Hamilton Princess picks Tah-Mi as hotel manager in training
Tah-Mi Williams has been selected by the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club as a trainee manager in the hotel’s leadership programme.
Mr Williams will spend the 18-month training working with each team that contributes to the hotel’s food and beverage programme, learning the ropes of every aspect of management.
He will graduate to a management role in food and beverage and be firmly set on the path to leadership at the hotel.
A graduate of the University of Salford’s Business School, with an associate degree in hospitality and a bachelor’s in tourism with business, Mr Williams has a proven track record in excelling in hospitality and distinguished himself during the application process, the hotel said.
A certified tourism ambassador, he has previously worked for the Bermuda Tourism Authority as a service information provider at its Visitors’ Service Centre. Hotel experience has included work at The Loren at Pink Beach and at Holiday Inn Manchester.
Mr Williams’ first rotation will last eight months and will be divided among the hotel’s five outlets: 1609, Crown and Anchor, The Duchess Café and Gelateria, in-room dining and the Princess Beach Club.
He will assist the outlet managers in the day-to-day running of the restaurants.
His second rotation, lasting four months, will be with the stewarding and culinary departments, learning more of internal guests’ needs and how to meet their expectations, as well exposure to menu development, content proposals, costing, recipes and production lists.
The five-month third segment of Mr Williams’ programme will be spent with the banquets team, who are responsible for delivering high-end events and catering at the Hamilton Princess.
He will learn how to plan, organise and co-ordinate functions, and the skills needed to manage such a department such as forecasting, scheduling, labour control and effective communication with colleagues.
The final rotation is a month with the purchasing and receiving department, where all ingredients, equipment and materials for food and beverage are procured.
Throughout the programme, Mr Williams will have regular sit-downs with the general manager and other members of the executive committee to review his progress and to have a forum to discuss how food and beverage integrates with other departments in the hotel.
Mr Williams, who dreams of becoming a hotel GM, said: “I appreciate that this is an amazing chance to accelerate my career in hospitality. I love working in hospitality and meeting new people from all over the world every day.”
Princess GM Tim Morrison said that he sees a great future in hospitality for the trainee and he is pleased it includes a future with the Hamilton Princess.
He said: “At Hamilton Princess we take enormous pride in identifying and nurturing future hoteliers and tourism champions and we are deeply committed to providing career development and educational opportunities for Bermudians, wherever we can.”
Shawn Lekki, director of food and beverage, said: ‘Throughout the application process, Tah-Mi demonstrated self-confidence and a can-do attitude as well as an attention to detail that is evident in his excellent customer service which will serve him well in his future.
“This is an incredible opportunity, during which he will receive an intensive education in everything that is needed to successfully run a food and beverage department from the ground up, setting him up for success for a bright future in the hospitality industry.“