• Meet Sandy Burkett

     
    POSTED January 29, 2017
     

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Sandy Burkett was recently hired as general manager of Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as General Manager for Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver?

The guests, the team and the renovation of the Hotel Monaco; it is the perfect package.

2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?

I just came from the recent transformation of the Hotel Vintage in Portland—where we repositioned the property growing our YOY revenues 29.5 percent—not only through the renovation but also shifting our targeted markets. My background in Sales has prepared me to be able to see the guest experience through their eyes to ensure that it is exceptional.

3. How did you get into the industry?

I began my career in sales, working with clients in Texas. Then, I worked in Seattle for a majority of my career while I raised my four daughters. Now, after the empty nest flew to Portland, and upon completing that four-year project, I work here in Denver.

4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?

Repositioning the property, growing hospitality leaders from the ground up and enjoying Denver. My hobby is motorcycle riding, and I cannot wait to hit the back roads through the Rockies.

5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?

I love this industry, and I love growing our future leaders. What a gift to enjoy a career where we are of service to others. Our job is to ensure people's safety and comfort, to make them happy.

It is the one industry where you can truly grow your career based on your desire, talent and work ethic. There is nothing more exciting than seeing someone grow.

 

Whether a team is still working from home, or has made a phased return to the office, the past few months have seemed monotonous with not as many in-person meetings and events to break up work weeks. Meeting with a group boosts motivation, and Zoom meetings can’t compare when it comes to rallying morale. After months at home, planning small meetings and corporate getaways away from home is a great way to motivate and revitalize a team’s performance–especially when the destination provides all of the benefits that Colorado offers.

 

As working from home has become the norm since March, so has connecting with coworkers using webcams and Skype. Button downs on top with sweatpants on the bottom became work-friendly outfits, and Zoom happy hours were the only way to grab a drink with friends. Especially for teams that used to meet in the office every day, a chance to shake up the (new) same old and safely reconnect in person is much needed after months apart. An out-of-state trip could be a memorable way to sync up with coworkers again, as well as do wonders for motivation and productivity upon return.

 

So far, webcams and Zoom meetings have been an essential part of 2020. While digital options are functional placeholders for meetings, chatting with a coworker over Skype doesn’t always set up a team for success. Human connection is vital to team building, and hosting safe, small meetings is a great way to revitalize teams after months of working from home.