Hotel Grand Chancellor’s Judy Chen is the director of sales & marketing for Wellington and Auckland, and Senior Hotel Executive of Year for 2017.
Attended by over 320 hotel professionals in Auckland, the New Zealand Hotel Awards celebrate the best in the industry. Judy acknowledged winning the esteemed award as a ‘career highlight’. She thanked the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor general manager, Steve Martin, her New Zealand sales team and the hotel industry in her acceptance speech.
Judy Chen has been with the Hotel Grand Chancellor Group for the past 12 years and her diverse portfolio, passion and enthusiasm have enabled her to greatly contribute to many aspects of the wider sector. Judy was a founding committee member of the Young Tourism Export Council of New Zealand and sits as an advisor on Victoria University’s Tourism Group.
After completing her Masters of Tourism Management at Victoria University of Wellington, Judy began her career with Tourism New Zealand. Her achievements within the hotel business over her career have been outstanding and she is committed to positively influence the next generation of young tourism and hospitality hopefuls to reach their fullest potential.
The hotel would also like to recognise the achievement of Naomi Oh, food and beverage supervisor, for being one of three finalists in the Food and Beverage Employee of the Year category. Naomi works at Whitby’s Restaurant & Bar, located on level 17 of the hotel, and is a promising emerging leader in the hospitality sector.