Meet George SanMiguel, Director of Events at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. Why does he love the hotel? Read on to find out!
Interview with George SanMiguel
Q: Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised here in Albuquerque. My family migrated from Mexico to California in the sixties – several of the family members moved to Corrales to start our Family Adobe business. My mom met my dad here and then I was born at UNM hospital.
Q: When you aren’t overseeing events with your clients, how do you spend your time?
I love to read, write poetry & short stories.
Q: Where did you go to school or obtain your degree?
I went to Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. I triple majored in Theatre (emphasis in performance), Media Studies and French.
Q: Tell us about your prior experience in this industry (or any other industries).
I fell into the hospitality industry back in 2001 at the Radisson on Carlisle. From there I just began learning and growing my career as I was promoted within the F&B world. I was there for about 4.5 years and then moved to California for a short while. I returned and took a job with the Hyatt Downtown and worked my way up again. After 4 years there, I opened Isleta Resort and Casino as a Convention Services/Catering Manager. Six years later I moved to DC when I accepted a position with the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. I was back in Albuquerque working on the WCA of New Mexico program when I met with Mindy [Jensen] and Molly [Ryckman] and accepted the Director of Events position.
Q: Who are your team members (names and positions)? (Feel free to list anyone you’d like to include.)
Greg Olson – Event Manager
Lauren Morganti – Event Manager
Desiree Brehm – Catering/ Entertainment Manager
Carin Corrie – Weddings/Special Events
Q: How long have you been with Hyatt? With Hyatt Regency Albuquerque?
This go around, since May 31, 2016.
Q: What was it about the company and your property’s events or team that attracted you to this position?
I was attracted to the position because I had been here prior, knew the layout, and felt something great after meeting with Mindy [Jensen] and knowing I would be working closely with her. We have definitely developed a great relationship when we are more often than not thinking the same thing.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the industry or your job in general?
I love the fact that no two events are alike. There is always something new and special with each event, and that I have the opportunity to assist in creating a wonderful experience with my clients.
Q: If you had to choose one thing that you feel makes your property so unique, what would it be?
I love our building and knowing that it is one of the premier properties, due to its location, and the role that it has played in the New Mexico skyline. You see our building in many ads – it is recognizable and it comes with the name of a prestigious brand. We have a very unique property with a bustling lobby and plaza that gets traffic from our downtown neighbors. Being in the heart of it all is great!