Building Parnerships

Building Partnerships
BY: ALISON WILSON, Brisbane Chamber Editor/Marketing Director alison@brisbanechamber.org
I sat down with Reka Penner, Director of Sales at Homewood Suites by Hilton, to welcome her to Brisbane. She opened the conversation with “Building a solid business and personal relationship and nurturing these relationships are the main key to success. I am excited to be a part of the Homewood Suites’ family. This truly is a place for visitors to call home when traveling. Our guests often comment on the beauty of the Marina, the Palm Trees, driving by the lagoon and the opportunity to walk on the San Francisco Bay Trail.”
Reka began her professional career in the hospitality industry in Hungary. She received her bachelor’s degree in Economics with a focus on Hotel Management and Tourism from the Budapest Business School. She came to the United States seven years ago when she was offered an internship to be the Food and Beverage Supervisor at the Sheraton Denver West in Colorado. She has in-depth experience in planning and executing events, catering and sales. Her position before being Director of Sales at Homewood Suites was Senior Sales Manager at the Sheraton Denver West in Colorado. Continuing, she said, “With my experience as an event planner and sales manager, I listen and take the time to understand the needs of each customer and offer suggestions so that I can create the best package to serve each client. I am excited to be able to work in a company that has the Hilton Brand, a strong community culture, and provides customized travel experience for each of our guests. The values and culture of Sage Hospitality Resources, the management company of Homewood Suites by Hilton SFO North, is to create a focused and positive experience for guests and staff, creating places that people go to and not through. We strive to customize and enrich lives one experience at a time. Each of us at Homewood Suites takes seriously our goal of providing a relaxing and
vibrant place to eat and sleep while away from home whether for business or pleasure.”
Reka and I spoke about the remodeled Homewood Suites. We toured the spacious 700 square foot conference room, pool, dining room, laundry facility, guestrooms,beds, and viewed the art. I saw first-hand the openness and welcoming atmosphere that has been crafted for visitors to encounter when they first walk in to the lobby and when they are enjoying a meal.
We spoke about the location of Homewood Suites and the positives of this location. Guests have access to San Francisco, SFO International Airport, Silicon Valley, good restaurants. Reka said, “Our guests talk frequently about the charm and safety of Brisbane. They want to experience the community they are staying at. They enjoy being able to run and walk on the San Francisco bay trails as well as using our gym and swimming pool.” I learned that guests at the hotel have breakfast seven days a week and dinner four days a week, complimentary shuttle service within 5 miles of the hotel, complimentary SFO shuttle service, grocery shopping and dry-cleaning services to name a few amenities.
Homewood Suites believes in good community citizenship. We believe in being a vital part of our community where we live, work and play. We are active in Sage’s Dollars for Dreams program and Hilton’s Clean the World program, In the past we donated to GatePath, whose mission is to empower people with special needs and supported our veterans, service members and families by giving backpacks filled with goodies that were handed out at San Francisco Airport USO.
In closing Reka spoke about the honor points and local discounted rates. You would like to learn more about Homewood Suites by Hilton SFO North, Sage Hospitality, host an event, book a room, stay a week, or apply for a job please contact the hotel at (650) 589-1600. You can find Homewood Suites on the web at homewoodsuites3.hilton.com and social media. Contact Reka at Reka.Penner@hilton.com or call her at (650) 246-1184 to find out more information and to see how the Homewood Suites can fit your corporate and personal needs.
Stop by for a tour or to visit and welcome Reka to Brisbane!

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