We are pleased to introduce one of our founding trustees for the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Foundation, Chris Breed. Chris brings a wealth of experience, creativity, wisdom and energy to the team. Not only is she on the board of trustees for the foundation, she is an officer on the board of directors for NHLA and supports many initiatives and programs throughout the association.
Chris oversees Resort and Food & Beverage Operations in Nevada, California and Florida as the Vice President of Operations for Soleil Management. Providing Owners and Guests a vacation experience beyond their expectations and offering employees opportunities to see their full potential and grow their career within Soleil Management is Chris’ passion.
Moving to Las Vegas 15 years ago to continue her career in Hospitality was a huge opportunity for Chris. Moving from laid back Hawaii to the hustle and bustle of one of the busiest 5 miles in the world, Las Vegas did not disappoint. Leading Resorts Operations in her home town of Kona, Hawaii instilled the meaning of Aloha Spirit, something she still carries with her today…in the 9th Island of Las Vegas.
Chris is very active in the Nevada Hotel Lodging Association along with the Foundation. Being able to participate in the Mentor programs and help our upcoming stars in hospitality is her focus. “We have the ability to impact so many lives of people entering the Hospitality field. Some of the best leaders in our industry are all within 5 miles of each other. It is our responsibility to tap into that knowledge”.
Chris was also the recipient of the the prestigious NHLA Hotelier of the Year award for the 2020 Stars of the Industry Hospitality Awards event.
We talked to Chris recently and here is what she had to say:
Q. You are one of the founding trustees of the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Foundation. What drove you to take on a large responsibility such as this considering your very busy career obligations?
A. Hospitality is Nevada’s biggest industry. We have more hotel rooms in Las Vegas and Reno than some states have all in. We have the best leaders in our field working in our cities. Our education system produces great up and coming leaders. It is our responsibility to connect all of those dots. We have to continue to be creative in ways to provide careers to talented professionals.
Q. What is your vision for the foundation scholarship program and what are some of the objectives in place to achieve set goals?
A. The vision is to have the scholarship program grow into being a sought-after scholarship within our Nevada academia world. Ideally the recipients will be students that have multi- generational families in the industry and want to continue to stay in Nevada and carry on with the tradition. Our objective is to get the word out, offer robust creative fundraising and offer huge Nevada style events!
Q. What makes the NHLF different from other scholarship foundations?
A. It is meant for students that have grown up in the industry and intend to continue their career in Nevada. When you speak to top leaders in the industry, most knew they were going to work in hospitality at an early age. We want to tap into that and offer the scholarships to those that love Nevada as much as we do.
Q. How does the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Foundation benefit the hospitality industry and our communities throughout Nevada?
A. NHLF supports the industry via academia. Our goal is to provide the industry, quality leaders that have completed their higher education in Nevada.
Q. How can interested persons get involved in the foundation?
A. We are continuing to create innovative ways to advertise and apply for the scholarship. We have engaged some of the best talent in the state to assist with these continuing projects.
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