Being 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.”
Michelle has been exceptional but this is an opportunity given to all associates at Shamin Hotels. For those looking for more than a job but a career, she has the following advice.
“Be present for your team and yourself. Treat others as you want to be treated.” Also, these words from her favorite poet, Maya Angelou.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
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