Posted: January 10, 2017
TAMPA, Fla. (January 10, 2017) – Mainsail Lodging & Development has promoted Evelyn Avazier and Wanda Sanchez to corporate director of training and corporate director of human resources, respectively.
Evelyn Avazier will expand her passion for staff development as the first-ever corporate director of training for Mainsail Lodging & Development. For over three years, Avazier has worked as director of human resources and training at the Epicurean Hotel, a Mainsail Lodging & Development property. Her new responsibilities will include pre-opening hiring and training for new hotels, along with ongoing training for Mainsail’s existing hotel portfolio. Avazier will be based in the corporate offices in Tampa and will engage each of Mainsail’s business units to fulfill the organization’s commitment to training and development. With nearly 28 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Avazier came to Mainsail from Loews Hotels in Orlando, where she worked as training manager for more than seven years at the upscale Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.
As corporate director of human resources, Wanda Sanchez is also based in the corporate offices and will manage all human resource functions outside of training. Sanchez’s new responsibilities include developing and managing all human resources needs and providing support to general managers for each of the business units, as well as regularly visiting the properties to interact with associates and support the teams. With over 14 years of experience in HR and an eight-year veteran at Mainsail in the human resources department, Sanchez has guided the team through numerous events and transitions as the company has evolved through the years. Before joining Mainsail, Sanchez served as director of human resources for Embassy Suites Tampa Airport for seven-and-a-half years. She will be supported in day-to-day operations by Vanessa Sarafin, who has been added to the team as human resources coordinator.
“As Mainsail Lodging & Development continues to grow, it’s important we build a dynamic team of professionals that will ensure our success,” said Juli Corlew, vice president and managing partner of Mainsail Lodging & Development. “Evelyn and Wanda have already proven themselves invaluable to our training and human resources efforts and will no doubt set even higher standards in their new positions.”
Mainsail Lodging & Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (ScrubIsland.com), a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (MainsailBeachInn.com), a boutique beachfront hotel on Anna Maria Island, Florida; and the boutique food-focused Epicurean Hotel (EpicureanHotel.com) in Tampa, Florida. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida market for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® (ExecuStay.com) and Oakwood® (Oakwood.com) brands, while also operating ExecuStay (ExecuStay.com) in Georgia, portions of Alabama, and The Carolinas. Mainsail is developing their fourth hotel, Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club on Anna Maria Island, Florida, which is slated to open early 2017. Mainsail Lodging’s corporate charity is Feeding Tampa Bay – the largest food rescue and distribution organization in the community. Mainsail actively supports the cause through a variety of employee and guest programs ranging from packing and sorting at the warehouse to annual events including Pumpkin Fight and Epic Chef Showdown.