A career in hospitality was practically Sandy Narvaez’s birthright. But even during her time double-majoring in international business and marketing at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and finding relevant work after college, she still didn’t consider that a career in hospitality might be her destiny.
Thomas Foti, general manager of the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, oversees $115 million hotel renovation
Keith Mallini’s fascination with the alluring persona of a restaurateur began as a teenager working at his aunt’s restaurant on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Behind the scenes, he says, the reality was much less glamorous, but when it came time to open, his Aunt Annie would be dressed to the nines and commanding the room as an icon in the community.