The Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) took place on May 7-8, 2012, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami hotel in Miami, Florida, USA. The mood was decidedly more upbeat than the past several years and the conference attracted approximately 300 investment community leaders.
Maxence Bonnamain, Director of Las Casitas Villages at the El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, was presented the Rising Star Award at the luncheon on May 8, 2012. Finalists in the category also included Sanovnik Destang, Assistant Managing Director, Director of Finance at Bay Gardens Resorts; Paula De Marchena González, Director of Human Resources at Hilton Santo Domingo; and Erika Melendez, Assistant Director of Human Resources at Caribe Hilton Hotel.
The Rising Star Award was created by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), in collaboration with BHN, to celebrate the excellence of young emerging leaders in the hospitality industry and to reward an outstanding individual each year with the Rising Star Award. The candidate must be under 35 years of age, currently work in a hospitality-related field, be living and working in the Caribbean, and be recognized by leaders of his or her own hotel or organization as a rising star.