MICHAEL CHAHINE-VILLANUEVA

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

SOUTH CONGRESS HOTEL + HOTEL ELLA

Michael moved to Austin to attend culinary school and was accepted into Walt Disney World’s College Internship Program where he working at MGM Studios’ Banquet Kitchens. After riding out three hurricanes, he returned back to Austin and worked at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel before joining the opening team for the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa. During his tenure with Hyatt, Michael was the culinary designated trainer and then was tapped to be the Environmental & Recycling Coordinator. He then transitioned into the Human Resources Team until his promotion to the Park Hyatt Washington DC as HR Manager. Returning back to Austin, Michael was an HR Hospitality Consultant before joining Sage Hospitality as the HR Manager for the Doubletree Hotel Austin where he was awarded Manager of the Year in 2018. Michael joined New Waterloo as the HR Manager for Hotels in July 2018 and runs the HR functions for both stunning hotel properties. Michael is married to his high school sweetheart, Amy, and has a 1 1/2-year-old son who is in the first grade (born on leap day). Michael’s hobbies include dogs, meeting dogs, petting dogs, taking pictures of dogs, and becoming best friends with dogs.

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