Hotel management company Meyer Jabara Hotels has bolstered its executive team with the addition of Mark Kronick as CFO and Daniela Burga as SVP, human resources.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve had the opportunity to announce new executive hires, and we are quite proud of that,” said MJH President Justin Jabara. “Meyer Jabara Hotels is known industry-wide as an employer of choice because we operate with a culture in which our employees help shape the direction of the company, as well as their own hotels. Those who work for us in management roles rarely leave mainly because we provide a combination of strategic leadership tools and behavioral principles that focus each associate on providing exceptional and memorable experiences for their guests. It is this ‘Journey culture’ that enables us to attract and retain the best-of-the-best associates who deliver an industry-leading customer experience.”
He added, “The recent hiring of Mark Kronick and Daniela Burga are proof that we attract top talent. Mark comes to us with an impressive background. For the last 10 years he served as CFO for Club Quarters. He also brings experience in hospitality real estate, from working in private equity for Lone Star Funds/Hudson Advisors, to serving in the corporate sector with General Electric/Textron and the banking industry with Bank of America. Mark will assist with growing profitably through acquisitions, enhancing our brand, and scaling our business to become a world class organization, which includes raising and managing cost-effective capital to provide significant returns to owners. Daniela comes to Meyer Jabara Hotels with a background in hotel HR, serving recently as a corporate human resources director with a notable hotel management company [New Castle Hotels & Resorts]. Her experience with payroll, accounting and benefits administration make her a valuable resource to our people—especially those eager to rise through the ranks. Daniela started her hotel career as a front desk agent and was promoted to a sales associate and then HR administrative assistant, respectively. It is this type of drive and dedication that she hopes to cultivate at our hotels.”
At present, Kronick is assisting with MJH’s soon-to-be-announced technology initiative and developing a new centralized services division.
Kronick said it was the Journey culture that attracted him to the CFO post, along with Meyer Jabara Hotels’ “exceptional reputation in the marketplace, its management style, and commitment to growth.”
“Meyer Jabara Hotels has the exceptional ability to make an emotional connection with its associates, guests, and the community,” he said. “With hoteliers all vying for labor today, being able to stand out as an employer of choice will help drive the right employees to our doors, and in turn drive profitability. I was eager to join the MJH team because of its willingness to embrace change and its ability to strike a balance between its employees, guests and owners. In the short time that I’ve been with the company, I can truly say they are the best hotel operator in the business. It is with great pride that I join this world-class management group.”
The company’s culture was also a factor in Burga’s decision to accept the HR post.
“The more I learned about the Journey culture, the more I realized its strength and its ability to help carry employees through these difficult times,” Burga said. “Even during the pandemic, Meyer Jabara Hotels did not ignore its culture or principles. This is truly a company that understands the importance of HR and its strategic purpose and, unlike many hotel companies, they are open to change and innovation.”