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first_imgSt. Regis Hotels & Resorts and world-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten proudly announce plans to debut Fern, the latest signature restaurant from his global restaurant company, Culinary Concepts, at the St. Regis Resort & Residences Bahía Beach in Puerto Rico . Now under development and scheduled to open in fall 2010, the $172 million resort will feature 139 luxurious guest rooms and suites with spectacular ocean views, 25 Residences, the iconic St. Regis Butler Service, a world-class Remède Spa, oceanfront swimming pools, Fern, the restaurant and a recently opened 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., marking the island’s foray into the five-star-luxury market with its inauguration.“Chef Jean-Georges at the helm of our new restaurant adds a star amenity to Bahía Beach Resort & Golf Club. His legendary cuisine is the perfect complement to the Bahía Beach luxury experience,” said Federico J. Sánchez-Ortíz, president of Interlink Group, LLC, the development managers of Bahía Beach.“I am very excited about becoming a part of the new St. Regis Resort, Bahía Beach in Puerto Rico,” added Jean-Georges. “I love the Caribbean, the rainforest, the beaches and the warm people.”At The St. Regis Bahía Beach, Jean-Georges will blend his world renowned repertoire of distinctive dishes with traditional Puerto Rican ingredients such as papaya, mango, yuca and coconut. He will also feature the bounty of local fresh fish such as grouper, wahoo and dorado.Born and raised on the outskirts of Strasbourg in Alsace, France, Jean-Georges’ earliest family memories are about food. He trained in a work-study program at the Auberge de l’Ill and as an apprentice to chef Paul Haeberlin, later working with Paul Bocuse and master-chef Louis Outhier at L’Oasis in the south of France. With this impressive three-star Michelin training, Jean-Georges traveled to Asia for positions in the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, the Meridien Hotel in Singapore and the Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong.It was during this time spent working and traveling in Asia where Jean-Georges developed his love for the exotic and aromatic flavors of the East. His signature ‘vibrant cuisine’ abandons the traditional use of meat stocks, instead featuring intense flavors and satisfying textures resulting from the use of vegetables juices and fruit essences, light broths and herbal vinaigrettes. Jean-Georges’ culinary vision and execution have defined both professional standards for the industry and the way in which Americans eat.Chef Jean-Georges is the author of four cookbooks, including his best-selling Jean-Georges. Since earning a total of 12-stars from the New York Times for his four New York City restaurants, Chef Vongerichten has received numerous culinary awards, including, “Best Restaurant in the World” for his Vong restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel by Robb Report, a prestigious Three- Star rating in the Michelin Guide, “Chef of the Year” by Esquire Magazine and “Best New Restaurant” and “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Restaurant Awards.The St. Regis Resort and Residence Bahia Beach is set within a community committed to the preservation and enhancement of the environment and is adhering to the highest standards of sustainable and conservation-oriented development. An example of this stewardship is the recent designation of Bahía Beach as a Certified Gold Audubon International Signature Sanctuary, the first resort in the Caribbean to earn this distinction.Designed to blend seamlessly with the lush foliage and towering coconut palms, The St. Regis Resort and Residences Bahia Beach’s luxurious junior suites and one-bedroom accommodations will feature spectacular views from private open terraces of the sparkling sea to the north and the mountainous El Yunque National Rainforest to the south.Adjacent to the site of The St. Regis Resort and Residences Bahia Beach are the first of 25 St. Regis Residences, Las Estancias, majestic estate homes designed in a tropical plantation architectural style on spacious lots overlooking the ocean, golf course, lakes and El Yunque. One of the first to purchase an estate home was Carlos Beltrán, superstar outfielder of the New York Mets.In addition to the 25 St. Regis Residences, Las Estancias estate homes, the first Las Verandas golf villas were recently completed and are now occupied. New residential products currently under development include Las Olas oceanfront town homes and Las Ventanas villas within easy walking distance of Bahía Village.www.bahiabeachpuertorico.comlast_img read more

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first_imgDo Not Waste Your Most Valued Managerial Resources: Aspiring Middle ManagersMid-level managers and executives in all organizations have got a bad rap. They are typically the first to be cut when a company needs to trim its managerial layers in the name of “streamlining” operations (aka cost cutting). Rightly or wrongly, they are often singled out for being the cause of the bureaucratic desiccation of the company’s workforce. But they are also the hardest working bunch around.Mid-Level Management: Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard PlaceMid level executives spend much of their time at work torn between trying to please the relentless strategic exhortation of the senior management team and at the same time, wrestling with the hands-on human resource and operational challenges of managing teams of enthusiastic but unorganized and inexperienced entry-level employees. Their work as team managers and project owners is always subject to the withering evaluation of higher ups, who typically have an unrealistic expectations of how projects are actually done (having done none of that work for years), and who have typically lost touch of new methodologies, operational challenges, and constraints their mid level executives have to deal with on a daily basis. As a result, senior management tend to forcefully push through drastic changes that can cause major disruptions to day-to-day businesses, adding more headaches to the poor managers under them. At the same time, these managers need to build and grow highly functional project teams from the raw, untested talents of university recruits or entry-level millennial-generation employees who can have lots of enthusiasm but can also be challenged with short attention spans. Middle-level managers are really on the forefront of the new managerial revolution, as companies are now having to deal with an increasingly virtual, more mobile, and more vocal workforce — a phenomenon even more pronounced at knowledge-based environments like technology companies and professional services firms. To be an effective team leader and project manager today, mid-level executives have to be in tune with these attitudinal changes and flexible with each individual employee’s development needs and ideal working style. At the same time, they also need to be able to impose a team-focused culture and a sense of focus and discipline that ultimately will bring the team together.Crucial Bridge Between High-Level Strategy and the Boots on the GroundMid-level managers form an essential line of defense for company’s culture, its employee retention, and its future growth. Being the only link between the management team — whose attention is understandably focused on strategic matters — and the actual work being done, either in product development, sales, marketing or customer services, it is the middies who the organization truly relies on to:Implement strategic changesPerpetuate its winning cultureIdentify early warnings of issues with customers, products or employee recruitment and retentionBeing the most internally visible “managers” at work, the middies also serve as the role model for entry level, front line employees. Their successes demonstrate a career advancement path to these employees, while their failures represent lessons to avoid and learn from. I can go on and on about how middle level managers are truly the organizational lifeblood of a growing organization, but I hope you are convinced they play an incredibly important role. It is crucial to nurture their ranks and grow their ability and preserve their effectiveness if you want your company to be scalable and successful for a long time.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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