My responsibility starts and ends with making a difference. Whether it’s ensuring our DKN culture and values permeate our entire organization or that we continue to grow and create, my work is to always move us in the direction of our vision. I started in Accounting and quickly decided that I did not like the career path I had chosen. Jumped ship, took the risk of managing family finances, and got into the hotel business by acquiring 2 hotels. Since 1984, we’ve bought, sold and developed 40+ hotels. And I firmly believe that we’ve gotten to this place because of our culture and our people.
With a background in software management and family involvement creating commercial and multifamily developments, I joined the DKN Hotels family in January 2018 and have found a passion in turning hotel renderings into reality. Managing projects alongside my fellow, amazing DKN Design & Construction team members allows me the opportunity to help create beautiful, inviting hotels for our guests and jobs for our current and future team members. It’s fantastic how DKN values placing the right people in the right seats once our hotels are built, which ensures that guests have a true home away from home experience instead of just an ordinary hotel stay. My favorite DKN value is FUN. From jokes at the water cooler to closing down the office for a beach day, I can say the FUN value is well-lived at DKN Hotels.
I graduated as an accounting major from Liceo De Cagayan in the Phillipines and have had the good fortune of working across multiple industries, including food processing, textile manufacturing, manpower services, optical technology and hospitality. A key piece of wisdom I have picked up on my career journey is that, in the most successful companies, values and culture matter. DKN Hotels is my family and I have returned to it after a few years of adventures in India and Texas. I love the people I work with and am here to produce my utmost best as project accounting support for the Design & Construction team.
I’ve got a pretty neat objective here at DKN, creating greater efficiencies and minimizing risk within our design and construction department. With the help of the team, we’re redesigning our systems and processes and leveraging technology to do it. Pretty standard stuff, but a pretty extraordinary team to do it with.
Aside from being a part of this mini-revolution, I also act as a Project Manager and, along with the team, get to make our vision and the vision of our investors, a reality.
After earning my MA in Economics, I became involved in poverty and development initiatives in the Phillipines. In 2002, I moved to the US to be with family and have since worked in the Real Estate & Mortgage, Consulting and Construction industries. / In 2016, an opportunity at DKN came to my attention. I clearly remember my interview at Support Center which started around 10am and lasted into the lunch hour, past noon. After the interview, the big boss (he hates that term) insisted on giving me a banana and granola bar (photo attached)- that seemingly tiny gesture had a monumental impact on me. I felt that this was a company that genuinely cared. I joined DKN as a Project Accountant, providing support to our D&C team. My hunch after my interview has been proven right- here at DKN, relationships, values and people truly matter. And no matter what challenges you face, someone’s always got your back.
I studied at the University of Arkansas in Business and then realized I wasn’t being fulfilled. Drawing and a fascination with interiors of all sorts had always interested me ever since I was a little girl. From taking art classes all the way through college to moving furniture around and accessorizing for family and friends, I decided it was time to make the move to California and attended the Interior Designer’s Institute. I dove into architectural interiors because I was interested in the guts of a building and how that can affect the space and depict what your design can develop into. The design development is what interested me and how you stay on track, budget and make sure all is accounted for.
I then went onto a company that specialized in sales offices, leasing centers and interactive display design. I gained knowledge in commercial interiors and graphics over the course of 3 years. So here at DKN it’s great to be on the other side and be able to have the Designer’s present and see what they come up with for a hotel’s look for our owners/investors.
With over 25 years in the Hotel and Resort Development industry, building all over the world it is a pleasure now to be part of the DKN team. I started my hotel/resort career with Marriott and worked directly for their Design & Construction department for 19 years that provided me a solid foundation in the Hospitality industry. I also hold an Executive MBA from Tulane University that helps me manage the business of building hotels. The hospitality industry gets under your skin, there is nothing like seeing the faces and eyes of the first guests that walk into a hotel that is brand new. DKN shares my passion for the Hospitality business and striving to make the guest experience the best it can be. DKN also has a deep respect and commitment to their people. All team members are treated as family and the core values that they hold so important are lived on daily basis. DKN is a place that you can work hard and have fun doing it.
I have been with DKN for almost 2 years now and so far I am having FUN… a lot of work but FUN! I learned so much and gained friends managing and coordinating the procurement side of the Design and Construction Team for Renovations and New Hotel Projects. I have a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of the Philippines and worked with restaurants back home. When I got here in the US, I was given opportunities to work in the Hospitality Industry starting from the Operations side, as a Front Desk Agent. I always look forward to learning new things and discovering my hidden talents.
I came to DKN Hotels 22 years ago with management experience in distribution and retail as well as owning and operating a retail business. Over the years I have had various roles within DKN Hotels, but my main focus has been in operations and construction. These roles have given me the opportunity to interact with various departments, vendors and team members, which I find to be one of the most rewarding parts of the job. It is because of this that I respect and value their contribution to overall success.