Olga R. Cruz – President
Olga R. Cruz was born in Nicaragua, and moved to the United States when she was 10 years old. After graduating from Coral Gables Senior High School, Olga earned her Associate in Arts Degree in Criminology from Miami-Dade College.
[expander_maker id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]Then, she pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Florida International University (FIU). During college, she worked as a Human Resources and Payroll Supervisor at LSGSky Chefs, where she worked for fourteen years and fell in love with the profession.
After 15 years in Human Resources, Olga returned to school to further her knowledge and understanding of the field. She attained a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from FIU. Additionally, she holds two professional designations Professional in Human Resources (PHR), and Society for Human Resources Management’s Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the National Society of Hispanic MBA, The South Florida Compensation and Benefits Association, and is also an active member of the Greater Miami Society for Human Resources Management (GMSHRM).
Currently, Olga is the Director of Human Resources at the Hilton Miami Downtown, and manages the day-to-day HR operations for Resorts World Miami. She joined Resorts World in 2014 and Human Resources after making an impact in her department, she was promoted to Senior Human Resources Manager in 2015, when Resorts World’s and Hilton Miami Downtown’s HR Departments consolidated into one.
Prior to joining Resorts World, Olga held other positions as Human Resources Manager at Centurion Air Cargo and BUPA Worldwide Corp. She also served as Project Director at Miami-Dade College, North Campus for their OSHA program.
Olga is the proud mother of Brandon, who is currently attending law school at FIU.[/expander_maker]
Maray Rodriguez – VP / Event Chair
Maray Rodriguez was originally born in Cuba and worked her way in hospitality starting from F&B to HR while obtaining a Bachelors in Hospitality Management from FIU.
[expander_maker id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] She took a break from the industry to raise her children and then worked in the PT Bearing industry for years in accounting and export sales before returning to her passion of HR in Hotels and accomplishing her goal of obtaining her SHRM-SCP.[/expander_maker]
Leonie Timothee – Program Chair
Leonie is multi-disciplined. She is the Talent Development Manager at the InterContinental Miami where she is responsible for the development and other aspects of human resources for the team.
[expander_maker id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]She has 25 years experience in the hospitality industry. She is a board member of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism/Miami NAF and is also a Marino Campus advisory committee member.
Leonie enjoys serving her community. She initiated the Big Brothers Big Sisters at Work program at the InterContinental Miami. She is a notary public for the benefit of her colleagues at the InterContinental Miami and for the past 10 years has transferred that knowledge by becoming a wedding officiant.
Leonie’s love for the arts, her country of birth (Haiti) and family have been driving forces in her being a co-founder of the nonprofit, A Reflection of Me, Inc, which now serves individuals both in Haiti and South Florida.
Leonie is passionate and committed to each role she plays as they all contribute to the betterment of her colleagues, community and society.[/expander_maker]
Zachary Rosenthal – Membership Chair
Zachary Rosenthal is a Director with Physicians Health Center
[expander_maker id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]Zachary Rosenthal has been part of Physicians Health Center’s sales and marketing team for the last 12 years, currently as a Director. With a passion for graphic design and technology, Zachary enjoys socializing and helping others. Zachary is passionate about volleyball, travelling, spending time in nature, and playing board games with friends.[/expander_maker]
Freyda Hyman – Secretary/Treasurer
Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Freyda is a graduate of Brooklyn College where she met her husband of 50 years.
[expander_maker id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] She moved to South Florida shortly after getting married. Freyda has been the Secretary for the South Florida Hospitality Human Resources Association since 1989.
Freyda worked for the State of Florida for 35 years. Many of those years were spent recruiting staff for new hotel properties as they opened, and as liaison with the hospitality industry. Her last assignment was the Supervisor of the Business Services Hub of WorkForce One in Ft. Lauderdale. She is now retired and has been volunteering at The Humane Society of Greater Miami for more than 14 years.
Freyda is very active in the International Association of Workforce Professionals, having served locally, as State President, as District Rep. for Florida and Georgia, and on the International Executive Board. She is also a past Treasurer for the Hospitality Human Resources Association of Broward County. In addition, she serves as the Secretary of her Homeowners Association.[/expander_maker]