M&R Hotel Management has announced the appointment of Mureka Walcott as director of human resources, responsible for recruiting, orientation, supporting existing staff, annual performance reviews, coordinating benefits and managing employment insurance.
M&R Hotel Management operates three hotels in Manhattan, four near John F. Kennedy International Airport, one near LaGuardia Airport and two in Staten Island. A third Staten Island hotel is scheduled to open in September.
An 11-year hospitality industry veteran, Walcott previously was area human resources manager for the Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Midtown East and Courtyard New York Manhattan/Times Square, both in New York, from 2013-2014. From 2008-2013, she was market human resources manager at the Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel in Rutherford, New Jersey, where she earlier was an accounting manager. Prior to that, she served in two capacities at the Saddle Brook Marriott in Saddle Brook, New Jersey: front office manager and accounts receivable manager.
“As our company has grown, the need for an experienced corporate human resources director became increasingly clear,” said Brian M. McSherry, M&R Hotel Management chief operating officer. “We welcome Mureka to tour team.”
Walcott earned a degree in hospitality management from Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. She is certified to train serving alcohol with care and safe food handling.
M&R Hotel Management’s portfolio includes the brands of InterContinental Hotels Group, Choice Hotels International, Wyndham Hotel Group and Best Western International. In addition, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corp. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide have certified M&R to manage selected brands.
M&R Hotel Management’s business plan calls for expansion of its portfolio in the New York metropolitan area and beyond through third-party management contracts. The company’s more than decade of success as an owner-operator brings the bottom-line perspective of an owner to third-party management clients.
In addition to management, M&R provides consulting services in hotel site and contractor selection, feasibility analysis, permitting, financing, franchising, human resources support, sales and marketing, revenue management, food & beverage management, brand management, account and risk management audits, e-commerce, design, procurement, accounting and engineering.
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