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Mr. Brunetti

Vince Brunetti

Exec. Assistant Manager / F&B Director, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

Originally from Michigan, the northern suburbs of Detroit, Vince Brunetti’s career in the hospitality industry began with the family business. With three family-owned and operated restaurants in the Detroit area, Mr. Brunetti’s innate talent and occupational destiny were both preordained. Mr. Brunetti attended the Institute of Hotel & Motel Association, a Michigan State hotel program, and furthered his studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Shortly after moving to New Jersey, Mr. Brunetti was tapped by the Trump organization for the Trump Marina Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, where he held various food and beverage positions during his six year tenure. In 1991, he joined Merv Griffin Resorts Hotel & Casino, where he managed the VIP players clubs as well as two restaurants. In 1995, Mr. Brunetti marked the beginning of his career with Hyatt, accepting a position as Beverage Manager at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. He transferred to the Hyatt Regency Princeton as Banquet Manager in 1997, and he was promoted to Director of Outlets at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach in 1999. With measurable successes under his belt, Mr. Brunetti was again promoted in 2002 to Assistant Food & Beverage Director at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport. Opportunities took him back to Southern California, where, in 2004, he was promoted to Assistant Food & Beverage Director at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. In 2005, Mr. Brunetti further advanced, becoming Food & Beverage Director at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. In 2008, Mr. Brunetti gladly accepted the position of Executive Assistant Manager - Food & Beverage Director at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. At the 1,229 room resort, Mr. Brunetti oversees all food and beverage operations, including five restaurants and lounges, and a team of 240 employees. From the elegance of a Hawaiian-inspired steakhouse concept at The Colony to the inspired Italian-Asian fusion at Ciao Mein, Mr. Brunetti takes pride in offering an eclectic array of flavorful cuisines paired with authentic hospitality and service. Encouraging innovation and creativity in his team has resulted in inventive new items such as Torched Sushi and house-infused vodkas featuring tropical ingredients. Dedicated to offering an excellent value to guests of the Waikiki resort, Mr. Brunetti has been instrumental in introducing economically-sensitive prix-fixe menus, “Sunset Hour” specials, and customizable and affordable in-room dining offerings. In 2011, Mr. Brunetti oversaw the transformation of Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach’s entire food and beverage program with the introduction of two new restaurants, Shor American Seafood Grill, and Japengo, A Pacific Rim Restaurant and Sushi Bar, as well as a new poolside lounge and bar, Swim, and new Regency Club product.

Mr. Brunetti can be contacted at 808-237-6104 or vincent.brunetti@hyatt.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.