TRUMP OCEAN CLUB INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER PANAMA ANNOUNCES LEONARDO MORADO AS DIRECTOR OF FOOD & BEVERAGE AND MICHAEL J. COLLINS AS DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
PANAMA CITY, PANAMA – March 12, 2014 – Panama City’s leading luxury hotel, Trump Ocean Club®International Hotel & Tower Panama, announces the appointments of Leonardo Morado as director of food and beverage and Michael J. Collins as director of finance.
“We are excited to welcome two notable professionals such as Michael and Leonardo to the team, said Mark Stevenson, vice president and managing director at Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower® Panama. Both individuals possess the experience and expertise that we value in our colleagues and I am certain that their contributions will help further our position as the premier hotel in Panama City.”
With over 13 years experience in the travel and hospitality industry, Michael J. Collins has an extensive financial background managing hotels across various notable brands worldwide, including The Ritz-Carlton and Marriott. In his new role, he will be responsible for the overall financial management for the hotel. Beyond his knowledge for hotel finance, operations and technical systems, he is known for his leadership skills, entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to contribute, foster change and streamline processes.
Prior to joining Trump Ocean Club Hotel & Tower Panama, his experience in budgeting, forecasting, auditing and implementing internal financial controls have contributed to the succcesful openings of over 20 hotels within the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Since then, he has undertaken and supported ambitious projects, in which he leveraged his superior organizational skills and developed invaluable relationships with important business leaders.
Collins obtained his Master’s Degree in Business Management from San Diego State University in the United States.
Leonardo Morado brings 10 years of expertise in haute cuisine to the hotel. As director of food and beverage, Morado is responsible for maintaining all aspects of the property’s food and beverage operations, including banquets and in-room dining. Additionally, he oversees the operations, management and promotion of Trump Panama’s unmatched dining options that include Tejas Restaurant & Bar, Barcelona Tapas Restaurant & Bar, Cava 15 Wine Bar and Azul Pool Bar & Grill.
Over the years, he has dedicated his career to creating amazing delicacies from a variety of cuisines and incorporating them into hotel menus that even the most discerning palates can truly appreciate. Before joining the property, he has held various food and beverage positions at several upscale hotels around the world, most recently Hotel Secrets the Vine in Cancun, Mexico; Mulia in Jakarta, Bali; The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto, Canada; among others.
Throughout his career, Morado has obtained several professional achievements and hosted different seminars in which he was able able to share his knowledge and love for culinary arts. In addition, he was also a professor at a recognized culinary school in Cancun, Mexico
Morado graduated from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, considered to be one of the most prestigious and largest university in Latin America.
About Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower Panama
Perched above Panama Bay in Punta Pacifica, Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower Panama was the first international venture for THE TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION™. Developed by Newland International Properties Corp., it is the largest hotel in Latin America. Its 369 handsomely appointed hotel rooms, including 47 suites, serve as a home away from home for travelers. Amenities include a floor of elite boutiques and shops, multiple restaurants reflective of the region’s best fare, two phenomenal pool decks with 5 pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and over 45,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space. Additionally, a 75,000 square foot casino is slated to open in 2014. Signature services of the TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION™, including The Trump Attaché, are also a part of the Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama experience. The hotel has received the sought-after Condé Nast Traveler Award "#2 Top Hotel in Central America" 2012, the TripAdvisor "Certificate of Excellence" 2013 and the TripAdvisor’s Traveler's Choice 2013: Top 20 Hotels in Panama. Most recently, the resort has been named to Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” 2013. Connect with TrumpOcean Club® International Hotel & Tower Panama on Facebook and Twitter. Reservations can be made by visiting www.TrumpPanamaHotel.com or calling (855) 225-9640.
About TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION™
Launched in October 2007, TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION™ is the next generation of luxury hospitality – one that is raising the bar in the top-tier travel experience with a level of customized service unrivaled in the market today. Presided over by internationally renowned developer Donald J. Trump and his three grown children – Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric – the prestigious portfolio includes the highly acclaimed Trump International Hotel & Tower® New York, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, Trump International Hotel™ Las Vegas, Trump International Hotel™ Waikiki Beach Walk®, Trump SoHo® New York, Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower Panama, Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto®, and Trump National Doral® Miami. Trump® Hotel Rio de Janeiro, Trump International® Hotel & Tower Vancouver and Trump® International Hotel, The Old Post Office Washington, D.C., a redevelopment of the historic Old Post Office Building, are slated to open in 2016. Reservations can be made at www.TRUMPHOTELCOLLECTION.com or by calling (855) TRUMP-00 (878-6700). TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION is headquartered at Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022. Connect with TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION on its social media pages.