

Edgardo is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Portuguese. Edgardo and his family currently reside in Valencia, CA but will be relocating to San Diego within the next few months to get back to where the dream started 17 years ago.

Edgardo Barrantes

Vice President Global Accounts

ebarrantes@hpnglobal.com | 858.382.4636

Hospitality Performance Network Global

Nick Elardo is excited about his new Career with HPN Global

Nick began his career with Wyndham hotels in 1993 through 1998 where he worked in Chandler, AZ, Pittsburgh, PA and Los Angeles, CA. Nick also worked for Promus Corp, prior to being acquired by Hilton as Director of Sales for a Homewood Suites property in the Biltmore area of Phoenix.

Nick began working for Hyatt Hotels in 2001 in Monterey, CA then came back to the Valley in 2003 where he spent the next 11 years as a Senior Sales Manager handling the Washington DC/Assn market at Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Nick also enjoyed a Senior Sales position with Sheraton Grand in downtown Phoenix from 2014-2016.

Nick is an avid mountain-biker, motorcyclist and muscle-car enthusiast and he volunteers as a guitar instructor at Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center. Nick is also an animal lover and has a beautiful German Shepherd named Mika.

Favorite food: Cajun and Italian.

Favorite pro team: Steelers!

Nick Elardo

Global Account Director

Hospitality Performance Network Global

13825 N. Northsight Blvd #201

Scottsdale, AZ

Phone: 602.639.1463

Fax: 623-328-9252

Michael Solis Joins HPN Global

20 Year Hotel Sale Pro from Chicago Joins Growing HPN Global

Michael Solis Joins HPN Global

Michael joins the HPN Global team with more than 20 years of sales hospitality experience most recently with Wyndham Hotel Group where he served as a Director, Global Sales – Group. He handled the Association and Midwest Corporate markets for the hotel portfolio. Prior to Wyndham, Michael was Director of Sales & Marketing for various independent and branded hotels in downtown Chicago including The Talbott Hotel, The Silversmith Hotel and Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown. He also held senior sales positions at the Kinzie Hotel (formerly Amalfi Hotel Chicago) and Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel.

He has received multiple accolades in his career such as Sales Director of the Year for First Hospitality Group in 2008 and Sales & Marketing Employee of the Year recognized by Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association in 2004. Based in suburban Chicago, Michael spends most of his time with his wife Margarita and their 3 kids Dylan, Xavier and Danielle. Michael holds a B.A. in Psychology from North Park University – Chicago, IL

Michael D. Solis

Vice President, Global Accounts

Hospitality Performance Network Global

P.O. Box 4953

Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Direct: 847-243-4936

HPN Global Hotel Database

Account

Password Reset

To reset your password, please enter your email address or username below

Members

Logout