We extend a huge Mahalo for all Sherri has done and contributed to the chapter over the years. Lets learn a little more about her:
MPI: What prompted you to join MPI?
SH: After our hotel’s MPI member left the resort, I was very fortunate to take his place, not really knowing 100% what MPI was, nor all the beneﬁts of being a member and how it would help my career.
MPI: How long have you been a member of MPI?
SH: 8 years
MPI: What do you hope to gain from you membership or what have you gained from being a member?
SH: The networking and educational opportunities have been great. There is a camaraderie with other MPI Members across the globe and I know that I can reach out at any time, to any member for professional support. My membership has gotten me “in the door” at businesses I am prospecting. I have been able to attend and be an active participant in the WEC Conference and always return with a renewed energy.
MPI: How long have you been in the industry and what led you to this profession?
SH: I have been in the industry for 25 + years. After a short career in Social Work/Psychology, I realized that I wanted (and needed) a change. I wanted to combine my love for people and my passion for travel and Hospitality was the answer.
MPI: Tell us about you…your hobbies, interests….life on Kauai.
SH: I moved to Kauai 9 years ago from Chicago. The company I worked for 18 years shut its doors while I was at a conference in Hong Kong in 2004. Upon returning back to Chicago, I tried calling a friend in Indianapolis, pushed the wrong speed dial and got my friend at the Hyatt Kauai. Upon hearing her voice message, I hung up realizing that I had dialed the wrong number. She called me the next day and told me that they had heard about the company closing down, (they knew I loved Hawaii and wanted to eventually move here) and that there was a Sales position open at the resort.
The rest is history. I am truly blessed!
I love exploring our beautiful island and enjoy spending time with friends at the beach or the movies. I also enjoying working on family genealogy, which has been fascinating. I am always planning my next vacation! I am looking forward to my son, Damien, moving to Hawaii in just a few short months.
Here is how to contact Sherri:
Senior Sales Manager-Groups
Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa
1571 Poipu RD, Koloa, HI, 96756