March 31, 2014
In advance of its 2014 opening, Baha Mar announced a new initiative to transform the Bahamian workplace by launching an advisory council of noted local and international experts to create a work environment that respects local culture and deep-rooted, traditional values of Bahamian society.
The advisory council includes authorities on cultural development including educator Arlene Ferguson Nash; renowned futurist Watts Wacker; Bahamian businessman Dioniso D’Aguilar; and principal of the Leadership Development Institute (LDI), Lawson Clarke.
“We invest in people who are willing to invest in themselves, and the advisory council is a key part of the ongoing development of our team,” said Paul Pusateri, Chief Operating Officer at Baha Mar. “Making Baha Mar the best place to work means more than just doing what we say we will do – it’s about getting it right. By respecting Bahamian culture, we will help our team to offer a state-of-the-art, authentic Bahamian experience to every guest at Baha Mar.”
The council includes a diverse internal team including Willamae Clarke, Office Service Specialist; Clarence Albury, Procurement Specialist; Viana Gardiner, Government Affairs and Compliance Counsel; and Luis Fernandes, Managing Director of Rosewood at Baha Mar. The council will provide input on creating effective training initiatives, meaningful employee perks and a nurturing workplace culture at the resort.
Last week, the new council hosted an internal Lunch and Learn session, with Wacker leading a discussion on building great cultures and preparing for the future. A Time Magazine “Person of the Year”, Wacker is known as a catalyst for corporate cultural transformation and is considered “one of the most celebrated and influential minds in modern business”, consulting for top companies such as Nike, Chrysler, and Bank of America.
About Baha Mar
Baha Mar, which is scheduled to open in December 2014, is set on 3,000 feet of white-sand beach just 12 minutes from Nassau's newly expanded Lynden Pindling International Airport. The resort will feature an elite collection of hotel brands with gaming, entertainment, private residences, shopping and natural attractions that reflect an authentic Bahamian experience. The Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, with 1,000 rooms, is the centerpiece of the resort, and includes a 100,000-square-foot Las Vegas-style casino – the largest in the Caribbean region. A 700-room Grand Hyatt, a 300-room Mondrian, a 200-room Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® and the 694-room Meliá complete the extraordinary accommodations at Baha Mar.
Amenities will include the 18-hole, 72-par championship Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Baha Mar, 200,000 square feet of combined state-of-the-art convention facilities including a 2,000-seat performing arts center and an art gallery with the largest curated collection of Bahamian art; more than 30 restaurants, nightclubs and bars; two spas, including the 30,000-square-foot destination spa ESPA at Baha Mar; designer retail boutiques, a beachfront sanctuary with native Bahamian flora and fauna,14 distinctive pool experiences and a private island.
Baha Mar employees listen attentively during the ‘Lunch and Learn’ talk with futurist and cultural advisor Watts Wacker.