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.
I am currently in the Design & Construction department, where I work with design firms and brands to make sure we deliver the best possible product for our market. Before this, I was in a myriad of roles as I grew up in the hospitality industry. The most interesting and impactful roles I had were when I had the opportunity to fly to NZ and Australia to start our FIT program and when I was given the responsibility of starting our Accounting Department out of our Ramada Inn, way back when we had acquired our 5th property.
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.