Reneka Edwards, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Senior Sales Manager
Resume: Reneka Edwards has an extensive history with Hyatt Hotels, having worked for eight different properties in positions that include catering/convention services, administrative assistant, systems administrator, MIS manager, sales and marketing assistant, sales manager and senior sales manager. At the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Edwards has booked more than $5.5 million in religious business.
Awards: Sales manager of the quarter or associate of the month six different times
Career Highlight: Edwards helped found the Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s Hyatt Herald Award in 2011, an honor acknowledging the leadership and philanthropic efforts of young professionals under the age of 40 in Atlanta.
Inspiration: Oprah Winfrey once said, “Greatness isn’t determined by how many people know you; it’s determined by service to other people.” And Dr. Howard Thurman, author, theologian and civil rights activist, said, “Community cannot feed for long on itself. It can only flourish with the coming of others from beyond, their unknown and undiscovered brothers.”
Industry Mentors: Debra Rodriguez and Trina Camacho-London from Hyatt, and David Hall and Anthony Del Gaudio from Loews Hotels
Dream Speaker: Oprah Winfrey. I’ve been fortunate enough to hear her in person twice and have always left full of hope and optimism.
Last Place You Vacationed: Curacao
Worst Industry Buzzword: Crescent rounds of five
Professional Pet Peeve: When people come in first thing in the morning and instead of starting off with, “Hello” or “Good morning,” they start telling you what they need.
First Job: At the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union office for Wayne County in Detroit, Mich.
The Edwards Profile: None. I’m still on a Palm Pre, but I’ll admit I’m waiting on the iPhone 5 to come out. I’m tired of being teased by my co-workers. | Carry-on | Window seat. I like to sleep the second the safety announcement is over, and when you’re in the aisle, you’re always getting bumped by the cart. | Latte. It’s not really coffee; I like to think of it as milk with syrup. | Jeans that let you be comfortable | Facebook