Career Testimonials

Leaders creating leaders


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Omni’s entrepreneurial spirit, embodied throughout our culture, enables Associates to create their own career paths.

Nydia Narvaez, Director of Rooms, Omni Nashville Hotel

Warm welcome master. Operations supporter.
While she was the director of rooms at the Omni Dallas Hotel, Nydia directed all aspects of the guest experience for Omni’s premier convention hotel with 1,000 rooms. Nydia began her career in 2000 as a front desk agent in Corpus Christi and received a promotion for the following three consecutive years, advancing to assistant front office manager. In 2006, Nydia became front office manager and accepted the position of executive housekeeper in 2008. By 2010, Nydia was the director of rooms at the Omni Austin Southpark Hotel and had opened the Omni Fort Worth Hotel as a rooms department leader. During this year, she accepted a three-month task force role at the Omni Corporate office. In 2011, Nydia was hand-selected as part of the opening team for the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Nydia’s appreciation for her team and “can-do” attitude has played a key role in her career path to director of rooms. Nydia lives the Omni brand on a daily basis, never forgetting her primary responsibility to create a welcoming environment for both our guests and Associates.

Anthony Belef, Area Director of Human Resources, Omni San Diego Hotel

People developer. Goal setter.
As the director of human resources at the Omni San Diego Hotel, Anthony oversees the human resources function for one of Omni’s top properties. Selecting, training and developing a staff of over 300 Associates is a full-time job, but Anthony has been dedicated to the task from his beginning as a front desk manager at the Omni San Francisco Hotel in 2001. Less than three years later, Anthony entered the human resources function when he accepted the position of training manager. Just two years following this appointment, Anthony became human resources manager, and in 2008, he transferred to the Omni San Diego Hotel to accept his current position. He recently returned from a three-month task force assignment leading the training and orientation process for the new Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel.

Anthony’s recognition of and attention to our greatest asset has earned him a unique and challenging role. By setting goals and continually challenging our Associates, Anthony has secured the Omni San Diego Hotel as an employer of choice in the state of California.

Hussein Hamad, Director of Food & Beverage, Omni Austin Southpark Hotel

Flavor connoisseur. Good times creator.
As the director of food & beverage at the Omni Austin Southpark Hotel, Hussein directs a staff of over 100 Associates to successfully cater to the epicurean needs of guests and visitors of his 14-story hotel. Hussein began his career with Omni in 1998 as the food & beverage director at the Omni Houston Westside. Prior to that, Hussein had spent 15 years in the food & beverage industry, beginning with his first job as a dishwasher. Hussein dedicated nine years to the Omni Houston Westside, after which he joined Omni’s Watermark Hotel (now Mokara Hotel & Spa) in San Antonio as the Pesca restaurant general manager. After two years of service at Pesca, Hussein secured his current position in 2010.

Hussein’s love of good food and people has accelerated him into his current leadership position and established him as one of the “go-to” food & beverage experts within Omni Hotels. During his time with Omni, Hussein has been selected to participate in seven “task force” projects across the brand. With a personal joy for epicurean gatherings among friends, Hussein has helped put Omni on the map within the local, state and national food & beverage scene.

Carissa Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa

Sales champion. Communications extraordinaire.
As the director of sales & marketing for Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Carissa Smith oversees both the sales and marketing functions for this 309-room resort just outside Austin. Carissa began her career at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown in 1995 as a business travel sales intern. She accepted the full-time position of conference planning assistant that same year and was then promoted to catering sales manager the following year. After holding two other positions, Carissa was promoted to director of sales in 2004 and then director of sales & marketing in 2009. After 19 years at the downtown property, Carissa accepted her current position at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in 2014.

Carissa’s love of communication and her drive to sell, sell, sell has propelled her career with Omni. By relentlessly pursuing leads and living the Omni way each day, Carissa has established herself as a recognized brand ambassador and proficient sales leader within our organization.