We wanted to share some of the incredible feedback received on TripAdvisor for each of our Core 4 hotels. Our guests have spoken about how accommodating and resilient our teams have been during such difficult times. With review titles like “COVID CHAMPS” and “HELPING HEALTHCARE WORKERS” – we want to thank our employees for all their hard work in the current environment to ensure that the safety and security of our guests remains our number one priority. We are #DENIHANSTRONG!
HOTEL INDUSTRY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FREE TRAINING, EDUCATION COURSES FOR HOTEL EMPLOYEES
Courses Include Online Hospitality Trainings, GED, ESL, College
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 1, 2020) – In an effort to support the 8 million hotel industry employees affected by this unprecedented public health crisis, the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation), the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), today announced free resources to help industry employees continue their education during this difficult time.
As part of AHLA’s Hospitality for Hope Initiative, the AHLA Foundation will provide:
- Free hospitality management online courses
- Professional development scholarships for AHLA certifications
- Continuing education online programs (English as a Second Language, GED, and Associate Degree College Courses)
In this time when travel has virtually come to a halt and many employers have had to furlough their team members, ongoing learning opportunities can keep employees connected to the job. The Foundation has underwritten funding to provide the top three online manger trainings at no cost to all lodging employees in the U.S. These include:
- Supervisory Skills Builders,
- Hospitality Manager: Leadership, and
- Certified Hotel Administrator review course
The courses are provided through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) and will be made available April 1 – 30.
“With nearly four million hotel workers losing their jobs because of this public health crisis, the AHLA Foundation aims to provide free opportunities to help employees advance their skills and education so that when we all get back to work, they are one step ahead,” said Rosanna Maietta, President of AHLA Foundation & AHLA EVP. “Our people are our greatest resource, and in their time of need, we want to do all we can to support them with free education and certification opportunities.”
In addition to the AHLEI managerial courses, the Foundation is offering professional development scholarships to cover the cost of AHLA’s portfolio of professional certifications, allowing individuals to grow their industry knowledge, enhance their professional skills, and receive industry recognition.
Additionally, the Foundation is providing scholarship funds to support continuing education for employees seeking attainment in English as a Second Language, high school diploma equivalency via the GED, and Associate Degree college courses that can all be done online through Pearson AcceleratED.
Information on the free training courses, professional development scholarships, and continuing education offerings can be found by visiting http://www.ahlafoundation.org.
The Foundation’s announcement is part of AHLA’s newly announced Hospitality for Hope Initiative, which seeks to showcase the positive work the hospitality industry is doing to help employees, communities across the country, and the industry during this unprecedented health crisis.
In the midst of this challenging time, we are encouraged by the many individuals and groups coming together to create much needed support systems. For those interested in joining our support network, consider financially supporting the Foundation’s relief efforts by making a donation HERE.
About The AHLA Foundation:
The AHLA Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, is dedicated to helping people build careers, improve their lives and strengthen the lodging industry. From lifting individuals out of poverty and connecting them with a life-long career in the industry to providing certifications to promote current hotel employees into leadership positions, the Foundation’s programs are changing the industry by changing lives. We are committed to elevating, educating, and empowering individuals and the public on the industry’s story of opportunity and advancement. Since its founding in 1953, the Foundation has distributed over $27 million in support of the industry and is committed to ensuring a strong and viable workforce for the entire lodging industry. The Foundation is funded solely by contributions from generous individuals and companies who want to give back to the hotel industry and ensure a successful future. Learn more at http://www.ahlafoundation.org.
Dear Denihan Team Members,
It’s probably an
understatement to say all our lives have changed in such a brief period of
time. The impact that COVID-19 is having on all of us is
unprecedented. As you know, we have had to make some very difficult
decisions as owners of Denihan to ensure the survival of our business. We
know this has been difficult for all of you and we appreciate your support and
We have been a family business for over 50 years and been through many ups and downs. We must admit that this current situation has been the most challenging in the history of our business. But it’s during the most challenging times that we need to be resourceful and come together. We are reminded of a story our father told us of how the family’s laundry business survived during WWII. While the men were away on the battlefield, the women in the family were left to run the business. They quickly came together and shifted the focus of the cleaning business to military contracts to keep the business afloat. Similarly, we have seen so many of our team members rise to the occasion these past few weeks and be resourceful in so many ways.
While it is impossible to
know how long this crisis will last, the strength, determination, courage and
resilience we all possess will get us through this. We will see you on
the other side and begin anew together!
Thank you for all you do for us. May you and your loved ones stay safe and God bless!
Brooke and Patrick
PS. We will continue to stay in touch with all of you.
Brooke D. Barrett Patrick Denihan
Chief Executive Officer Chief Executive Officer
Tough times bring our amazing and dedicated teams closer together. As you know, we had to temporarily close The Benjamin and The Surrey, making it one of the most difficult weeks in our companies’ history. But it’s a reminder of how resilient our teams are. Shout outs with a special thank you to the entire management teams at both properties, as they each demonstrated a high level of professionalism and teamwork while navigating through unprecedented circumstances. We look forward to seeing everyone’s welcoming smiles very soon! Stay safe and healthy.
Some of our recent shout out winners enjoyed a lovely luncheon with Brooke at Cafe Centro.
Denihan hosted its annual Recognition Awards highlighting hotel and individual wins for the full year of 2019. Congratulations Denihan team!
We celebrated by hosting an extended wine hour, complete with a raffle at Kickoff. Our guests enjoyed special snacks and decorations, and a memorable Super Bowl Sunday at the Fifty!
The Hotel Association of NYC Foundation hosted its annual Red Carpet Hospitality Gala on December 2nd at the Grand Hyatt New York. The event was led by HANY Foundation co-chair, Vijay Dandapani and Loews Hotels Chairman & CEO, Jonathan Tisch, who honored entrepreneur, Ian Schrager and The Shubert Organization.
The gala was attended by our On Property Leadership & Corporate Operations Teams.
The Gardens, Shelburne and Fifty enjoyed a catered Thanksgiving feast by Boston Market! Everyone had a great time eating, laughing and enjoyed each others company. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Denihan Corporate hosted it’s annual Thanksgiving pot-luck lunch today. Thank you to all who contributed and here’s to another successful associate gathering. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Fifty Hotel & Suites hosted and informal meet and greet during wine hour with artist Gabrielle Rein whose art is on display in Fifty’s Club Room. The event was a great success with guests and press in attendance. Next time your at the Fifty check out her art work!
Gardens Suites Hotel partnered with Runstreet for a recent fun filled, Art Run. The event started off with a talk by featured artist Rubin, who gave insight into his creation process for the beautiful murals painted on the back patio walls as well as the garage door at Gardens. Then a 5k run was followed around Midtown, Manhattan passing by other street murals. Thank you to all who participated!
We also held a candy count contest – to see who could guess the number of tootsie rolls in the jar…..many were close but the overall winner was Lloyd Tapper – Congratulations!!
On October 18, The Benjamin hosted a reading session in partnership with Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that promotes a healthy bedtime routine for children. Volunteers from The Benjamin team read to a group of 15 kindergartners (Ages 4 and 5) from a school in the Bronx. Dr. Rebecca Robbins was a guest speaker for the reading session. The kids received an inspiring storybook, cozy pajamas and a Winkz owl to take home!
Thank you to all the volunteers that supported the event and stay tuned for more reading sessions at The Benjamin!
Congratulations to all of Denihan’s Big Apple Stars nominees and Gunita Suri at The Benjamin who was a finalist!
Full-Time Hourly With Guest Contact
Imre Nemeth, the Benjamin Hotel
Leah Singleton, Fifty Hotel & Suites
Javon Maynard , Gardens Hotel & Suites
Jean Benjamin, Shelburne Hotel & Suites
Irving Rodriguez, Surrey Hotel
Full-Time Hourly Without Guest Contact
Dagoberto Duque, The Benjamin Hotel
Morris Cargill, Fifty Hotel & Suites
Omar Oughton, Gardens Hotel & Suites
George Amponsah, Shelburne Hotel & Suites
Ricardo Almonte, Surrey Hotel
Full-Time Room Attendant
Aniberca Reyes, The Benjamin Hotel
Barbara Skorka, Fifty Hotel & Suites
Anna Bielen, Gardens Hotel & Suites
Matilda Creglia, Shelburne Hotel & Suites
Suze Philemon, Surrey Hotel
Managerial Below General Manager
Gunita Suri, The Benjamin Hotel **Finalist**
Patricia Leon, Fifty Hotel & Suites
Henry Cabrera, Gardens Hotel & Suites
Ronald Lewis, Shelburne Hotel & Suites
Dino Sigalas, Surrey Hotel
On Saturday, September 28th, Denihan participated in the St. Jude’s Walk/Run to honor Madaline Ansalone.
Denihan had a group of Madaline’s colleagues and family participate and the group raised over $7000 for St. Jude’s. Out of 209 teams, Denihan’s team was in the top 10 in funds raised! Overall the New York St. Jude’s walk raised $384,668 and this all goes to cover the cost of hospital stays for children with cancer.
Thank you to all that participated and donated. Madaline would be so proud of what we accomplished!
Housekeeping week continued last week with food, snacks, chair massages, games, raffles, ice cream and more! Everyone enjoyed a week long fun of celebration and received a customized Denihan gift! Thank you to all who helped make the week fun for our team, and the biggest thank you to our Housekeeping Teams, we wouldn’t have this week without all your hard work and dedication!!
Housekeeping week kicked off to a great start with a breakfast at each hotel along with some fun and games! Stay tuned for more pictures as the week continues…
The annual Virtuoso Conference was attended this year in Las Vegas by Ellen Gerchick and Andrea Ambroze on behalf of The Surrey. This was the largest ever with over 6500 travel advisors and suppliers globally. Together they completed over 285 one on one appointments, plus several lunches and receptions in one week. Another year for The Surrey partnering with the top industry professionals!
All the hotels teamed up for the 2019 Summer Outing at Sky Room NYC. Everyone enjoyed lots of food, drinks and great music! Stunning views of the city was the highlight of the night!
Thank you to the Shelburne Team for our lovely chocolate covered fruit and thank you to the Group Sales team for our yummy Mrs. Fields cookies!
Thank you for making us feel special this week and always being great partners! 😊
The Shelburne Hotel & Suites celebrated the retirement of Franklin Wynters. Franklin has been a loyal, dedicated member of the team for the 29 years! Thank you for all your hard work and we wish you all the best!
Celebrate Services Week kicked off with a great start thanks to NYC & Company. Every year they host an event for the service managers of NYC. This was year we played Giant Jenga, Super Mario Brothers, did NYC Trivia and then visited the Cauldron where we got a full on Harry Potter Experience.
Celebrate Services Week continues until August 2nd. Stop by and say thanks to your friendly service manager 😊
The Gardens hosted its annual Summer Client Event where we had the opportunity to showcase our rooms, outdoor space and new art installation. We had 35 key people from a mix of Corporate, Mission, Group, Travel Agents and FIT Tour Operators.
Our guests enjoyed catered barbecue from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que with Bubbles and Rose under the Artwork by @Rubin415. The food, refreshments, weather and company were perfect, and no one wanted to leave.
A special Thank You to the Gardens Operations team for the beautiful set-up and for the support from the attendees of our Corporate Sales Team.
Affinia Hotels & Suites was just featured in in Hospitality Design (with 27K Unique Monthly Views) – covering the brand-wide renovation of the hotels.
The Benjamin Hotel celebrated 20 years of being the wonderful landmark we all know and love. We also celebrated associates reaching milestones of 5 years, 10 years, 15 years and 20 years! Each associate received a Benjamin pin with different colored gems depending on the years completed; yellow for 5, green for 10, red for 15 and diamond for 20. Everyone certainly had a great time! Thank you to Patrick and Brooke for stopping by and for their lovely speeches!
A big congratulations to Ann Murtagh, who was nominated for Salesperson of the year at the HSMAI awards last week! We appreciate all her hard work and dedication to Denihan, way to go Ann!
Yesterday was Pedro’s last day after being the face of the Gardens NYC for 30 years! He is embarking on a new exciting journey to Houston, Texas with his family. We celebrated with the best food New York has to offer, pizza! Thank you Pedro for all of the years you dedicated to making sure our guest were happy!
Corporate hosted a viewing party to cheer on the Women’s USA Soccer team match against Sweden. USA won 2-0!!
The Shelburne Hotel and Suites team enjoyed a fun filled packed week full of training, painting and team building. The week ended with a pep rally taco party along with amazing t-shirt giveaways! #livelikealocal
Last week we bid adieu to one of our Room Attendants at the Gardens NYC. Gina Consiglieri dedicated 19 years to our wonderful hotel. We wished her all the best and a very happy and relaxing retirement!
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