Chief Executive Officer, Tay Group, Buenos Aires, Argentina
"I wanted to study hospitality ever since I was a child. I used to travel a lot with my parents and I really liked the ‘hotel job’ environment and I never really thought of studying anything else.
I finished my undergraduate degree at SHMS and worked for several years at the Swissotel in New York as assistant front office manager and assistant housekeeping manager. Following this, I returned to SHMS to do my Master of Arts, which really enhanced my analytical skills and two years ago after roles from Front Office to General Manager and Director in Real Estate and hotel investment, I decided to take the risk and establish my own company, Tay Group. With offices in Argentina and Uruguay, we manage and develop hotels and real estate projects in South America providing consulting services, capital structuring and asset management for institutional investors.
Founding my own hotel company has given me the possibility to do what I want, with the people I want, for the people I want, when I want and the way I want and that is a career highlight for me!
My advice to students is to remember that the first years after graduation are difficult and you have to be patient to build a successful career. It is important to go through the bottom line jobs to become a better manager and a better person.
A successful career is the combination of good skills, good contacts and good luck. You have to pursue all of them."