MattCorporate Director of Food and BeverageShamin Hotels Corporate Food & Beverage Director Matt Gleason has been a fantastic addition to the leadership of our company. And it all started with a phone call.
“In 2014, I received a call from a past mentor. He told me that there was an open position at the Doubletree Midlothian and that I should apply. I did – and I have loved it ever since.”
While Matt started at one hotel, he now supports multiple properties and teams. Not bad for a guy who was born in Olean, New York, raised in Goochland, Virginia, and even in his 20s was still trying to figure out what to do with his life.
Since then, Matt has continued to grow and take to heart our company culture: Team Up; Own It; and Passionately Serve our Guests, Team Members and Community. He’s seen this culture in action just about every day.
“One of my proudest moments with Shamin Hotels was an event we did for The Chesterfield Arts Center at the Cultural Center of India. It was my first full scale, off-property event, and even though we faced some challenges, the event went off flawlessly and we made a customer for life. The proudest part for me was our teamwork, from management to the servers, the dishwashers, the cooks — all from multiple hotels — coming together to create an everlasting experience for our client and their guests. Amazing.”
He explains one of his favorite things and his reason for taking a job and making it his career.
“I enjoy working with all the departments through the home office and at the properties. It’s amazing how dynamic the associates are within our organization and the collective knowledge that is brought to the table. We at Shamin Hotels continue to grow and learn new outlooks on life and business, and we really strive to be out on the frontier of our industry. That excites me day in and day out.”
MichelleRegional Director of OperationsBeing a young mother while looking for the next step in your career can be daunting. Finding the right opportunity for future growth while meeting the needs of a family is a challenge that many of us have faced in our lives. So when Michelle asked a former colleague for advice, he suggested Shamin Hotels — who at the time had 8 hotels in its portfolio, smaller operationally and was family owned. She knew at the interview it was the right decision.
“I was shocked when Mrs. Amin, (The VP of Purchasing and the Co-Founder’s wife) babysat my daughter so I could interview. The flexibility, willingness to help and her kindness was what drew me initially. The company is not small anymore but I still do not feel “lost” and the rest is history.”
Starting as an Assistant General Manager of Hilton Garden Inn Colonial Heights to now Regional Director, Michelle oversees multiple hotels and is the primary point of contact and leadership for all aspects of their operations. She sees her advancement in Shamin Hotels as very fortunate and gratifying and one that has been afforded to others as well.
“Associates are given a real opportunity to grow and advance. Learning is encouraged, individuality is embraced and feedback genuinely appreciated. I really believe that we are one big family and have each other’s best interest at heart.”
Her success has been driven by her talents but supported by the company she choose to make her career. Shamin Hotels gave her the space to grow with input on all aspects of the business such as the development of the company values.
“The fact that our family of associates were included in defining our values as a company makes it unique. It is also a testimony of Shamin’s commitment to make an impact with our associates every step of the way. Their input has been a springboard to our overall culture but what really makes me proud is how our values are truly who we are and what we stand for through everyone’s experience not just one person.”