Success Stories
Success Stories
Emilio Ruiz

Emilio Ruiz

Operations Controller
Restaurante Dani Garcia, Hotel Puente Romano
Nationality: Spanish
Class of: 2007
Degree: Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

"My passion has always been hospitality and as an IT engineer with more than 12 years in the IT industry it was difficult to change my career path, but the Postgraduate Diploma in Hotel Managment from Les Roches gave my the opportunity and necessary skills to begin a new career in an unfamiliar sector. It opened the doors to the Hotel Arts and have me the chance to get to know and work with some of the best industry professionals in Europe and I now have the luck to continue my career in F&B as the operations controller within a chain of more than 30 franchises in Spain, recently I have started a new project as the Director of Operations at the restaurant group Dani Garcia, planning an international expansion for the companies new concept.

Without a doubt Les Roches was the starting point and the key that has allowed me to call at and open doors necessary for this new career path, giving me a solid knowledge base to take on any future challenge. "

Adelaida Muriel

Adelaida Muriel

Co-founder
Hot.es, one of Europe's leading mobile apps for last minute hotel bookings
Nationality: Spanish
Class of : 1990 and 2001
Degree: Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

“My fellow Hot.es founders and I believe that this is a great opportunity for hotels to increase their business. Spain has the second highest penetration of smartphone use in Europe. In addition, currently between 15% and 20% of all hotel reservations are booked on the same day and this places Hot.es in the perfect position to lead the way to further growth”

Amine El Moumni

Amine El Moumni

General Manager
Widiane Suites & Spa, Casablanca, Morocco
Nationality: Moroccan
Class of: 2002
Degree: Hotel Management Diploma

Interview with Amine El Moumni (in French)

Mariana Brandao Fernandes

Mariana Brandao Fernandes

Human Resources Director
Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality: Brazilian
Class of: 2003
Degree: Hotel Management Diploma

“I graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor´s in Business Administration from Les Roches and started my career with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. In the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo game the opportunity to work in various areas within the Human Resources Division: Recruitment, Internal Communication, Employee Engagement, Performance Development and Training & Development. Additionally, during the 6 years I spent with Hyatt, formed part of various pre-opening teams and supported new hotels in South America. Since November 2011, she returned to Spain and worked as the Training Manager of the prestigious Westin Palace Hotel, Madrid, part of the renowned international chain, Starwood Hotels & Resorts”. In 2012, she returned to work for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in Argentina.”

Juan Montesinos

Juan Montesinos

General Manager
AC Marriott Cuzco, Madrid, Spain
Nationality: Spanish
Class of: 2002
Degree: Bachelor in Business Administration

"My studies at Les Roches Marbella has been an important learning experience allowing me to create a base on which to further develop my knowledge and experience in the industry. Les Roches Marbella opens up a gateway to major hotel companies and with effort and dedication you can climb the lather faster and easier"

María Jesús Vilar Blanco

María Jesús Vilar Blanco

Human Resources Director
Majestic Resorts Golf & Spa Punta Cana, Caribbean Area
Nationality: Spanish
Class of : 2008
Degree: Postgraduate in Hospitality Management

Majestic Resorts Golf & Spa Punta Cana en octubre 2011 incorpora a una de nuestras graduadas del Postgrado en Dirección de Hotel, María Jesús Vilar Blanco como Human Resources Director en el Caribe.

La marca Majestic pertenece a la empresa mallorquina Grupo Batle con más de 50 años de experiencia en el sector, que a su vez opera en España bajo las marcas Mar Hoteles y Lively Hotels con un total de once propiedades.

Durante los últimos tres años María Jesús realizó primero sus prácticas para Starwood Mallorca como Assistant HR Director, y finalizadas éstas continuó en la misma Compañía como parte del Departamento de Recursos Humanos.

María Jesus dirige actualmente a su equipo en el Caribe formado por dos hoteles 5*****GL, Majestic Colonial y Majestic Elegante en Punta Cana con una plantilla media de 1300 empleados y una ocupación media del 90% durante todo el año.

Marek Hirtentreu

Marek Hirtentreu

Founder
Innovative hospitality networking platform “I Work in Hotels”
Nationality: Estonian
Class of: 2011
Degree: Bachelor in Business Administration

“My career began with my first internship at the “Gran Melia Resort Don Pepe” in Marbella, Spain where I learned from the ground level what it means to be a successful professional in this demanding industry. While advancing my studies at LRM, I eventually took on a role with “Le Chatelain Hotel” in Brussels where he learned the business side of the hotel industry. I were in this position of varied responsibilities (from sales and marketing to social media management) and my entrepreneurial vision was born”

Silvia Fernandez

Silvia Fernandez

Cabin Crew Member
Emirates Aviation College
Nationality: Spanish
Class of: 2008
Degree: Posgraduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

“It’s hospitality at 30,000 feet. The difference lies in the fact that managing typical hospitality situations can be challenging sometimes at this altitude and in such a closed environment. I have been chosen among Emirates’ 17,000 cabin crew members worldwide to participate in National Geographic’s documentary: Ultimate Airport: Dubai”

Ana Petkovic

Ana Petkovic

F&B Sales Manager
Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi
Nationality: Serbian
Class of: 2006
Degree: Bachelor in Business Administration

“I will never forget the days spent at Les Roches Marbella. I learnt invaluable skills such as how to be organized, responsible and flexible and, most importantly, how to work in a team. Les Roches Marbella helped me discover my talents and identify my weaknesses which, indeed, will help me succeed in my professional career in the industry.”

Kajal Fabiani

Kajal Fabiani

Owner
Italian Resto-lounge in Colaba, Mumbai
Nationality: Indian
Class of: 2007
Degree: Postgraduate in International Hotel Management

“I wanted to do something really different; have fine dining in a fun atmosphere - you know, where there’s loungey music, the waiters are fun, the cocktails are flowing…like what you see in Cipriani’s or Signor Sassi’s,” says Kajal of her spanking Italian resto-lounge that opens in Colaba this week. “It has a very St Tropez feel about it - everything is fresh and white, very villa-esque, very Roman-esque looking.”

Patrick Cornelisen

Patrick Cornelisen

Hotel General Manager, Hawthorne Hotel & Honorary Consul of Belgium
Boston, USA
Nationality: Belgian
Class of: 2002
Degree: Hotel Management Diploma

“I always tell my students that it all boils down to three key parts: knowledge, teamwork and attention to detail; things that I learned to develop and appreciate even more when I was at Les Roches Marbella from teachers spending numerous hours of patiently passing on their knowledge. Hopefully we as alumni can (and will) do the same for the Les Roches generations behind us…”

Diego Stembert

Diego Stembert

Resort Manager
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Nationality: Spanish
Class of: 1998
Degree: Diploma in International Hotel Management

"It is very important to be a well-trained professional in today’s Hospitality Industry. My Les Roches Marbella experience has enabled me to become a truly qualified hospitality professional instead of just being a hospitality employee.

The combination of academic studies and real life experience acquired at Les Roches Marbella and during the in-training periods I underwent in first class hotels helped me to gain invaluable self-confidence. After graduating, I have had the opportunity to work at several renowned hotels and positions.

Since beginning my career in the Hospitality industry the average time that I have spent in one town has been 24 – 30 months but had the great opportunity to have worked as Rooms Division Manager at The Hotel Alfonso XII, Seville, Spain, Front Office Manager at The Westin Palace, Madrid, Spain, Rooms Division Manager at Hotel Maria Cristina - The Luxury Collection, San Sebastian, Spain, amongst others.”

Carlos Erburu Ezarpe

Carlos Erburu Ezarpe

Chief Destination Manager
Sotogrande SA, Spain
Nationality: Spanish
Class of: 2002
Degree: Bachelor in Business Administration

Matt Byers

Matt Byers

Director of Golf Operations
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Monterey, California, USA
Nationality: Irish
Class of: 2011
Degree: Posgraduate Diploma in Golf Management

“Golf Management has changed over the past few years. Today, a golf club manager is no longer an adapted business manager, or a golf pro that has moved into the business side of operations, but a specialized golf manager. What I learned and experienced at Les Roches Marbella has prepared me for what the golf industry now demands, a specialized golf professional with a forward thinking mind set, who not only understands the ever shifting golf market, but also the varying requirements of each golf club.

The exceptional tutoring from some of the best golf management minds in Europe, as well as facilities tailored for the studying of golf, place this university and program at the forefront of Golf Management studies, a step ahead of the rest. I have no doubt that my decision, to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Golf Management at Les Roches Marbella, is a defining moment in my career, helping to shape me in to the golf manager I hope to be. I had undertaken my 6 months internship as Golf Operations Intern at “Deutsche Bank Championship 2011” in Norton, Massachusetts, USA.

I wanted to extend my gratitude again, to all the faculty and the staff there at Les Roches Marbella, I have no doubt that because of my studies there, I am excelling forward with my career. So much so that it pleases me to tell you that I am now the Operations Manager for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Monterey, California, the biggest employers in Monterey County (1800 staff). My lifelong dream has finally happened!

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