Meet Jonathan Van Horn-Hickerson, Front Desk Supervisor at Hilton Omaha and Marco Tabet, General Manager at Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
Meet Jonathan Van Horn-Hickerson, Marco Tabet and Bill Duncan who are all Hilton working dads.
Jonathan Van Horn-Hickerson, Front Desk Supervisor at Hilton Omaha, had been with Hilton for a few years when he and his husband considered starting a family. In 2015, after much thought and a lot of love, they started the adoption process. After a couple of years, they werenotified that Ansley would become their daughter. Jonathan's timing, couldn't have better – as Hilton just announced their Adoption and Parental Leave benefits.Jonathan was the first Team Member to take advantage of the program and was able to take some much needed time off to be with Ansley.
"With a couple years of planning and saving, along with Hilton's incredible Adoption Assistance benefit, I was able to spend over two months at home with Ansley, which gave us a lot of time to bond," said Jonathan.
He also traveled to Capital Pride in Washington, D.C. this past month to share his Hilton story with thousands of audience participants – including fellow LGBTQ Team Member Resource Group members.
Marco Tabet, General Manager, Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort has been with Hilton for 19 years and in that time he's worked in 8 different hotels, in 8 different countries (Madagascar, Tobago, Venezuela, Curacao, Bahamas, Mexico, Panama and now Peru)met his wife and had his two sons – all in different countries!Although Marco's children are only 5 and 2 years old, due to Marco's professional journey at Hilton, his oldest has already had the opportunity to live in three different countries since birth.
Marco shared that having children has changed is perspective on leadership. "I have learned to be more understanding, more patient and more flexible with my teams. Sometimes, I need to leave early because my kids get sick, or I have to be home for them by a certain time because my wife works too. I appreciate this flexibility and have more patience and understanding towards my teams as a working father," said Marco.
Meet Bill Duncan, Senior Vice President of Suites in Memphis ,Tennessee. Bill started with Hilton 30 years ago at Hilton Dallas as a Sales Manager and has successfully grown in his career path ever since. A fundamental part of the Homewood Suites brand is their Lewis the Duck mascot and their literacy program. This passion from the program came directly from Bill and his relationship with his son, Christian, when Homewood Suites was looking to elevate their brand and mascot.
As a Regional Director of Homewood Suites 10 years ago, Bill traveled extensively. "My wife and I always stressed the importance of reading, and my ritual with Christian was to read to him at night before bed. This routine did not stop as I traveled; I took copies of the same books we would read at night, and read to him over the phone while away. That was where my idea came for the first book: to help people who traveled explain why they were away to their young family members, and why travel was fun and important," Bill said.
That spark of an idea not only transformed into a book series – an industry first for Hilton but also a literacy program.
"The book series has definitely brought us closer together, and has allowed us to work together in a personal passion of giving back. We have read to students at disadvantaged schools, summer camps, and reading libraries all across North America; we have been grateful for the opportunity to help others and share our passion of reading and literacy," Bill said. Although Christian has taken charge of the book series and penning new books, Bill said. "It's been great to be able to partner together, and bring out our creative side."
Team Members like Jonathan and Marco, bring the light and warmth of hospitality to our guests every day. We are committed to cultivating a workplace where Team Members of all backgrounds and abilities can be their very best.
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