Harps On Staff Stakeholder Investment Program Receives Iconic Award
Oct. 14 (THEWILL) — Training and retraining of hotel staff have been described as useful modules for achieving growth in the hospitality sector.
This statement was disclosed by the Managing Director of Ogeyi Place, Dr. Michael Pinder during the Icon of Hospitality Nigeria Awards held recently in Port Harcourt.
Pinder, who is also a recipient of the Icon of Hospitality Nigeria award, called on hotel owners and investors to step up their efforts and investment in staff, saying “bricks and mortar don’t make hotels”.
According to him, “it is the hotel staff that makes the reputation of the hotel”. The award was presented to him at a very impressive corporate event inside the hotel on Tuesday, October 11, 2022.
Mr. Olugbenga Sunday Omotayo, Chairman of the Hotel Managers Award, who is also CEO and Organizer of the Hotel Managers Nigeria Conference, speaking ahead of the award to Dr. Michael Pinder, alluded to the outstanding qualities of the recipient while highlighting the vision. Hotel Managers Awards and Hotel Managers Conference.
“Today we are making history and that history begins with the awarding of this Legacy Award which is the highest honor of the Hotel Managers Awards, Nigeria’s Hospitality Icon, to Dr. Michael Pinder, for the tremendous hard work and scintillating impacts he has made in the Nigerian hospitality industry!” said Mr. Olugbenga.
‘Dt Pinder stands as a grandfather in the hospitality space in Nigeria as he has personally trained and mentored managers who have mentored other managers. The impacts are the real proof that we lived well. Doctor Pinder, you live well,” says Mr. Olugbenga.
“The Hotel Managers Conference and Awards have been designed to elevate hotels in Nigeria and Africa as a whole as we seek to eliminate the very obvious gaps between internationally branded hotels and locally branded hotels,” he asserted.
Dr Michael Pinder, who responded after receiving the award, appreciated everyone who came to celebrate with him and appreciated the invaluable efforts of the staff in maintaining the star rating and standards of Ogeyi Place Hotel Port Harcourt .
‘To all the staff and management here: you make the hotel. It will never be me. I am a person! In all the hotels where I have worked, there is no me without my staff. Without staff, there are no standards. You are the future of your country’s hospitality. All of you, he pointed out.
Dr Pinder goes on to say, “I want to thank every member of staff who has worked with me over the years for putting up with my screams and screams. I am very proud to be the General Manager of Ogeyi Place Hotel Port Harcourt, Rivers State as he concludes.
A number of attendees took the time to comment on the person and career of Dr. Michael Pinder.
Mrs. Felicia Obioma, one of the guests present, speaking of Dr. Michael Pinder, said: “As soon as I met him, I knew I was talking to a gentleman. Then I got to know his immediate family, his beautiful wife, and his mastery of hotel management, which speaks for itself, as he is a hotel management mogul. He is a very strict and disciplined person. He takes any topic of discussion and understands it very well. It is widely read!
“And so Mike, I think you deserve this award. And many other recognitions still await you. I want to thank those who put this together to recognize greatness. If you recognize greatness, you are great yourselves. Thank you very much, concluded Mrs. Felicia Obioma.
George Robert, who is a very good friend and a “couturier” as he introduced himself, in his remarks called out to the audience, “Have you met Mike? I encourage you to experience it if not! Those of you in the hospitality industry can claim it and as Madame rightly said, “Mike’s knowledge transcends all facets”. His simplicity runs through everything he does,” says George.
Mr. Nelson Uche, Sales and Marketing Manager of Ogeyi Place Hotel, also impressed his boss, Dr. Pinder, saying, “Dr. Pinder is a person who knows how to encourage someone! I have been working with them for over 3 years. The first time I met him he was sitting in a restaurant. It kept me seated for about 20-25 minutes. Then he spoke and the first word he said was, “I love your tie!” Then he asked me if I knew what SWOT analysis is and I said yes… And from that day on, he started working with me, said Mr Nelson enthusiastically!
“He is that kind of person who would tell you the wrong you have done when you are wrong and he would praise you when you do it right. He doesn’t always complain when you’re wrong. He will tell you and also praise your beautiful achievements. I would much rather work with him. And I say to you, Dr. Pinder, congratulations on this award,” concluded Mr. Nelson.