Accounting Department at the Portola Hotel & Spa, April 2015.
This new feature on our Central Coast Living blog highlights the amazing staff right here at the Portola Hotel & Spa! From food service to operations, here’s your chance to meet a great group of professionals, who not only love their job, but truly care about the experience each and every individual has, the moment they step through the doors at the Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay.
The next department I will be featuring is the Portola’s very own Accounting Team. With experience that spans from making explosives for car airbags to night auditing, the Portola Accounting team is one of the most dynamic bunch of individuals you’ll ever meet. They love crunching numbers BUT even more importantly, ensuring each and every guest has an amazing experience during their time at the Portola!
Enjoying a fabulous monthly HFTP meeting at the Intercontinental. Learning and networking with friends.
Monica Gonzalez, Accounts Receivable on why she enjoys accounting and the best part of her job -
“I fell in love with accounting 10 years ago. I started off in night audit and loved it. I’m not sure exactly what it was, but I loved to balance the daily work and see what the daily totals would be. I feel like accounting is something you either love or hate. But if you love it, it’s a great department to work and grow in. The best part of my job is who I work with. Everyone is so friendly and helpful and we work great as a team. I can honestly say I look forward to coming to work every day because of the staff here.”
Accounting out to lunch!
Olivia Yang, Income Audit Intern on working in accounting and being a part of the team at Portola -
“There are many reasons that attract us to be in the hospitality accounting field, but the most important one is that we consider ourselves to be analytical individuals who enjoy exploring patterns and rationales behind numbers. Even though we look slightly serious while working at our desks, we are a very fun team. We maintain our office atmosphere in the way that we not only treat each other as colleagues but friends. We are always prepared for everyday new challenges and enthusiastic interacting with everyone drop by our office.”
Accounting celebrating Halloween, October 2015.
Shareef Fahmy, Finance Manager on his first job in hospitality and advice for someone starting out in the industry –
“It was a part-time job at a Little Caesar’s in high school and it turned out to be a really great learning experience. I started out washing dishes, but made it through every station until I was doing everything from taking orders, making pizzas, and assisting the guests at checkout. I got a real sense of pride from delivering great experiences that stuck with me and that’s probably why I ended up in hospitality. For someone starting out in the industry, I would tell them to think very hard about the kind of organization they want to be a part of. I used to work for a big hotel chain and thought it’d be great because of perks like free room nights but found out I didn’t like the corporate structure. Personally, I prefer working at a unique, independent property. That’s why I love the Portola!”