Originally from Ecuador, Martha relocated in 2008 to attend the University of New Orleans where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration and a Master’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Martha possesses a diverse HR generalist skill set. Her strengths lie in placing and retention of the highest quality candidates, managing colleague experience, implementing and overseeing processes and procedures, coaching and counseling, employee investigations, separations, and ensuring overall HR compliance.
Her career path in Human Resources began over seven years ago when she interned at Six Flags California, where she took on the project of managing the International Intern program, including recruiting, processing J-1 visas, on boarding, training and orientation, employee recognition, and navigating the departure process.
Martha has held a variety of positions in operations and human resources in the hospitality industry in New Orleans, and at hotel properties such as the Roosevelt Hotel, the Hotel Monteleone, and the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.
Martha also has expertise in processing different types of nonimmigrant visas and recruiting internationally for both entry level and management positions. She is familiar with the processes required from a variety of countries, including Mexico, Vietnam, Philippines, and Ecuador. Martha managed the EducationUSA Program, supported by the US Department of State and the US Embassy, in the coastal and Galapagos region of Ecuador where she recruited talented students and placed them in different schools around the United States through scholarships.
Following her passion for global mobility, in 2019 Martha obtained a Certificate in Global Hiring: Complying with U.S. Visa Requirements presented by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She also holds a Dale Carnegie training certificate in Effective Communications & Human Relations. Martha is a member of the New Orleans chapter of SHRM (NOLA-SHRM), as well as SHRM national. Martha is also an ambassador of the “Faces of Hospitality” created by the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association and Hospitality Education Foundation to profile unique individuals from New Orleans’ hotel and hospitality industry who exemplify opportunities for career advancement and prosperity and encourage others to choose hospitality as their career.
Outside of work, Martha, who is bilingual in Spanish and English, enjoys traveling abroad and learning about other cultures. She also leads an active lifestyle that includes working out and biking around New Orleans with her husband. She has been to 10 different countries over the past 3 years.”